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Entries from February 2013

Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico

February 27, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday I found out about an excellent online resource, the Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico, created and maintained by the Fundación Puertorriqueña de Humanidades. As with any encyclopedia, is not the best source for highly specialized information, but if you need a solid background on a particular topic, it is a great place to start. It also has a great deal of multimedia content, including videos, scanned documents, and audio. All of its content is available in both Spanish and English (videos have English translations on the side, for example), and content is arranged thematically. It seems some sections are still being written, but what is on the site so far is of high quality and includes bibliographies. One of my favorite aspects of it is that is also contains the biographies of important Puerto Rican scholars in that particular field (políticos under Gobierno, etc.) Link: http://www.enciclopediapr.org/

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E-Diplomacy Hub (Agence France-Presse)

February 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Over lunch today at the Bread for the World Institute, I went to a presentation sponsored by Washington International Librarians Group and the Society for International Development. Many resources were covered, but one that stood out for me was the E-Diplomacy site created and maintained by Agence France-Press. This site mostly uses Twitter to show current trends and issues in diplomacy. Rather than reduntantly explaining how it works, have a look at the User’s Guide at the bottom of the page. It is a great way to get an overview of the top newsmakers and particular trends in a country; so far I’ve found its robustness almost overwhelming. You do not need a Twitter account to look at it (and it is completely free), but I would think that by using your own account with it, the possibilities for interactivity, following new people, etc. will only grow.

I hope in the future other social media (and maybe even sources such as op-eds in normally print-based media) are used as well. Twitter does do a great job of developing a news story in almost-real time, so I think this site is about as good as it gets when it comes to following current events and commentary in diplomacy.

Link: http://ediplomacy.afp.com/#!/

I will post more sources from the presentation over the next month or so. Have a great weekend!

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“Managing Author Rights: A Faculty Workshop”

February 20, 2013 · Leave a Comment

On January 23 of this year, Mark Muehlhaeusler, Director of Copyright and Rights Management at the Library, Rebecca L. Tushnet, Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School, and specialist on copyright and intellectual property, and Roger V. Skalbeck, Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources, Georgetown University Law Library & Adjunct Professor of Law held a talk called “Managing Author Rights: A Faculty Workshop”. If you’re interested in knowing more about copyright, online access, and other issues around author rights, you can watched the video here:

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Digital Humanities Summer School

February 13, 2013 · Leave a Comment

I just got word of the “Digital Humanities Summer School” that will take place in Bern, Switzerland over three days in June. Apart from actually getting to Switzerland and accommodation, it is actually quite a reasonably-priced conference, 165 euros. However, if cost is an issue (I was in grad school again not all that long ago, so I am empathetic), on the fees page they also note that “a few grants should be available for those with little financial means.” More information and a link to the school’s main page is here.

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World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia

February 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Via the EBSCO Ebooks I wrote about earlier, we now have access to World Literature in Spanish: an Encyclopedia. Besides covering an enormous range of writers and themes from Latin America and Spain, it also has entries on literature from Equatorial Guinea and the Philippines. Most of the entries are quite brief and include a tiny bibliography, but I think its breadth more than makes up for the brevity. Also check out the appendices, in which entries are listed chronologically and geography, a glossary of literary terms, as well as recent bibliography in English and a listing of free electronic resources.

Rather than going straight into the “book,” I found using the menus on the database entry page to be the easiest starting point (i.e. find the link for the letter H first, rather than starting in G and clicking to go forward.) Once you’re “in” the book, searching and other options (highlighting, e-mailing/printing, etc.) are on the right side of the screen. I think this encyclopedia is especially ideal for undergraduates, but if anyone is need of some quick and basic information on a writer or literary movement, this is a great place to start. I have also linked it in the “Reference” section of my Spanish and Portuguese Literatures and Linguistics guide.

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