A New Model for Open Access: Radically Accessible and Transparent

Hear about advances in peer review and options for publishing!

May 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Geisel Library Dunst Classroom.

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A New Model for Open Access (OA): Radically Accessible and Transparent 

What exactly does the “access” mean in OA? Some university presses have begun to publish works open access, but this often means that either the authors or their institution have to come up with large subventions to make this possible. We will discuss the benefits of OA broadly but also platinum OA in particular, which is the version that is neither market dependent nor contingent upon subventions.

Along with its benefits, OA has many challenges, one of which is a reputation problem. Presses are dealing with this is through rigorous peer review. But when we say something is peer reviewed, what exactly do we mean? Scholarly publishers of all kinds (OA and traditional, commercial and non-profit) claim that their uniqueness pivots on the process of peer review; however, when we ask individual presses what form that process takes, the answers vary. In this talk, we will discuss the work that is being sponsored by Lever and MIT on a signaling system for peer review transparency. We will also discuss the unique challenge that DH projects pose in the peer review process.

Speaker Bio:

Beth Bouloukos acquires broadly in the humanities and social sciences for the open access and digitally native Amherst College and Lever Presses. She previously acquired books in education, Latin American/Latinx studies, and gender and sexuality studies at SUNY Press for seven years. Beth received her PhD from Cornell University where she researched Latin American literature, film, and culture through a feminist lens.  She has also served as a visiting assistant professor at Fairfield University and the University at Albany, SUNY.

UC San Diego Library Wraps Up Holocaust Living History Workshop Lecture Series May 30



Join us for the last installment of the 2017-2018 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) with Eva Clarke on Wednesday, May 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the Seuss Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Eva Clarke

What does it mean to be born in a concentration camp, arguably one of the most inhospitable places on earth? Clarke was one of three “miracle babies” who saw the light of day in KZ Mauthausen in Austria. Nine days after her birth, the Second World War ended. As a newborn, Eva’s chances of survival were extremely slim. Against all odds, she lived, making her and her mother Anka the only survivors of their extended family. In 1948, they emigrated from Prague to the UK and settled in Cardiff. Nowadays, Eva regularly talks to audiences, and her remarkable story has been featured in the British and American media. She and her mother are among the protagonists of Wendy Holden’s book “Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope.”

Every year the popular HLHW invites high-caliber speakers to campus to share inspiring stories that broaden our understanding of the past, foster tolerance and preserve the memories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. This year we heard from individuals such as international lawyer Philippe Sands and POLIN Museum’s curator Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

If you missed the opportunity to attend a workshop, you can watch recordings of selected talks for research through the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Collections and UCTV.

A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition


A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition

A Discussion & Book Signing with Psychiatrist Jonathan Salk
Thursday, May 24 • 5:30-7 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Free admission, RSVP recommended.

In the new book, “A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future,” Jonathan Salk and co-author David Dewane take a look at the problems presented by population growth and changing human values. The book is a revised version of an earlier publication Jonathan wrote with his father, visionary scientist Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine.

More than 40 years ago, Jonas Salk understood that we are at a unique moment in the history of humankind. Population growth has begun to slow and is trending toward equilibrium. This change is accompanied by an equally significant change in human values — a shift from those based on the unlimited availability of resources, unremitting growth, excess, independence, competition and short-term thinking to those based on limits, balance, interdependence, cooperation and long-term thinking. This transition is the source of the far-reaching tension and conflict happening in the world today.

Salk argues the way through this difficult time is to understand its basis and to focus on new values that will be of the greatest benefit both to individuals and humankind. He adds with population equilibrium societies are more focused on cooperation rather than individual excesses and are in harmony with nature.

“A New Reality” delivers a message of both caution and hope. Readers across the social and political spectrum will find it a reasoned and balanced counterpoint to current social and political trends. Its elegant design and perspective will appeal to general readers, policymakers, millennials, baby boomers, teachers and students, filling a need for a work of positivity and wisdom in otherwise bleak times.

This event is free and open to the public.

Workshop: Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis of Declassified CORONA Satellite Imagery

Corona Workshop 2018 flyer

The UC San Diego Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability at the Qualcomm Institute and the UC San Diego Library are hosting a free workshop May 15 – 16, 2018 that will explore the technical aspects and research applications of declassified, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery. In operation from 1960-1972, the CORONA satellite program collected over 860,000 images across the entire globe, all of which are now publicly available through the USGS. These extraordinary, high-resolution images preserve a unique picture of the world as it appeared a half-century ago, and have become a critical research tool in archaeology, environmental science, geography and other disciplines. The workshop is led by Jesse Casana, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. The workshop will take place in the Geisel Library.

Workshop: Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis of Declassified CORONA Satellite Imagery

Funded by the Corona Atlas project itself, this will be a great opportunity to learn about this dataset and the methods that the instructors have developed to analyze it. Please see the attached flyer and distribute to any of your staff and students that might be interested.

Registration is required as space is limited. For more information and registration, visit the website.

HERSTORY: The Legal History of Chinese-American Women

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel
Wednesday, May 2 • 3-5 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Sponsored by the Literature Department, History Department and UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

In the last few years, many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War appeared in the literary market in Spain. This was a strange phenomenon: the society that was born after Franco’s dictatorship was a society without memory. The democratic Spanish society that was born during the so-called “Transition” was based on silence and oblivion agreements. In this context, the Spanish Civil War turned into a taboo: it could open old wounds and it could wake up the old ghosts of the war. The Transition spirit urged the Spanish people to look ahead, towards European progress and modernity. But, suddenly, the society changed and started to look back. In the year 2000, the “Asociación por la recuperación de la memoria histórica” (Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory) was founded, and many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War were published. It was great news; apparently, literature had started to fight against the silence and oblivion established during the Democratic Transition. Seemingly, these novels broke the Transition agreements. However, when we start to read these novels we realize they do not question the Transition agreements, they also strengthen them. This presentation will analyze how these novels reproduce two consensus: the Transition consensus and the Neoliberal consensus.

Take the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey and Win Prizes!

Every student has a voice, let your voice be heard! The UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)  is an official UC survey conducted every two years at all nine general UC campuses. The survey is a vital tool in learning about student experiences on campus, and how staff can improve undergraduate life. Campus staff and decision makers were alerted about affordability and diversity issues at UC San Diego following a study of the survey results. The Undergraduate Experience Survey has made an impact. Did you know the Triton Food Pantry was created after findings from UCUES?

When you complete the survey, you’re entered into prize drawings that include $40 Visa gift cards and a $250 Grand Prize. Several drawings will take place throughout the survey period, so the sooner you complete UCUES, the more chances to win. UCUES is also giving away four iPads and one Apple Watch each day during the first week of May for a total of five Apple prizes (one per day).

The next UCUES will not be offered again at UC San Diego until spring 2020. This will be your last opportunity, for some time, to have your voice heard through the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey.

Complete the survey today!

New Writing Series Features Fiction Writer, Native American Poet and UC San Diego faculty

UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming readings from Brian Evenson, Lily Hoang, Meliza Bañales and Layli Long Soldier. The events are free and open to the public!

Brian Evenson — Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 p.m.

Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection “A Collapse of Horses” and the novella “The Warren.” He has also recently published “Windeye” and “Immobility,” both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel “Last Days” won the ALA-RUSA award. His novel “The Open Curtain” was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Persian, Slovenian and Turkish. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.  Read more…

Rising from the Rubble: Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

2018 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Geisel Library, Classroom 2

This year, the UC San Diego Library is participating in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon! Join us on Wednesday, March 14 in Geisel Library, Classroom 2 for an editing session to help improve Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism.

If you’re inexperienced – that’s ok! Tutorials will be provided for the beginner Wikipedian, along with reference materials and refreshments. There are Windows computers available in the library computer lab, but feel free to bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. If possible, please create a Wikipedia account before the event. All are welcome!

Art+Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia. Less than 10% of editors on Wikipedia are women. Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet with more than 40 million articles in more than 250 different languages. The fact is when we don’t tell our stories or participate in the ways our history is preserved, it gets erased. Gaps in the coverage of knowledge about women, gender, feminism, and the arts on one of the most visited websites in the world is a big problem and we need your help to fix it.

For more information about the event, contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

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