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UCSB Launches New Digital Collections Site

Posted by UCSB Library on June 30, 2011

With more than 500,000 volumes, photographs, and early sound recordings –– not to mention 16,000 linear feet of manuscripts –– many of the holdings in the Special Collections Department of UC Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library date back to periods well in advance of modern technology. A few thousand of those items have been brought into the 21st century thanks to the new Digital Library, which makes the images and audio recordings available to anyone with an Internet connection.

The UCSB Digital Collections features thousands of digitized items from the library’s unique and rare collections, including:

  • Original photographs
  • Music and images
  • Personal archives
  • Historic audio recordings
  • Artistic posters
  • Original scores
  • And more!

The digital collections is a resource allowing scholars and users to explore these materials anywhere they have an internet collection, and teachers to bring the archives into their classrooms. The Digital Library is available at:  http://digital.library.ucsb.edu.

For more information on the exhibit, see the campus press release.

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Exhibit in Special Collections: Framing the Word: The Making of the Modern Bible, c. 1250-1611

Posted by UCSB Library on May 30, 2011

Twenty-seven rare books and manuscripts from the 13th through 17th centuries are on display in the special collections department of Davidson Library at UC Santa Barbara. Together they trace the history of the modern Bible, from its beginnings as a series of partial manuscripts to the single volume format that exists today.

The exhibit, titled “Framing the Word: The Making of the Modern Bible, c. 1250-1611,” is curated by Sharon Farmer, professor of history at UCSB, and a group of six UCSB undergraduate students, all of whom are majoring in history. Despite their historical significance, the special collections exhibit marks the first time most of these books have been presented to the public.

A conference relating to the exhibit will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 27, in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building at UCSB. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit, see the campus press release.

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Poetry Reading in the Library

Posted by UCSB Library on March 25, 2011

Ahhhh, take an hour, sit back, and listen to poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. A reading by three local published poets (back by popular demand):   Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Bob Krut, and Teddy Macker.  They will be joined by two UCSB student poets — Alyssa Ogi and Elizabeth Powers.

Tuesday, April 26th, 12-1:00pm
Group Commons Room
Davidson Library, 1st floor

They’ll discuss their craft of poetry writing as well as read selections from their works.

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle’s poetry includes six chapbooks, inclusion in various anthologies and literary journals, and a body of uncollected work, some of which has been choreographed for dance presentation and performed as theater. She has been a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence, and a California Arts in Corrections teacher, and has served as the community outreach coordinator for the UCSB Center for Black Studies. She was appointed Poet Laureate for AfriGeneas and has inspired young poets in Santa Barbara and throughout the country as a speaker and writing workshop teacher.

Bob Krut teaches in UCSB’s Writing Program, and also teaches creative writing and literature with the College of Creative Studies. He is the author of The Spider Sermons (BlazeVOX Books, 2009) and of the chapbook Theory of the Walking Big Bang, and his poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Mid-American Review, among others, as well as the online journals 42opus, Tarpaulin Sky, and Blackbird.  His work was anthologized in Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin.

Teddy Macker teaches in the Writing Program and the College of Creative Studies. The recipient of a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine, he has published his work—poems, translations, essays, and short stories—in the Antioch Review, New Letters, Orion, Poetry East, the Seneca Review, the Southern Humanities Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Sun, and elsewhere. Among his honors is the Reginald S. Tickner Fellowship of the Gilman School in Baltimore.

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“To Do” by Illegal Art (Sept. 20- Oct. 31 2010)

Posted by UCSB Library on September 18, 2010

Photograph of To-Do displayCome see an interactive art installation that invites you to write down your own “to-do” lists and add to the collective consciousness of personal promises, social commitments and the yet-to-be -done. The mural, made entirely out of post-it notes, is on the first floor of Davidson Library, across from the main elevators.

Illegal Art is a New York City-based public art collective, whose goal is to create interactive public art to inspire self reflection, thought and human connection. Each piece is  designed to encourage participation. For more information about Illegal Art, visit www.illegalart.org.

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Little Rock Central High School: Fifty Years Later

Posted by UCSB Library on April 19, 2010

The fight for the desegregation of schools, which in 1957, involved a federalized Arkansas National Guard, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower sending in the 101st Airborne Division is currently being depicted in an exhibit in the Ethnic & Gender Studies Library of the Davidson Library.

“One of the most famous and historical cases of desegregation is the story of the Little Rock Nine.” Events were set in motion with the unanimous Supreme Court decision; Brown v Board of Education in 1954. A timeline format is used to illustrate the turbulence of the times and necessary measures taken at state and federal government levels in efforts to achieve desegregation in secondary education in the state of Arkansas. The crisis at Little Rock must be “considered to be one of the most important events in the African American Civil Rights Movement.” Also included is information about the high school building, from construction, to its dedication as a National Historic Landmark. The exhibit offers context for the range of emotions and the enduring signifigance of the building.

The 2007 anniversary was marked by the production of an award winning HBO documentary looking back at that troubled time through fifty years. Fortunately, Santa Barbara had two public forums related to these events in March and April 2010. Featured guest, Dr. Gloria Willingham, who enrolled in Central High in 1960 “received a less hostile reception than the “Little Rock Nine” had three years earlier.” Dr. Willingham facilitated discussion following a screening of “Little Rock Central High School: Fifty Years Later” co-sponsored by seven local community organizations. As a practitioner of community engagement she called on participants to identify and reflect on issues in our local schools that parallel those seen in the film. Issues such as classroom de facto racial segregation, equity in student learning opportunities, and parental involvement in the educational processes and more were discussed. A Mighty Long Way was authored by Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine. She holds “the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal and serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation; a scholarship organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to education for African Americans.” Ms. LaNier was the guest of Conversations for the Common Good for a presentation and book signing.

(quotes from press releases for Little Rock Central High School: Fifty Years Later screening and discussion; and “Little Rock Nine: The Inspiring True Story of Carlotta LaNier” presentation and book signing”)

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Interactive art project at the library

Posted by UCSB Libraries on January 21, 2009

The art project on the 1st floor of Davidson Library is one of many ways in which you can participate in “UCSB Reads”. In keeping with the theme of Ethics. Beyond Ourselves, we encourage you to add your voice to the growing tree of thoughts, comments, dreams, and words of wisdom.

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Poetry Reading in the Library

Posted by UCSB Library on April 1, 2008

April is national poetry month. Join us for a poetry reading and discussion on Wednesday, April 23rd at 12 noon in the Serials Reading Room, Davidson Library. Local poets Barry Spacks and Perie Longo will be the featured poets.

Barry Spacks was Santa Barbara’s first Poet Laureate and is the author of nine poetry collections. He is a visiting professor in the College of Creative Studies at UCSB.

Perie Longo is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara and the author of three books of poems. She has taught at UCLA and is a frequent guest lecturer in the UCSB English Department.

Come join us, but come early — seating will be limited!

 

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INT 100LA, Chicana/o Studies and LAIS Research

Posted by UCSB Libraries on December 13, 2007

INT 100LA is a 2-unit class that focuses on advanced research techniques in the fields of Chicana/o Studies and Latin American & Iberian Studies. This class is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who want to learn in-depth research skills. Read the rest of this entry »

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INT 100WS, Women’s, Feminist, and Gender Studies Research

Posted by UCSB Libraries on December 13, 2007

INT 100WS, Topics in Advanced Research: Learn about information resources and library services for researching women’s, feminist, and gender issues across the disciplines. The course is designed to teach students how to use research tools critically and effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Copyright Questions?

Posted by UCSB Libraries on February 22, 2007

Copyright tips are available from the Association of Research Libraries.

Know Your Copy Rights—What You Can Do, a 2007 brochure aimed at faculty and teaching assistants.

Among the topics covered in the brochure are: fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes. The brochure also includes a one-page chart that highlights 24 situations when various categories of works can be used.

Using Copyrighted Works in Your Teaching—FAQ: Questions Faculty and Teaching Assistants Need to Ask Themselves Frequently, by Peggy Hoon, 2007.

This FAQ complements the brochure and presents a sequence of five overarching questions that faculty members should ask themselves when considering using a copyrighted work in their teaching. The FAQ consists of two sections, each addressing the different circumstances for the traditional face-to-face classroom or online courses.

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