New interface for Reed Digital Collections (RDC)

Reed Digital Collections (RDC) is getting a new interface! The Library and CIS have been working hard on rebuilding the software from the ground up to make it more functional, more intuitive, and more fun to work with.

We will be moving to the new system slowly. As of today, the Art & Architecture collection, the library’s collection of Antiquarian Maps, and history professor Doug Fix’s Formosa collection are available in the new interface. All other collections will be moved during the Fall semester.

What happens with My Workspace galleries?

Don’t worry; your galleries will still be available. Over the course of the Fall semester, galleries will migrate and become visible in the new system. At first, you will only see galleries containing images from collections available in the new interface. If a collection is not yet visible in the new interface, you won’t see that collection’s images in your galleries yet. Galleries will appear as soon as the collection is moved over. If the collection is not yet visible, please continue to use galleries in the old interface at

What is Reed Digital Collections, again?

Reed Digital Collections is where you will find many Reed theses in electronic form, digitized materials like yearbooks, photos, and manuscripts from Special Collections and Archives, images of art and architecture for use in the classroom, and many faculty-curated teaching and research collections.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Have a great idea for a new collection? Contact or

Digital Loeb Classical Library now available

The Digital Loeb Classical Library is now available online for the Reed community. This important archive complements the library’s print offering of classical Greek and Latin texts.

Key features include:
• Single- and dual-language reading modes
• Sophisticated Bookmarking and Annotation features
• Tools for sharing Bookmarks and Annotations
• Greek keyboard
• User account and My Loeb content saved in perpetuity
• Intuitive Search and Browse

Some of the site’s most useful tools are features of “My Loebs,” the personal accounts available to all authorized users. You can create your own account (via the “Sign up” link at the top of each page on the site) so as to utilize the digital Loeb Classical Library’s full capabilities.

Video trial – The Criterion Collection

Widely considered the best of world cinema and comprising some of the most influential works of the last century, The Criterion Collection showcases the definitive versions of seminal titles in the history of motion pictures. Features accompanying the films include HD streaming, scrolling transcripts, and shareable clips and playlists. The trial ends 9/20. Please send feedback to Jim Holmes.

New in Reed Digital Collections!

The library is happy to announce two new additions to Reed Digital Collections.

Nicholas Wheeler Physics Lectures

Nicholas Wheeler taught Physics at Reed from 1963 to 2010. Although his writings were never published, 27 volumes of his lecture notes on all the topics he taught were written out in his clear calligraphic script and bound for deposit in the Reed Library. These notes have become something of a cult classic and are still sought out by graduates of his classes. They have now been digitized and are presented in this collection for consultation and access by all.

Early Printing and Writing Collection

The Early Printing and Writing Collection consists of complete letters, documents, and manuscript books from all over Europe and several New World countries. Examples range from the early 15th century into the 20th century, with emphasis on the 16th and 17th centuries. From letters to tally books, archeological reports to war statistics, and Inquisition warrants to legal battles, these items are also of great historical interest worthy of scholarly study. They are unique and are only now available for such study.

New Pauly Supplements trial

The Library is offering trial access to Brill’s New Pauly Supplements, vols 1-6. These reference works complement Reed’s current holdings of the seminal and comprehensive New Pauly resource. Users are invited to send comments to Angie Beiriger no later than April 30.

Individual titles in the series:
 1. Chronologies of the Ancient World
Lists all rulers and dynasties that made their mark on ancient history, from the Mesopotamian kings around 3000 BC to the Bishops and Patriarchs of Late Antiquity.
2. Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts
An overview of authors and Major Works of Greek and Latin literature, and their history in written tradition, from Late Antiquity until present: papyri, manuscripts, Scholia, early and contemporary authoritative editions, and translations.
 3. Historical Atlas of the Ancient World
Covering the 3rd millennium BC until the 15th century AD, this new atlas of the ancient world illustrates the political, economic, social and cultural developments in the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean world, the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic world and the Holy Roman Empire.
  4. The Reception of Myth and Mythology
The routes and works through which the myths of Greece and Rome have passed into the cultural memory of Europe.
5. The Reception of Classical Literature
An overview of the reception and influence of ancient literary works on the literature, art and music from antiquity to the present.
6. History of Classical Scholarship
This dictionary charts the lives and works of more than 700 influential scholars from the 14th century onwards who have made their mark on the study of Antiquity.

Trial of Index Religiosus

The library is offering a trial of Index Religiosus Online. IRO is a reference bibliography for Theology, Religious Studies, and Church History offered in partnership with the KU Leuven and Université Catholique de Louvain. You can visit the site directly or access it via the database link on the BREPOLiS website.

The Index Religiosus

  • Replaces the bibliography of the ‘Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique’ and of the ‘Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses (Elenchus Bibliographicus)’
  • covers publications written in various European languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, etc
  • consist of some 565,000 bibliographic records
  • is updated yearly with 20,000 records
  • is OpenURL compliant
  • offers the possibility to export records in several formats (EndNOte, Refworks, Zotero, etc.)

A detailed leaflet about Index Religiosus is available for download.

Please send any feedback to Angie Beiriger by April 20, 2014.

Help Build the Digital Thesis Tower

Hey seniors – join your comrades in the Reed College Digital Thesis Tower!

Add your thesis to the Reed Senior Theses online archive and help build the digital thesis tower. Submit your thesis after you’ve completed your orals, made last corrections, and sent your thesis for printing. The version should be identical to your final, printed thesis. Participation is completely voluntary and does not replace your printed, bound thesis.

Go to the Electronic Thesis Information Page for details.

For more information or help with the process contact Angie Beiriger, Digital Assets Librarian, or send a message to





Bulgarian Art & Architecture Images from the Collection of Dr. Milka Tcherneva Bliznakov

The Visual Resources departments of Reed College, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech have joined together to create online access to a unique collection of slides from the estate of distinguished Virginia Tech architecture professor Dr. Milka Tcherneva Bliznakov.  The collection comprises a remarkable selection of 19th and 20th Century Bulgarian art as well as a sampling of Soviet avant-garde architecture.

A selection of 550 images is now available to the Reed community via the Art & Architecture database as part of Reed Digital Collections.  Click HERE to access the images.

"The Goatherd" by Vladimir Dimitrov-Maistora

The art collection introduces the work of Bulgaria’s most prominent painters and sculptors, from the Surrealist experiments of Georges Papazoff to the relatively traditional landscapes of Nikola Tanev. This capsule history of Bulgarian art shows the progression towards the creation of a unique national style, a project of increasingly political importance as Bulgaria sought at various points throughout its history to establish its independence from mightier powers. The official political life of Bulgaria is represented by a series of monuments to various events throughout Bulgaria’s history, from the mythological past through the Tsarist period into the Soviet era, while the unofficial political atmosphere is documented in avant-garde prints and magazines and the political cartoons of Alexander Zhendov, which provide acerbic commentary on the state of early Soviet Bulgaria through the end of the second world war. This historical information is deftly conveyed by the careful selection of artists from different periods in Bulgaria’s turbulent history and the collection as a whole shows the role of art in the development of a Bulgarian national identity.

The architecture portion of the collection focuses on the activities of architects and sculptors affiliated with VKhUTEMAS, later VKhUTEIN, Moscow’s primary art school during the early Soviet period, 1921-1930, notable for its role in bringing Constructivism to prominence. The faculty of VKhUTEMAS—Tatlin, Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, Lyubov’ Popova, and others—are for the most part well known to a Western audience, but their students, many of whom went on to become prolific artists and architects in their own right, are largely unknown. This collection contains numerous examples of these students’ early work, demonstrating the remarkable range and flexibility of the VKhUTEMAS curriculum. These projects cover everything from abstract meditations on volume within space to highly detailed renderings of factories and residential complexes. Although many of these works remain firmly rooted in the realities of Russia at the time, some offer projections of a utopian Soviet future in which man will have overcome his base animal origins and cities will hover above the earth’s surface, moored to colossal airships.

Dr. Milka Tcherneva Bliznakov was a native of Varna, Bulgaria.  Bliznakov received her master’s in architecture from the State Polytechnic of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1951 and spent the next two decades practicing architecture in Bulgaria, France, and the United States, where she immigrated to in 1961.  She received her Ph.D. in architecture from Columbia University in 1971 and started her academic career at University of Texas.  In 1974 she moved to Virginia Tech and founded the International Archive of Women in Architecture, which documents the history of women’s contributions to the built environment. It continues to collect and archive the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners, as well as the records of women’s architectural organizations.  Bliznakov received many honors and awards throughout her academic career, including two Fulbright Hays Fellowships, two International Research and Exchange Grants, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

Online access to Dr. Milka Tcherneva Bliznakov’s collection would not have been possible without the hard work and support of Rose Lewis [‘13] and Dr. Lena M. Lencek.

For more information contact Brooke Sansosti in the Visual Resources Collection

Trial – China Data Service

The Library has added two new products (China Census and Spatial Data Service) for trial to accompany its current China Data Statistics database. The trial will last the week of August 19. Please contact a librarian if you have a question.

The database can be accessed:

1. The Online China Census Data Service, which covers:
(15) Economic census 2004
(16) Industrial census 1995
(17) Census 1982
(18) Census 1982(10%)
(19) Census 1990
(20) Census 1995(1%)
(21) Province Census 2000
(22) County Census 2000
(23) Census 2005(1%)
(24) Advanced search

2. The China Spatial Data Service (China Geo-Explorer service II):

This new service provides easy access to many time-saving, easy-to-use, and pre-formatted summary, comparison and rank reports and maps, and allows users to quickly retrieve information for any area of Mainland China, which includes: Unlimited access to demographic and business data, maps and reports for Mainland China at various administrative levels; Efficient data integration for spatial and non-spatial data (custom radii, administrative units, spatial boundaries); Quick and accurate location analysis and spatial assessment; Identify spatial patterns and trends; Generate time-saving, easy-to-use, and customized reports; Dynamic charts, tables and maps; Export to PDF, Excel, Word, or Shape files.

Trial – PolicyMap

PolicyMap is a fully web-based Geographic Information System. It’s fast, efficient and captures data in visually powerful ways through custom demographic maps, tables, reports and our analysis tool, Analytics. You can even use our GIS mapping services to easily incorporate your own data and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available in PolicyMap. Available data includes demographics, home sale statistics, health data, mortgage trends, school performance scores and labor data like unemployment, crime statistics and city crime rates.A complete list of data available can be found in our data directory.