Digital Public Library of America – Application for 2017-2018 Education Advisory Committee Now Open

The Digital Public Library of America is looking for excellent instructors in higher education to join its Education Advisory Committee for 2017-2018. See for more information.

Members of this group will:

  • Develop and deliver curriculum for professional development using DPLA and its resources for inquiry-based instruction
  • Collaborate with K-12 and higher ed members of the Education Advisory Committee to develop best practices for implementing the Primary Source Sets
  • Write new primary source sets following DPLA’s format and participate in peer review and revision (3 in 15 months)
  • Provide input on online professional development modules

Database Trials: History of Mass Tourism and World’s Fairs

UPDATE: These trials have been extended to April 5th.

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:24 AM
Subject: database trials: History of Mass Tourism and World’s Fairs

Dear Colleagues,

Please share this information with your faculty and graduate students.

The library has a trial of the following two databases that may be of interest to you. The trial expires March 8th.

History of Mass Tourism
Provides guidebooks, brochures, periodicals, photographs and personal travel journals offering a view into the expansion, accessibility and affordability of tourism. Please complete a survey to provide feedback on this trial.

World’s Fairs: A Global History of Expositions
Explores world’s fairs from the Crystal Palace in 1851 to twenty-first century expos. Please complete a survey to provide feedback on this trial.

Please note: this database vendor does not allow PDF download options during trials.

For more information about the databases, see this link for History of Mass Tourism and this one for World’s Fairs.


New Database: Slavery in America and the World

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 8:40 AM
Subject: new database: Slavery in America and the World

Dear Colleagues,

I’m happy to announce that a new database is available through HeinOnline, which we access courtesy of the law library:

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
Brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, including more than 1,000 books and pamphlets.

The link above will take you directly to the database, or, from the library’s homepage, click on “Databases & E-Reference” under Quick Links in the center of the page, and then type the word “slavery” into the title field.

For more information about the database see HeinOnline is making this database freely available to all institutions. See their announcement here.

I will add the database to my LibGuides, including the HIST 1483 and HIST 1493 pages.


“Publish, Not Perish: Considerations Before Hitting ‘Submit'”

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:49 PM
Subject: “Publish, Not Perish: Considerations Before Hitting ‘Submit'”

Dear Colleagues,

I’m happy to let you know that Jen Waller, our Open Educational Resources and Scholarly Communication Coordinator, will give a presentation on October 26, 2016, at 11 am in the Bizzell Library Community Room (LL118) titled “Publish, Not Perish: Considerations Before Hitting ‘Submit’” as part of Open Access Week.

See the attached flyer and please forward this email to colleagues and graduate students! (Also remember that I’m archiving the emails I send you at if it’s easier to point to that URL.)


Humanities Databases Update

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2016 1:05 PM
Subject: humanities databases update

Dear Colleagues,

The library has completed its review of our online database subscriptions in the fine arts and humanities. Based on the responses that we have received from you and your colleagues, we have decided to cancel only one of the proposed items, RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. The online guide has been updated accordingly.

We received a great deal of thoughtful, detailed feedback from the arts and humanities faculty during this process, for which we are grateful. Your investment in the scope and quality of our collections is extremely important to our ability to make informed decisions.

As we selected candidates for potential cancelation, we reviewed the contents and uniqueness of each database. We also relied heavily on our usage statistics, and all of the titles that we proposed had very low usage; one as low as 47 total searches over six years. The importance that you placed on some of these titles honestly surprised us, as it did not match what we were seeing from the usage numbers.

In the future, we may be facing similar difficult budgetary decisions, and usage statistics will be one of the data points we will consider—although not the only one—in choosing which resources may be cancelled. Therefore, we urge you: please use these resources in the future in a way that will give us data that accurately indicates their value.

Remember, all the databases can count is the number of times a person conducts a search or downloads an item. If you are, for example, downloading PDFs and distributing them to your class of 100 students, then all we’ll see is one download when it should really be 100 uses. Some small changes you can make to improve these statistics include:

  • Instructing your class on how to access the databases themselves, instead of providing them with the downloaded materials.
  • Emailing colleagues database permalinks instead of downloaded PDFs when you share items.
  • Creating assignments that require your students to use these databases for themselves.

It’s a small change in habits, but it really will help us to have more accurate data. We are available to answer questions about these issues or to help you develop assignments encouraging your students to use these materials.

Thank you again for your thoughtful, detailed responses. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if we can assist you with anything else.



Ada Lovelace Day, Tuesday, October 11: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Monday, October 3, 2016 1:55 PM
Subject: Participants wanted for Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the email below from Jen Waller, Open Educational Resources Librarian. She will be hosting Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday, October 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Bizzell’s HCLC classroom. (Lower level 2). Please encourage your students to attend!

From: Waller, Jen
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2016 1:51 PM
Subject: Please share: Participants wanted for Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Hello all,

As part of Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday, October 11, John Stewart, Cody Taylor, and I will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to help raise awareness of women in science. The event will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm in the HCLC’s classroom, and participants are welcome to come and go whenever they have time.

We are pulling together research materials on Donna Shirley and a few other women with local ties. If you know of other notable women or of resources that would facilitate biographical research on a wide variety of women, please let us know.

I am also hoping that you will pass along information about this event to your colleagues, faculty, and students. Editing Wikipedia pages is a fantastic way for students to better understand how the topics they study, research, and write about for class can be used to make an impact in the “real world.” Additionally, it’s a great way that we can help equalize information availability.  We are hoping to have participants from History of Science, History, Women’s and Gender Studies, and others – in addition to STEM and SLIS participants.

I’ve included a couple articles for you to read and/or share if you so desire. You can find more information about the event on our Wikipedia Event Page, and please let me, Cody, or John know if you have any questions.

Thank you for any help you can provide!

Best Regards,

Jen Waller
Open Educational Resources & Scholarly Communication Coordinator
Bizzell Memorial Library
401 W. Brooks St., Room 243
Norman, OK 73019

Proposed database cancellations

From: Scrivener, Laurie L.
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:46 AM

Dear Colleagues,

The library is in the process of reviewing our subscriptions to databases, with the aim of reducing the amount annually spent. The humanities and fine arts librarians have reviewed database subscriptions in our subject areas and have come up with a list of proposed cancellations. In reviewing the databases, we considered their usage in relation to their annual cost, the amount of overlap in coverage with other databases, as well as the unique features of some of the databases. We are proposing the cancellation of some lower usage databases.

The list of proposed cancellations is below, as well as under the Humanities and Fine Arts tab on this guide Please review this list and share it with your colleagues. If there are any items that should not be cancelled, please contact me about them by September 30.

The proposed cancellations are:

  • Acta Sanctorum – Provides access to an electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta Sanctorum, including prefaces, original texts, critical apparatus, and indices. This collection of documents examines the lives of saints, arranged according to each saint’s feast day.
  • Art Index Retrospective – Includes materials on traditional art, art history, archaeology, architecture, fashion design, interior design, visual art, and non-western art. Materials indexed include journal articles, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Includes multi-lingual material.
  • Black Studies Center – Includes the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), the Black Literature Index.
  • British Literary ManuscriptsProvides access to facsimile images of letters, poems, plays, novels, and other literary works.
  • Colonial State PapersProvides access to primary source documents from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The earliest English settlements in North America, encounters with Native Americans, piracy in the Atlantic and Caribbean, the trade in slaves and English conflicts with the Spanish and French are all covered in this database.
  • Early European BooksProvides access to high-resolution facsimile images of rare printed sources from the origin of printing through the seventeenth century.
  • Nineteenth Century Masterfile – 19th Century Masterfile provides access to Index to Legal Periodical Literature, 1786-1922; Index to Periodicals, 1890-1906; Mechanics, Physics, Mathematics Cumulative Index to a Selected List of Periodicals (1896-1899); Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906; The Psychological Index (1894-1905) and Richardson’s Index to Periodical Articles in Religion (1890-1899).
  • RIPM – Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals – Provides access to international coverage of the music periodical literature published from the late 18th- to mid-20th- centuries in Europe and the United States.
  • Teatro Español del Siglo de Oro – Access significant literary plays of the sixteenth and seventeenth century in Spain. Full text available.

I will add this message to my archived email at


Laurie Scrivener, M.L.I.S.
Associate Professor of Bibliography
History and Area Studies Librarian
University of Oklahoma Libraries
630 Parrington Oval, Room 452, Norman, OK 73019 | 405.325.1903 | @LaurieScrivener
My Guides


Gateway to Oklahoma History: Newspapers

This was originally posted on the library’s Digital Scholarship Lab Blog.

Text Mining Oklahoma’s Newspapers

The Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division’s website, Gateway to Oklahoma History, is a fantastic, freely available source that includes digitized Oklahoma newspapers from the 1840s to the 1920s. Like many digitization projects, it’s a work in progress, but already contains a wealth of valuable information.

The basic search screen allows you to search the full text of the database, metadata, title, subject and creator. The “Explore” function in the upper right corner allows you to browse locations, dates, and titles.

When I first encountered this database, I did what many of us do, but may be ashamed to admit: looked up my family name. Unfortunately, the first newspaper result is about a bank robber who shares my last name and who may or may not be related. I quickly tried to think of ways to refine my search to the decent Scriveners, but saw no easy way out. Additionally, “scrivener” is a legal term and a profession that appears fairly frequently in historic newspapers.

Luckily, I remembered my father’s mother’s maiden name, Malahy, and quickly found a much nicer feel-good story: my grandmother had written a letter to Santa Claus that was published in a Shawnee newspaper in 1917, when she was 7 years old.


Whatever type of research you are doing, here are some helpful hints for the Gateway to Oklahoma History:

  • When you do a keyword search, your terms will be highlighted in yellow within the digitized document.
  • If the term doesn’t appear on the first page, be sure to check the other pages.
    • I prefer to do this by clicking on the front page of the newspaper, and then clicking on “zoom/full page.”
    • At that point, I can easily scroll through the pages until I find the yellow highlighting, or zoom in on the page so I can actually read it.
  • Keep in mind that optical character recognition is not perfect. For example, when I searched for the name Malahy, the word “salary” came up a lot.
  • In this database, like in most that have digitized materials, there is very little after the year 1923.
  • Even though my last name is not nearly as common as some, I still run into many “scriveners” when I do a keyword search because the word was more commonly used in the past.
    • When doing research in any digital database, have patience and be flexible with your keywords.

NEH & Mellon Invite SPARC Members to Apply for Humanities Open Book Grants

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pasting below some information on an NEH and Mellon grant to create “open books” for the humanities. It sounds like an interesting project that will help make important works available to the public. Please feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested.

Also, I am going to start archiving emails I send to you on my blog site:, because even I can’t keep up with all the emails I send you!


Laurie Scrivener, M.L.I.S.
Associate Professor of Bibliography
History and Area Studies Librarian
University of Oklahoma Libraries
630 Parrington Oval, Room 452, Norman, OK 73019
My Guides


NEH & Mellon Invite SPARC Members to Apply for Humanities Open Book Grants

Last year, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation partnered to create Humanities Open Book, a grant program that offers awards up to $100,000 to support digitization, rights clearance, and public dissemination of primarily backlist or out-of-print, in-copyright humanities scholarship. The program aims to give new life to a broad swath of publications in the humanities, many of which are quite difficult to access and read today. All books, once cleared, are released with a Creative Commons license.

The next Humanities Open Book deadline is coming up on September 13, 2016. We encourage applications from a diverse range of institutional types including university presses, libraries, museums, historical societies, independent research centers, and other non-profit publishers in the humanities.

Sr. Program Officer Perry Collins will be offering an upcoming webinar on Monday, July 11th, at 1pm EDT to further discuss the program and to answer questions. Click the link below to register:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Also, please feel free to contact us directly ( with questions or draft proposals.

Thank you!

Brett Bobley
National Endowment for the Humanities