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Archiving e-phemera of Belarus Political Crisis 2020-2021

(2021)

Dr. Liladhar Pendse presented this paper at the 10th ICCEES World Congress 3–8 August 2021, Concordia University – Montreal. 

In the aftermath of the Presidential elections, the UC Berkeley Library's curator for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies created a web archive of Belarus Protests (2020-2021) to document contemporary dissent and protest movements against the autocratic rule of President Lukashenko. This paper provides information about the process management, selection criteria for the websites, and the project outcomes.

Archiving e-phemera of Belarus Political Crisis 2020-2021

(2021)

It will be almost a year since the Presidential elections in Belarus; they took place last year on August 9, 2020. And the outcome of these elections did not surprise anyone when the Central Elections Commission of Belarus declared that the incumbent President Lukashenko was yet again elected with approximately 80% of votes cast. However, one can see that 20% of the votes cast and counted or counterfeited or undercounted meant there was an underlying level of dissent in the country. The ensuing persistent popular demonstrations that continued although the police actions of OMON (Атрад міліцыі асобага прызначэння) and the use of social media by multiple individuals represented an opportunity to harvest robust and granular archival data related to social protest moment in Belarus. Thus the idea of the web-archiving project took hold at UC Berkeley. At the same time, one can contest the ephemeral nature of digitally born content or even argue the need for documenting and preserving multiple views as expressed in the popular media of Belarus, the importance of preservation and representing the diverse voice in Belarus.

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Ready 4 Research: A Pilot Workshop

(2021)

Ready 4 Research is a 3-hour workshop to support students in learning about and getting ready to participate in research as research assistants and researchers themselves. It is aimed at UC Berkeley social sciences students, at the sophomore level and above, but there is content that can be used by students in other majors, other universities, and other educational levels.

Extending Europe in Asia: The Spanish Colonial Imprints of the Philippines (1593-1750)

(2019)

The present work is ongoing research and this presentation was made at the SALALM 2019 Conference in June 2019 in Austin, Texas.

The access to the rare originals of the early Spanish colonial imprints of the Philippines remains problematic. The reference librarians often are restricted to directing the students and scholars to the secondary resources that are available both in print and as a part of the digital assets within the North American academic libraries.  This introductory article focuses on the select primary source editions including select Spanish language colonial periodicals that are available electronically on the web along the Open Access.

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