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News on Europeana, the European Union online library

February 24th, 2010 by Michael Winter

German European Parliament deputy Helga Trüpel (German Green Party) and the European Parliament’s culture committee call on member states to provide more digital content, and to resolutely oppose the Google “mass digitization” model.  Launched in late 2008, Europeana (http://www.europeana.eu/portal) currently features 4.6 million digitised works, including books, maps, film clips and photographs.  Planners want to see this figure at 10 million by Juneof  this year and 15 million by 2015.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/culture/eu-online-library-needs-more-and-better-content-news-279202

French version at http://www.euractiv.com/fr/culture/la-librairie-en-ligne-de-lue-besoin-d-un-contenu-plus-important-et-de-meilleure-qualite-news

German version at http://www.euractiv.com/de/kultur/online-bibliothek-der-eu-braucht-mehr-und-bessere-inhalte-news-279637

New Digital Resource: Judaica Europeana

February 19th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Students and researchers in Western European studies are by now already familiar with The European Union’s europeana.eu web service,  offering over 2 million digital objects (film,photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books,newspapers and archival papers,  selected from already digitized resources from European museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections). The Europeana group (http://group.europeana.eu/ ) now unveils a new digital initiative, Judaica Europeana; ten institutions are collaborating to document Jewish culture in Europe beginning with a massive book and archive digitizing project.

The initial press release is at http://judaica-europeana.eu/news.html#Kickoff .

Give Scopus a test drive. Database trial runs through December 2010

February 16th, 2010 by David Michalski

The UC Libraries are evaluating Scopus, a multidisciplinary database to research literature. Please give this database a try, and share your experience with us.

Scopus (http://www.scopus.com/home.url)
Available for trial until: Dec 31, 2010
Scopus indexes, selectively abstracts and provides citation analysis for over 16,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 international publishers. The database also includes coverage of 1200 open access journals, 350 book series, more than 3 million conference papers, 23 million patents issued worldwide, 600 trade publications and millions of selected web pages. Coverage extends from 1996 to present across disciplines in the life and health sciences, the physical sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities. Scopus also provides tools designed to support research collaboration and assess journal quality.

(http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZVTJ25) – Evaluate this resource

The Green Library Movement

February 13th, 2010 by Michael Winter

UCD ‘s chancellor Linda Katehi recently emphasized in her State of the Campus address to the faculty on February 11th that sustainability is a strength and so should be a continuing emphasis on campus. Since the campus libraries have already shown a strong interest in this area, the following eScholarship article will be of interest:

Monika Antonelli, “The Green Library Movement: An Overview of Green Library Literature and Actions from 1979 to the Future.”EGJ: Electronic Green Journal 27 (Fall 2008) .http://escholarship.org/uc/item/39d3v236

The paranoid style in American politics, and other essays

February 10th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Why do we all seem to love conspiracy theories and stilted scenarios of doom?  Does American political culture have a paranoid style? In our own politically-polarized time, we see ample evidence of a phenomenon historian Richard Hofstadter identified forty-five years ago in one of the most influential magazine articles of the postwar period.  Hofstadter warns us not to overidentify the paranoia with right-wing extremists, since it has deep roots in American political culture.  And it’s by no means limited to politics in any narrow sense of the term:

“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But behind this I believe there is a style of mind that is far from new and that is not necessarily right-wing. I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind.”

Richard Hofstadter, “The paranoid Style in American Politics.” Harper’s Magazine. November 1964.
–Quoted in Scott Horton’s article “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Harper’s Magazine. August 10, 2007. http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/08/hbc-90000908

Go to a library catalog record for description of this book and its shelf location/call number. http://ucdavis.worldcat.org/oclc/34772674?referer=br ht=edition.

Proceedings of the Digital Arts and Culture Conference 2009

February 10th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Now available in eScholarship

http://escholarship.org/uc/ace_dac09

International Journal of Zizek Studies

February 4th, 2010 by Michael Winter

“Launched in January 2007, IJŽS is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal. As its title unambiguously proclaims, it is devoted to the work of Slavoj Žižek, a Slovenian philosopher/cultural theorist. Despite such predictably caricatured media portrayals as “the Elvis of cultural theory” and “the Marx brother”, Žižek has attracted enormous international interest through his application of otherwise esoteric scholarship to contemporary mass culture and politics. ”

http://zizekstudies.org/index.php/ijzs/index

International Dada Archive

February 3rd, 2010 by Michael Winter

Gateway to the International Dada Archive Online Bibliography.

“The catalog includes materials in all formats that have been cataloged for the collection, including books, essays in books, periodical articles, manuscripts, sound and videorecordings, and other media related to the Dada movement and to the individual dadaists. These materials are located throughout the University of Iowa Libraries, but are primarily housed in the Main Library and the Art Library. Most of the manuscript holdings are on microfilms that were made in various public and private collections in Europe and North America in the early 1980s, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Jerome Foundation.

In addition to the on-line catalog, the International Dada Archive has a card catalog comprising the approximately 47,000 titles that were cataloged prior to March 1999. This catalog may be consulted at the Archive’s office in the Main Library building. The on-line catalog includes all materials cataloged for the Dada Archive since February 1999 as well as a substantial portion of the materials cataloged prior to that date. With the assistance of a University of Iowa Arts and Humanities Initiative grant, as of September 2000 approximately 60 percent of the titles in the card catalog have been entered in the Online International Bibliography of Dada. This effort will continue until the conversion of the card catalog is complete. The International On-line Bibliography of Dada is maintained as a database within the University of Iowa’s on-line system, InfoHawk.

The International Dada Archive has no staff to process interlibrary loan requests. Once you have identified a book or article of interest in the database, please use your library’s interlibrary loan services to obtain the item if your library does not own a copy. Your library should treat the International Dada Archive as a “lender of last resort.” For interlibrary loan purposes, the International Dada Archive should be treated as a special collection within the University of Iowa Libraries. Unpublished manuscript material cannot normally be loaned.”

http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/dada/biblio/index.htm

A treasure trove of machine-readable Dada.