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Political Book and Pamphlet Collections: From the Left and from the Right

February 28th, 2011 by Michael Winter

Further description of political and radical pamphlets housed in Shields Library’s Special Collections Department

Project Censored

February 26th, 2011 by Michael Winter

Peter Phillips, a UC Davis sociology PhD whose doctoral research focused on The Bohemian Grove (a private organization composed of wealthy, influential elites from all walks of life) is a co-founder of Project Censored, a service tracking the suppression of major news stories.

3 New Image Collections added to ARTstor

February 25th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

ARTstor, the digital image database is constantly adding new collections from museums and other sources. You can see the new collection announcements here.

The three newest additions are:

  • The American Folk Art Museum: Over 1600 images of traditional folk art.
  • The City College of New York: Over 1800 images including ancient artifacts, plaster casts, and murals, as well as prints, drawings, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • The Fondazione Federico Zeri, Università di Bologna:  Over 28,000 photographs of 16th century Italian paintings.

Grant Opportunities in Digital Images and History

February 25th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

Here are descriptions and links for two grant opportunities

ARTstor Travel Awards 2011

While the digital age is opening up new ways of using images of the world’s cultural heritage in teaching and scholarship, there is no substitute for engaging with original works and sites or primary source material, or for attending conferences with colleagues. In recognition of this need, ARTstor is providing five travel awards in the amount of $1,500 each (to be used by December 31, 2012) to help support the educational and scholarly activities—such as flying to a conference—of graduate students, scholars, curators, educators, and librarians in any field.

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Designer Mannekins That Get Our Attention

February 20th, 2011 by Michael Winter

Chinese competition enters fray,offering similar product for tiny fraction of Italian and Swiss originals–

Walter Goldwater Radical Pamphlet Collection

February 14th, 2011 by Michael Winter

From the UCD Special Collections website:

Contains more than 17,000 volumes.

“The Library established the Radical Pamphlet Collection in 1966 with a collection of pamphlets purchased from Walter Goldwater, a book dealer who specialized in radical politics, and who was also one of the first book dealers to specialize in African American Studies. The collection sat uncataloged for nearly thirty years, but in the mid-1990s the Library developed a streamlined method for cataloging pamphlets and resumed collecting in this area. The collection grew substantially with increased coverage of political issues, expanded to the present day. In memory of the source of the first acquisition, the collection was named for Walter Goldwater.

While the initial radical pamphlet collection focused mainly on the American and British Radical Left, it also included a smaller number of Right wing materials, such as the pamphlets of Charles Coughlin and other far right political writers from the late 19th century and the first half of the twentieth century. A substantial number of far right pamphlets were added to the collection in more recent years as described in our description of the Far Right Political Movements and Social Issues Collections described above.”

Dirty Secrets of Search

February 13th, 2011 by Michael Winter

From thte NYT of Sunday February 13, 2011

Living With Complexity

February 11th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

I’m reading Donald A. Norman’s Living with Complexity, a book about technology and design, and came across this description of a design consultant’s work. It seemed to me an apt way of thinking about reference service and what distinguishes it from information delivery.

Never solve the problem the client has asked you to solve. Why? Because the client is usually responding to the symptoms. The first job of the designer, sometimes the hardest part of the entire task, is to discover what the underlying problem is, what problem really needs to be solved.

La Revue Blanche

February 11th, 2011 by Michael Winter

Dan Goldstein, selector for History and Art, recently called our attention to an unusual reprint item:  La Revue Blanche.

Published in Paris (and entirely distinct from  a similarly-titled publication from Brussels) from about 1889-1903,   it features shorter pieces by Verlaine,  Apollinaire,  Jarry,  Leon Blum and many other significant lesser-known writers of that time. This attractive, well-produced reprint edition from Slatkine includes the original entire 30 volume  set.

Shelf location: Shields AP20 R384

Europeana Digital Libraries Initiative

February 9th, 2011 by Michael Winter

“Europeana Libraries is a two-year project that aims to bring together the digital collections of 19 of Europe’s leading research and university libraries, including the Universities of Belgrade, Berne, Ghent, Lund, Oxford and Vienna.Work has begun to add over five million digital objects to Europeana, including manuscripts, texts and film.”