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Pepperdine Digital Commons reaches the half-million downloads milestone

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Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce that Pepperdine Digital Commons has passed 500,000 total downloads! New Year’s resolution: 1 million downloads by 2015. Pepperdine Digital Commons is the university’s centralized platform for Pepperdine journals, faculty websites, conference proceedings, exemplary student research, and other e-scholarship. It is our mission to make Pepperdine’s scholarly output accessible, secure, and search engine optimized for online discovery.

The most popular paper of 2013 was What Happens to Our Facebook Accounts When We Die?: Probate Versus Policy and the Fate of Social-Media Assets Postmortem by Kristina Sherry published in the Pepperdine Law Review (5,818 downloads). While the law journal material did very well, many other heavy hitters came from the School of Public Policy and Seaver College, such as Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman: A Case Study in Inclusiveness by Holly J. Carey published in Leaven (1,234 downloads).

Check out Pepperdine Digital Commons for yourself or find out how the service can work for you.

Happy New Year from Pepperdine University Libraries!

Classical guitar concert series comes to Payson’s Surfboard Room

“Welcome to our boardroom,” remarked Mark Roosa, Pepperdine University’s Dean of Libraries, in reference to the thirty-odd surfboards that lined the walls of the chapel-like space in Payson Library that would serve as recital hall for the evening. Dean Roosa was introducing renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, whose students would be performing for this, the first in a series of Guitar Program concerts held the second Tuesday of every month in the Surfboard Room of Payson Library.

Maestro Parkening, who serves as Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine University, set the tone for the evening by showing a short film about his guitar teacher, the great Andrés Segovia. In addition to introducing the themes of pedagogy, legacy, and musical inheritance, the film demonstrated how Maestro Segovia was a pivotal figure in elevating the status of the guitar, earning its place on the stage and in the classical repertoire.

Following the film, eight of Maestro Parkening’s students performed in succession, each framed by the colonnade-like rows of surfboards composing the John Mazza Historic Surfboard collection. It’s hard to say what role the surfboards played in the surprisingly pleasing acoustics of the room—both intimate and expansive—that served the guitarists so well. The repertoire ranged from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first, and was well received by the near capacity audience. The concert concluded with four guitarist performing Pachelbel’s “Loose Canon,” a humorous take on that famous (and overplayed) Baroque canon by Johann Pachelbel as arranged by the Los Angeles String Quartet. The familiar tune made its way on an unexpected journey of musical styles, including reggae, bluegrass, flamenco, and even punk.

The students in performance included Sergio Gallardo, Joshua Ivy, Roberto Hermosillo, Brig Urias, Sebastian Olarte, Joseph Peliska, Alexander Park, and Kevin Enstrom. The photo above by Patrick Park shows Sergio Gallardo beginning the concert with Saudade No. 3 by French composer Roland Dyens.

The next concert in the series will be Tuesday, October 8, at 5 pm.  Once again in the Surfboard Room on the second floor of Payson Library.


Guitarists warm up in the Special Collections Reading Room adjacent to the Surfboard Room in Payson Library





Student life 25 years ago today: Today’s featured digital object

In February of 1988, Pepperdine University’s alumni newspaper, The Pepperdine Voice, featured a photo spread titled “A Day in the Life of Pepperdine University.” The introductory text read:

“On Thursday, Jan. 7, 1988, seven photographers were deployed to scour all areas of campus to capture the daily activities of Pepperdine on film…What sort of day was Jan. 7? It was an ordinary day in Pepperdine life, and that is why it was chosen—to show the miracle of the mundane—students, faculty and staff at work, at play, in solitude and in action.”

The original prints and negatives produced for this project are now housed in our University Archives and were recently scanned for the University Archives Photograph (digital) Collection. Continuing our celebration of 40 years in Malibu, I encourage you to view this photographic time capsule of student life in the ‘80s. Technology and fashion may have changed, but I think you’ll agree that the “Waves spirit” captured in these photos is timeless.

View the slideshow, or explore these photos in our digital collections.

Happy New Year!

Introducing Pepperdine Digital Commons: New online publishing platform for Pepperdine scholarship

It’s here!

Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of Pepperdine Digital Commons, the university’s new centralized platform for Pepperdine journals, faculty webpages, conference proceedings, and exemplary student research. Pepperdine Digital Commons is a digital repository and publication platform designed to collect, preserve, and make accessible the academic output of Pepperdine faculty, students, staff, and affiliates. It is the mission of Pepperdine Digital Commons to facilitate the discovery of Pepperdine’s scholarly communications, provide instant access to full text works, and preserve these materials in an open, digital environment.

Who can submit content?

Pepperdine University faculty, staff, students, organizations or departments, or individuals or groups sponsored by or closely affiliated with Pepperdine University.

What can go in it?

Original, creative work that is scholarly in nature, research oriented, or of institutional significance. Pepperdine Digital Commons accepts a wide range of file formats (including text files, datasets, audio files, and video files) and there is no formal limit to size of material.

Why use it?

Pepperdine Digital Commons is a centralized repository that enables Pepperdine faculty, students, and staff to share their work and get it discovered by the wider academic community. Items in Pepperdine Digital Commons are search engine optimized, meaning that they appear high in the search results of sites like Google. Furthermore, authors and editors receive regular download reports and have access to Google Analytics.

It’s live now, so check it out.

Follow this link for more information on Pepperdine Digital Commons. Thanks!

Bookplates honor newly tenured faculty

To mark the occasion of their tenure appointments, Dr. Brian Newman of Seaver College and Michael L. Williams of the Graziadio School of Business and Management were honored by Pepperdine University Libraries late last year with bookplates placed in the book of their choosing. The bookplate, a decorative label placed on the inside cover, recognizes the achievement of each professor. Dr. Newman and Dr. Williams each selected a title relevant to their own work and reflective of their literary tastes.

Newman and Williams with book coversDr. Newman, a professor of political science, explains his choice, David James Duncan’s The Brothers K (2005):

The Bothers K weaves together a father, brothers, baseball, religion, romance, and politics. In this modern take on Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, David James Duncan’s humor, irreverence, and light touch carry the reader across the range of human experience and emotion, through disappointment, frustration, anger, desperation, persistence, faith, hope, and love. Duncan tells of four brothers coming of age in 1960s America, their journeys including campus protests, spiritual pilgrimage, mental illness, snow-bound exile, Vietnam, and a home falling apart. Through it all, brotherhood and baseball remain, calling each of the brothers K back home.”

Dr. Williams explains his selection of William Powers’ Hamlet’s Blackberry: A practical philosophy for building a good life in the digital age (2010):

“As a professor of information systems, I spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and writing about technology. Despite the gains in productivity, reduced costs, and increased social connections, technology is not all virtuous. I recommend Powers’ work as a starting point to colleagues, students, and friends who struggle to find the balance between the people and screens competing for our limited attention. Enjoy.”

Come on down to Payson Library to check out these new acquisitions!