Sistine Chapel rented for corporate event

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sistine Chapel, view toward altar, 1508-1512/1533-1541, Vatican Palace, Vatican City

Yes, you read that right. The Sistine Chapel can be rented out for select corporate charity events as a part of Pope Francis’ “Art for Charity” initiative. The first takers: Porsche. On Saturday, October 18, 2014, forty of the car maker’s enthusiasts paid $5,900 per head to be among the first group of people treated to a private tour of and concert in one of the world’s most identifiable spaces.

via CNNMoney and Vatican Radio

Open Access Program coming to Davidson Library

Open Access Week — October  20-30 — is an annual global event, promoting open access as a new norm in research and scholarship and to raise awareness of trends in scholarly communication and publishing. The program at UCSB will include these events:

  • Generation Open Webcast & Pizza Party, Monday, October 20, 12pm
    • Graduate students are invited to kick-off Open Access Week
  • What’s the Big Deal?: Journal Pricing Secrets Exposed, Tuesday, October 21, 5pm
    • UCSB economist Ted Bergstrom discusses the results of his recently published study revealing price discrimination practiced by commercial and nonprofit journal publishers and the impact of these practices on library collection budgets and researchers’ access to scholarship
  • Altmetrics: New Ways to Evaluate for a New Publishing Environment, Monday, October 27, 4pm
    • Chuck Huber, Chemistry and Scholarly Communication Librarian, introduces altmetrics, which are new tools for measurement ranging from article downloads to citations in social media to references in new media
  • Survival of the Fittest: The Brave New World of Scholarly Publishing, Thursday, October 30, 4pm
    • UCSB journal editors discuss the challenges they face in scholarly publishing, relations with publishers, open access publishing, and more

All events will be held in the Library’s Mary Cheadle Room.

There will also be Information Tables set up at the Coral Tree and Courtyard Cafés, October 21-23 between 12:30-1:30pm. Don’t forget to pick up an Open Access Week sticker!

Screening of “Art & Craft” on Oct. 15

art-and-craft-movie-posterArt and Craft is a documentary about prolific art forger Mark Landis, an odd duck in the world of forgery as he is not in it for the money.

The film screens on Wed., Oct. 15 only,  at 5:00 and 7:30pm at the Plaza de Oro cinema (map).  Read about the film here, and the NY Times review here.

Images of Africa exhibition now at UCSB Library Special Collections

Images of Africa, UCSB Davidson Library Special Collections (September 2014-January 2015)Images of Africa, curated by David C. Tambo (retired Head of Special Collections) and Edward Fields (Special Collections Reading Room Manager and IS Supervisor), is on view in Davidson Library’s Special Collections (Third Floor) through January 2015. The exhibition showcases maps from as early as the 17th century, photograph collections dating to the latter 19th century, and numerous personal and printed materials.

Also: Save the Date, November 6th to be exact, for a public reception of the exhibition from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in Library’s Mary Cheadle Room (3rd Floor), where DJ Jon Ward will be spinning a selection of African 78s. For more information on Jon Ward’s collection of African vinyl, visit his website.

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm launches free digital journal

The Art Bulletin of Nationalmuseum, Stockholm Cover, Art Bulletin of Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Volume 20is now a digital-only journal and available to download and read free of charge. The academic journal, with articles relating to Nationalmuseum’s collections, will now be accessible through the DiVA portal and the museum’s own website.

via Artdaily

Dallas Museum of Art’s committment to Open Access of art and data

Study for "The Spanish Dancer"The Dallas Museum of Art has begun its digital database redesign for online access to the Museum’s entire collection of more than 22,000 objects.  The DMA asserts this ongoing project will create “one of the world’s most sophisticated online art collections” that will offer not only high-resolution images, but “whenever permitted by existing agreements, the DMA will release all images, data, and software it creates to the public under Open Access licenses for free personal and educational use.”

via ArtDaily

New finding aids and inventories from Dumbarton Oaks

The Moche Sacrifice Ceremony depicted on a bottle in the Museo Larco, Lima. Rollout drawing by Donna McClelland (448)The Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) has published several new finding aids for collections in their online inventory of archival and photographic holdings, AtoM@DO. These holdings include a wide range of topics, including Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and architecture, prehistoric sites in eastern Turkey and gardens in the United Kingdom.

via ICFA


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