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2016 Fair Trade, Holiday Idea, and Gift Giving Guide

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This holiday season and throughout the year, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group’s Gift Guide makes it fun and easy to choose local, sustainable, fair-trade and recycled gifts and more. There are suggestions here for gifts that support local small businesses and artisans as well as places to find fair-trade sustainable items from around the globe. Or maybe the perfect gift is something a little less tangible. Researchers have found that for those who already have plenty, experiences bring more happiness than material possessions. And San Diego has so much to offer! Consider giving tickets to the movies, a concert or the theater or a membership to one of our local gardens or museums, a gift card to a favorite restaurant, or charitable donation.

This year’s guide is full of resources and ideas that are great for the local economy, easy on the earth, and delightful to receive. Enjoy the season!

Download the pdf file.

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New Partnerships with Chinese & German University Libraries

The University of California San Diego Library has embarked on new international agreements with two academic libraries— Fudan University Library in Shanghai, China and the Göttingen State and University Library in Germany.

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University Librarian Brian Schottlaender with Yan Feng of Fudan University Library.

“Sharing knowledge, expertise, and collections with our library counterparts in Asia and Europe benefits our respective scholarly communities in diverse ways,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “I greatly appreciate the interest and cooperation of my colleagues at Fudan University Library and Göttingen State and University Library in bringing these agreements to fruition. We look forward to the positive and productive collaborations ahead.”

The agreement with Fudan University Library, which was signed on October 8, 2016, builds on existing collaborations between UC San Diego and Fudan University, including a Fudan-University of California center based at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. The Library’s agreement calls for UC San Diego to send a librarian to the Fudan Library on an annual basis to conduct workshops for library school students on relevant library services and information management topics. It also ensures that visiting scholars, librarians, and library school students will have free access to each library’s information resources.

On November 4, 2016, the UC San Diego Library finalized a three-year agreement with the Göttingen State and University Library, paving the way for regular library staff exchanges that will focus on sharing knowledge and expertise in areas such as research data management, digital archiving, and information technology. The exchange program will begin in winter 2017 and will enable library staff members to visit each other’s library to observe, engage in discussions, and leverage their respective areas of expertise for mutual benefit and growth.

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2016 Turkey Calling Show

Join the Library for its annual Turkey Calling Show in honor of America’s cherished Thanksgiving holiday. Investigate the American turkey’s surprising presence in European art and learn more about the bird through turkey calling techniques. This noisy show at Geisel Library has become a community tradition. Kids are welcome and will be encouraged to actively participate in the fun. Presented as an old-time radio hour, this celebration is filled with music, sound-effects and stories of interest.

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12:00 – 1:oo pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Host and bandleader Scott Paulson, a UC San Diego alumnus and Exhibits & Events Coordinator at the UC San Diego Library, has been lauded by the Union-Tribune for his family-friendly shows. The Los Angeles times described his activities as follows: “Paulson’s brand of G-rated fun, a sort of modern day morphing of Captain Kangaroo and Spike Jones, is always lively and at times wonderfully chaotic.”

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more info, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

3D CAVEkiosk Now Open in Geisel Library

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Travel to at-risk cultural heritage sites around the world and explore them in virtual reality at Geisel Library’s new 3D CAVEkiosk. The life-size kiosk, located in the East Commons on the main floor, is now open to the campus community and the public at large during Library open hours through November 2017. 3-D glasses and a controller are available near the TV screens. Personnel at the nearby East Commons Desk and Digital Media Lab are available to assist with your interaction of the kiosk technology if needed. Click here to learn more about the one-of-a-kind, large-scale 3-D immersive environment.

New 3-D CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego Brings Cyber-Archaeology to Geisel

The University of California San Diego’s iconic, futuristic spaceship of a building, Geisel Library, will unveil its first virtual-reality 3-D display system during a public reception on Monday, November 7 from 10 am to noon. The life-size CAVEkiosk will be open to the campus community and the public at large, but it will also allow researchers to analyze and visualize 3-D data from at-risk archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus. Ongoing hours of operation can be found here.

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An ancient cultural heritage site in the Egyptian city of Luxor as seen on the CAVEkiosk virtual-reality system.

The Geisel Library kiosk is one of four kiosks planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced. All are partners in a UC collaboration led by UC San Diego archaeologist Thomas E. Levy, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).

The At-Risk Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities project, funded by a UC President’s Research Catalyst Award, leverages a 10-100 Gigabits-per-second network—the National Science Foundation-funded Pacific Research Platform (PRP)—to harness and preserve “big data” to ensure that endangered cultural heritage resources are preserved and safeguarded.

“We have just completed the first year of our Catalyst grant,” said Levy. “The installation of the 3-D CAVEkiosk in UC San Diego’s Geisel Library marks the completion of a major research goal of the project, so our team is very excited about that. In addition to catalyzing cyber-archaeology work and providing virtual reality-equipped network bandwidth with which UC scholars can collaborate, share, store and visualize at-risk cultural heritage data, members of the campus communities and visitors to the kiosks can “travel” to cultural heritage sites and explore them as if they were there.” Read more…

Library Joins One Book, One San Diego for Anniversary Celebration

Local author Zohreh Ghahremani to speak on Nov 3. for One Book event at Geisel Library

sky-of-red-poppiesThe UC San Diego Library has joined KPBS, the San Diego Public Library, San Diego County Library, and other local partners in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the popular One Book, One San Diego community reading program, an initiative launched in San Diego to encourage a shared reading experience focused on reading and discussing “One Book.” To commemorate the 10th anniversary, One Book sponsors are welcoming back many of the outstanding authors whose books were One Book selections over the last decade.

On Thursday, November 3, the UC San Diego Library will host a One Book event featuring author Zohreh Ghahremani, who will discuss the themes and issues presented in her acclaimed debut novel, Sky of Red Poppies, which was the One Book selection in 2012. Babak Rahimi, a professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at UC San Diego, will guide and facilitate the discussion with Ghahremani. The discussion will be followed by a reception, which will include traditional Persian food, music by the UC San Diego undergraduate ensemble, Sibarg, and a book signing with the author. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The Geisel Library event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. To make reservations for the event, please visit www.RedPoppies.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis if seats are available.

Sky of Red Poppies traces a unique friendship between two very different young women who form a bond in Iran during the turbulent and dangerous 1960s, when Iran was still ruled by the Shah. As the tale unfolds, the history and culture of Iran continues to shape their very different life experiences. Ghahremani, born and raised in Iran, moved to San Diego in 2000 after she decided to leave her career as a dentist in Chicago to become a writer. Her writing has won several awards, including 1st place in California Stories (2005) and San Diego Book Awards (2004), and Best Fiction at Santa Barbara Writers Conference (2004). Her latest novel, The Moon Daughter, was published in 2013.

For more information on One Book, One San Diego events in the region, visit: www.kpbs.com/onebook.

Rare Film from UC San Diego’s First Visit to China to be Screened Nov. 1

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Chancellor William McElroy (left) during UC San Diego’s inaugural trip to China in 1979.

In the fall of 1979, just a few months after the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, the Chinese Ministry of Education invited the UC San Diego leadership for an official visit to hash out an agreement to enable the exchange of scholars and students between UC San Diego and Chinese universities.

The UC San Diego delegation, led by then Chancellor William McElroy, included a number of internationally prominent scientists, as well as Paul Pickowicz, an assistant professor of History and director of the university’s fledgling Chinese Studies Program. By all accounts, the visit was a clear success, laying the groundwork for many years of successive partnerships and exchanges between UC San Diego and Chinese universities and cultural institutions.

Earlier this year, and some 37 years later, Pickowicz—now a professor of History in the Division of Arts & Humanities and one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on modern Chinese history—discovered a rare and all but forgotten 23-minute, 16 mm film documenting that inaugural visit, hidden away in his research archives. The choppy but fascinating film, was salvaged and restored—with color and sound—and transferred to a user-friendly DVD format by UC San Diego Library staff. The film was made by the Huazhong Institute of Technology in Wuhan, China, and was given to the university delegation as a gift.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the UC San Diego Library and the School of Global Policy and Strategy’s 21st Century China Center, will sponsor a public event featuring Pickowicz and the historic film screening. In addition, a panel discussion will be held with several faculty members who attended the 1979 China trip, including: Gay Lin, Lily Lin, Manuel Rotenberg, and David Wong. The 1979 film screening will be followed by a short film touching on the highlights of UC San Diego’s many collaborations with Chinese universities and cultural institutions over the last few decades. Read more…

Celebrating Open Access Week 2016

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Campaign for Open in Action

Don’t miss the 2016 Open Access Week events! Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use that research as needed – is powerful. The Library is offering a week of interactive activities to learn more about Open Access and opportunities to take action. Click here to find out more about Open Access at UC San Diego.

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY (Film Screening and Discussion)

Mon. October 24 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger explores the life and controversial work of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz in this compelling documentary.


NIH POLICY ON RIGOR AND REPRODUCIBILITY

Wed. October 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Biomedical Library, Events Room

Anita Bandrowski (Force 11, Neuroscience Information Framework, SciCrunch) describes reproducibility challenges, the new NIH Policy requirements, and summarizes changes to NIH application instructions and review criteria. The event will provide useful discussion and resources to help researchers in meeting criteria.


UPLOAD-A-THON

Wed. October 26 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Cramb Library CILAS (Institute of the Americas)

Learn about UC Open Access Policies. Upload your manuscript(s) to eScholarship.

RSVP at ucsd.libcal.com


RALLY FOR COMPLIANCE! COMPETITIVENESS! VISIBILITY! IMPACT!

Tues. October 25 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Geisel Library, Classroom 1

Thur. October 27 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Biomedical Library, Classroom 3

Hear the latest on UC Open Access Policies, UC’s repository – eScholarship, Peer J, UC Press OA initiatives, and Research Data Curation Services.

Hands-on opportunities to take action: get your ORCID, refine your Publication Management System profile, deposit a manuscript to eScholarship.

RSVP at ucsd.libcal.com

Digital Media Lab Projects: 3D Campus Map

We finally figured out a way to rip data from google earth, much the way we would in real life. We took pictures from incremental angles and ran the photos through Agisoft Photoscan to stitch them back into a 3D model. The 3D model and texture are available on our sketchfab page.

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Email the DML at dmltech@ucsd.edu with any questions or comments.

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