Dean Catherine Quinlan spoke before the members and guests of Town & Gown on May 5. Dean Quinlan discussed the importance of libraries as places of discovery and reading as a form of invention at the final Town & Gown luncheon of the academic year.
Science librarian Jean Crampon chairs the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). The division recently polled its members to identify the 100 most influential biology and medicine journals over the last 100 years. You can find the results on the SLA Web site.
Villa Aurora and USC's Feuchtwanger Memorial Library welcome Galima Bukharbaeva at a special reception on May 20. An advocate for press freedoms in Uzbekistan, Bukharbaeva is best known for her coverage of the 2005 massacres in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan. She currently lives in Germany, where she writes for the online journal usbek.ru.
Robert Labaree, head of VKC Library, helped plan and organize the Teaching with Technology Conference on May 5. As part of the conference, which explored the theme, "the power of the edge," Deb Holmes-Wong, Karen Howell, and Sara Tompson demonstrated the USC Libraries Digital Archive, LibGuides, and other technologies that enhance research and learning at the university.
USC alumnus Michael Sedano recently donated 39 DVDs of poets reading at the landmark event on the USC campus. You can view performances by Oscar Zeta Acosta, Alurista, Tomás Rivera, and other influential voices in the Chicano movement.
The Jazz Music Library is a streaming audio database that promises to be “the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres." On a trial basis, members of the USC community can access the resource from campus until June 29.
The libraries subscribe to Credo Reference, which has added a number of e-resource titles in recent months, including Who Was Who at Waterloo: A Biography of the Battle, Critical Terms for Religious Studies, and the Penguin Dictionary of Biology.
Members of the USC community can now listen to audio files of journal articles and other content from WilsonWeb e-resources on their computers and portable media players. WilsonWeb e-resources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences now offer a feature, called ReadSpeaker, that converts text to sound files.
Even if you don't speak Arabic or Farsi, you can catch breaking news and key opinion pieces from more than 500 media outlets in 22 Arab countries, Iran, and the Middle-Eastern diaspora. All members of the USC community can read daily updates from Mideastwire.com.
Read autobiographies, manifestoes, letters, and personal accounts from this turbulent decade in American life using Alexander Street's Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 - 1974 database. Through a special agreement, this database is available until May 27.