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WESS Newsletter

Spring 2020, Vol. 43, No. 2

Jeannine Berroteran
I attended a webinar on March 10, 2020 which was a joint presentation on International Relations and International Organizations. I did hear back from the presenters, Kenya Flash (librarian at Yale University) and Jim Church (librarian at UC-Berkeley), and I have provided below the link to the PowerPoint presentation the two of them presented in a webinar from March 10, 2020. I found out about this webinar from the PPIRS listserv. I thought this would be useful for those who are librarians in an interdisciplinary area that would involve both the social sciences and the humanities. It is called International Relations and International Organizations: A Framework.  I thought this might be helpful for those who work and study in areas such as global studies, international studies, and international relations, to mention a few subject areas.

Rebecca Stuhr
Coaching Copyright, Edited by Kevin L. Smith and Erin L. Ellis. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2020.
Chapters in this edited volume provide guidelines and an excellent framework for librarians so that they can confidently engage in consultative discussions with faculty and students around copyright questions. In the first chapter, Kevin Smith provides a context for the concept of coaching and explains why the suitability of librarians for taking on the role of copyright coach. He also lays out a path for librarians to conduct a customized discussion, asking questions that will help them provide their clients or patrons the information necessary and the right materials so that each person can make their own informed decisions.

On my reading list: Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University by Kathleen Fitzpatrick. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. 

Fitzpatrick is a leader in innovative thinking in scholarly communications, collaborative scholarship, and intellectual property. In this book, she looks at change within higher education through a constructive eye, looking to build on the best that scholars and academia have to offer the public.

Agnes Widder
I am enjoying, very much, on my lunch hours, Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps.  I selected this for our Libraries.  It’s a gorgeous 2019 edition from Thames and Hudson.  Reproductions of turn of the century (19th-20th), color coded maps, street by street, of London, indicating observations of socio-economic conditions of the residents.  Photos of places, people, and activities, snippets of the primary source interviews and observations by Booth’s volunteers who walked around with the local policemen, graphs of ages of residents, estimations of population density/crowdedness, observations of the dwellings, estimations of wealth/poverty, locations of immigrants and how they were perceived at the time, etc.

And, here is a list of books I read this past year on European studies topics:

  • J. Dismore, Princess, the Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II.  I’m our Libraries’ British history/studies bibliographer and a lot of my time goes to British things.
  • M. Ule, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, the Woman Behind the World’s Best Selling Devotional.  She was Oswald Chambers’ wife.  He was a British evangelist who died too young, while serving as a WWI chaplain with the YMCA in Egypt.  She worked with him and published a lot of his writings subsequently.  He spoke extemporaneously.  She was a secretary who knew shorthand and took down all he said, so she had a trunk full of notes….
  • R. Stemp, Secret Language of the Renaissance
  • Royal Wedding Souvenir Album.  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
  • Alison James, Royal Babies, an Heir-Raising History
  • B.S. Shew, Royal Wedding, 1947
  • P. Wilkinson, Irreplaceable, a History of England in 100 Places
  • M. Flanagan, Royal Teas, Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace
  • M. Flanagan, Royal Cookbook, Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace
  • K.K. Taylor, Diary of Florence in Flood.  About the 1966 flood of Florence
  • R. Clark, Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces. 
  • J. McNeillie, Wigtown Ploughman.  Fiction about farming
  • A. Vine, Miscellaneous Order, Manuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge
  • L. Hawksley, Elizabeth Revealed
  • A. Edwards, Royal Sisters, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret
  • S. Manley, Dorothy and William Wordsworth, the Heart of a Circle of Friends.  Preparation for exhibit
  • J. Wight, The Real James Herriot, a Memoir of my Father.  Famous Yorkshire vet.
  • J. Barker, William Wordsworth, a Life.  For exhibit prep.
  • J.L. Carr, Month in the Country
  • A. Cooper, Writing at the Kitchen Table, the Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David.  Famous English food writer
  • A. Weir, Tudor Christmas
  • J. Norman, ed. Elizabeth David’s Christmas
  • C. de Hamel, Making Medieval Manuscripts

Julie Therizols from OpenEdition
I recommend this ebooks folder to understand what’s going on in France regarding the draft law on pensions in France: “How do Humanities and Social Sciences deal with work- and pension-related subjects with regard to social justice? This multidisciplinary selection of books brings together cross-cutting questions raised by sociology, law, economics, political sciences and history.”

Sarah Wenzel
I have been reading lots of things in preparation for her presentation at Fiesole. However, the more fun are:
P. : la mia adolescenza trans / by Fumettibrutti, 1991- author artist. Prima edizione in “Feltrinelli comics.” [Milano] : Feltrinelli Comics, settembre 2019.

Portrait of a tongue / Yoko Tawada ; translated from the German with an introduction and commentary by Chantal Wright. Author / Creator Tawada, Yōko, 1960- author. Uniform title Porträt einer Zunge. English Imprint Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press [2013].