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Town Hall Meeting on Proposed UC Open Access Policy

November 26th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

The following is an announcement from Professor Brian Kolner to members of the UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation. Please contact him with any questions:

Dear Colleagues,

The University of California is considering adopting an Open Access publishing policy that will make the results of our published scholarly work accessible through the California Digital Library. The University Committee on the Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) and the Academic Council wish to get a sense of the campuses toward adoption of this policy. Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting on the following date and location

Friday, November 30, 2012
3-5 PM

for a presentation and discussion. Following the Town Hall Meeting, we will launch a web forum on the Academic Senate web site (details to follow) for further comment. The Open Access draft policy, frequently asked questions, a slide presentation and other materials can be downloaded in advance at the following site:

We look forward to seeing you at the Town Hall on Nov. 30th.

Professor Brian H. Kolner
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Davis

What Was the University Press?: UMP’s Douglas Armato on the Scholarly Monograph

November 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Douglas Armato, director of University of the University of Minnesota Press discussed the role of the University Press in Scholarly Communication in his presentation at the 2012 Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition.

This blog entry on the University of Minnesota Press website summarizes his interesting take.

New Online Encyclopedia documents the Japanese American WWII exclusion and incarceration experience

November 8th, 2012 by David Michalski

Densho Encyclopedia
This free on-line resource documents the history of the Japanese American WWII exclusion and incarceration experience. The Densho Encyclopedia is edited by Brian Niiya, Director of Content at Densho, a Japanese American Legacy Project. The work covers key concepts, people, events, and organizations that played a role in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The reviewed articles are written by a wide range of contributors, and are enhanced with photos, documents and video drawn from Densho’s digital archives and other sources.

The Densho Encyclopedia is designed and written for a non-specialist audience that includes high school and college students and instructors, multiple generations of Nikkei community members, confinement sites preservation groups, amateur and professional historians, librarians, journalists, documentarians, and the general public.


From the Densho Encyclopedia…

A newly arrived family being escorted by a volunteer guide to their assigned location in the barracks, photographer Dorothea Lange, May 20, 1942, Sacramento Assembly Center, California. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, Ctrl. #: NWDNS-210-G-C483, NARA ARC #: 537796, WRA, Photographer Dorothea Lange