Archive for February, 2012

Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database

February 29, 2012

NYU School of Medicine maintains a quite unique, fascinating free database called Literature, Arts, and Medicine. The “About” section of the database describes itself as an “annotated multimedia listing of prose, poetry, film, video and art that was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource for teaching and research in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, and for use in health/pre-health, graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and social science settings.”

It’s really useful for both students of these subjects as well as librarians/professors looking for teaching resources.  Site visitors can search for information by annotation, people search, keyword (topic), annotator, and a general free text search.

The site’s maintainers are meticulous about updating it – they post new announcements most days of the week, it seems!


Repositories of Primary Sources

February 21, 2012

Anyone looking for primary source materials housed in archives across the world is in luck, as the website Repositories of Primary Sources will be your free research matchmaker! The site lists 5000+ websites which describe “holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.”

The repositories are divided by geographical location — as far as I could see there is no search function. This project is really useful and the fact that it doesn’t cost anything to use is much appreciated. Other sites like Archive Finder require a subscription.


Backtalk/Crosstalk: The Scholar-Activist in African Gender Studies

February 20, 2012

I just saw on Facebook that the Barnard Center for Research on Women is hosting another wonderful event! This time it’s called Backtalk/Crosstalk: The Scholar-Activist in African Gender Studies. This year’s Backtalk/Crosswalk forum will feature three amazing scholar activists – Gayatri Spivak, Jane Bennett, and Amina Mama – on a panel moderated by Yvette Christiansë.

The event will be held on March 1st at 6:30PM in James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall.

Free download of my zine!

February 13, 2012

Last year I published a zine called “My Feminist Friends,” consisting of interviews with five of my friends on all things feminist. The zine includes artwork created by friends and family as well. It was a joy to make and I am toying around with the idea of making a second issue later this year.

I sent a copy of “My Feminist Friends” to the Queer Zine Archive Project a couple months ago to be digitized, and was quite pleased today to see on Facebook that my zine is now available for free digital download! QZAP is one of my favorite zine projects ever. 🙂

“Out of the Attic and Into the Stacks”

February 7, 2012

My blogging buddy Anna- the feminist librarian– just informed me about the event of my dreams — Out of the Attic and Into the Stacks: Feminism and LIS: the Unconference. According to Anna’s blog the unconference  will be a “meeting of practitioners, scholars and aspirants in the field of library and information studies to explore feminism as theory, boundary, ecology, method,flavor, relationship, and epistemology — among others.”

It will take place at the University of Milwaukee from March 9-11th.  I’m really disappointed that I can’t attend- especially given the fact that I will be in the Midwest two days later for a different library conference!

The registration fee is very reasonable – $25!  Anyone interested in attending can sign up here.