Friday, October 29, 2010

Some Friday Fun!

Interested in grant writing?

Not everything that one should know about librarianship can be covered in two years.  One way to help fill the gap is to go to workshops and what not offered by other departments!  We came across one particularly interesting upcoming event, sponsored by ComETS: "Identifying Grants for Professional Development using the UW Libraries' Grants Information Center."  This workshop is scheduled for November 18th from 2PM to 3 PM in Memorial Library Room 231.

This workshop, led by Nancy McClements, head of Memorial Library's Reference department and acting Grants Librarian, will show students how to navigate the UW Libraries Grants Information Collection.  It will be a combination of presentation and hands-on experience, as participants will have the opportunity to dive into some of the grants databases available on campus.

For more information, visit the website for the event:’-grants-information-center

Monday, October 25, 2010

Why Do Straight Women Read and Create Boys’ Love Stories?

If you are free this coming Thursday, October 28, from 12-1PM, there will be a presentation in the SLIS Commons that may interest you!  The Print Culture Colloquium is offering a lecture on why straight women read and create boys' love stories, presented by Chi-Shiou Lin,Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Science at National Taiwan University. 

From the press release:
 In recent years, Boys’ Love (BL) stories have become a popular genre of pleasure reading among women readers in the Asian countries especially in Japan, China, and Taiwan.  BL stories are love stories of two or more male characters created predominantly by women for women; most of them identified themselves as heterosexual.  This blooming genre of texts, images, and other forms of creation is also known as Danmei (“indulgence in beauty”) in the Chinese and Japanese speaking regions. It is also known as YAOI or “slash fiction” in the Western world.  The genre names of Danmei and YAOI which originated from the Chinese/Japanese languages express a sense that its women readers see love between males as beautiful and romantic.  Interestingly, many BL readers see this genre as different from gay literatures.  For them, BL stories are purely fantasies created by and for women, which is different from literary works that describe and reflect on the real-world homosexual relationships.

Why do the women readers find BL stories beautiful – so beautiful that many are deeply addicted to the genre?  What pleasure do women get from reading and creating BL stories?  Informal theories have been speculated by BL readers themselves or by outsiders who tend to pathologize the phenomenon of BL reading.  But systematic investigation of the BL readership is rarely seen.  This exploratory study thus employs interpretive qualitative methodologies to empirically analyze the reading experiences, motivations, and types of pleasures of 26 adult female readers in Taiwan, aged between 18 years old and 40s.  Their occupations ranged from university students, office workers, teachers and college professors.  Some are married women with children.  Most of them are also engaged in some forms of BL story creation.  In this presentation, I will report initial findings on the motivations and types of pleasures experienced by the interviewees from reading Boys’ Love.

Chi-Shiou Lin is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Library & Information Science in the National Taiwan University.  He got his Ph.D. from SLIS, UW-Madison in 2007.  His research interests are diverse.  His current research areas include social informatics, government information, and the practices of pleasure reading and genre reading.

Supported by the Center for the History of Print Culture, the School of Library and Information Studies, Wisconsin Historical Society, UW-Madison Libraries, and the Wisconsin Print Culture Society.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rebecca Skloot is visiting UW!

This Monday, October 25, 2010, Rebecca Skloot, author of the Go Big Read pick for this year, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be visiting the Kohl Center here on campus to give a lecture about her experiences writing the book, as well as to answer questions submitted by Madison's "Big Read"-ers.  The show starts at 7:00PM, doesn't require tickets, and should be a great experience for anyone who has read the book or has interest in medical ethics surrounding the HeLa cells.  Try to make it out! 

If you can't manage it, but still want to be involved with other Go Big Read activities, visit the events website to check out other opportunities in the next few months!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Archives Month!

Wow, October is a busy month!  In addition to SLIS Week and Open Access week, we are also in the midst of archives month.  The Society of American Archivists - Student Chapter (SAA-SC) here at SLIS will be running a blog with information about archives and celebrating archives throughout the month.  Give it a visit if you're interested in archives in Wisconsin!

An interesting insight...

Open Access Week causes quite a flurry in the blog-o-sphere.  We came across an interesting article by Dorothea Salo, presenter of LIS 644, Academic Librarian and SLIS alum, on a blog in which she is a contributor, Book of Trogool.  Dorothea re-posted the article she wrote for the 2008 Open Access Day Synchroblogging competition, discussing her own views on Open Access and her experiences that shaped those views. 

OA Week Repost: My Father the Anthropologist; or, What I Offer Open Access and Why

Monday, October 18, 2010

Open Access Week!

In addition to SLIS week, October 18-24 is also Open Access Week, a four year old global event "promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research."  As librarians, it is our duty to consider the implications of closed access to research and availability of materials.

From their website:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gearing up for SLIS week

Each fall, SLIS Week affords students and faculty the chance to come together to share their work, hobnob, network, and join in celebration of our stellar library school. The 2010 edition of SLIS week kicks off on Monday, October 18 in the SLIS Commons with an informational session for prospective master's students and continues throughout the week with presentations from the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, SLIS faculty, student groups focused on community engagement and service, and individual student research and practicum experience. A reception Friday afternoon will cap the week's festivities, bringing together students, alumni, faculty, advisory council members and friends in conviviality and recognition of the program's past, present and future.

Full schedule (all events in the SLIS Commons, 4th floor of Helen C. White Hall):

4:30-5:30pm, Monday October 18: Information session for prospective students
Noon-1pm, Tuesday October 19: Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture open house
Noon-1pm, Wednesday October 20: Faculty forum
Noon-1pm, Thursday October 21: Community engagement showcase
2:30-4pm, Friday October 22: Exhibit walkabout
4-6pm, Friday October 22: Reception