Resources developed by UCLA Information Studies Faculty and Students
In March 2020, the UCLA Department of Information Studies (IS) established the Digital Resource Development Initiative. The goals of the initiative have been to develop digital resources that would be relevant to different communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, that would support the Department of Information Studies’ mission and vision, and that would showcase the professional expertise of IS students, while also giving them a range of applied experiences.
Undergraduate, MLIS and PhD students submitted project proposals for funding awards to support the development of their individual proposals between March and September 2020. Several students also partnered with local repositories to assist them in developing their digital presence during the pandemic.
We invite you to explore the resulting resources, which include archival content, zines, exhibitions, toolkits, pathfinders, and artwork that speak to a diverse range of subject matter, user needs, and audiences. We hope you will find them both engaging and informative.
By Nick Schwieterman and Dr. Kathy Carbone
The Amplification Project: Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action documents, preserves, and raises the visibility of art and activism inspired, influenced, or affected by forced migration. We are a community-based participatory public digital archive to which any artist and activist can contribute new or existing artwork and activist projects, and anyone can engage in dialogue about displacement and refugeehood. Through linking together and building awareness of people, contemporary art, activism, and archiving in support of refugees, we further seek to raise social and political consciousness about displacement and its effects on societies, cultures, and lives, disrupt anti-refugee and xenophobic rhetoric, and offset the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of refugees in institutional archives and collective memory. https://theamplificationproject.com
By Savannah Lake
Exploration & Inquiry will connect users with online primary source material from UCLA Library’s Digital Collections, offering pathways into the materials that promote active learning and information literacy. This online teaching resource will consist of several modules including a scavenger hunt that gamifies search, a compare and contrast module that challenges users to identify different types of cultural authority, and a module that asks users to think of whose voices are missing from the collection and the historical record. https://explorationandinquiry.github.io/digitalcollections/
by Anita Morales
Work and Wellness LA is a resource designed to help workers in LA County who have lost their job or have lost hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anita has curated a toolkit full of resources to help you get back to work while continuing to focus on your well-being.
Chicana Murals Exhibit
By Grace Muñoz
Mur Murs: Murals, Chicanas, and the Female Gaze is a digital exhibit created in collaboration with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and Google Arts and Culture. This exhibit aims to uncover the hidden stories behind the murals created by Chicana artists in the Los Angeles region throughout the 20th century. Often overlooked and underappreciated in comparison to their male counterparts, Chicana muralists challenged machismo by infusing Chicana feminist praxis into their murals—reclaiming a “male” art form into one distinctly their own.
Patssi Valdez: Retrospective of Media
By Grace Muñoz
Patssi Valdez: Retrospective of Media is a digital exhibit created in collaboration with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program, and Google Arts and Culture. This exhibit delves into the career of Chicana artist Patssi Valdez, starting from her time with the art collective Asco, up until her work in the early 2000s. Incorporating avant-garde expressionism and feminist themes into her work, Valdez is most known for her vibrant paintings, installations, and performance art.
By Julia Tanenbaum and Jake Tompkins
Developed in partnership with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) and the Freedom Archives, three exhibits detail this history of revolutionary Black freedom struggles inside prison walls, and the transformative organizing of incarcerated people. The first illustrates the struggles for liberation and brutal state repression of incarcerated revolutionaries in the Black Power era, while the second focuses on the CCWP and the struggle against medical neglect led by incarcerated survivors of gendered violence in the mid-1990s. The third juxtaposes a map and data dashboard detailing how COVID-19 and state medical neglect have ravaged California’s prisons and jails, with the personal stories of incarcerated people living through the crisis.
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives Website Planning
By Serena Rodholm and Brian Belak
Serena Rodholm and Brian Belak worked with the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives to improve online access to their oral history video collections. Serena standardized and edited transcripts generated by community volunteers, formatted captions for the videos, and developed a plan to include the captioned collections on the Mazer website. Building on this plan, Brian migrated the oral histories to Vimeo for long-term hosting and created a new section on the Mazer website that presents the oral histories and transcripts in an accessible way.
Cross-Generational Engagement Through Archives
By Casey Winkleman
Cross-generational Engagement: Sustaining Community Archives’ Futures is designed to foster healthy intergenerational connection and communication in community-based archival spaces. This website provides information, project examples, activities, and resources designed to foster cross-generational connection among participants of all ages in order to support the long-term sustainability of community archives. This site serves as a starting point for sustaining cross-generational dialogue, connection, and partnerships within and beyond community-based archival organizations.
By Lizhou Fan
The Online Statistical Computing Reference for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (OSCR) Project is an online learning and teaching platform for students and scholars to enhance their statistical and data analytical skills through multimedia online guidelines. The site also provides tutorial contents and research suggestions in multiple languages (OMSCR). The ultimate goal is to create an open scholarly communication environment for the Data-driven Research Community globally. https://www.oscrproject.com/
Uncovering Local History: Santa Barbara Historical Museum Donor Records
By Jessica Craig and Grace Diliberto
This partnership project with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM)’s Gledhill Library highlights the diverse histories of women found in the library’s 2,000 agent-person records. Many of the SBHM’s donors can trace their roots in the area back generations and are integral to the local history and culture of the Santa Barbara region. Yet, because these people were ordinary citizens, their stories are in danger of being forgotten. By using genealogical research tools to illuminate the accomplishments and networks of these historic residents, the goal is to enrich existing agent-person records in the library’s ArchivesSpace interface with key dates, related agents, controlled vocabularies, and external documents found in historic newspaper and directory databases, local records, and the Online Archive of California.
By Amanda Lorge
Kids Lit Zines is a series that highlights excellent books for children and young adult readers by nonwhite authors. Each zine focuses on a particular genre or theme to help connect readers with books that they love as well as providing links for parents including at-home activity instructions and sources to discover even more incredible books. Kids Lit Zines is committed to helping parents and educators access books from diverse cultural perspectives, which have been proven to increase empathy and understanding in children.
Resources for Southeast Asian Communities Handbook
By Kate Pham
The Resources for Southeast Asian Communities Handbook compiles and highlights resources and services for Southeast Asian community members facing hardships brought on by COVID-19. Resources include community-specific information and aids, such as community aid networks, translation services, community organizations, mental health support, and more. Individuals may find community-centered resources in the handbook that pertains to their Southeast Asian/ Southeast Asian American identities and communities.
By Seul Lee
This is a web-based platform which offers integrated online resources of academic journals for Korean history, including Hanguksa Yeongu Hwibo (Bulletin of Korean Historical Research) available in Korean . Additional services for research including n-grams, word counts, and metadata will also be available. This also includes online training materials and guidelines of bibliographic analysis, text mining techniques and metadata research for librarians and scholars in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.