IS Colloquium: Andrew Culp, Oct 3, 3 pm

Tomorrow, October 3, we invite you to a presentation from Andrew Culp titled “Invisibility in the Age of Disclosure”. Andrew Culp is Professor of Media History and Theory in the MA in Aesthetics and Politics program and the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. His 2016 book Dark Deleuze poses a challenge to today’s compulsory happiness, decentralized control, and 24/7 always-on digital world. His recent published work has been on the social history of cybernetics, marxist feminist speculative anthropology, and critiques of cyber-accelerationism. The presentation will be at 3pm in the GSEIS Building, Room 111.

We hope to see you then! 

Doctoral Colloquium Organizers

*All Colloquia are fragrance-free events. Please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfumes/colognes, scented lotions, clothing with strong detergent scents, etc. while attending this event as they can trigger serious health issues for those with fragrance allergies. We aim to maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Thank you for your consideration for all members of our community. More info can be found at:

SCELC Supports the University of California’s Push for Open Access to Research

An Open Letter from the SCELC Board of Directors (Approved September 13, 2019)

LOS ANGELES, CA—SCELC, a California based consortium of 113 private academic and nonprofit research libraries, fully supports the University of California in their decision to not renew their Elsevier subscriptions until a transformative open access agreement can be reached. As North America’s largest publicly funded research university system, UC’s position puts it in the forefront of the global movement to shift the publication of research to open access, placing control of researchers’ output in the hands of its creators. Unsustainable journal subscription price increases have far exceeded the capacity of library budgets, and open access models such as that being negotiated by the UCs offer a long-term viable alternative that benefits both libraries and public access to the research that is often supported by public and grant funds.

California is in a unique position. As the world’s fifth largest economy, with a rich mix of academic institutions that are both public and private, the state is poised to lead the way to new models of publication and support for research, while preserving access to research for libraries of all types. In California SCELC libraries represent nearly all academic institutions that are not part of a state system, and the collective expenditure of SCELC libraries on electronic journal packages from some of the major publishers exceeds aggregate expenditures of the state systems. Consequently, SCELC plays an important economic role in support of future publication models in California, in particular for open access efforts such as those being led by the University of California.

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Rare Books LAX presents… Make way for ducklings! with Russell Johnson and Derek Quezada

MLIS students, librarians, archivists, collectors, and other scholars are invited to take part in an interactive tour of Rare Books LAX guided by Russell Johnson (Curator of History of Medicine and the Sciences at UCLA Library Special Collections) and Derek Quezada (Special Collections Outreach and Public Services Librarian at UC Irvine).

Featuring more than 75 leading specialists in antiquarian books, fine prints, photography, maps, and ephemera, the inaugural Rare Books LAX takes place October 5 and 6, 2019 at The Proud Bird in Los Angeles, a historic event center with an adjacent award-winning food bazaar, which is located a stone’s throw from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). For more information, visit

Each tour will run about 90 minutes, during which Russell and Derek will lead their ducklings up and down the aisles of the fair and discuss their approach to collection development, evaluating material for purchase, and the proper care and feeding of booksellers. Russell will lead tours beginning at 10:30 AM and 1 PM, respectively, on Saturday, October 5, while Derek will lead tours beginning at 11 AM and 1:30 PM, respectively, on Sunday, October 6.

Space is limited: each tour is capped at six participants.

When you reserve a spot for a tour, you will also receive complimentary admission to Rare Books LAX.

      1. Follow this link:

      1. Then click on the green “Tickets” button …
      2. Click on “Enter promo code” …
      3. Enter the word Tour and click on “Apply”
      4. Select your Tour date and time (for example, Oct. 5 at 10:30) and number of attendees (“1”). Notice that the Order Summary, at right, totals $20.00.  There is another step to do, to reset this to $0.00 …
      5. Scroll down to “General Admission” and select “0” – and then click “Checkout”
      6. Enter your name and email address, click “Register”, and you’re done!

After you select an available tour and complete your registration, a confirmation and ticket will be emailed to you.

If the tours are full and you would still like to attend Rare Books LAX, discounted passes are available through Goldstar:

If you have any additional questions, please email or call 626-634-0075.


Kickoff Event for Archival Project To Help VA House Homeless Veterans

Put your archival skills to work in the community. Volunteer for the IS Department’s contribution to UCLA Volunteer Day on Saturday, September 28, at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The hospital serves veterans in an unincorporated area surrounded by the city of Los Angeles. Bruin volunteers will work with Professor Anne Gilliland to kick off a project that will not only establish an archives of the materials from the facility, but also make way for 1,200 housing units for homeless veterans.

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Digital Collections: Strategies, Methods, & Outcomes Webinar, 6/27

When: June 27 at 12:00 PM (Central Time)


This webinar will focus on library programs and initiatives that aim to facilitate access to unique resources from around the world and ensure their physical preservation without taking physical custody of the materials themselves. Each panelist will discuss the ways in which they form partnerships with scholars and institutions around the world, how the resulting collections function, and what lessons can be learned in the process. More detailed agenda information to come.


      • Jody Butterworth (Curator, British Library Endangered Archives Programme)
      • T-Kay Sangwand (Librarian for Digital Collection Development, UCLA)
      • Jim Nye (Bibliographer for Southern Asia, Emeritus, UChicago; Director, Digital South Asia Library)

Escuchando la Frontera: Listening to Collections and Communities, UCLA Digital Library Special Event

The Music Library, Chicano Studies Research Center, and Ethnomusicology Archive invite interested community members to a shared exhibit on the Frontera Collection, which is hosted by the UCLA Digital Library.  Escuchando la Frontera: Listening to Collections and Communities will include two panels with roundtable discussions, presentation of related student work, a DJ playing of some of the recordings from the collection and live performance by Steve Loza Group.

Escuchando la Frontera: Listening to Collections and Communities

In Celebration of the Strachwitz Frontera Collection at UCLA

Wednesday, June 5th, 1 – 6 PM

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and UCLA Music Library

1630 and 1102 Schoenberg Music Building



12:30 – 1 Frontera Collection DJ

1 – 2:30  Listening to Collections Panel

Antonio Cuellar, Arhoolie Foundation

Tom Diamant, Arhoolie Foundation

Agustin Gurza, Chicano Studies Research Center

Lisa McAulay, UCLA Digital Library

Maureen Russell, Moderator, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

Chon A. Noriega, Introduction, Chicano Studies Research Center

2:45 – 4 Listening to Communities Panel

Cesar Favila, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Steve Loza, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Yuri Shimoda, UCLA Graduate Student

Matthew Vest, Moderator, UCLA Music Library

Allison Benedetti, Introduction, UCLA Library

4 – 6 Reception with Steve Loza Group

Organized by the UCLA Music Library, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive.

With support from the Office of Interdisciplinary & Cross Cultural Affairs and the UCLA Center for Latino Arts.

Special Colloquium: Rémi Boivin on Montreal Police-Worn Bodycam Project

In addition to our regular colloquium at 3pm, the Department will be hosting a special colloquium this Thursday May 9 at 12h30 in room 111, featuring Professor Rémi Boivin from the Université de Montréal (abstract and bio below). Pizza and strawberry-rhubarb crisp will be served.

How video documents caused the ending of the Montreal police body-worn cameras project

Body-worn cameras (BWCs) have been implemented in thousands of police organisations during the last decade. The empirical literature is growing likewise; however, it mostly focuses on the deterrent effect that early studies promised. Drastic decreases of complaints against officers and of use of force during interventions are expected, because of (anticipated) better policing. These expectations neglect a key feature of BWCs: they were designed to record interventions and thus, to create potentially permanent footage documenting police work. While these recordings could — at least in theory — provide useful evidence in favor of or against officers and citizens, the amount of new video documents to stock and classify on a regular basis poses challenges that are so important (and costly) that entire implementations are jeopardized. This presentation is based on the recent pilot project conducted by the Montreal police. On the one hand, it discusses practical issues: How many documents should be expected? How are these documents managed? Are they useful? On the other hand, a preliminary analysis of factors related to camera activation is presented to investigate whether BWC recordings are representative of police work.

Rémi Boivin is Associate Professor at the School of Criminology (Université de Montréal) and regular researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. His main research interests are crime analysis and police work. He is currently leading a research project investigating the “perspective bias” related to body-worn cameras and its impact on judgments of police interventions. He was part of the research team that evaluated the impact of the Montreal police body-worn cameras pilot project.