On trial: Women’s Magazine Archive I and II

Following a request from a student in HCA the Library now has trial access to ProQuest’s Women’s Magazine Archive, collection I and II. This unique database comprises archival runs of leading women’s consumer magazines of the twentieth century.

You can access this database at Women’s Magazine Archive. Access is available on-campus. Off-campus access is only currently available if using the VPN.

Trial access ends 16th November 2017. Read More

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Open Access week: 23-29th October

For Open Access week we have a series of blog posts lined up to be published every day. We’ll start by describing the current state of play of open access here at Edinburgh, before moving on to highlight some of the innovative projects and initiatives we are involved in to develop and promote scholarly communication. We will round off the week by sharing our long-term strategy to support our academics to make their research open. Our blog-posting schedule will look something like this:

Monday : University of Edinburgh 2016/17 Gold open access spend analysis.
Tuesday : University of Edinburgh Green open access and REF compliance.
Wednesday : Implementing the UK-Scholarly Communications Licence (UK-SCL)
Thursday : Academic-led publishing supported by the Library and other actors.
Friday : The University of Edinburgh’s longer-term strategy for open access.

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New! International encyclopedia of public health

Thanks to a request from staff in the School of Social and Political Science the Library now has online access to all 7 volumes of the International encyclopedia of public health (2nd ed.) The Encyclopedia is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the major issues, challenges, methods, and approaches of global public health.

You can access the International encyclopedia of public health via DiscoverEd. Access is available both on and off-campus.

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University of Edinburgh Further Supports Open Library of Humanities

 

The University of Edinburgh has opted to support the Open Library of Humanities at a higher rate than required. This additional support will enable the OLH to continue its growth mission to convert subscription journals to a solid, ongoing, open-access model, with no author-facing charges.

Theo Andrew, Scholarly Communications Manager at the University of Edinburgh, said: “The OLH is such good value for money. Library budgets are always tight, but we feel that we should be doing more to support academic-led publishing. OLH puts a lot back into the academic community and we are pleased to help with its ongoing sustainability.”

 

Professor Martin Paul Eve, a CEO of the Open Library of Humanities, added: “We are greatly indebted to the University of Edinburgh for its support and flattered by its praise. It is intensely gratifying to see libraries who can, in the face of budgetary difficulty, still find ways to support their core mission: the dissemination of knowledge to all. We understand that not every institution can do this, but when it does happen, it genuinely makes a difference to us in what we can provide.”

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‘The price of blood’ : Frederick Douglass speaks to Scotland

A guest post for Black History Month by Eleanor Rideout, IS Helpdesk Assistant

Frederick Douglass by Samuel J Miller, 1847-52. Wikimedia Commons

Noted African-American anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass had embarked on a tour of Ireland and Great Britain, reaching Scotland in 1846. He was speaking against the evils of slavery generally, but a decision made by the Free Church of Scotland became the focus of his work here.

The separation of the Free Church from the Church of Scotland meant that funding needed to be found. One source was fellow Presbyterian Churches, including those in the American South. Money was accepted from slaveholders, which did not go unnoticed by abolitionists.

Douglass’s reputation as a powerful speaker is confirmed by two anonymous letters from a woman living in Dundee, addressed to Free Church leader Thomas Chalmers, which are held at New College Library, Edinburgh.

Anonymous to Thomas Chalmers, 1 April 1846. MS CHA 4.321.41-42.

The writer’s style is impassioned, swerving between criticism of slaveholders, concern for her own soul, and description of events recently witnessed:

“They would not give the churches and few comparatively speaking gave their ears. Because it was said that the strangers witnessed too hard things against your Church. If the Men tell the Truth you should not be angry.”

“Dear Dr C. What are you going to do in the matter of taking money from the slaveholders in the America about which I heard a great deal last week & meetings – two of which I attended – as I used to be very much interested in the Slave question…”

“Part of my ordinary as Rev. T Boston would say, or rather my extraordinary for in thought word and deed I am of late a Backslidder [Backslider], ah for Grace to grow in grace. You see how I wander –It is the Poor Captive slave I wish now to speak for. I would you would be a tongue to such dumb ones. Then soon soon the Lord will look down and deliver. For to them belongeth Power, Dominion, Strength, Mercy. And then will their tongues become glories to praise, to bless to laud the King of Glory – and they too shall not forget you –as we all have too long forgotten them. Neglect is infliction.

O how much I know of my Masters will yet do it not I wish whiles the Lord would set me and take me.”

She also uses rhetorical flourish herself to try and persuade Chalmers:

“It was sins of ignorance I was reading today 4 Lev. I see there the Lord will not let such pass. It was for such the blessed Jesus prayed when on the cross Father forgive them. Now I believe firmly you did not see at the time that taking money from slaveholders was the price of blood – verily your Church hath been guilty. Do not think I am glad to set aught against you because you have far outstript us in the way of voluntary giving. No I was glad and I myself made crape [crêpe] the year of the disruption that I might give what I had for ribbon, to your Free Church, Free Church what have you to do with the House of Bondage. Hath the Truth made you Free – then Freely give.”

It is interesting to be able to read her words along with the published transcripts of the speeches made by Frederick Douglass, also held at New College Library :

Free Church Alliance with manstealers: send back the money, great anti-slavery meeting in the City Hall, Glasgow. Glasgow: George Gallie, 1846. M.d.9/10.

 

“All was going on gloriously – triumphantly; the moral and religious sentiment of the country was becoming concentrated against slavery, slaveholders, and the abetters of slaveholders, when, at this period, the Free Church of Scotland sent a deputation to the United States with a doctrine diametrically opposed to the abolitionists, taking up the ground that, instead of no fellowship, they should fellowship the slaveholders. According to them the slaveholding system is a sin, but not the slaveholder a sinner.”

“The deputation had an excellent opportunity of aiming an effectual blow at slavery, but they turned a deaf ear and refused to listen to the friends of freedom. They turned a deaf ear to the groans of the oppressed slave – they neglected the entreaties of his friends- and they went into the slave states, not for the purpose of imparting knowledge to the slave, but to go and strike hands with the slaveholders, in order to get money to build Free Churches and pay Free Church ministers in Scotland. [Cries of “shame” and applause.]”

“I verily believe, that, had I been at the South, and had I been a slave, as I have been a slave – and I am a slave still by the laws of the United States- had I been there, and that deputation had come into my neighbourhood, and my master had sold me on the auction block, and given the produce of my body and soul to them, they would have pocketed it and brought it to Scotland to build their churches and pay their ministers.”

While the Free Church money was not returned the strong impression made on listeners by Frederick Douglass’s words can be seen clearly in these letters. With the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2018 his great contribution to the abolitionist cause is likely to be celebrated more and more.

Eleanor Rideout

With thanks to Alasdair Pettinger whose article ‘The Bloody Gold’ drew attention to this letter: http://www.bulldozia.com/projects/index.php?id=616

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Trial of a huge range of Chinese resources from Superstar

The Library has arranged a free trial, until 31st October 2017, of several important full-text Chinese resources from the Superstar company (超星公司) which is provider of our currently subscribed databases Duxiu and Chinamass, both of which are in the Databases A-Z list. These resources range from Chinese classics, pre-1949 periodicals and books, to local gazetteers and academic journals since 1949. They are accessible on three different platforms:

  1. Special collections (专题图书馆 and 超星专题库). These two large sets of resources can be accessed on the Chinamaxx platform. . It contains a vast amount of Chinese classics and books on special subjects. Superstar historical documents (超星文史资料) is under a separate section and may be of special interest for regional studies. The following resources are available:
    四库全书 (We have this database)

    四库全书存目丛书

    四库未收书辑刊

    四库禁毁丛刊

    文史资料

    档案文献

    民国丛书

    全宋文 (We have a print collection of 360 volumes in the East Asian Collection, Main Library)

    古今图书集成 (We have this database)

    地方志(ucsd&ucsb)

    套书索引查询

    茶叶

    陶瓷

    纺织服装

    医学

    经济

    工具书

    年鉴

    人民画报(ucsd&ucsb)

    闽台文化资料库

    西安碑林全集

  2. Superstar journals (超星期刊)  which can be accessed on the Duxiu database platform. This resource contains over 6,500 full text post-1949 Chinese journals. Please also remember that we are subscribing to two Chinese journals already: China Academic Journals, and China Online Journals, both of which are in the Database list.
  3. Dacheng gu zhi dui (大成故纸堆). This is a huge database containing several series: 老旧刊(pre-1949, 7491 periodicals),民国图书(39,950 books published before 1949),《申报》(1872-1942),古方志集(3566) ,党史(208 Communist Party publications before 1949), 《顺天时报》(1907-1930),《大美晚报》(1943-1946).This database is to be accessed from: www.dachengdata.com on the University network.

Feedback about these trials are welcome.

 

 

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Ruth Fulton Benedict Papers

I’m pleased to let you know that a large portion of American anthropologist Ruth Benedict’s professional and personal papers are now freely available online. These have been made available by Alexander Street Press via one of their open access initiatives Anthropology Commons.

You can access the Ruth Fulton Benedict Papers via the Databases A-Z list or via the Anthropology database list. Read More

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On trial: Illustrated London News 1842-2003

Thanks to a request from a member of staff in HCA the Library currently has trial access to the Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003. Illustrated London News was the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper and this archive gives access to the full run of this iconic illustrated newspaper.

 

You can access this online archive via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 31st October 2017.

The first issue of Illustrated London News was published on Saturday 14 May 1842 and as the world’s first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it marked a revolution in journalism and news reporting. Read More

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Freedom to read, freedom to believe #BannedBooksWeek

A guest post by Eleanor Rideout, IS Helpdesk Assistant

Banned Books Week, held the week of September 24th in 2017, is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. New College Library holds many texts that have been banned at different points in history, and by different nations and cultures. This week you can see some of these banned books on display in New College Library. Read More

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Semester 2: Resource Lists deadlines

We now have 1200 published Resource Lists for the start of Semester 1 2017/8 and are already working on Semester 2 Resource Lists.

If you would like the Library to build your Semester 2 Resource List, please send your annotated list with a completed coversheet to library.learning@ed.ac.uk by Tuesday 17th October. (If you have a Semester 2 list ready, please send it now and we’ll start working on it before the deadline).

You can download the coversheet here: http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/docs/library/ResourceLists/Resource_List_Coversheet_2017.docx

Alternatively, if you’re creating your Semester 2 Resource List yourself, please publish and use ‘Send to library’ to request a review by Monday 30th October.

Remember to prioritise items on your list using the ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ and ‘Further reading’ tags, and to request e-reserve scans, use the ‘Digitisation’ tag and ‘Library discussion’ to provide page numbers or chapter details of pages you’d like scanned.

We’re also running some bookable training sessions throughout October:

16th Oct 2017 (10:00-12:00) https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=26678

19th Oct 2017 (14:00-16:00) https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=26679

24th Oct 2017 (10:00-12:00) https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=26680

Please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk if you have any questions about Resource Lists or would like to arrange an alternative training session.

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services

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