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Problems with Wireless Access to Library Resources?

September 26th, 2014 by Marcia Meister

On 9/24/14, Campus IET changed the IP ranges for the campus wireless networks. Unfortunately, the library was not notified in a timely manner. Because library resources are primarily IP-authenticated, individuals using the wireless to access library resources are currently denied access.

While the campus and the library work to get all IP addresses updated from our venders, please note the recommended solutions below. Thanks for your patience.

Short-term solution:

Log-in thru the VPN: https://vpn.lib.ucdavis.edu/dana-na/auth/url_default/welcome.cgi
Use your UCD Login ID and Kerberos passphrase (the same info you use for your UCD email)

This will give you an IP address that should provide access to licensed library resources. If the VPN proves cumbersome see the tip below for Using Google or Google Scholar From the VPN.

Long-term solution:
The library and the California Digital Library have been doing everything possible to get wireless access to library resources restored as quickly as possible. The process of notifying all our vendors is well underway and once they have the updated IP ranges in place, the short term solution of using the VPN while on campus will no longer be necessary. Our vendors need to implement the changes on their end, although we have indicated this is a high priority, we don’t control how long this might take on their end.

Using Google or Google Scholar from the VPN:
Use these steps to easily access Google or Google Scholar from the VPN. Enter the appropriate URL (google.com or scholar.google.com) in the box on the upper right of the VPN Home page (see image below). After entering the URL, click the BROWSE button to the right.

VPN-add-URL-with-google-scholar

Note this works for any URL (e.g., enter sciencemag.org for the journal “Science”).

For additional help with the VPN, see: “How to Use The VPN” (2 minute video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7cIDzJ2NYk

Important new book on higher education: what is crucial?

August 27th, 2014 by Michael Winter

In a recent blog entry I called attention to UC President Janet Napolitano’s insightful take on the role of online services in research university education today. A recent addition to the library’s collections, currently on the new book shelf on the first floor of Shields near the picture window overlooking the Main Quad, both confirms and extends her analysis, by focussing on the question, what are major factors in a successful higher education experience?  (This new item is also available in digital format). Turns out, it isn’t the technology you choose to deliver the services, it’s whether or not you can create and sustain the kinds of conditions that favor the achievement motive and the desire to learn.  These conditions aren’t necessarily unrelated to available technologies, but they have mainly to do with bringing people together in the kinds of environments that stimulate them to learn. Too often, one-sided discussions about the alleged panaceas of online learning ignore this question entirely, and focus on the fact digital platforms can offer increasingly wide ranges of content.

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.

Janet Napolitano on Online Courses in Higher Ed

July 30th, 2014 by Michael Winter

For some thoughtful and very incisive observations on onine education in the research university, read about or watch UC President Janet Napolitano’s recent policy address on this issue.

Why Bother to Learn Foreign Languages?

July 24th, 2014 by Michael Winter

As the fashionable cant of the day has it, who needs foreign languages?–the kind of sentiments by which we know and love such towering intellects as Lawrence Summers and too many others to mention. All the essentially insightful counterarguments to the contrary–national security, globalization, improving diplomatic relations, working with crucial trading partners, etc–a recent article on the subject kind of hit the nail on the head by observing that “Maybe it’s less about knowing how to conjugate verbs, and more about just not being an asshole.”

New Resources – More!

July 2nd, 2014 by Marcia Meister

The following new resources or databases were recently added. They will be included in the list of databases, the Harvest Catalog, and our Subject Guides.

British Periodicals (Proquest; late 17th Century to early 20th Century)

Trench Journals and Unit Magazines (Proquest) WWI Journals

Congressional Research Digital Collection – Congressional Research Service Reports (Proquest; CRS Reports 2004-2010)

Colonial State Papers (Chadwyck-Healy/Proquest)

Twentieth Century Parliamentary Papers

New Resources & Databases!

July 1st, 2014 by Marcia Meister

The following new resources have been licensed for UC or UC Davis users.  They will be added to our Subject Guides, the Harvest Catalog and to our list of Databases.

Gale Archival Collections:

Adam Matthew:

Oxford:
Oxford  Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine

Oxford Handbooks Online – New or renewed

Formal ontologies in the Digital Humanities

June 27th, 2014 by Michael Winter

For an excellent–and remarkably clear–discussion of how formal hierarchical semantic modelling can be applied to the subject domain of philosophy, interested readers should take a look at a recent paper by Colin Allen and the InPho group at Indiana University: “Cross-Cutting Categorization Schemes in the Digital Humanities,” ISIS 104, 3 (September 2013): 573-583; DOI: 10.1086/673276. For a sense of what a sample end-product model might look like, see  especially Fig. 1 on p. 582, which presents a representational map that depicts the similarities and differences in how the German philosopher Immanuel Kant is treated in two different domain-specific encyclopedias.

Ebook Sales Growth Slowing Greatly

June 26th, 2014 by Michael Winter

From a recent article: “Say goodbye to the go-go years of fast-paced ebook growth — at least for now. Ebook growth, once in the triple and double digits, with no signs of abating, has slowed to a crawl in 2013,” writes Jeremy Greenfield in the trade publication dbw/Digital Book World. Nonetheless,  Greenfield added, ebooks, while not currently hot commodities, are still warm; and according to the same article–based on numbers from the Association of American Publishers–“now account for a larger percentage of overall publisher revenues than they ever have.” Ebooks now account for about 27% of adult trade sales.  The same phenomenon has also recently been noted by industry standard, PW/Publishers Weekly.

Google Translate Gets Big Laughs

June 25th, 2014 by Michael Winter

Google Translate can prove useful–but watch out for hilarious, unintentionally absurd renderings.Try out a few phrases and see what you think.  For example, I entered a German language sentence containing the name of a friend—Hanno Kaiser–and it gave me “Hanno Emperor.”  And by way of Englishing the well-known French language phrase “Tu sais meme pas a quoi s’en tenir,” it gives “You know what has not even stick.”