Journalist Bob Woodward to Discuss New Book The Last of the President’s Men on Dec. 4 at UC San Diego

Sold-out event to feature Woodward and Nixon Aide Alexander Butterfield discussing new Watergate revelations and the scandal’s lasting impact on presidential politics.


Award-winning journalist and author Bob Woodward will visit the University of California, San Diego on Friday, December 4, 2015 for a lively conversation with Alexander Butterfield, a former aide to President Nixon and the subject of Woodward’s newest book The Last of the President’s Men. The book, which Simon & Schuster released this October, offers up new revelations and insights into Nixon’s psyche and the inner workings of his White House.

The UC San Diego Library and Helen Edison Lecture Series are sponsoring the sold-out event, which starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Price Center East Ballroom on the UC San Diego campus. A book signing for members of the audience will take place in the adjacent Muir Room following the program.

The conversation between Woodward and Butterfield, a long-time La Jolla resident who served as an aide to Nixon from 1969 to 1973, will focus on Watergate and how the political scandal continues to loom over and shape presidential politics. Read more…

November’s New Popular Science Titles

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the 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.

New popular science books

Calling All Turkeys – Don’t Miss the Annual Turkey Calling Show at UC San Diego Library!


Tap into your animal senses at the UC San Diego Library’s annual Turkey Calling Show, where you’ll learn how to fool all those sly gobblers with your very own turkey call! Presented in the style of an old-time live radio broadcast, attend this fast-paced show to get instruction on how to use turkey calls and find out how the American turkey became popular in European art. Free to the public. Kids welcome!    

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

12:00 – 1:oo pm

Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UC San Diego

Did you know: Turkeys are very intelligent and social animals – more than 20 unique vocalizations have been identified in wild turkeys!

The event will also feature music by the popular Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra (TTPO).

For more info, contact Scott Paulson at or (858) 822-5758.

“The Legacy of Jonas Salk” Exhibit on Display at Geisel Library thru Jan. 10, 2016


Pictured above is Jonathan Salk, who is on the receiving end of the polio vaccine, being administered by his father, in 1955.

Fall 2015 marks the close of world-renowned scientist Jonas Salk’s centenary year. To mark the occasion, the UC San Diego Library is presenting “The Legacy of Jonas Salk,” an exhibition of materials from the Jonas Salk Papers, which will be on display in Geisel Library through January 10, 2016. The papers—which comprise more than 600 linear feet (or nearly 1000 boxes)—were donated to the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections in 2013 by Salk’s sons, Peter, Darrell, and Jonathan, all of whom—like their father—trained as physicians and are involved in medical and scientific activities.

According to Lynda Claassen, director of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives Program, the papers document Jonas Salk’s professional and scientific activities from the mid-1940s to his death in 1995.  Especially well-documented are activities related to the development of the Salk polio vaccine in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and the founding of the Salk Institute. The papers cover general correspondence, files relating to polio, his writings and philosophy, photographs, artifacts—including two dictating machines—personal writings, and various research materials.

“The archive represents the enormous scope of our father’s creativity and productivity,” said Jonathan Salk. “This collection of his papers and the insight to be gained into how he approached and solved problems might be his greatest legacy. He would be pleased to find that his life’s work was continuing to do good for the world. Read more…

‘Lover of Knowledge’ Supports his Passion through an Estate Gift to the Library

Pat Ford

Pat Ford has been a book collector and lover of knowledge for as long as he can remember. After settling in Rancho Santa Fe in the 1980s, he had the good fortune to meet Ken Hill, a neighbor and well-known book collector who was actively involved with the UC San Diego Library. He invited Pat to attend a meeting of the Library’s former Friends support group, and Pat accepted Ken’s invitation. Both men continued their passion for collecting and their involvement with the Library. Now, several decades later, Pat is still involved with the Library, and continues to nurture his intellectual passions by parlaying his knowledge of rare books and other materials and his love for music and history into productive hours of volunteer service and philanthropy.

Pat’s deep knowledge of and interest in early California history inspired him to volunteer in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, where he worked with the director, Lynda Claassen, for several years, focusing on special projects related to the Library’s California holdings.  These projects mirrored his own work on a bibliography of all historical publications related to J.C. Fremont and Kit Carson, explorers of the American West. Due to his keen interest in international relations, he also volunteered extensive time in the in the former branch library in the School of Global Policy and Strategy (formerly International Relations and Pacific Studies).

Through his long involvement with the UC San Diego Library, Pat has recognized the intrinsic value a library brings to undergraduate and graduate education, as well as the benefits local companies gain from the knowledge resources academic libraries provide. Armed with this understanding, Pat decided that he could continue to support the Library’s important mission not just through giving his time and talent, but by also making a philanthropic contribution.

Read more…

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New Digital Media Lab Opens in Geisel Library


3D printed models of Geisel Library created in the new Digital Media Lab.

Since its grand opening in early October, nearly 3,000 UC San Diego students and other Library patrons have stepped through the doors of the newly opened Digital Media Lab (DML), a one-stop shop for media production located on the main floor of Geisel Library. The technology-equipped Lab, which was opened in response to student and faculty requests for more digital media services in the Library, provides the space and technology tools that students, faculty, and other users need to create and edit projects in the digital age.

Along with free 3-D printing, the DML offers video editing software, image manipulation programs, and sound editing tools, as well as media-rich website creation programs and basic productivity software. Library staff with media expertise are on-hand to provide users with needed support and guidance, in addition to extensive online tutorials.  Read more…

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Renovation of Geisel 2nd Floor to Begin in December Thanks to Gift by Audrey Geisel

Geisel Night DrSeuss UCSDCommPubThanks to a generous $3 million gift from San Diego philanthropist, literacy advocate, and longtime supporter of the UC San Diego Library, Audrey Geisel, construction will begin this December on the first of many space enhancements, technology upgrades, and new Library services that will transform and revitalize the most actively used spaces in the Library. The gift kicks off the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), a major initiative to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library to meet the evolving needs of students, faculty, and other Library users in the digital age.

Geisel’s gift will support the renovation of the second, main floor of Geisel Library, including a reconfigured entrance and lobby, a significant upgrade to the existing Learning Commons as well as a new Research Commons, and a new café and lounge. The café, which no doubt will be very popular with patrons, especially with students studying around the clock in the Library’s overnight study space, is expected to open its doors in Spring 2016. Renovation efforts will include new technology enhancements, as well as new furniture, carpeting and finishes. While the gift will support the revitalization of the main floor public spaces, additional funds are needed to support renovation efforts in the public spaces on the 1st and 8th floors of the building.

“Our library facilities are being used now, more than ever,” said Brian Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “But, like many libraries across the nation, the Library is being used different than it was in the past. Our hope is that Geisel’s generous gift will lead to more support, so we can upgrade other public spaces in the building in the near future. I would urge others to join Audrey in helping to fulfill this exciting initiative to transform this iconic building into a library that is well-equipped for 21st century learners. We want this amazing building to be as inspiring on the inside as it is bold on the outside.”

For further information about the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, visit or contact Julie Sully, Director of Development for the Library, at or 858-822-4554.

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Dinner in the Library 2015 Raises Record Amount to Support Evolving Library Needs


Jonathan and Megumi Hill, Director of Library Special Collections and Archives Lynda Claassen and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender with the Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy.

On September 18, 2015, UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library was transformed into an elegant dining salon, amidst book collections and study spaces, for the more than 100 Library friends who gathered for the annual Library gala fundraiser to benefit the Library and hear Harvard Librarian Sarah Thomas. The event generated nearly $200,000, which will be used to support library collections and resources, services, and learning spaces.

Focused on the theme, “Building for the Future,” the event highlighted the many ways the Library is responding to the changing needs of UC San Diego’s world-class students. In his opening remarks, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla applauded the newly launched Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) a blueprint to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library. The Initiative was launched in July 2015, as a result of a generous $3 million gift from Audrey Geisel, which will cover the costs of renovating the main (2nd floor) public spaces and entryway of Geisel Library.  Read more…

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Lingua – editors and editorial board resign

All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, last week resigned to protest Elsevier’s policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online. As soon as January, when the departing editors’ noncompete contracts expire, they plan to start a new open-access journal to be called Glossa.    more

Final Paul Espinosa Film Series Screening

RSVPs are encouraged. Click here to let us know you’ll be joining us next Tuesday, November 10, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

EspinosaAndTheEarth_evite-FINAL with MOPA logo















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