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Entries from December 2015

¡Colombia! Euskera!

December 18, 2015 · Leave a Comment

One of the many big news stories coming out of Latin America this week is the advancement of the Colombian peace accords in Havana. We have A LOT on Colombia here at Lauinger, and I’m continually striving to get more. It is still too early to have any books or scholarly articles about the recent developments in the peace process, but if you are interested in current news and analysis, check out Latin American Newsstand, in which you can limit by date and language on the left, or CIAO, which you can also limit by date. In general I found simply searching on the words “Colombia peace” (without the quotes in the actual search) produced better results than “Colombia peace process.”  Note that in Latin American Newsstand you can receive e-mail updates on the upper right of the results list, under “Save Search/Alert,” so you can be continually updated.

In completely different news, I just read this article that Basque culture will be the theme of next year’s Smithsonian Folklife festival here in DC in late June and early July next year. Information is not up yet about next year’s festival, but they are generally held in the same area on the National Mall, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

A quick keyword search in GEORGE reveals that we have about 635 titles in or about the region, people, and language. For articles on Basque history or politics, try databases like Historical Abstracts or International Political Science Abstracts, and for literature and language, MLA International and Linguistic and Language Behavior Abstracts. The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada-Reno has a great list of links about Basque culture and history as well. I’d love to get at least a few more Basque language self-instruction resources for Lau, but they are few and far between. Do let me know (mrs249[at]georgetown.edu) if you see anything that interests you! I believe with the possibility of Catalan independence, there is also growing interest in the Basque Country, the Valencian Community, and Galicia as well, and I will continue to seek these resources.

I’ll end my last post of the year on a lighter note. My friend Neil let me know earlier today about this documentary on Basque strongmen. It talks a great deal about Basque culture and daily life, especially in the rural areas, and I think it is a good way to wind down at the end of the semester. Happy holidays to all and see you in the New Year! I’ll be back on January 4. Les deseo paz y felicidades en el año nuevo.

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Hathi Trust, finals, and something fun

December 9, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hi there. The semester seems to be winding down slightly, at  least from the library’s perspective, so I have a moment to breathe…and blog! Woo!

Last year the Library joined Hathi Trust, which is “a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.” There are nearly 7 million book titles in it, most of which are public domain. I found books in Spanish going back as far as the 18th century, and texts in Quechua, the Maya languages and dialects, and other indigenous languages. Its interface is very easy to use, and you can also use your own account to save and search in particular works.

Note that if a title is still in copyright, the view will still be quite limited. However, if you are interested in older materials, or comparing different editions, it works well. In the search bar, you can see that you can select “full-view only,” so your results will only show works that have the full text available. And if you want to do more specialized work on these texts, such as analyzing the occurrence and context of a particular phrase over time, check out the work being done at the Hathi Trust Research Center.

Also I wanted to add a quick note that I’ll be here until December 19, and then I’ll be gone for the winter break until January 4. Please feel free to get in touch if you need any help; no problem is too small or too big! My e-mail is mrs249[at]georgetown.edu, and my phone is 202 687 2878. Generally I am here 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday.

Finally, just as a break from the finals grind, here are some excellent cumbia dancers in Cartagena, Colombia. Enjoy and bona sort/buena suerte/boa sorte for the rest of the semester!

 

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