11th Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

The Legal History and Rare Books (LH&RB) Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Cengage Learning, announces the Eleventh Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. The competition is designed to encourage scholarship and to acquaint students with the AALL and law librarianship, and is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Cengage Learning and present his or paper in a national webinar. Winning and runner-up entries will be invited to submit their entries to Unbound, the official journal of LH&RB. Past winning essays have gone on to be accepted by journals such as N.Y.U. Law Review, American Journal of Legal History, University of South Florida Law Review, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and French Historical Review.The entry form and instructions are available at the LH&RB website: https://www.aallnet.org/lhrbsis/awards-grants/  Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., April 15, 2019 (EDT). Contact Info: 

Timothy Kearley
Professor Emeritus of Law
University of Wyoming
College of Law

Contact Email: tkearley@uwyo.eduURL: https://www.aallnet.org/lhrbsis/awards-grants/

Winter Tea Breaks

Tea Breaks will resume for the Winter Quarter starting TOMORROW at noon in the IS Salon. As always, you are welcome to drop in and out of the conversation with our guest as your schedules permit—we know your schedules are complicated, but spending just a few minutes introducing yourself to a senior colleague and hearing how they got where they are professionally can really pay off. (Between 25-33% of Tea Break encounters lead DIRECTLY to internship or post-MLIS job opportunities for our students.) And, of course, there will be treats. 

Here’s the stellar lineup of guests for the rest of the Winter quarter:

January 30 – **Susan Allen (PhD ’96) Director, California Rare Book School

ATTEND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN: Academic and special library leadership, program management, victory-lap careers, continuing education for information professionals, or chocolate chip cookies

February 6 – Peter Sachs Collopy, University Archivist and Head of Archives & Special Collections, CalTech Library

ATTEND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN: Science collections, institutional archives, the history of video technology in science, medicine, and society, or lemon bars

February 13 – **Teresa Soleau (MLIS ’09) – Digital Preservation & Library Systems Manager, J. Paul Getty Trust

ATTEND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN: Managing born-digital materials in large-scale institutions, acquiring new digital skills post-graduation, or chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies

February 20 – Anthony Cunha, Founder and CEO, and Blake Blasingame, Film Services Manager, Duplitech

ATTEND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN: Film and digital media enterprises, working with studios and streaming platforms, media asset management, or Bundt cake

February 27 – Howard Rootenberg, Owner, B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts

ATTEND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN: Transitioning out of a law career, the rare books business, or carrot cake

March 6 – Cory Fisher, Rights Manager & Archivist, Krishnamurti Foundation of America

ATTEND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN: Spiritual and philosophical special collections, putting an art-school degree to work in an archive, rights management and publication initiatives, or rhubarb snacking cake

$1200 SPIE Digital Library Student Travel Stipend – 2019 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio

Stipend to attend the SLA 2019 Annual Conference, June 14-18, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio SPIE Digital Library is sponsoring for library school students an award of a $1200 travel stipend toward payment of expenses incurred while attending the 2019 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This award will be presented at the awards event at the 2019 SLA Annual Conference. Award winners will receive one complementary ticket to the awards event. SPIE Digital Library is the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics applied research. The SPIE Digital Library Student Travel Stipend Award will be given to the qualified student who submits a personal statement of up to 1000 words on how they believe this award will benefit them personally and professionally. Instructions for submission: Submit your application by March 15, 2019. Provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, name of your library school and statement to: Bette Finn at bette.finn@library.gatech.edu Applicants will receive notification on award status by late March. The award check will be presented at the SLA conference. The award recipient’s name will be posted to the Engineering Division’s website. An announcement and introduction of the award recipient will be posted to the Engineering Division website, and will appear as an article in the Sci-Tech News. The award winner will receive a one year SLA student membership to the Engineering Division ($20). The award winner will be required to fulfill one of the two post award requirements:
  • Attend an Engineering Division Board meeting shortly following the annual conference to give a report about your conference experience.
  • Submit an article to the Engineering Division newsletter, SciTech News, within six months of attending the conference covering your conference experience or what you took away from the conference.

Ethical Dilemma: Should the Library Add a Book Hitler Owned to Its Collection?

This is the first news article in a new series of case studies on challenges facing information professionals. The series aims to encourage discussion and learning by highlighting an issue that requires the kind of judgment and decision making gained through the Masters of Library & Information Studies curriculum at UCLA.

Hitler book maps ‘Final Solution in Canada,’ Library and Archives Canada curator says

Read the full article by CBC News

A book that once belonged to Adolf Hitler — and sheds light on the Nazis’ plans for North America had the Second World War gone the other way — is now in the collection of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). 

The book, entitled Statistik, Presse und Organisationen des Judentums in den Vereinigten Staaten und Kanada (Statistics, Press, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada), is a detailed census of Jewish populations and organizations in North American cities. “This information would have been the building blocks to rolling out the Final Solution in Canada,” said LAC curator Michael Kent.

Read more at CBC News

Recruiting Fair

Harvard-Westlake School’s Upper campus is co-hosting a recruiting fair on Saturday, 2/23 from 9-12pm. This will hopefully give those new to the independent school community a look into opportunities at local schools. The event is open to all, and warmly welcomes job candidates from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

There are often librarian, archivist, instructional/information technology, and administrative positions open at schools but it is rare to find informational or mentorship opportunities leading up to the application process. If you are interested in school librarianship or teaching, check it out. IS Alumna Elaine Levia would be happy to answer any questions about her experience as an independent school librarian.

To attend, you just have to RSVP with a resume by 2/15/19.  

History from Different Angles: South Asian American Stories in California

Join us for a day of archival outreach!

February 23, 2019, 10am to 4 pm
Charles E. Young Research Library

South Asian Americans have been a presence in the United States for more than 130 years, yet their stories are little known. Early immigrants from South Asia worked on farms and factories, helped build railroads, fought for India’s freedom from British rule, and struggled for equal rights at home. On Saturday, February 23rd, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), in partnership with UCLA, presents History from Different Angles: South Asian American Stories in California, a one-day symposium about the earliest South Asian immigrants in California, featuring conversations with researchers, archivists, artists, and family members.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 
For a full program and to register, visit:

This event was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from UCLA Department of Information StudiesUCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS), and UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Nominate a Librarian for Librarian of the Year

The 2019 LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year Award recognizes excellence in librarianship that furthers the teaching and research mission of UCLA and responds to the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the university community. Please consider nominating a librarian who you’ve worked with on a course, research project, or other project. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 15. Details and the nomination form are available online.

README Weekly Lab Hours

Join README during our weekly Lab Hours! 

For the 2019 winter quarter through March 12th, members of README will be posted up in the IS Lab (Zone A) on Tuesdays from 11am-12pm. Each week, we will circulate a topic and relevant short news article through our website, IS-Net, and our listserv to better frame the conversation. If you have a topic or article suggestion, send it to uclareadme@riseup.net or @ us on Twitter at @uclareadme

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Topic for January 22: Menstrual Surveillance! This week we will be talking about the rise of “femtech” and, specifically, the proliferation of period apps that profit off of menstrual surveillance.

To help prep for the discussion, we’re reading “Period tracking apps are not for women” by Kaitlyn Tiffany (2018) and “Your menstrual app is probably selling data about your body” by Sarah Burke (2018). Though the first article is not as trans-inclusive as we would like, it will be a great springboard for our broader conversation about gender, technology, and intimate surveillance! Join us!

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