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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.


UCLA Library Launches Library Apps

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The UCLA Library Simul8 Group has released a set of apps that work across web, tablet and mobile devices. These apps are still in beta release but provide new interactions with our extensive article databases, and add to the already existing iOS/Android mobile offerings.

The Simul8 Group is supported by the Arcadia Fund.

Article Search beta

A simple and fast article search for your tablet and mobile device

* Search & view abstracts and articles

* Turns your iPad or Android tablet into an article e-reader

Stashd beta

Helps store and organize research links/clippings on the web. Login with your UCLA ID

* Find useful research online, then click bookmarklet in browser toolbar to save

* Save online content, label, add notes, share links on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

To view in web or tablet browser:

To view on mobile device:

Message from Chancellor Block on Future State Funding

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
To the Campus Community:
By now, you likely have heard that Proposition 30, the governor’s tax measure on the statewide ballot, has been approved by voters. This is good news, as it lends a measure of sorely lacking stability to state funding.
While UCLA is deeply appreciative of Gov. Brown and all the Californians who turned out to vote for Proposition 30, we all must remember that it does little in the short term to alleviate the effects of past funding cuts and unfunded cost increases. State support has fallen 44 percent since 2000, even as we have absorbed numerous cost increases, such as health insurance premiums, collective bargaining agreements, pensions and utility rates.
To adjust to new funding realities, UCLA has cut expenditures, streamlined operations and developed new non-state revenue streams. The campus-wide search for savings must go on, and I will continue to work with senior administrators, academic leaders and student representatives to protect academic programs. Reflecting that priority, in the past, we have made contingency funds available to ensure that there are enough seats in the high-demand classes that students need to graduate in a timely manner, and that’s something we will again consider.
The disinvestment in public higher education has created a structural problem that can’t be fixed easily and requires long-term strategies. As I explained in a recent Time magazine essay, by chronically reducing funding, California and other states are jeopardizing our nation’s future by forsaking the young minds and the research we need to fuel the economy. In today’s New York Times, Thomas Friedman predicted that preparing the future workforce and ensuring a middle class will be a key issue over the next four years. “The answer to that challenge,” Friedman wrote, “will require a new level of political imagination — a combination of educational reforms and unprecedented collaboration between business, schools, universities and government to change how workers are trained and empowered to keep learning.”
I couldn’t agree more. At UCLA, we have many partnerships with other universities and both the public and private sectors to help prepare our youth and further our research mission. We’re on the road toward a new financial model, ramping up fundraising efforts, bolstering intellectual property licensing, accepting more international and out-of-state students, and taking other actions to increase revenues. But we need leadership from Washington and business leaders if we are to create an aggressive national strategy to save public higher education and preserve our nation’s future.
While I’m discouraged by long-term funding trends, I’m optimistic about UCLA’s future, and the passage of Proposition 30 shows that voters are willing to increase taxes to pay for important programs. We are a vibrant community with inspiring ingenuity and resilience. We will meet these challenges and secure our promising future together, guided by our overriding priority to maintain and enhance the broad excellence, rich student experience and affordability that attract the world’s top students and scholars.
Gene D. Block

UCLA Library Acquires Papers of Campaign Strategist Garry South

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Called “the Carville of California” by the New York Times, Democratic political consultant Garry South has donated his extensive campaign archives to the UCLA Library.  

 Offering unique insight into the political process, the collection, which features materials from three of California Gov. Gray Davis’ campaigns for statewide office, testifies to the secretive, arcane art of crafting successful campaign strategies and is thought to be one of the most complete campaign archives in existence. 

 South managed Davis’ campaigns for California lieutenant governor in 1994 and governor in 1998 and 2002; advised on campaigns for Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and Joe Lieberman; and has had an extensive career in Democratic Party politics. For Davis’ 1998 gubernatorial campaign, South was named “Campaign Manager of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants, an honor he shares with Karl Rove, James Carville and the late Lee Atwater. 

 We are honored to accept this unique and timely collection. Broad public knowledge about campaign operations is essential in a healthy democracy, and we look forward to making these materials widely accessible to students, scholars and the general public. The collection is not only significant, but Mr. South has tranferred all rights to the material to the UCLA Library which will provide full access to faculty and students who wish to use the material to study campaigns.

 The collection contains research files, correspondence, campaign materials, poll data and clippings, as well as recordings of commercials, news coverage and debates. Of particular note are extensive research files on Davis’ opponents in primaries or general elections, including Al Checchi, Jane Harman, Dan Lungren, Bill Simon and Richard Riordan.

 South has also given the UCLA Library the copyright to the materials so that they can be digitized and made available for nonprofit educational and informational uses. The collection is housed in UCLA Library Special Collections

 “I am delighted to donate my campaign archives to such a world-class facility as the UCLA Library,” South said. “Too many campaign documents routinely end up in the dumpster or shredder after the election. As someone with a degree in American history, I thought it was important to make these materials permanently available for study by those seeking to better understand the campaign process.” 

 On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the UCLA Library hosted a panel discussion featuring South and UCLA professors Jeffrey B. Lewis, Mark A. Peterson and Lynn Vavreck. The panelists offered inside details on “how the sausage is made” in political campaigns and discussed the importance of public knowledge about campaign operations in a healthy democratic society. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Center for the Study of Campaigns, and the Department of Political Science, the event also included comments from The Honorable Gray David, California’s thirty-seventh governor and the Honorable James Brulte, former Republican leader in the California State Senate and Assembly.


The Honorable Gray Davis addresses the gathering.

Strong joins Garry South (left) and James Brulte at the event.

In Memory of Russell Shank

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I was saddened to learn that former University Librarian Russell Shank passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012.  He was 86 years old.

Russell Shank served as UCLA University Librarian from 1977 to 1989.  He was educated as an engineer and embraced technology as a means of enhancing service to library users.  During his tenure, work that began with National Library of Medicine grant funding in the Biomedical Library in the sixties under Louise Darling’s management, was expanded to a campus-wide, locally-developed, integrated library system called ORION after the hunter of information.

I came to know and work with Russell during my tenure as California State Librarian.

Russell is survived by his three children, Sue Shank from Virginia, Judy Twist from West Virginia, and Peter Shank from Wisconsin. A memorial will be planned in the future.

A Typical Day in the UCLA Library

Friday, June 8th, 2012

What happens on a typical day in the UCLA Library?

One begins to get a picture of the activity from our latest “snapshot” day on June 4th.

  •  19,000 people walked through the doors of the libraries and there were 19,500 visits to the Library’s website.
  • Visitors to the web site viewed 108,069 pages.
  • 6,471 items were checked out of the collections and 462 items were retrieved from the storage facility for use.
  • 86 collections held by Library Special Collections were accessed.
  • The digital library collections were accessed 2,626 times and 1,584 items were retrieved for use.
  • Licensed databases were access 5,580 times and 10,947 items were retrieved for study and research.
  • 540 people asked reference questions in person and another 136 questions were answered by telephone, text message, mail, or the web.
  • 861 people used a library laptop or computer.
  • 804 people used group study or instructional rooms.

It was a busy day, and I can’t help but wonder how many cups of coffee were consumed from Cafe 451.


White House Open Access Petition

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The Obama Administration has been actively considering the issue of public access to the results of federally funded research, with an inter-agency working group having recently completed a year-long examination of the issue. The administration is currently considering which policy actions are priorities to be acted upon before the elections this fall.

Currently, only the National Institutes of Health has a public access policy.  To demonstrate the depth and breadth of support for expanding this to all federal science agencies, a coalition of public access advocates has created a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site.  If the petition attracts 25,000 signatures within thirty days, it will be reviewed by White House staff and considered for action.

To sign the petition, go to  Qualified signers must be at least thirteen years old and have a valid email address.

Thank you very much for supporting the crucial effort to expand access to the results of federally funded research.

UCLA Library Acquires Papers of Justice for Janitors

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The UCLA Library has acquired the historical records of the Justice for Janitors campaign in Los Angeles, documenting the activities of this dynamic labor organization with deep links to the city’s working-class immigrant and African American communities.

Donated by Services Employees International Union United Service Workers West, the records document the movement’s development of innovative organizing and research strategies, demographic changes in the building-service workforce, and the transformation of labor union policies toward immigrant workers.

The Justice for Janitors collection includes business records, correspondence, educational and training materials, publications, and an extensive collection of photos, among other content. Most of the materials date from 1985–2000, with a few items dating back to the 1940s. The collection will be housed, preserved and available for research in UCLA Library Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library.

We are honored to accept this important collection marking a significant moment in labor history. Together with our extensive collections documenting aspects of educational, political and social history in Southern California, its contents will enable students, faculty and scholars to more fully explore industrial relations and labor activism throughout the region.

Starting with a shrinking base of downtown building-service workers in the late 1980s, Justice for Janitors had grown into a powerful city-wide organization by the early 2000s. Combining street actions with industry research, the campaign pioneered a new approach to gaining collective bargaining rights for low-wage workers. A successful city-wide strike in 2000 drew the support of many Los Angeles community and political leaders, including Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony.

“The Justice for Janitors records will be an outstanding resource for scholars and the public,” said Tobias Higbie, an associate professor of history and associate director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. “As a key part of the revival of labor unions in Los Angeles, the janitors have been a model for many other community organizations and unions. Along with oral histories of activists and staff, the collection will help us understand an important chapter in Los Angeles’ recent past.”

The collection came to UCLA through a collaboration between SEIU United Service Workers West and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment to document the history of Justice for Janitors and its context. UCLA graduate and undergraduate students in labor and workplace studies, as well as the Chicano studies and history departments, contributed to the effort, along with the UCLA Center for Oral History Research and UCLA Library Special Collections. A selection of photographs and documents from the collection is available online at