Archive for March, 2013

Library Initiates Twenty-Four Hour Service During Tenth Week and Finals

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

For the first time, two UCLA libraries will be open twenty-four hours a day during tenth week or finals of the winter quarter:

  • · Powell Library Building: Open around the clock from Monday, March 11, at 7:30 a.m. to Friday, March 15, at midnight and from Monday, March 18, at 7:30 a.m. to Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m.
  • · Charles E. Young Research Library: Open around the clock from Sunday, March 17, at 10 a.m. to Thursday, March 21, at midnight

The circulation desks will be open in both buildings during the extended hours, and book stacks will remain accessible. Reference assistance will be available online. A BruinCard will be required to access these libraries after 7 p.m. on these days.

There will also be a variety of stress-busting activities in a number of libraries, including chair massage, therapy dogs, guided meditation, origami, and yoga. Full details are available on the web page at:


UCLA Library Launches Transformative Broadcast News Platform

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Comprising digital recordings of hundreds of thousands of American and international TV news programs from 2005 to the present and featuring capture, search and playback capabilities that go beyond those of other public news archives, the UCLA Library’s newly launched Broadcast NewsScape opens up transformative possibilities for teaching, research and publication.

The technology developed for the platform captures closed-captioning streams, on-screen text and detected visual shapes, along with video feeds, which can be searched or browsed. Now in its initial launch phase, Broadcast NewsScape is accessible at to users on the UCLA campus or those connecting from off-campus via the campus network. Project managers hope to launch the platform to the entire University of California scholarly community in the future.

“This important new resource benefits students and faculty at UCLA and offers a model to educational institutions and libraries worldwide,” said University Librarian Gary E. Strong. “It provides access to media coverage of contemporary events, and its comprehensive capture and search capabilities have the potential to transform scholarship and, through it, our understanding of our world.”

The current contents of Broadcast NewsScape include more than 200,000 recorded news shows from over 100 distinct programs, totaling approximately 150,000 hours, plus more than 1.1 billion words of accompanying closed-captioning text and program listings. All are indexed and time-referenced to enable full-text searching and interactive playback. The platform is continuously updated, and news feeds are determined in consultation with faculty.

The history of this platform began in the early 1970s, when UCLA professor Paul Rosenthal launched a project to tape television news; although the project continued throughout the ensuing years, the resulting archive was not highly used due to the difficulty of searching the contents of the analog tapes.

To address this challenge, in 2005, professors Tim Groeling and Francis Steen in the UCLA Department of Communication Studies began developing a system that captured news programs and saved them in a digital format; this new platform dramatically expands the system’s capabilities and features.

“Broadcast NewsScape makes television amenable to rational analysis and makes it possible to think systematically about everything that’s happening on the screen in terms of all the visual content, as well as the audio,” Steen said. “It allows types of scholarship that have not previously been possible and gives UCLA the capacity to become a center for this type of research, which can revolutionize communications studies.”

Funding from a number of sources was essential in the early stages of this project’s development, including from the UCLA Office of the Dean, Social Sciences; the UCLA Office of Instructional Development; the California Endowment; and the UCLA Common Collaboration and Learning Environment. Development of the technological infrastructure was partially funded by a National Science Foundation Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation grant. Support has also been provided by UCLA Social Science Computing and the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education.

The UCLA Library’s participation has been supported by the Arcadia Fund to transform UCLA Library collections. The platform’s contents and structure may be relevant to the UCLA Library’s project focusing on ephemeral media of the Middle East, also funded by Arcadia.

New Collection to the International Digital Ephemera Project

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

A new collection being added to the Arcadia funded International Digital Ephemera Project.  The project is getting closer to the launch of its initial public interface focused on a collection of Tahrir Square documents, materials collected from demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square beginning in March 2011 during the Egyptian uprising.  Our next collection is another related to Middle Eastern Politics focused on the Iranian Green Movement.  The Iranian Green Movement became synonymous with protests that lasted for nearly a year beginning after the contested 2009 Iranian elections.  This collection brings together ephemera instrumental to the planning, promotion and reporting of Green Movement protests.

The collection of social media, underground newspapers and thousands of videos from most protests during the first year after the 2009 elections in Iran directly from activist groups inside Iran. These two collections of digital ephemera offer scholars a new and unique tool for studying the ephemera regarding modern Iranian and Arab political movements.

Along with the Green Movement content the Library welcomes a curator to the UCLA Library, Ali Jamshidi, the founder and administrator of what became one of the most important social media platforms for the distribution of information about the Green Movement and its post-election protests.  Ali founded Tahavole Sabz, one of the most prominent reformist Iranian journalistic outlets and he has collaborated intensively with journalists from other more internationally famous reformist outlets.

The International Digital Ephemera Project is supported by the Arcadia Fund.