Bentham Open Access Journals

June 25, 2012

Hi everyone- it’s been a couple months, but I’m back and ready to start blogging about new free resources for research and action!

Today I’m going to talk about a great site for downloading free scholarly journal articles, Bentham Open Access. For anyone who’s read my blog before, I absolutely LOVE open access journals (I use the Directory of Open Access Journals all the time myself and encourage you to check it out as well).

Bentham Open publishes over 230 peer-reviewed journals in science, technology, social sciences, and medicine. Site visitors can search for journals either by subject or title. Once you find an article you’re interested in you can download it and save it for FREE!

Isn’t open access beautiful?


Feminist Texts by Women of Color

April 24, 2012

I am such a fan of free subject bibliographies. A librarian friend shared one with me recently that she saw on the blog My Life as a Feminista that I wanted to share on my own blog.

Titled “Feminist Texts Written by Women of Color,” this comprehensive lists divides the texts by type of resource (books, anthologies, and essays).  There are also a number of other authors and poets that the bibliography’s creator listed, such as Nikki Giovanni, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Staceyann Chin.

Adrienne Rich Tribute

April 12, 2012

For many years I have called Adrienne Rich my favorite poet. In college I studied her work in a feminist poetry class; I also had the opportunity to see her read from her work.  Her essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” was also deeply influential to me in my late teens as I was figuring out my own identity. These days I keep my personal copy of her collection “The Dream of a Common Language” on my desk at work at all times.

News of her passing last month touched me on many levels. A close friend texted me the news as I was riding on the train home from work. I spent the rest of my commute that day reading her “21 Love Poems” on my phone. It was with much gladness that I just learned Rich will be honored this coming Monday, April 16th at Columbia University at a memorial event called “Adrienne Rich: Tribute, Reading Celebration.”  Nearly twenty people will commemorate Rich by offering tributes and reading from her work.

I hope to see you there!

African-American Women Digital Collection

April 3, 2012

Duke University’s David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library has some excellent online archival collections. Today I want to profile African American Women, which contains three digital collections.

The first is called “Elizabeth Johnson Harris: Life Story,” and includes full-text of memoirs and poems/articles written by Harris, a Georgia writer. The second collection is called “Hannah Valentine & Lethe Jackson: Slave Letters,” and the third is “Vilet Lester Letter,” a scanned version of a letter written by Lester in 1857.

While you’re on the Rubinstein website I encourage you to check out their other rich digital collections as well!

ABC No Rio Zine Library Benefit Party

March 21, 2012

I volunteered for about a year as a zine librarian at the ABC No Rio Zine Library and I have to say, it’s quite easily one of my favorite places in all of New York City (which within itself is a paradise to me).

The No Rio collection houses around 12,ooo zines, which anyone is free to come look at during the library’s open hours. An already delightful place is made even better by the presence of a sweetheart cat named Cookie Puss, who alternated between sitting on my lap and stepping on the letters “Q” or “W” when I would catalog zines.

Photo taken by Eric Bartholomew, 25 March 2010

In order to keep this wonderful print culture gem up and running, ABC No Rio is hosting a benefit party for the zine library this Friday from 8PM-1AM! Beverages and zines will be sold and endless fun will be had!

Fat Activist and Body Positive Zine Review Article

March 12, 2012

Today I learned that an article that I co-write with my friend and colleague Charlotte Price was just published in Library Journal! Titled “Fat Activism and Body Positivity: Zines for Transforming the Status Quo,” the piece was edited by Barnard librarian Jenna Freedman.

Here’s the intro to the article, in which we reviewed five amazing zines, including Figure 8 and Fat Girl:

“Zines are an especially important medium for marginalized groups, providing a safe space to have an open discussion. With the so-called war on obesity in full swing, it’s no wonder that an increasing number of fat-activist and body-positive zines are appearing. Fat acceptance often intersects with subjects and interests like feminism, queer studies, social and political activism, history, health, fashion, and even pop culture. The zines reviewed here cover several areas, such as radical queer and transgender fat activism, fat activism history, DIY fat activism, body-positive art and poetry, and clothing design.”

Networked New York

March 8, 2012

I wish I had found out about this conference earlier – I just happened to see it on the great blog NYU Workshop in Archival Practice! Titled “Networked New York,” it’s advertised as a conference on “material, literary, and digital connections in the city.” It’s free and open to the public and will take place tomorrow, March 9th, in the Great Room of 19 University Place.

The panels look fascinating, and I really wish I could see the keynote- a presentation by Marvin Taylor (Director, Fales Library & Special Collections) called “Playing the Field: Thoughts about Social Networks and the New York Downtown Arts Scene.”

If you go please give me a recap afterward! 🙂

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.