It has been quite a busy semester so far with many changes at the library website with new Search Boxes. If you were wondering what it this all about here is short explanation of the new changes to our searching options.
New look at the UConn Libraries Website
The default search box is called Everything @ UConn which use a software called Summons which allow users to search almost everything physically at UConn libraries as well as UConn’s online resources (articles, e-books, streaming media, etc.). It is a good starting point for undergraduates trying to find materials for their projects. Second tab is called Books & Media Worldwide, which was previously called UConn Worldcat: This text box searches for physical items at UConn and other libraries. It is recommended for finding physical books, movies, scores, maps, etc., and for finding and requesting items through Interlibrary Loan. The next tab, Articles Worldwide, allow users to search only databases from the EBSCOHost platform or to use Google Scholar to search for articles in all our databases and worldwide in any language. Finally the tab Databases is a list of our databases organized by Subject and it is recommended by advance searchers that know which databases they want to use for their research.
We are testing how useful for users is this Everything @ UConn [Summons Search] search box so your feedback is greatly appreciated to improve this service to all our users. Please share your thoughts and concerns by clicking the Share your feedback! button.
In other news, mark your calendars for these two events (co-sponsored with the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies)
- Thursday, March 8th Film Screening of También la lluvia/Even the Rain Time: 4-6:30pm Location: Konover Auditorium. Sponsors: Babbidge Library, CLACS, IPRLS
- HACHA: Hora Alternativa para una Comunidad Hospitalaria de Académicos alambristas (Alternative Hour for a Hospitable Community of Border-crossing Academics) Time: 5-6:30pm
Location: Dodd Center lounge. I will do a Show & Tell of my recent book trip to Guadalajara, Mexico at the Feria Internacional de Libro.
Now, here is a selection of our recent acquisitions for books in Latin American, Caribbean, Latinos Studies & Spanish in English languages and films in English and Spanish.
- Sin país/ Theo Rigby; Dan Wool; New Day Films.; Stanford University. Documentary Film and Video Program. [Harriman, NY] : [Distributed by] New Day Films, .
Summary: “With intimate access and striking imagery, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family’s experience as they are separated by deportation. Sam and Elida Mejia escaped a violent Civil War in Guatemala and came to California. After raising their family for nearly 20 years in the Bay Area, immigration agents stormed the Mejia’s house in 2007. After a passionate fight to stay in the U.S., Sam and Elida are deported back to Guatemala, and leave their two teenage ch[i]ldren in the U.S. This short documentary explores the complexities of the Mejia’s new reality: parents living without their children, and children doing their best to succeed without their parents.” — Container.
- Barcelona era una fiesta underground/Morrosko Vila-San-Juan; Raúl Fernández; Roca, Roger. Cameo (Firm), [Spain] : Cameo, 2011.:
Summary: Documents the counterculture musical scene in Barcelona from Canet and Libertarian Days to Star, Comix, and the Trapera.
- Allá en el Rancho Grande/Alfonso Rivas Bustamante; Luz Guzmán Aguilera; Guz Aguila; Fernando de Fuentes; Tito Guizar/ Buenos Aires, Argentina : Cinemateca–Condor Media Inc. ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Facets Video, 2007.:
Summary: Orphaned siblings José Francisco and his sister Eulalia came to Rancho Grande to be watched over by their godmother Angela. So did the unfortunate Cruz, their late mother’s godchild, when she was orphaned as well. They grow up together with Felipe, the patron’s son, who becomes José Francisco’s best friend. Now Felipe has become the Patron, and has made José Francisco the manager. José Francisco is secretly in love with Cruz, but when Angela notices that Felipe likes Cruz as well, a series of misunderstandings put their friendship to the test. This signature film marks the beginning of a new and distinctly Mexican genre, the comedia ranchera, which continues to be exploited in Mexican cinema. The classical hacienda (ranch) setting and its folkloric, romanticized nostalgia struck a chord with the Mexican middle class in the 1930s, doing much to establish mariachi as a national musical form.
- Caracremada/ Lluís Galter; Paco Poch; Lluís Soler; Aina Calpe; Doménec Bautista.
Summary: Caracremada (“Burnface” in Catalan), a nickname given by the Spanish Civil Guard to Ramon Vila Capdevila, reflects about the libertarian resistance against Franco’s regime through the last active guerrilla fighter. In 1951 the CNT ordered the retreat of its militants; however Ramon Vila remained in the woods of inland Catalonia where he restarted the fight operating on his own” –IMDb.
- Flamenco, flamenco/Juan Jesús Caballero; Javier Sánchez; Carlos Saura; Vittorio Storaro; Isidro Muñoz.
Summary: Shows the evolution and different Flamenco dances.
- Ispansi: Españoles/Esther Regina; Carlos Iglesias; Elóisa Vargas di Bella; Mario De Benito; Cameo (Firm). [Spain] : Cameo, 2011.
Summary: Story of the children sent to Russia for their safety by the anti-Franco Republicans during the Civil War.
- También la Lluvia:Even the Rain/Eric Altmayer; Mónica Lozano; Emma Lustres; Juan Gordon; Paul Laverty. Madrid : Distribuido por Paramount Home Entertainment (Spain), 
Summary: Set in 2000, a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while the local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
- Morgensen, Scott Lauria. Spaces between us : queer settler colonialism and indigenous decolonization / Scott Lauria Morgensen. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011.
- Death and dying in colonial Spanish America / edited by Martina Will de Chaparro and Miruna Achim. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011.
- Knight, Franklin W. Caribbean, the genesis of a fragmented nationalism / Franklin W. Knight. , 3rd ed. New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Van Ham, Lane Vernon. Common humanity : ritual, religion, and immigrant advocacy in Tucson, Arizona / Lane Van Ham. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011.
- Walsh, Daniel C. Air war with Cuba : the United States radio campaign against Castro / Daniel C. Walsh. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.