Edison disc record: "The Jelly Roll blues", performed by The Original Memphis Five, recorded in New York, New York on September 22, 1923.
Mon, Feb 28, 11:46 am | Special Research Collections, Collections
Thomas Edison National Historical Park (TENHP) released 2,400 historic Edison disc sound recordings, digitized and made available online in cooperation with the University of California, Santa Barbara Library Special Research Collections on the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR)...
Tom Brittnacher
Mon, Feb 28, 11:37 am | Library Employees, Geospatial Collection
Tom Brittnacher has worked at the UCSB Library for eight years, previously as the Geospatial Data Curator and then Geospatial Collection Strategist. On February 1, he became the Library’s first Curator of Geospatial and Digital Collections. In this new role, Tom will not only be responsible for...
Dan Korman
In celebration of Open Education Week (March 7-11, 2022), the UCSB Library is highlighting one professor’s experience as he undergoes the process of publishing a textbook as an open educational resource (OER). As the Library continues to deepen its commitment to an open paradigm for research and...
Biochemical Journal covers.
The University of California (UC) and the Biochemical Society / Portland Press, have entered an open access agreement, effective February 22, that includes open access publishing of an unlimited number of articles by corresponding UC authors. The agreement also provides researchers throughout the...
Masked students studying in the Library.
Mon, Jan 31, 9:01 am | Services
With campus resuming in-class instruction, the Library is returning to regular hours and open to all patrons, including visitors.  We continue to require proof of a green COVID-19 clearance badge from anyone wishing to access the building. Users still must enter through the Mountain Entrance and...
Materials form the Marcel Nicolle Collection
Tue, Jan 25, 4:04 pm | Art & Architecture, Grants
The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation issued a $10,000 grant to the UC Santa Barbara Library for the digitization of a portion of the Marcel Nicolle Collection, which consists of more than 1,000 rare 19th-century exhibition catalogs in Western European languages, mostly French.  The materials...
Exterior photo of the UCSB Library Mountain Side
Mon, Jan 3, 10:20 am | Services
The UCSB Library is open to patrons but has changed its hours and services in response to the Chancellor’s Dec. 21 announcement that instruction during the first two weeks of winter quarter will be remote and Jan. 8 update that instruction may continue remotely for an additional two weeks. Building...
Wed, Dec 22, 10:31 am | Special Research Collections
On January 1, 2022, an estimated 400,000 sound recordings published before 1923 will enter the public domain thanks to a law passed in 2018. This is significant because, until 2022, no sound recording has entered the public domain due to copyright expiration.  The UC Santa Barbara Library has...
John Levin examines a wax cylinder from his home collection.
Around the world, there exist repositories of writings, imagery, and tools that mark the evolution of humankind, but what are the sounds of our shared history? For the last 35 years, collector John Levin has been amassing a collection of brown wax cylinders--one of our earliest media for recorded...
Wayne Shoaf and Melinda Hayes
Count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and vampire pop culture may not seem like obvious areas for scholarly research. However, couple Melinda Hayes, University of Southern California (USC) Rare Books Librarian, and Wayne Shoaf, USC Metadata and Digital Librarian recognized this undervalued collecting...

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