Need a refresher or just want to learn something new…

The UConn Libraries (Storrs) offer a variety of workshops every semester where you can develop your skills in various areas, such as bibliographic citation software (RefWorks), literature reviews, and using open-access publishing software (Omeka). All of these workshops are listed here: Additional workshops will be added in areas, such as data management, geo-spatial software, and data visualization.

Here’s a sampling of upcoming workshops scheduled for the month of October:

  • (10/08/13) Introduction to Literature Reviews (UConn Libraries & Writing Center) – Great for students who are new to writing literature reviews!
  • (10/16/13) Contextualizing Research in the Humanities: Practical Tips and Strategies (UConn Libraries & Writing Center) – For students in the humanities who want to improve their literature review writing skills.
  • (10/11/13) Intro to Creating/Curating Research with Omeka (UConn Libraries/Scholars’ Collaborative) – For participants, who want to present their research using an open-access platform, or engage their students in online publishing.
  • (10/2/13; 10/15/13) Introduction to RefWorks (UConn Libraries) – If you’re looking for an easy way to organize your citations for course papers, dissertation, or publication, this workshop is for you!
  • (10/9/13; 10/24/13) Pivot Funding Opportunity / Scholar Expertise Database (UConn Libraries’) – For students and faculty interested in finding grants, fellowships, and other awards related to their research, performance, or scholarly needs.

Workshops are added throughout the semester, so visit often or bookmark this link:

Also check out workshops offered by other centers or departments on campus:
Writing Center – develop your writing skills
Scholars’ Collaborative @ UConn Libraries – learn and use new programs and digital tools
Graduate School – professional development workshops and resources

THATCamp New England at UConn

This year’s THATCamp New England will be held at UConn on Thursday and Friday, October 18-19, 2013. Organizers for this event include faculty, graduate students, librarians, and staff from the Departments of Digital Media & Design, Medieval Studies, Literatures, Cultures and Languages, Journalism, Institute for Teaching and Learning, and the University Libraries.

THATCamp = The Humanities and Technology Camp, an unconference for people working in the humanities, technology, and other disciplines to meet, learn, and build skills in an informal environment.

Friday will primarily consist of pre-planned workshops, which are listed here, while the true unconference sessions will take place on Saturday. The full schedule and workshop details will be posted closer to the event date. If you’d like to register for THATCamp New England, please visit: There is no registration or workshop fee.

Follow THATCamp New England on Twitter: @THATCampNE and use #thatcampne when tweeting about the event.

For other events and programs related to the digital humanities at UConn, please visit





Pivot–the most comprehensive search for grant funding opportunities

The Office of the Vice President of Research and the UConn Libraries have acquired Pivot, a database for grant funding opportunities. You can search for grant funding in all the major research areas in the social science, sciences and humanities. In addition, this is  a superb place to find potential collaborators through the Pivot Profiles, which provide information on over 3 millions scholars from around the world.

For those new to this product, a Pivot representative is coming to UConn to do a demonstration of all the features available in this database. This presentation is open for faculty, students and staff.

Mark your calendar!

Pivot Presentation
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Classroom Building Room 101
10:30am – noon

If you can’t wait to explore Pivot, visit the official site at There are also training videos on how to use Pivot on YouTube so check them out!

Marisol Ramos
Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish and Anthropology

Connecticut Women’s Labor Display at Babbidge Library

In Celebration of National Women’s History Month:
On display at the Babbidge Library from March 20 – April 13, 2012

All in a Day’s Work:
Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry
from the collections of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Worker at the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester, Connecticut, ca. 1925

Worker at the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester, Connecticut, ca. 1925

There will be a gallery walk led by Laura Smith, Labor Curator and co-creator of this exhibit, on Wednesday, March 28, at noon.

The display is viewable all hours the library is open.

Monday – Thursday : 07:30 AM – 02:00 AM
Friday : 07:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday : 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday : 10:00 AM – 02:00 AM

Center of Research Libraries’ Services available to UConn Faculty

The Center of Research Libraries (CRL) is “an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

UConn is a member institution, and therefore UConn (faculty, staff, and students) can borrow from the vast library of materials available at CRL for your research.

The collections at CRL, cover a wide variety of topics, regions, time periods and formats such as microfilms, monographs and digital formats. For example, you can access archival collections from United States, United Kingdom and even Cambodia. In addition, dissertations, monographs and newspapers collection covering most regions in the world (Latin America, Asia, Africa, etc…) are available for Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

CRL offers the following services to CRL institutional members:

  • Hard Copy and Microform Loans (books, microfilms)
  • Document Delivery through your Interlibrary Loan Department
  • Digital Delivery of microfilms and other materials when available
  • When available digital collections are available for immediate viewing

To learn more about all these services, visit,

Search the CRL catalog at and gather the appropriate bibliographic information to make your interlibrary loan request.

Open ILLiad (





and select the form from the New Request box on the left of the screen.

For microfilm request, contact directly the DD-ILL office at

For more information about DD-ILL policies and guidelines, please visit the DD-ILL FAQ at:

Marisol Ramos

Librarian for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Spanish and Anthropology

GIS Bibliography

The use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has exploded in the social sciences. The technology enables geographers, demographers, sociologists, and everyone else to crunch any data with a spatial component. The literature on GIS is also expanding. The following is a review of an extensive, and free, internet based GIS bibliography. Many thanks to CHOICE for permission to reproduce this review.

Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.

GIS Bibliography, from ESRI. Internet Resource. Reviewed in 2011may CHOICE.

[Visited Feb’11] This site is a free, openly accessible index to over 100,000 journal and magazine articles, books and book sections, conference presentations/publications, and theses related to geographic information systems (GIS) and GIS technology. It covers materials from the earliest uses of computers to analyze geographic information in the 1940s to the present. It is based on the GIS Master Bibliography Project, which was started in 1991 by Duane Marble while he was a professor at Ohio State University. Since 1999, ESRI Inc., a leading GIS technology company, has developed, maintained, and made available for free the GIS Bibliography. This resource is not as sophisticated as commercial databases. Search capabilities are limited. Basic searches can be done for terms in the full record, as phrases or title, and using the Boolean operators AND and NOT. Advanced search options include searching for one or more terms in all fields, title, author, keywords, or abstract; phrase searches; limiting by publication type; and identifying published articles or full-text publications. Users may also browse the GIS Bibliography for books on a particular topic or articles in a specific journal issue. Those with free ESRI global accounts can mark references to save in a personal bibliography or send them to their e-mail address in Refer format.
Other indexes contain citations to GIS literature, including Elsevier’s GEOBASE (some 57,000 items) and Compendex (some 49,000 items) (CH, Nov’05, 43-1299), and Inspec (some 42,000 items) These indexes include articles from foreign-language journals that are not indexed in the GIS Bibliography. Though not comprehensive, the GIS Bibliography is an important source that should be used in community college and academic libraries supporting GIS programs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, graduate students, researchers, and professionals. — L. R. Zellmer, Western Illinois University

US Credit Rating Downgrade

US National DebtWhile markets swoon and political bickering continues over downgrade of American debt, the Christian Science Monitor reports that at least 3 other rating agencies had already downgraded US before S&P’s latest drop from AAA to AA+. Top foreign holders of US debt include China, Japan, and United Kingdom.

According to this article on MSNBC website, countries that still have an S&P triple A rating include Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Japan lost its AAA rating in the late 1990s. It was further downgraded earlier this year. Other countries to lose their triple A rating in recent years include Ireland, Italy, and Spain.

CNNMoney points out the irony that there are currently four U.S. companies: Automatic Data Processing, Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft that have a better credit rating than US. All four are non-financial firms and that according to S&P, “insulates them from the impact of the U.S. downgrade, which has little effect on the companies’ ability to make good on their debts.” The article reports that, “decades ago, there was a lot more AAA to go around. In 1983, there were a record 32 non-financial companies rated AAA. But a stumbling economy, an increasingly globalized market, and lots of mergers and acquisitions have made AAA a true rarity.”

2011 Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights

Please join us for the 2011 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights.

“International Justice, Transitional Justice: What Have We Learned about What ‘Works’?”
Diane Orentlicher
Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State
Thursday, April 21 4:00 PM
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center

Diane F. Orentlicher is serving as Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, in the Department of State while on leave from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she is a Professor of International Law. She has served in her current position, on appointment by Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, since October, 2009. The Office of War Crimes Issues advises the Secretary of State and formulates U.S. policy responses to atrocities committed in areas of conflict and elsewhere throughout the world.

Described by the Washington Diplomat as “one of the world’s leading authorities on human rights law and war crimes tribunals,” Professor Orentlicher has previously served in various public positions, including Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Professor Orentlicher is also co-director (on leave) of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University. From 1995 to 2004, she served as founding director of the law school’s War Crimes Research Office, which provides legal assistance to international criminal tribunals and courts established jointly by the United Nations and national governments. Professor Orentlicher has presented congressional testimony on a range of issues of international criminal law, including U.S. legislation on genocide.

Research Highlights

Book Talk
The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut

Lawrence Goodheart, Professor of History, University of Connecticut

In his new book*, Dr. Goodheart addresses a broad range of questions about the rationale for and application of judicial execution in Connecticut since the seventeenth century. In addition to identifying the 164 people who have been put to death for crimes during the state’s history, he analyzes their social status in terms of sex, race, class, religion, and ethnicity. He looks at the circumstances of the crimes, the weapons that were used, and the victims. He reconstructs the history of Connecticut’s capital laws, its changing rituals of execution, and the growing debate over the legitimacy of the death penalty itself. Come hear Larry Goodheart discuss his research!

Thursday, April 21
Undergraduate Building Room 216

*Copies will be available for sale.
Sponsored by Trecker Library.

Research Highlights

Strip Club: Gender, Power, and Sex Work
Kim Price-Glynn, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut

Wednesday, March 30
Undergraduate Building Room 209, Greater Hartford Campus

In 2001 sociologist Kim Price-Glynn was hired as a cocktail waitress at The Lion’s Club, a run down New England strip club catering primarily to male customers. During her employment there, she came to know the strippers, their place in the hierarchy, and what their day-to-day lives were like. The result is her groundbreaking book, Strip Club: Gender, Power and Sex Work*. Bernadette Barton writes, “Strip Club exposes a taken for granted sexism we need to be reminded of in our Girls Gone Wild culture.”
*Copies will be available for sale.
Sponsored by Trecker Library