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

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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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Library Jargon

Adapted by Simon Lee, UCLA College Library, then by Esther Grassian, and finally by Diana Ascher from: Grassian, Esther, Diane Mizrachi, and Pauline Swartz. “Glossary.” The Road to Research. UCLA College Library, 2004. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.

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abstracta brief description or summary of an item.

Access ServicesA service department where library materials can be checked out and returned. 

Ask a LibrarianDigital (chat) online reference service staffed by librarians and other library staff.

boolean operatorsMost commonly used are: AND, OR, and NOT. They connect search words to tell a system how to combine those words. Google and some databases automatically insert AND between search words, while in others, you must type connectors between search words. 

bound volumesIssues of magazine, journal and other loose publications, sewn or glued together, with front and back covers, like a hardcover book.


call numberTypically located on the spine of a library book or on other library materials, and used to identify its physical place on a shelf, near other materials on the same or similar topics.  Most academic libraries use the LC (Library of Congress) classification system for these “shelf addresses,” while public and school libraries use the Dewey Decimal System.

catalog(See “library catalog”)

circulation(See “Access Services”)

citationA reference to an item which provides enough bibliographic information for someone to locate that item. These items document sources and also serve as evidence for arguments in research papers and published materials. 


databasesLicensed (by subscription) or free indexes to articles within magazines, newspapers, and/or journals, and in some cases, books, and book chapters (essays)–e.g. Academic Search Complete, ProQuest Newspapers, ERIC, PsycINFO, Google Scholar, etc. Some databases provide the complete text of items they index, some for free, while others available only to that institution’s members.

descriptors(See”subject headings”)

domainProvides a general idea of the type of website, through the use of suffixes, like .edu for educational institutions. See the InterNIC Whois Search to see some examples of domain names and to look up a domain.


HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)Markup language for web pages that may include links that take you to different sections of that document or to other documents.  Even with the complete text, HTML documents may not include images and page numbers that exist in the original magazine, newspaper, journal or other documents.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)A service provided by libraries to enable their users to borrow materials from other libraries. Some libraries offer this service for free, while others charge a fee. 

invisible web Internet resources that search engines like Google cannot discover, including items protected by password, and the results of dynamically generated searches in licensed (subscription) databases, such as JSTOR. Sometimes referred to as the “deep web.”


library catalogAn online database listing books, periodical titles the library owns or subscribes to, and other library materials.

licensed databaseCollection of information paid for by library subscription and accessible only to those with approved IDs and passwords.

loan desk(See “Access Services”)

oversize Refers to materials larger than most that do not fit on average-sized bookshelves.  Oversized books are usually placed in a separate, roomier location within their respective library.  In some library catalogs, an * at the beginning of a call number (e.g., * N6655 .O59t) may indicate an oversized item.


PDF (Portable Document Format) Exact copies of items, as they appeared when published in print.  Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, from the Adobe web site, in order to read pdf files.

peer-reviewed Items (with authorship and institutional affiliation removed) which have been examined anonymously by experts in a field, in an effort to ensure quality.  Experts look for accuracy, completeness, scholarship, and use of appropriate and up to date supporting evidence. (Also called “refereed.”)

– Something published at intervals with no end in sight — e.g., magazines, newspapers, and journals.

periodical index – A publication or database that lists magazine, journal and newspaper articles, and may also provide some online.  Some also list books, book chapters (essays), dissertations, conference papers, etc.  Important note: Many online databases are licensed for use by specific groups or individuals and may not be available to the general public.

plagiarism – Using another person’s work, ideas, and/or words without citation, as if they were your own.

proxy server A means of allowing approved users to enter an ID and password in order to gain access to licensed or otherwise restricted research tools or materials.


refereed journal (See “peer-reviewed journal”)

referenceTwo meanings: citation or bibliography entry; or, a library location in-person or online where you can ask general or research questions for free.

reference bookA print or online publication that librarians have separated from other library books, in order to make them more quickly and easily available for more immediate use to answer questions.  Some libraries allow their users to check out print reference books, while others do not.

reservesIn colleges and universities, instructors often ask the library to place certain materials on limited loan for their students, so that all students in a class will be able to read assigned materials.  These “reserve” items may be located in a different area from other library materials.


scholarly – (See “peer-reviewed”) journals

serials –  (See “periodicals”)

Special Collections –  Library materials (print, online and in other formats) identified as having certain characteristics that make them either rare or fragile or devoted to particular topics, and usually separated from general library materials, and utilized under a variety of conditions. Some special collections materials may be checked out or copied, while others may not.

subjects (See “subject headings”)

subject headingsWords carefully selected by catalogers (librarians) from special lists or thesauri to describe the content of books, articles and other materials. Examples of such lists include the Library of  Congress Subject Heading List and the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings.

truncationA “wild card” symbol. It tells the system to search for items that begin with or come in the middle of a string of characters — e.g., child* searches for child, childless, children; wom?n searches for woman and for women. Important Note: Different databases may use different truncation symbols. Check the online help in each database for details.


unbound issues Loose periodicals (magazines, journals, etc.) which have been published as separate items, usually with soft paper covers. Libraries often gather them together into bound volumes.

URL (Uniform Resource Locator) The web address of a resource or file available on the Internet, most often beginning with http://.

visible web – Websites freely available to the public that can be found by search engines such as Google. Sometimes referred to as the “surface web.”

VPN (Virtual Private Networking)A secured private connection built on top of publicly accessible infrastructure. Provides an alternative to using a proxy server for remote access to licensed resources, as well as a secure method to authenticate to an institution’s or organization’s wireless network.

wild card(See “truncation”)

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.

#BruinsGiveBack @UCLAiS @UCLA

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.