The Media Resources Center is proud to announce the unveiling of two significant new online audio collections.
Michel Foucault Collection
This is the most comprehensive collection to date of online audio recordings of lectures and courses by the renowned French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. The English language collection features two lecture series--on Truth, Subjectivity, and Parrhesia--delivered at UC Berkeley in the 1980's. The French language collection offers five complete semester-length courses, covering such quintessentially Foucauldian topics as Parrhesia, governmentality, neoliberalism, security, biopolitics, and sovereignity. The collection includes recordings spanning two decades of thought and instruction, including Foucault's final 1984 course at the College de France.
All recordings can be accessed from the Michel Foucault Audio Archive: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/foucault/mfaa.html. This collection was generously donated to the Media Resources Center by Paul Rabinow, Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology, and digitized and edited by Gisele Binder, Operations Supervisor, Media Resources Center.
UCB/Pacifica Radio Archives LGBT History Collection
In continuing partnership with the Pacifica Radio Archives, the Media Resources Center has digitized over 20 hours of programming related to LGBT history and culture that originally aired on Pacifica radio from 1958 to 1998. The digitized materials have been incorporated into a new MRC web site devoted to the project: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/pacificalgbt/pacificalgbt2.html
The work of identifying, preserving, and digitizing materials in the Pacifica Archives was largely accomplished by Joe Gallucci, an intern in the NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Over a ten week period, Joe worked with staff in both the Pacifica Archives and MRC to develop and implement this project.
Director, Media Resource Center
Please join me in congratulating Milt Ternberg, Head of the Long Business Library, on the occasion of his retirement on November 1, 2009. Milt has been a librarian at UC Berkeley for 26 years, and has had a long and distinguished career of contributions and accomplishments at this campus and beyond. Milt was instrumental in the design, development, and opening of the Long Business Library in 1995 at the Haas School of Business. Milt received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Librarian Award in 1990, and has become internationally known for his contributions to the business library community. He served as President of the Academic Business Library Directors Group, an international organization of library directors from the top 50 business schools in Canada and the United States, and he was the chairman of the Business and Finance Division of the Special Libraries Association in 1984-5 (the largest division in the SLA). He has been awarded the status of "Fellow" of the Special Libraries Association for his contributions to the profession and the association.
In addition to his active role internationally in business librarianship, Milt has also served on the editorial review board of the Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship. He has done consulting and advisory work for several publishers, vendors, and libraries in recent years.
Business Library Acting Head Appointment
I am pleased to announce that Hilary Schiraldi has been appointed Acting Head of the Thomas J. Long Business Library effective Oct. 30, 2009, for an 18-month period. Hilary joined the UCB library staff in September 2008 as Reference, Instruction, and Data Librarian at the Long Library. She came to us after a three-year position as Information Research Associate at Credit Suisse Securities in New York City. Her previous work experience includes various research positions at R.L. Renck & Co., Forbes Magazine, and BT Alex Brown. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Pratt Institute.
During the past year, Hilary has been actively involved in developing instructional opportunities for students in the Haas School and has been collaborating with several librarians from other subject libraries on interdisciplinary learning sessions. Please join me in welcoming Hilary to her new position.
Associate University Librarian and Director, Public Services
On September 14, 2009, five of the nation's premier institutions of higher learning--UC Berkeley, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, and Harvard--announced their joint commitment to a compact for open-access publication. Open-access journals make their articles available freely to anyone, while providing the same services common to all scholarly journals, such as management of the peer-review process, filtering, production, and distribution.
Tom Leonard, the University Librarian at Berkeley, noted that "Publishers and researchers know that it has never been easier to share the best work they produce with the world. But they also know that their traditional business model is creating new walls around discoveries. Universities can really help take down these walls and the open-access compact is a highly significant tool for the job."
More information on the compact can be found at http://www.oacompact.org/
The Music Library has just completed a multi-year project to catalog two major collections of rare Italian opera libretti: the Taddei Collection consisting of 4,403 libretti dating from 1600 to 1953, and the Sicilian Libretto Collection containing about 930 libretti dating from 1650 to 1900. These two collections constitute one of the largest and most important collections of historical opera libretti in the U.S. Thanks to a Collections Access grant from the Library in 2005, they are now available to our faculty, students, and many users nationwide and worldwide. To browse the collections in Oskicat, type the title search "Taddei libretto collection" or "Sicilian libretto collection."
We are deeply grateful to the following graduate students for their dedicated work on the project: Rebekah Ahrendt, Laura Biggs, Sean Curran, Scott Edwards, Jose Neglia, Kimberly Parke, Camille Peters, Emily Richmond, Brandon Schneider, and Noel Verzosa. SJSU intern Elliott Smith also assisted.
An article by Rebekah Ahrendt and Camille Peters will be published in a forthcoming issue of Notes, the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association, with more detailed information about these collections.
Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library