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Questions about UC Open Access Policy?

October 11th, 2014 by David Michalski

The UC Open Access Policy and what it means for you

The UC Open Access Policy (http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/open-access-policy/ or http://uc-oa.info) was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014. The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate.  Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers, psayers@ucdavis.edu

Check it out: Library News for the Fall Quarter 2014

October 3rd, 2014 by David Michalski

Check it out: Library News for the Fall Quarter 2014

from Social, Behavioral and Cultural Studies Librarian, David Michalski

 

Contents

* Upcoming Senate and Federation Library Survey
* Event: Carla Hesse on UC Berkeley’s Commission on the Future of the Library.
* UC Open Access Policy
* Research Support Services for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
* Fall Social and Cultural Studies Workshops
* Librarian Office Hours


Upcoming Senate and Federation Library Survey

The Library is conducting an online survey of Senate faculty and Academic Federation personnel this fall.
See: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/ithaca-faq.php
This is an important survey, which will help us guide your Library’s future. Please help us spread the word, and take a moment to give us your input this Fall.

The survey will run from October 13 – November 15.

On October 13, you will get an personal email jointly from the Provost and chairs of the Academic Senate and Academic Federation, which will include a
link to the survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey when you get the email.

For more information on this important survey See: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/ithaca-faq.php

Questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns about the survey can be directed to:
William Garrity,
Deputy University Librarian
wfgarrity@ucdavis.edu
530-752 2110


Event: Carla Hesse on UC Berkeley’s Commission on the Future of the Library

UC Berkeley Dean, Carla Hesse Presents On The Changing Role of The University Library:
Perspectives from UC Berkeley’s Commission on the Future of the Library.
http://laucdavis.tumblr.com/

Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Room, Second Floor
3:30-5:00pm
Thursday October 16, 2014

Carla Hesse
Peder Sather Professor History, Executive Dean, College of Letters and Science, Dean, Social Sciences,
University of California, Berkeley

Hilary Schiraldi
Head of the Long Business Library, Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley

Please join Dean Carla Hesse and Librarian Hilary Schiraldi as they discuss their work on UC Berkeley’s Commission on the Future of the Library, an examination of the critical role the Library will play in the research University in the coming years. The Commission’s report on UC Berkeley’s Libraries will be of interest to UC Davis because of the strong connections between our libraries, and because our own University Library is currently engaged in reorganizing and planning to meet the challenges of the future.

Read the Commission’s Report:
UC Berkeley’s Commission on the Future of the Library
http://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/issues/commission-future-uc-berkeley-library

Sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Davis

For more info contact: David Michalski,
michalski@ucdavis.edu


UC Open Access Policy

The University California Faculty have implemented a new Open Access Policy.
http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/open-access-policy/

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10
campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty and as many as 40,000 publications a year. By granting a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers, faculty members can now make their research widely and publicly available, re-use it for various purposes, or modify it for future research publications.

Learn more about this policy here:
http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/open-access-policy/

Questions? Contact: UC Davis Open Access Support Team: OAsupport@lib.ucdavis.edu


Research Services for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Your Library is ready to support you and your students
http://guides.lib.ucdavis.edu/SocSci_Hum_Arts

Subject Guides:
Our librarians maintain web-based research portals to introduce you to the resources available in you field. Are you doing a literature review? Check out our
Subject Guides: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/research/subjects/

Consultation Desk:
2nd Floor, Peter J. Shields Library: 9am-6pm M-Th, 9-5 F.
Reference Librarians, trained in the social sciences and humanities are available at this location to help with class assignments, term papers and advanced research projects. Drop by, no appointment needed. Consultation desk phone: 530-752-5220 hssref@lib.ucdavis.edu

New Acquisitions and Book Requests:
The Library works hard to provide the latest information to support the University’s research and instruction. We are interested in hearing about advances and new directions in your fields of study. If you would like the Library to purchase an item important for research or instruction, please contact your bibliographer http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/directories/subjspec.php

Government Information and Data Services:
Our librarians can also assist you with locating and identifying government information including government produced numeric and geographic data held by the library and cooperating institutions. We can provide assistance with available applications to help you identify and obtain data in support of research. Ask about the Library’s new Data Management solutions.

Library Research Classes, Orientations, and Tours:
We offer classes and tours throughout the year geared to introduce students to library research, and to teach critical information literacy skills. Contact us to find out how we can help jump-start your students’ research projects. We offer these classes in the library or in your classroom.
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/


Social and Cultural Studies Workshops

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates engaged in Social and Cultural Studies research projects are invited to attend these project-centered research workshops. Participants will learn how to effectively navigate and evaluate the social and cultural studies literature available to them at the University of California and beyond.
http://blogs.lib.ucdavis.edu/hss/2014/10/03/social-and-cultural-studies-workshops/

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Library Instruction Lab, Peter J. Shields Library, (1st floor, near Reserves Desk)

Instructor: David Michalski
These small group sessions allow time for individual consultations and guided searches, so participants are encouraged to bring along research problems and questions they have about the University Library. There is no need to sign up. Just drop in!


Librarian Office Hours

To make an appointment with another subject specialist librarian see: http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/directories/subjspec.php

For help on term papers and research projects in African & African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Community & Regional Development, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies,  Schedule an appointment  here : http://ow.ly/owBSp

Here’s to a great quarter!
David

Social and Cultural Studies Workshops

October 3rd, 2014 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Workshops

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Library Instruction Lab, Peter J. Shields Library, (1st floor, near Reserves Desk)

Instructor: David Michalski

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates engaged in Social and Cultural Studies research projects are invited to attend these project-centered research workshops. Participants will learn how to effectively navigate and evaluate the social and cultural studies literature available to them at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

* the latest in database searching and the tracking of academic journal literature,
* the uses of key reference sources in framing topics and in cross-disciplinary studies,
* the discovery and access issues in the location of relevant primary source material,
* and the general structure of scholarly communication in social and cultural studies.

These small group sessions allow time for individual consultations and guided searches, so participants are encouraged to bring along research problems and questions they have about the University Library. There is no need to sign up. Just drop in!

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David Michalski, MLS, Ph.D.
Social, Behavioral and Cultural Studies Librarian
Research Support Services, 2nd Floor (Rm 288)
Peter J. Shields Library
100 Northwest Quad,
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
michalski@ucdavis.edu

Office Hours: Mondays 10-11,11-12, Wednesdays 2-3,3-4
See Schedule: http://ow.ly/owBSp

Subject Librarian for: African & African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Community & Regional Development, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies.

Let Us Know: Library Survey for Senate Faculty and Academic Federation Personnel

October 2nd, 2014 by David Michalski

The Library is conducting an online survey of Senate faculty and Academic Federation personnel this fall.

· The survey will run from October 13 – November 15. On October 13, you will get an individualized email jointly from the Provost and chairs of the Academic Senate and Academic Federation, which will include a link to the survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey when you get the email.

· The Library needs your input in order to provide the resources and services that you, your students, postdocs, and research associates need.

· Please see below and the: Library Faculty & Researcher Survey FAQ page for additional information. (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/about/ithaca-faq.php)

Questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns about the survey can be directed to:
William Garrity, Deputy University Librarian,
wfgarrity@ucdavis.edu
530-752‑2110

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What Is the UC Davis Senate and Federation Library Survey?

The Library is conducting a UCD-wide survey of all Senate faculty and Academic Federation personnel to guide the Library’s provision of information resources and services. The tool we are using is Ithaka S+R’s Local Faculty Survey. Ithaka S+R is the consultancy arm of Ithaka, a not-for-profit that is also home of JSTOR and Portico. The Local Faculty Survey is the local version of Ithaka S+R’s well regarded national Faculty Survey Series.


When Is the Survey & How Will It Work?
The survey will launch on October 13 and close on November 15.
On October 13, you will get an email, with a link to the survey.
Reminder emails with a link to the survey will be sent to those who have not yet responded, at reasonable intervals, until the survey closes on November 15.

Survey Incentives:

To encourage participation, and recognize your time and effort, all participants who complete the survey will be entered in a random drawing to win one of five $75 gift certificates to the UC Davis Stores.

How Objects Speak

August 13th, 2014 by David Michalski

Some of the more interesting classes that draw upon the rich collections of Shields Library over the years are those that study material culture. Professors in American Studies, Community Development, Sociology, Anthropology,  the History of Science, and University Writing frequently send their students to library resources to trace the changing interaction between objects and society. Student’s examining technologies of everyday life, such as eyeglasses, cell phone’s, or hair dryers draw upon the library’s primary and secondary literatures to reconstruct the social worlds through which these objects pass. The term papers the students write testify to the complex relations that surround things, and in the process of writing, students often find that it is in the social gathering that the object comes to life.

Peter Miller, in his recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “How Objects Speak” traces the rise of interest in study of material culture and examines its contemporary appeal.

Milk Jar
From Miller’s article “How Objects Speak” Chronicle of Higher Education. 8/11/2014
Item: milk can
Material: Aluminum
Size: Diameter 32 cm, height of the main part 51 cm, and the upper part 15 cm.
Date: 1940?
Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Peter Miller has also gathered recent writing on material culture studies in his new edited book:
Cultural histories of the material world Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2013. See: Shields Library HM621 .C848 2013. It’s a good place to start, if one is interested in engaging the archaeology of the present.

Seeking New Paths to Open Access in the Humanities

February 21st, 2014 by David Michalski

Earlier this week, I attended webinar, called “Open Access in the Humanities” led by Rupert Gatti. Dr. Gatti is a Fellow in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and Co-Founder and Director of Open Book Publishers. The presentation outlined the landscape and the challenges of Open Access in the humanities.

One point that resonated with me, given the centrality of monographs to the humanities, was a statistic that showed the relative dearth of new open access academic books in relation to new journal titles. Clearly there are combinations of reasons preventing a more robust move to open access in the humanities, both economic (the problem of financial capital: books (e or print) are more labor intensive) and sociocultural (the problem of cultural capital: in that humanities books are awarded status and prestige through publishing houses). Gatti’s presentation took on these challenges by seeking a sustainable ways to address these conditions, showing some exciting options moving forward.

The bulk of his presentation was spent on Open Books Publishers, a new publishing project for peer-reviewed open access monographs, which he directs. (See Open Books Publishers:

http://www.openbookpublishers.com/section/25/1/faqs ) This outfit has only published a few books to date, but their economic model, which includes a mixture of revenue from big name supporters, hard-copy and alternative format sales, and voluntary author-generated publication grant funding makes them an interesting new player in field.

Gatti also outlined other important initiatives. One of these was Knowledge Unlatched, (See: http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/ ) a project which seeks long-term cost savings for institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons license. UC Libraries is part in one of their pilot projects. Another was Unglue It, ( https://unglue.it/about/) a project designed to help individuals and institutions join together to liberate specific ebooks “crowd-funding ” payments to authors and publishers so they they will relicense their works under Creative Commons licenses.” 

It is exciting to see these different economic models being tried. While I can’t say they will all achieve the sustainability they desire, it is clear that their aim is to create cooperatives to address real costs.

This webinar was sponsored by UKSG, a group formally that United Kingdom Serials Group. UKSG has evolved into a network that encourages “the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication…spanning the wide range of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors. More about their activities can be found here: http://www.uksg.org/

Behold the Editor, increasingly important, yet undervalued says Alan Rauch

January 22nd, 2014 by David Michalski

Ecce Emendator: The Cost of Knowledge for Scholarly Editors.  

“…How is it that the role of editor has seemed to have disappeared? And how is it that the tremendous labor performed by editors has essentially been erased or degraded by the very system that depends on us?…”

Alan Rauch, past president of president of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ), and founding editor of Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology writes about the place of academic journal Editors in the new political economy of knowledge.
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/285-ecce-emendator-the-cost-of-knowledge-for-scholarly-editors

New data science institute to help scholars harness ‘big data’

November 19th, 2013 by David Michalski

By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | November 13, 2013

BERKELEY — In a world awash in data, UC Berkeley is meeting the flood head-on by establishing a new institute to support faculty, researchers and students in their efforts to mine this information in areas as diverse as astronomy and economics, genetics and demography

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/11/13/new-data-science-institute-to-help-scholars-harness-big-data/

Vision of the data center in Doe Library.

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/datasciencecenter4501.jpg

NYT: Professor Says He Has Solved a Mystery Over a Slave’s Novel

September 19th, 2013 by David Michalski

In this New York Times article, Gregg Hecimovich, chairman of the English department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, is reported to have solved a literary and cultural mystery by identifying the author of The Bondswoman’s Narrative: Hannah Bond, and naming her literary influences by researching wills, diaries, handwritten almanacs and public records.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/books/professor-says-he-has-solved-a-mystery-over-a-slaves-novel.html

See also–
Crafts, Hannah.
bondwoman’s narrative / Hannah Crafts ; edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
New York : Warner Books, c2002.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B66 2002 Regular Loan

In search of Hannah Crafts : critical essays on The bondwoman’s narrative / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, eds.
New York : BasicCivitas, c2004.
Shields Library PS1449.C673 B6634 2004 Regular Loan

Hecimovich, Gregg A.Searching for Hannah Crafts in Eastern North Carolina. North Carolina Literary Review 16 (2007): 43-54.

Williams, Adebayo. “Of Human Bondage and Literary Triumphs: Hannah Crafts and the Morphology of the Slave Narrative.” Research in African Literatures 34.1 (Spring 2003): 137ff

Library Research Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences

September 16th, 2013 by David Michalski

Library Research Workshops in the Humanities and Social Sciences
with Research Librarian, David Michalski

Library research skills can help one jump-start new projects, place old questions in new contexts, and allow one to probe more deeply into the social and cultural record.

Graduate students, faculty and other researchers working in the Humanities, Cultural Studies or Social Sciences are invited to bring their projects to a Library Research Workshop.

Researchers will learn about the latest resources, participate in guided hands-on instruction, and have their questions about the library answered in this informal, collegial setting. Learn the most effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate the wide variety of interdisciplinary information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:
Locating primary source material,
Conducting literature reviews in unfamiliar areas,
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
and the use of specialized reference works.

Bring your questions and let us learn how we can serve you better.


Library Workshop Dates

October 22nd
Tuesday, 1-2:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 24th
Thursday, 10-11:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 29th
Tuesday, 10-11:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

October 31st
Thursday, 2-3:30
Peter J. Shields Library
Library Instruction Lab
First floor, near the Reserves Desk

Finding the Library Instruction Lab:
http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/about/maps.php?map=lil


Instructor: David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (michalski@ucdavis.edu) is the Social and Cultural Studies Librarian at the University of California, Davis. He has twelve years experience as a research librarian, and is the author of a number of scholarly publications in information studies, cultural studies and sociology.
For more info see: http://people.lib.ucdavis.edu/~davidm/mycard.html