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Demise of “mademoiselle.”

February 24th, 2012 by Michael Winter

Bernadette Swanson found this official French government circular announcing the administrative decision to abandon “mademoiselle” as a term of address in official contexts, effective February 21st, 2012.  The same will be true of other terms of address, like “nom d’epoux” and “nom d’epouse,” which will be replaced by “nom d’usage.”  The German term “Fräulein” was officially rejected decades ago.

The Reading Experience Database (RED)

February 22nd, 2012 by Michael Winter

“UK RED captures the reading tastes and habits of the famous and the ordinary, the young and the old, men and women. The texts range from books and newspapers to ephemera such as playbills and tickets, and from illuminated manuscripts, novels and poetry to tombstone inscriptions and graffiti.”

For about 30,000 open access records documenting reading and reading practices in the UK, 1450-1945, see

Islamic Manuscripts at the University of Michigan

February 16th, 2012 by Michael Winter

On Display: Reimaging the Peter J. Shields Library

February 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Step into Peter J. Shields Library and you may see the future. On display in the lobby are architectural renderings of a potential library-to-come, visions conceived and illustrated by UC Davis architecture students.
Professor Mark Kessler (teaching Design 180A) has created a course that focuses attention on the real world challenges of designing the research library of tomorrow. One of the assignments in his course encourages his students to make better use of the front of the library: the entrance, the lobby, stair case and first and second floor spaces. The students studied existing plans, researched the library design and architecture literature, observed the social use of our spaces, and interviewed librarians and library users to come up with designs that might accommodate the multiple, and sometimes, competing demands of an academic library.

The results of this assignment are on display. Come see how this talented group of students imagined a redesigned Peter J. Shields and let us know what you think as we plan the research library of tomorrow.

Send comments to:

Daniel Goldstein
Arts and Humanities Librarian
University Library, UC Davis

Social Psychology of Facebook

February 9th, 2012 by David Michalski

The California Aggie published a news story by Kelsie Ozamiz (from Ohio State University’s The Lantern) on the psychology of Facebook users. “Facebook affects happiness, study says” (2/9/2012). The article cites this study from the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking:

“They Are Happier and Having Better Lives than I Am”: The Impact of Using Facebook on Perceptions of Others’ Lives

Hui-Tzu Grace Chou and Nicholas Edge and. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. doi:10.1089/cyber.2011.0324.


Facebook, as one of the most popular social networking sites among college students, provides a platform for people to manage others’ impressions of them. People tend to present themselves in a favorable way on their Facebook profile. This research examines the impact of using Facebook on people’s perceptions of others’ lives. It is argued that those with deeper involvement with Facebook will have different perceptions of others than those less involved due to two reasons. First, Facebook users tend to base judgment on examples easily recalled (the availability heuristic). Second, Facebook users tend to attribute the positive content presented on Facebook to others’ personality, rather than situational factors (correspondence bias), especially for those they do not know personally. Questionnaires, including items measuring years of using Facebook, time spent on Facebook each week, number of people listed as their Facebook “friends,” and perceptions about others’ lives, were completed by 425 undergraduate students taking classes across various academic disciplines at a state university in Utah. Surveys were collected during regular class period, except for two online classes where surveys were submitted online. The multivariate analysis indicated that those who have used Facebook longer agreed more that others were happier, and agreed less that life is fair, and those spending more time on Facebook each week agreed more that others were happier and had better lives. Furthermore, those that included more people whom they did not personally know as their Facebook “friends” agreed more that others had better lives.

The University Library subscribes to this journal, and collects in this area in the service of growing interest among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates examining the social and psychological life of internet users.

Other journals covering this subject include:

New Media & Society

Computers in Human Behavior

Information, Communication & Society


Social Science Computer Review

Some recent books include:

The Oxford handbook of Internet psychology / edited by Adam N. Joinson … [et al.].
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2007.
Shields Library HM1017 .O94 2007 Regular Loan

Psychological aspects of cyberspace : theory, research, applications / edited by Azy Barak.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Shields Library HM1017 .P79 2008 Regular Loan

The social net : understanding human behavior in cyberspace / edited by Yair Amichai-Hamburger.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Shields Library HM1017 .S62 2005 Regular Loan

Newslore : contemporary folklore on the Internet / Russell Frank.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2011.
Call no. Shields Library PS439 .F73 2011 Regular Loan

The Internet in everyday life / edited by Barry Wellman and Caroline Haythornthwaite.
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2002.
Shields Library HM851 .I58 2002 Regular Loan

iPolitics : citizens, elections, and governing in the new media era / [edited by] Richard L. Fox, Jennifer M. Ramos.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Shields Library JK1764 .I75 2012 At UC Bindery

The net delusion : the dark side of internet freedom / Evgeny Morozov.
New York : Public Affairs, c2011.

Media perspectives for the 21st century / edited by Stylianos Papathanassopoulos.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2011.
Shields Library P90 .M3679 2011 Regular Loan

Lanier, Jaron.
You are not a gadget : a manifesto / Jaron Lanier.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Shields Library HM851 .L358 2010 Regular Loan

Facebook and philosophy : what’s on your mind? / edited by D.E. Wittkower.
Chicago : Open Court, c2010.
Shields Library HM742 .F33 2010 Regular Loan

Computer-mediated communication in personal relationships / edited by Kevin B. Wright & Lynne M. Webb.
New York : Peter Lang, c2011.
Shields Library HM742 .C65 2011 Regular Loan

The tuning of place : sociable spaces and pervasive digital media / Richard Coyne.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2010.
Shields Library QA76.5915 .C695 2010 Regular Loan

Interested in researching scholarly material on the social and psychological aspects of online social networks? Contact Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, David Michalski

CDL joins PKP

February 7th, 2012 by David Michalski


The CDL partnership with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University was discussed with the CoUL, and is described in detail below:

As the scholarly publishing landscape heats up with more talk of boycotts and Open Access mandates, research libraries increasingly find themselves at a crossroads between publishers and faculty — and eagerly working to provide new solutions to entrenched problems. The California Digital Library’s (CDL) latest foray into this space, on behalf of the University of California system, focuses on supporting open source publishing infrastructure through a major development partnership with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

As a result of this agreement, the CDL will assist with PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite — Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester System (OHS), with Open Monograph Press (OMP) due for release in the coming year.

Chuck Eckman, Dean of Library Services at Simon Fraser University stated: “The California Digital Library is widely recognized for its record of innovation and leadership in the domain of scholarly publishing and the SFU Library is thrilled at the prospects this new collaborative venture creates for advancing our shared scholarly communication goals.” Laine Farley, Executive Director of CDL, noted, “Not only are we extremely pleased with the flexibility afforded by OJS, we are also delighted to join this growing international community and contribute to the future growth of this publishing solution.”

The California Digital Library, in partnership with the University of California campus libraries, supports and encourages open access publishing initiatives within the UC system through its eScholarship publishing and institutional repository platform. eScholarship provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship. Home to 45 peer-reviewed journals (;browse-journal=aa ), eScholarship has recently transitioned to OJS as its journal management and submission system and has integrated OJS with its pre/post-print, books and working papers repository, which contains more than 45,000 UC-affiliated publications.

John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University, Library Scholar in Residence and Professor (Limited Term) in Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University, and founding Director of PKP stated: “Given the leadership, innovation, and engagement shown by CDL in moving scholarly communication into a digital era marked by a spirit of greater openness and sharing aimed at the advancement of learning, this partnership provides a wonderful opportunity for PKP to further explore ways that faculty and librarians can work together to make more of what we do more of a public good.”

The California Digital Library provides digital library development and support for the University of California libraries and the communities they serve. The CDL Publishing Group delivers open access digital publication services to the University of California academic community, supports widespread distribution of UC research materials, and fosters new models of scholarly publishing through the development and application of advanced technologies. (For further information contact Catherine Mitchell, director of CDL Publishing at 510.587.6132.)

PKP is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research. With more than 11,500 installations of Open Journal Systems (OJS); Open Conference Systems (OCS); and Open Harvester Systems (OHS) around the world, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has proven that open source software can be a game changer in scholarly publishing.

In September 2011, PKP officially launched a major sustainability campaign to ensure the continued development and enhancement of its open source software suite and to provide better support for the growing PKP user community. To find out more about this initiative and how your site can become a PKP sponsor visit the PKP Web site at

California Budget Process Instructional Session

February 3rd, 2012 by Alison Lanius

Do you know how the California budget is passed? Who influences the process and where budget information can be found? This session will explain where publications, print and on the web, can be found, who influences the process and the current legislative process for passing the final budget.
Tue, Feb 28 2:00pm-3:00pm
Library Instruction Lab
Questions? Please contact Patricia C. Inouye,, 530-752-1656.