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The Open Humanities Press: On New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities

September 28th, 2010 by David Michalski

The Open Humanities Press: On New Publishing Opportunities in the Humanities

Marta Brunner, Open Humanities Press, UCLA Libraries
Date: Thursday, October 21, 1-3pm
Location: 126 Voorhies, UC Davis

Marta Brunner shares her experience as an advisor to the Open Humanities Press, (OUP) an international publishing collective in critical and cultural theory. This scholarly run collective publishes journals such as Fast Capitalism, Film-Philosophy, the International Journal of Žižek Studies and Postcolonial Text, as well books in series edited by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Wlad Godzich and Bruno Latour. Marta Brunner will discuss opportunities and challenges for for humanities scholars offered by new publishing systems alongside the coming crisis in humanities publishing. For more info on OUP see

Marta L. Brunner is Head of Collections, Research, and Instructional Services at the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA. In addition to her work in Young Research Library, she sits on the UCLA Library Scholarly Communication Steering Committee and is a Library representative to the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education: Humanities, Arts and Architecture, Social and Information Sciences. Marta came to Young Research Library in 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources after obtaining her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at UC Santa Cruz.

Sponsored by the University Library UC Davis

Contact: David Michalski, Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, UC Davis, 530-752-2086

November 10, General Election – ballot proposition information from IGS Library at UCB

September 28th, 2010 by

The IGS Library at UC Berkeley has compiled information on November 2010 General Election ballot propositions and includes a table of endorsements as they come in.   Also check out the IGS Policy Research Guides for suggested California public policy resources by topic.  vote

Voter Information Guide November 2, 2010  from California Secretary of State.

For historical information about California ballot measures, see the California Ballot Measures Database  from Hastings College of the Law Library.   The Database is a comprehensive, searchable source of information on California ballot propositions from 1911 to 2006.

See also:  A History of California Iniatives,  an  analysis of California initiative measures from 1912 to 2002.

September 17 is Constitution Day!

September 17th, 2010 by

constitution-01-lOn September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the final draft of the constitution. The final draft was then sent to the states for ratification.

September 17 has been designed by Congress as Constitution Day – public schools and governmental offices are required to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

The Constitution is on display in the rotunda of the National Archives.

Constitution of the United States Questions and Answers

A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution

Constitution Day Resources from the Library of Congress

Selected government publications about the Constitution and the Convention in Shields Library

How to Equalize Access to Digital Collections

September 16th, 2010 by Daniel Goldstein

I published this essay in the July, 2010 issue of the Newsletter of the History of Science Society.

How to Equalize Access to Digital Collections

It is no news that scholars at major universities have better access to research materials than do their colleagues elsewhere. But lately, there has been growing concern that the imbalance is getting worse because of the way that digitized collections are being made available. It turns out that, in terms of equalizing access, digitization is a mixed bag.
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