In a year of breaking new ground the Research Library is sponsoring a different kind of campus event this Friday. We are playing host to a creative conference for new modes of digital storytelling. The event, DIY Days, is about building a community for ideas. The event is a workshop to help creative people in the community to build and sustain projects through connecting storytelling with resources. While this is not a traditional academic conference, a large portion of the participants and audience are from UCLA. They have been drawn in by the notion that through a network of creative ideas and people creative ideas and projects will develop and grow. This event will bring UCLA Library closer to the living, creative culture that is Los Angeles. I hope you will stop by and see for yourself what the new Research Library is doing.
On June 20, 2011, UCLA Library celebrated the 103rd birthday of Walter Gordon, attorney, civic leader, historian and raconteur. Born in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica in 1908 to educated parents, Mr. Gordon, had established his law practice by 1936. He retired in 2004, after nearly seventy years practicing law, leaving his practice in the hands of his son, Walter Gordon III, a UCLA Law school alumnus. After decades of collecting photographs that document important, overlooked aspects of Los Angeles history, Mr. Gordon gave his collection of 800 photographs to his friend and fellow historian, Judge William Beverly. We are honored that Judge Beverly donated to Library Special Collections the Walter L. Gordon, Jr./William C. Beverly Photography Collection. Through the excellent efforts of our Collecting Los Angeles program, which supports research, teaching, and knowledge concerning the Los Angeles region, the dedicated staff in our Digital Resources Cataloguing and Metadata Center, and the Digital Library Program, the Gordon Photography Collection is being made accessible online here: http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/viewItem.do?ark=21198/zz002311rn. You can read more about Mr. Gordon and the collection at http://ucla.in/mdkS7d
Walter Gordon with his birthday banner.
Mr. Gordon with Judge William Beverly.
Walter L. Gordon Jr. ca. 1940.
The CatMet team whose members met every week with Mr. Gordon for four months to identify photographs an create the metadata for the collection before it was developed as a digital collection. From left to right behind Mr. Gordon and Judge Beverly are Claudia Horning, Hermine Vermeij, Sara Layne, and Chamya Kincy.
Library Associates joined members of the Chancellor’s Circle at the Powell Library for a very special author event on Saturday (April 16, 2011). The attentive audience was captivated by Laura Ling’s story of her 140-day captivity by the North Koreans and of Lisa’s efforts to bring her home. Their book, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, details their relationship and fight for freedom.
Laura tells of her captivity.
Lisa majored in history at USC and began her career at 16 when chosen as one of the four hosts of Scratch, a national-syndicated teen magazine show based in Sacramento. At 18, she joined Channel One News and went on to become co-host of ABC’s The View. She has been a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer and is currently the co-executive producer and host of
Lisa and Laura Ling at the event with the University Librarian
Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Lisa and her husband, Paul, are building the first carbon-neutral home in Santa Monica.
Laura received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UCLA and went on to co-create Breaking It Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001. After being a series producer for Channel One News, she joined Current TV’s journalism department as Vice President and created the investigative documentary series Vanguard. Currently Laura is host and reporter on the documentary series E! Investigates. Laura and her husband, Iain, are the parents of a 10-month old daughter.
Their presentation offered us a glimpse into how their bond as sisters gave them the courage and determination to make it through Laura’s 140-day captivity and ultimately gain her release.
From left to right: professor Jorge Maturano form the Spanish& Portuguese Department, Carolina Rivera, Roberto Leni, Glowie, Roberto Quezada, and last Karina Oliva.
The UCLA library hosted a panel, “Exile and Diaspora: Writers in Los Angeles,” in its unrelenting effort to show case emerging talented voices. The writers came from a wide range of political experiences and approaches to writing. All of the writers maintain ties to Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala despite having made the City of Los Angeles a permanent home. A lively conversation around issues of language, home, loss, new beginnings, and the creative process dovetailed the readings. As we listened to their insights about language and creation as well as their neatly woven short stories and poetry, we knew before us stood a group at the cutting edge of writing in Los Angeles. The voices confirmed the sacred aspects of the word and offered us another slice of the human experience.
*Information on upcoming program and world premier film screening on May 26:
Manlio Argueta: Among Poets and Volcanoes” directed by Carolina Rivera. Manlio Argueta, the internationally recognized writer and current director for the National Library of El Salvador, will be present and offer a discussion on literature and Central America as well as share a short Q&A with Carolina Rivera, director of the documentary. The program will take place on May 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Presentation Room of the Charles E. Young Research Library.
The Charles E. Young Research Library hosted renowned singer Susana Baca in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8th. The presentation room filled to the brim with students, faculty, staff, and community members. For the first time in the Library’s history, Afro-Peruvian rhythms and cadences infused our books with unforeseen vitality.
Susana Baca discussed the resilience of the American diaspora in Latin America, and especially, in Puru. She made clear that cultural forms such as dance and music uplifted the spirit of her people despite subjugation.
The event was co-sponsored by the Library with the Cesar Chavez Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies, The Chicano Research Center, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, the Latin American Institute, the World Arts and Cultures Department, the Gender and Interculturalities Working Group, MAALCS de UCLA (a student group), and Mujeres de Maiz (a community group).
The Susana Baca presentation has been posted on the UCLA on YouTube channel:
The UCLA Library Writer Series inaugurated a new component this last year, detective fiction and the Central American Experience, bringing to a standing only room award winning journalist and writer Hector Tobar. The series aims to bring to the UCLA community more awareness of Central American cultures and communities.
Marcos McPeek Villatoro screened a short film based on five women from El Mozote. El Mozote is the name of the rural village of Morazan, El Salvador where a mass murder of many civilians took place. A U.S. trained battalion–ironically named after Atlacati, the indigenous hero that fought against Spanish colonization–murdered men, women, and children accused of being members of a communist group. One woman survived the ordeal. The film recuperates part of this tragic history, but more important, shows the resilience and the strength of the women who were affected by it. The event required additional rows of seating and mdae apparent the interest of this subject to the UCLA community and beyond. We were honored to have been chosen as the site for the documentary’s screening that will make its world prmier showing at the Guadalajara International Film Festival next.
Kevin Mulroy, Villatoro, and Gloria Chacon
Marcos McPeek Villatoro is the author of five novels, two collections of poetry and a memoir. His Romilla Chacon crime fiction books have won national acclaim (named a Best Book of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times) and are also published in Germany, Japan, Russian, and Brazil.
Marcos holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Writing at Mount St. Mary’s College. He as performed on NPR and appears regularly on KCET, the PBS Television station in Los Angeles. Recently he returned from his other home country of El Salvador, where he shot the documentary Tamale Road.
Marcos teaches and lectures on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, Latino and Appalachian worlds and tamales. His books are taught in colleges and high schools across the country. Marcos, his wife, and four children live in Los Angeles.
Our fall Library Associates Reading featured Ivan J. Houston. He discussed his recent book Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II with a full house in attendance. Black Warriors is based on Mr. Houston’s experiences in World War II’s first all-black combat infantry regiment, the 370th of the segretated 92nd Infantry Division, also know as the Buffalo Soldiers, on which Spike Lee’s film, Miracle at St. Anna, was based.
Mr. Houston, the great-grandson of former slaves and free African Americans, is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of UC Berkeley. His family co-founded Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, one of the largest historical Black-owned companies in the coutnry, and his paternal great-grandfather, William Lloyd Garrison Jackson, was one of the first African Americans to register to vote in California in 1870. The Library received the archives of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance company in 1986.
Mr. Houston added to his family’s pioneering legacy through his assignment in the Army’s first all-black combat infantry unit, that lead to his receipt of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry’s Badge, and three Battle Stars.
An impressive individual, Houston went on to have a successful business career as President and CEO of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was named one of Harvard Business Leaders of the 20th Century, inducted in UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Hall of Fame,and listed in Ebony Magaine’s “100 Most Influential Black Americans” list for fourteen consectuve years, from 1976 to 1990.
His reading focussed on his personal journey as a soldier and the odyssey of his 3rd Battalion of Combat Team 370 with 4,000 mean in Italy. Their mission was to break through the Nazis’ infamous 170 mile “Gothic Line” and defeat the Germans. After nine months of fighting, Houston and his men were successful in defeating the Germans and breaking throught the “Gothic Line.”
The presence of Buffalo Soldiers from World War II, the Korean and Viet Nam wars added to the evening.
Buffalo soldiers join Ivan Houston and Gary Strong after the event. Mr. Houston is to my left.
The Ivan Houston talk is now posted onto UCLA on YouTube:
As part of International Open Access Week activities and programs at UCLA, the UCLA library hosted an array of programs highlighting the growing global movement toward open and public access to scholarly research and publishing. One of the programs was a session on The Google Books Settlement: Issues and Options featured Jonathan Band. The YouTube video available here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4jAqyDKVSs captures the Q and A session.
Jonathan Band helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients with respect to the drafting of the DMCA, database protection legislation, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, and other federal and state statutes. He complements this legislative advocacy by filing amicus briefs in significant cases related to these provisions. An adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Band has written extensively on intellectual property and the Internet including the article on the importance of faculty and scholars retaining their copyright available here . http://www.policybandwidth.com/doc/20080523-PublishANDPerishFinal.pdf. Band received a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Yale Law School. Prior to establishing his own law firm in May 2005, he worked at the Washington, D.C., office of Morrison & Foerster LLP for 20 years, including 13 years as a partner.
The UCLA Library recently celebrated the launching of a partnership with the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives. This exciting new outreach and collection-building partnership promises to benefit the Mazer Archives, the UCLA Library, and scholars around the world in many ways. It makes the Archives’ collections more broadly accesible to the public; it increases the Library’s holdings and supports our collection-building efforts in this important area of social and cultural history; and it expands the pool of primary source materials available to researchs and to the community.
Our partnership grew out of a project intiated by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize several of Mazer’s key Los angeles-themed collections. So we owe a particular debt of thanks to the center’s director, Katheen McHugh and Associate Director April DeStefano.
In this order left to right Kathleen McHugh, Director UCLA Center for the Study of Women Ann Giagni, President of the Board, June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive Honorable Sheila J. Kuehl, former California State Senator Honorable Abbe Land, Mayor of West Hollywood UCLA University Librarian Gary E. Strong April De Stefano, Assistant Director UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Harry Brant Chandler kicked off the Library Associates Author series for the current academic year last night to a full house at the Research Library. Chandler’s new book, Dreamers in Dream City is a stunning collection of portraits and biographies of some of the most colorful and accomplished people the City of Angels has ever produced.
Harry is a fifth-generation Angeleno and a member of the Chandler family of The Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the presstigious Phillips Andover Academy, he is a graduate of Stanford University. For almost 30 years, Harry was a media executive who worked with companies such as 20th Century Fox, Showtime, and CBS. Recently, he has begun to devote his talents to art and photograhy. His distinctive portrait of Los Angeles in Dreamers is a result of his experiences in media blended with his passion for photography.
He hightlighted four of the “dreamers” drawn from the fifty-six women and men included in the book ranging from immigrants to billionaires, unknowns to the world famous, surfers to moviemakers, and quacks to rocket scientists.
As always there was a lively question and answer session at the conclusion of his remarks.
Harry Brant Chandler with Gary Strong during the reception following the program.