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Library Services Survey

July 31st, 2009 by David Michalski

Your opinion matters. In order to understand how UC Davis faculty, staff, and students use library services and facilities an online survey has been created. Please take a moment to complete the questionnaire.

* Library Services Survey

For questions or comments regarding the survey, please contact:
Amy Kautzman, Associate University Librarian for the Humanities & Social Sciences

RESOURCE: 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation

July 24th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The New York Public Library’s excellent online exhibit on the year of gay liberation opens with an inviting digital poster with all the names of the gay liberation groups represented in the exhibit. Visitors can click anywhere on the poster to enter the exhibit. Take a look at the “Introduction” to learn about the history of gay liberation groups. About half a dozen or so of the groups are featured on the left side of the page, and the visitor can click on each one to read the story of their involvement in the gay liberation movement. Visitors who will be in New York City July through November can catch the “Traveling Panel Exhibition” at various libraries throughout the city, however, those visitors who won’t be anywhere near the Big Apple during those months, can “Download a PDF of the Panel Exhibition”. Finally, visitors should definitely not miss out on the link to the “LGBT Resources at the NYPL”, located in the lower left hand corner of the page. There are collections devoted to LGBT health, seniors, history and teens, as well as a list of other digital collections that are available.



RESOURCE: National Woman’s Party Digital Collection

July 24th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo

As this website declares, “The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum celebrates women’s progress toward equality and their continuing contributions to our society.” Located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., it holds the National Woman’s Party (NWP) historic collection of “records and artifacts that document the mass political movement for women’s full citizenship in the 20th century, both in the United States and throughout the world.” The physical and digital collection of the NWP consists of suffrage banners, the Suffragist magazine, political cartoons, and historic objects of women important to the suffrage movement, such as the chair of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the desk used by Alice Paul to write the Equal Rights Amendment. Visitors interested in browsing the collection can click on the “Browse Collection” tab at the top of the page to start browsing. The four time periods, “Suffrage”, “Equal Rights”, “International”, and “Contemporary”, are available to browse, and there is an interesting feature that allows the visitor to learn more about the period, before choosing one, by rolling their mouse over the title of a period. After visitors have chosen the period, the media type and media subtype can be chosen–everything from “Artifacts” “to “Sculptures” to “Records”.

This website appears to be down:


The archive of the National Women’s Party is in the Library of Congress, and some material has been digitized here:

RESOURCE: The Orion Center’s Dead Sea Scrolls Bibliography

July 17th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The Orion Center’s bibliography, which covers items from 1995 to the present, allows users to keep up to date on scholarship on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Orion Bibliography was initiated and maintained by Dr. Avital Pinnick from 1995-2000. David Emanuel compiled the Bibliography from 2000-2002; it is currently overseen by Dr. Ruth Clements and Nadav Sharon. This bibliography is a joint project with the journal, Revue de Qumrân, and appears in that journal twice a year. The bibliography has been converted to Unicode formatting. The Current Bibliography is updated every Monday and contains the newest references, as they are added to the database. In the alphabetical files, under each author’s name, the works are arranged chronologically, from earliest to most recent.  



RESOURCE: Tharchin Collection

July 17th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Columbia University Libraries is pleased to establish the Tharchin Collection, dedicated to the memory of Gegen Dorje Tharchin (1889-1976), also known as “Tharchin Babu.” As founder of the Tibet Mirror Press in Kalimpong, India, Gegen Dorje Tharchin was the renowned editor of the Tibet Mirror and many other Tibetan-language publications which circulated among Tibetan readers on both sides of the Himalayas, and as far as New York, from the early 1920s through the late 1960s. The Tibet Mirror (Tib. Yul phyogs so so’i gsar ‘gyur me long) was published from 1925 to 1963 in Kalimpong, and chronicles the most dramatic social and political transformation to have occurred in Tibet during a time when vernacular writing was relatively scarce, and a Tibetan media practically non-existent. The paper also relayed information about World War II, the independence of India, and other global news to Tibetan readers in Lhasa, Gyantse, Kham, etc., and to traders and aristocrats who frequently traveled from Lhasa via the Chumbi Valley to Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Calcutta.  In 2007, Paul Hackett (Ph.D., Religious Studies, Columbia University) and Christina Harris (Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, City University of New York) donated to the C.V. Starr East Asian Library a total of 97 unique issues of the Tibet Mirror, representing nearly 30% of the paper’s full run. With assistance from Columbia University Libraries’ Preservation Department and Digital Programs Division, these holdings were microfilmed and digitally scanned for online public access. The cornerstone of the Tharchin Collection is comprised of the newspaper holdings and their digital presentation.



Placing Course Reserves

July 9th, 2009 by David Michalski

Beginning August 3, 2009, the Shields Library Reserves unit staff will accept course materials on Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.  This is being done to maximize staffing efficiencies.

Instructors are encouraged to make use of Smartsite to link to internet-based titles.

To ensure that course reserves titles are available to students by the first day of classes, reserves lists must be received by the shields library Reserves staff by the last Friday of:

• August for fall quarter
• November for winter quarter
• February for spring quarter
• May for summer session

Reserves lists received after the deadline may take up to two weeks to process due to peak workload constraints at the beginning of the quarter and the delays involved in retrieving loaned material.