“My Meditations End in Reverie”

Elizabeth Stringer Exhibition

Art installation, My Meditations End in Reverie, by UC San Diego student Elizabeth Stringer is now on display through May. The exhibition is divided into two parts, located in both the Seuss Room Alcove within Geisel Library and in the Biomedical Library Building entry.

With an educational background as a double major in Human Biology and Art Studio Practice, Stringer has found herself within a world of growing rationalism  in contemporary science and society. By allowing this mode of thinking to be the guide of passion, she investigates the poetic microcosm, a private world of self  that is able to incorporate and convey the many facets of the world within a singular moment, which is more specifically contained within the informative  lens of research.  Read more…

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New Collection Endowments Provide Vital Support for the Library

Collection endowments have been critical in supporting and growing the Library’s collections, ensuring that the Library’s information resources will be maintained and enhanced in perpetuity. Over the years, supporters of the UC San Diego Library have established more than 50 collection endowments that support academic disciplines and intellectual interests. Recently, several collection endowments have been enhanced or newly established—including one from a long established San Diego family, as well as endowments from a UC San Diego faculty member and an alumna.

Robert and Fredricka Driver

Robert and Fredricka Driver

In December 2014, a significant gift was made by the children of Robert and Fredricka Driver to strengthen the Fredricka Driver Endowment Library Fund. This endowment was established in 1986, in conjunction with an NEH matching grant by long-time San Diegan and civic leader, Robert “Bob” Driver, in honor of his wife, Fredricka, best known as Freddie.

“My parents had a deep love of learning and were thrilled when UC San Diego was established in 1960, in a location so close to their Del Mar home,” said Sandy Driver-Gordon. “My mother especially appreciated what an education could bring, as she attended Pomona College at a time when women generally did not pursue higher education.”

The Driver family also demonstrated their generosity to the San Diego community in numerous ways. Bob—founder of one of San Diego’s most prominent independent insurance brokerage firms—was a major supporter of Project Concern (now Project Concern International), a humanitarian, San Diego-based non-profit, and also ran for a number of political offices. Freddie’s many charitable activities included volunteering as head of the San Diego Girl Scouts and Door of Hope, a home for unwed mothers.

“With this recent gift,” said “the Driver endowment is now one of the Library’s largest collection endowments and provides significant support for the humanities materials. We thank the Driver family for their continued commitment to the Library and the University,” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “We are also very grateful to Pamela Newcomb and Clare and Paul Friedman for their support.”

In addition to the Driver family, a new endowment—the Pamela Newcomb Library Collection Endowment—has been established by UC San Diego alumna Pamela Newcomb, in support of humanities collections. Pamela graduated in 1981,

Pamela Newcomb

Pamela Newcomb

with a degree in history and classical studies and felt that the Library supported her studies in a very meaningful way.  “I am enthusiastic to be able to create this endowment in support of the humanities collections,” said Pamela. “The Library was so important to my educational experience at UC San Diego and I feel fortunate that I can now support the excellence of the information resources available to future generations of students, faculty, and the general public.” Pamela’s gift will help nurture a new generation of humanities scholars who can take advantage of cutting-edge research materials in classical studies, history, art, philosophy, literature, music, and other topics that form many cultural heritages.

A second collection endowment was established by long-time Library supporters, Paul and Clare Friedman, whose endowment provides unrestricted support for the Library’s general research collections. Paul Friedman is a professor emeritus at UC San Diego; Clare Friedman is a retired faculty member at USD.

Paul and Clare Friedman

Paul and Clare Friedman

“We are delighted to establish the Paul and Clare Friedman Library Collection Endowment at the UC San Diego Library,” said the Friedmans.  “As emeriti faculty and lifelong readers, it means a great deal to us to support the Library’s collections and their vital role in fueling discovery and learning at UC San Diego and beyond.  We have supported the Library for many years and felt it was the right time to create an endowed fund that will impact the resources available to students and faculty for generations to come.  We encourage others to do the same!”

If you are interested in providing collection endowment support to the UC San Diego Library, please contact Julie Sully, Director of Development, at 858-822-4554 or jsully@ucsd.edu.

New Popular Science Books – March 2015

Some recent additions to our Popular Science Collection over in Geisel West 2. You can browse our new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned.

Book covers

New Interface for Access World News

Access World News provides access to local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as full-text content of key international sources. Access World News (via Newsbank) has a new interface.

Watch this short video to learn how to search and locate different types of news content, including videos, transcripts, and online-only content.

access world news

Highlights include the following:

Searching
• More navigators by which the content can be explored
• Searches can be refined either before or after conducting a search
• Searches can be edited directly on the search form which remains at the top of the result list

Navigation
• Tool Bar for access to Search History, Document View History, Saved Articles (My Collection) and Other NewsBank Products is available on all screens
• Email, Cite and Print commands are more prominent on the article page
• Add to My Collection, Print or Email are available under each article on the results page
• Source Type icons appear in each article returned on the search results page

Functionality
• Result list can be sorted before or after entering a search
• URLs for all screens are persistent and can be bookmarked for future use
• Citing requires fewer clicks to get to a preferred format, and more formats are available
• The Browse Issues option is accessible from within articles
• Two options to return to the beginning screen are available: Clickable NewsBank Logo and New Search link under logo
• Enhanced source list provides the ability to search for titles and information about sources.

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“Germans in the Pacific World” Examines Influence of Explorers

Man Standing By Shore I

Germans in the Pacific World, an exhibition of materials from the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, traces the trajectories of German explorers, missionaries, entrepreneurs, and others, who ventured into the Pacific to explore that ocean’s vast landmasses and numerous islands. The exhibit, which is on display in Geisel Library thru the end of spring quarter, depicts the myriad ways the German presence shaped the region’s history, and led to the creation of newly documented knowledge about the peoples, geography, fauna, and flora in and around the Pacific.

Germans in the Pacific World was curated by Professor Ulrike Strasser and graduate student Sky Johnston, of the UC San Diego History Department. The exhibit was mounted to coincide with an international symposium on “Germans in the Pacific World from the Late 17th to 20th Century,” which examined knowledge transfer from the early modern period through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Materials in the exhibit include early depictions and descriptions of California’s people, landscape, mineral riches, and animals, ranging from the first European map of the California peninsula produced in 1702, to the large atlas issued to accompany the Voyage de Humboldt et Bonpland, led by the famous German explorer, Alexander v. Humboldt.

Also included are texts and images associated with 19th and 20th century German travelers, colonialism, and racial science, as well as a volume on birds of California and the Sandwich Islands, the name given by Captain James Cook to the Hawaiian Islands. The book depicts the majestic white Pelican and other Pacific birds, which caught the attention of German zoologists and explorers.

Pelican I

Jellyfish I

 

California drew many German immigrants to its coast during and long after the Gold Rush. One such man, Paul Alexander, recounted his experiences and offered his views on California and its peoples in print. This volume of helpful information for prospective travelers and immigrants appeared in a series of handbooks pitched to Germans for one mark per volume. Earlier volumes included guides to Wisconsin, Argentina, and Canada, and an introduction to the English language. The Pacific coast was the new frontier. Accordingly, Alexander’s account of California was followed with a book on Oregon. As seen here, the volume was small enough for a traveler to carry on his person.

Do not miss out on the fun in the Learning Commons.

Do you like to read bumper stickers? This puzzle was just completed in the Geisel East Learning Commons. The new one has a totally different topic and looks really interesting.Bumper sticker 600 x 339

Images & Media

Looking for images or media to jazz up your class presentations? Check out these guides–

Image Guide: Image Copyright, Citation & Publication Information

Images and Video (from the Communication Research Guide)

Original footage: Public Domain Images

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The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents: “Archival Footprints, in Search of the Grishavers”

Originally from Belgium, Herman Grishaver survived the war thanks to his family’s escape to the United States. Since retiring from his neurology practice, he has researched the fates of numerous family members during and after the Holocaust. His journey through archives on several continents has yielded surprising insights that take the audience from Antwerp to Linz and from Perpignan to Jerusalem. The result is a tapestry of stories woven from memories, images, and scraps of paper. Robert Nichols, a child refugee from Nazi Germany, will introduce Hermann Grishaver.

This event will take place Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Seuss Room of the Geisel Library from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 

HLHW march 2015

Join Us March 2 for Dr. Seuss’s 111th Birthday Party!

20120223-SeusspartyJoin us Monday, March 2, when the UC San Diego campus once again celebrates the birthday of our favorite author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. The party will kick off at noon in front of Geisel Library, and will include musical entertainment by Scott Paulson and The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, playing tunes from The Cat in the Hat Songbook.

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender will be on hand to pass out cake and greet attendees, along with other University representatives.  Also, Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!, an exhibit of unique, historic hats from Ted Geisel’s personal collection, is now on display through March 22 in the public area of Geisel Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The hats are exhibited in a turn-of-the-century steamer trunk, also described as the “Hat Closet” and can be viewed during the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 2 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on other weekdays.

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Second annual VIP Study Room Contest!

VIPStudyRoom

Submit an original photo of the Library (interior or exterior, Geisel or BLB) to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu using the subject line “VIP Study Room.”  You will be entered into a random drawing to win exclusive, 24-hour “VIP” use of a study room in the Geisel East Learning Commons (Room 2) from 10 am on Monday, March 16 until 10 am on March 17.  The winner will also receive eight guest passes to invite friends to bask in your VIP treatment and share the VIP gift basket of finals-themed necessities and study treats.

Fine Print

Those submitting photos must be current UCSD students.

  1. Include your full name in the email when submitting your photo.
  2. You may submit up to 10 separate photos (in a single or multiple emails).
  3. All submissions will become property of the UCSD Library and may be displayed, at the Library’s discretion, within the Library or on its website.
  4. Submissions must have been taken by the person submitting them for the contest.
  5. Photos should not include any identifiable persons who have not expressly provided their permission to be photographed for this purpose.

Photos will be accepted through noon on Tuesday, March 10.  The winner will be selected at random from all entries and notified on March 11.  Do not let this opportunity to be a Library celeb for a day pass you by.

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