A Celebration of Friends

Glenda Winders, former Membership Chair and Bob Witty, former President.

The Friends of the UCSD Libraries decided earlier this year to disband as an organization and eliminate overhead costs that can now be used for other purposes. But that didn't end their enthusiastic support for the Libraries.

"The Libraries would not have become one of the top 20 public university research libraries in the nation without the Friends," said Audrey Geisel University Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender during a recent gathering at theFriends.Event seaside home of former board member Karen Bowden and her husband, Bob. "Their contributions and endowment have been instrumental in making the Libraries what they are today."

Past Presidents Gigi Simmons and Bob Witty; MSCL Director Lynda Claassen, and past President Alison Gildred.

The purpose of the event was to celebrate special acquisitions purchased by the group in honor of the campus' upcoming 50th birthday.

"You did good!" Lynda Corey Claassen, director of the Mandeville Special Collections Library (MSCL), told the group. And she made the Friends' special anniversary $10,000 contribution even better.

Claassen recalled that one of the first people she met when she joined the UCSD Libraries was Kenneth Hill, whose Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages now resides at MSCL.

Former Board Members Kristin Ewald and Karen Bowden with guest Dan Atkinson.

"He liked challenge grants," she said. "He loved making money from initial money."

Following his example, Claassen used the group's contribution to raise $20,000 more, enabling the libraries to purchase several significant pieces that she unveiled that evening. One -- Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas espanolas 'Descubierta' y 'Atrevida' en los anos de 1789 a 1794 [Montevideo, Uruguay: 1849] -- was a prize that eluded Hill during his lifetime. This diary of the Malaspina expedition in the late 18th century along the West Coast of North and South America was published in 1849, and only two copies have been up for sale in the last 30 years.

Other acquisitions were...

--A panoramic photo of the Naval Training Station in San Diego, now Liberty Station, in the 1920s. naval base
--El Cocinero Mexicano, (three volumes) Mexico, 1831 -- the first published cookbook in Mexico and a significant addition to UCSD's collection of published and unique manuscript works on the culinary history of Mexico. Friends Event
--I Love My Love: A Ballad by Helen Adam, with illustrations by Kiki Smith, using prints of her own locks to illustrate a poem about using hair as a weapon in spurned love, San Francisco, Arion Press, 2009. This work of art will be placed in MSCL's Archive for New Poetry.
Friends.Event.Watercolor--Ten original pen and watercolor designs for "billetos locales" and "cupon racionamientos" in 1936-1937. The perforated sheets, each from a different city, were used as ration coupons and currencies during the Spanish Civil War. These will be added to UCSD's Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection, the largest such collection in the world.

New Mobile Site Offers Quick, Easy Access to Libraries

The UC San Diego Libraries launched a new mobile Web site this fall, to meet the needs of the growing number of mobile device users on and off campus. The site, which can be accessed at: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/m, provides quick mobile access to essential library information, including UC and UCSD catalogs, research tools, contacts, maps, and hours. Users can also text, chat, or call library staff right from their phone using the Ask a Librarian service. With the catalogs, users can search for, find, and reserve library items.

The Libraries are among the first UC Libraries – and only a small percentage of academic libraries in the U.S. – to launch a platform for users of mobile devices. The Libraries plan to add more services and tools to its mobile platform over the next several months.

Exhibits & Events

Oct. 13 - Jan. 28, 2011

Exhibit: UCSD @ 50: A Marvel Inside a Miracle Main Floor, Geisel Library

For more information, call (858) 534-2533.

Nov. 1 - Dec. 3, 2010

Celebrating UCSD's Nobel Prize Winners

An exhibit of photographs and personal & professional papers of UCSD Nobel Prize winners Harold Urey, Francis Crick, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, among others.

For more information, call (858) 534-4579.

Nov.18, 2010

"Founding the Future: Health Sciences' Legacy of Excellence"

In celebration of UC San Diego's 50th anniversary, the Biomedical Library and Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences are hosting a Founders' Day seminar.

For more information, call (858) 534-3418.

Nov. 24, 2010

Annual Live Turkey Calling Show

For more information call the Arts Library at (858) 534-0245.

Dec.15, 2010

Annual Holiday Short Attention Span Show

For more information call the Arts Library at (858) 534-0245.

Feb. 1 - Mar. 30, 2011

Achieving the Extraordinary: 50 Years of Discovery and Innovation at UCSD

An exhibit of selected UCSD inventions and other intellectual property in partnership with the UCSD Technology Transfer Office.

For more information, call (858) 534-4579.

Jan. 7 – April 1, 2011

Exhibit: "Ansel Adams at UCSD"

For more information, call (858) 534-2533.

Domain Editors

  • Dolores Davies
  • Glenda Winders

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