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Tomorrow is already today: “Heute für Morgen” at BMW

February 26th, 2013 by Michael Winter

BMW has introduced a new concept of the work group:  the average age of the workers can’t drop below 47, reflecting the shifting demographics of the advanced industrial societies.

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Fall Research Workshops: Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Library Research Workshop

w/ David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (

1st Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

2nd Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

This workshop invites graduate students, faculty and other researchers to see and practice with the latest research tools available. Learn effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate and evaluate the wide variety of information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

The latest in database searching (including the Proquest transisiton databases),
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
Locating primary source material,
and the use of interdisciplinary and specialized reference works.

Participants are encouraged to bring along research projects as well as any questions they have about the University Library.
Let us learn how we can serve you better.

David Michalski is a UC Davis Librarian subject specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department responsible to these departments and programs: Sociology, Psychology, Human, Community and Regional Development, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more info see:

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian Office Hours

May 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Working on a term paper in the social sciences or the humanities?
Starting a new research project?
Interested in the latest means to discover and track scholarly literature?

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, David Michalski is available for consultations.

Make an appointment to develop a custom search strategy, and make sure you are getting the most out of your library resources.

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

January 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

Thursday, February 16, 2012
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Place: 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 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!


David Michalski, MLS, Ph.D.
Social and Cultural Studies Librarian
Humanities and Social Sciences Dept., 2nd Floor
Peter J. Shields Library
100 Northwest Quad,
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours: Tues 10-12, & by appt.

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.

Medical Humanities Grant Open to UC Davis Grad/Prof Students

June 16th, 2011 by David Michalski

This looks like an exciting opportunity, and certainly one that can lead to innovative uses of the University Library’s deep collections in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Life Sciences.

Medical Humanities Grant Open to UC Davis Graduate and Professional Students

Three fellowships are available to graduate or professional students at UC Davis to conduct research in the Medical Humanities. These grants are sponsored by the cross-UC Medical Humanities Consortium and will run during the 2011-2012 academic year. Grantees will pursue an individualized research project relating to the theme of “language and de/humanization in a medical setting.” They will also be expected to assist in organizing and running a spring or summer 2012 conference building on their research themes and the research themes of three other campuses in the Consortium. During the academic year, students will be expected to participate in themed monthly interdisciplinary discussion groups with members of the UC Davis academic community. These meetings are currently held at a faculty member’s home in Sacramento and are attended by scholars of medicine, history, literature, cultural studies and nursing.

The ideal candidates for these grants will be graduate or professional students in humanities or healthcare disciplines who wish to pursue a personal and professional interest in the developing field of Medical Humanities. Applicants should have a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary collaboration and be able to demonstrate good communication and organizational skills. Conference-related duties may vary from arranging accommodations for speakers to liaising with caterers to helping plan panel topics and selecting conference attendees. This grant offers the opportunity to build experience in the fast-growing and dynamic field of Medical Humanities, to work with a small, committed group of scholars from across UC Davis, and to develop strong networking and event organization experience. Students must have access to independent transport and be willing to travel reasonable distances to pursue their research.

A stipend of $1200 will be awarded. This amount includes the student’s gas costs and mileage, as well as time allocated to research and organization. Extraneous expenses incurred, such as those for copying and any food provided for official grant-related events, will be reimbursed.

Interested applicants should provide a 300-word research proposal outlining a project of interest on the theme of “language and de/humanization in a medical setting.” Students may choose to take a historical, practice-led, or theoretical approach to this topic, just to name a few options. The proposal should explain the importance of the project, what evidence the student will examine, the project’s methodologies, and how the findings could contribute to the field of Medical Humanities. Students should keep in mind that proposals will be read by an interdisciplinary selection committee, and thus should avoid the use of disciplinary-specific terminology without adequate contextualization.

Please also include a current copy of your CV. Applications are due by June 30, 2011 via email to Questions may also be sent to this address. Successful applicants will be notified by July 31, 2011.

New Reference: Encyclopedia of Motherhood

April 27th, 2011 by David Michalski

Encyclopedia of motherhood
Andrea O’Reilly, general editor.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2010.
3 v. (li, 1428 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference HQ759 .E52 2010 Lib Use Only

Subject Motherhood — Encyclopedias.
Add.Entry O’Reilly, Andrea, 1961-