Renovations Almost Complete on Geisel’s 8th Floor & Tower Restrooms

Here are the latest developments on all the Geisel Library building upgrades. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Summer Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor is expected to reopen for patron use on Monday, October 1.

Renovated restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4-7 will open on Monday, July 16. New ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms are currently available on each floor.

New hydration stations on the 6th floor.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI)which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the projects move along.

 

The UC San Diego Library Joins the Plastic-Free Challenge for a Month

 

 

Plastic Free July Exhibit
#choosetorefuse
July 1-31, 2018 
Geisel Lobby, East Wing 

The Library’s Sustainability Committee invites you to reduce your plastic consumption for the month of July!  Plastic is ubiquitous in packaging and convenience products, and going plastic-free can be surprisingly challenging but there are alternatives. Here are some steps that you can take each day to reduce your consumption of plastic:

  •  Refuse plastic straws by choosing no straw at all or substituting a glass or steel one.
  • Skip the bottled water by carrying your own refillable one.
  • Consider eliminating other types of plastic from your life such as plastic plates, plastic wrap, utensils and to-go boxes. Get creative and share your ideas!

Plastic Free July started in 2011 in Australia, and it has quickly become a global movement. The Library put together a modest display near Audrey’s Café. Please check it out and join us on this adventure. Sign up for the challenge.

Binational Artists’ Books Exhibition Explores Childhood Legends & Collective Imagination

Artists’ Books/Libros de Artista
July 1-31, 2018
Geisel West, 1st Floor 

This July, the UC San Diego Library is featuring a collaborative exhibition of “Artists’ Books” made by participants in the “Introduction to Book Arts” class at UC San Diego Extension taught by Michelle McCunney and in the “Libros de Artista” course at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Ensenada taught by Elena Pomar.

“Life is too short to miss out on a cheeseburger.”

Both groups have explored ways to express content through the combination of images and book structure. Their varied backgrounds and interests fed into books that are diverse in form and content. Included are stab-bound books, paper that has been marbled or pressed from paper pulp, stitched, scrolled or folded. There are narrative sequences, visual poems, informational and object books.

Also featured in the display is a collaborative accordion book with pages contributed by students and instructors from both groups. The theme for this piece was myths and legends from childhood and the collective imagination.

For more information about Book Arts classes at UC San Diego Extension, please visit extension.ucsd.edu/arts.

Summer Exhibition Features Dr. Seuss’s “Boids & Beasties”

Photo Credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises

“Dr. Seuss’s Boids & Beasties”
Monday, June 25-Sunday, October 7, 2018
Geisel Library, Main Floor

The UC San Diego Library is featuring its summer exhibition of selected original drawings by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to his reading public as Dr. Seuss, on the main floor of Geisel Library through Sunday, October 7.  Dr. Seuss’s “Boids & Beasties” showcases his whimsical and fantastical creatures and creative talent.

Photo Credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. A long-time resident of La Jolla, his personal collection of drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and other works were donated to UC San Diego after his death in 1991, a gift of his widow, Audrey Geisel.

Beloved by millions of children and grown-up children, Dr. Seuss books have entertained and educated for more than a half a century. In fabricating tales and bringing fantastic creatures to life in the imaginations of young and old alike, he has given is the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, the Grinch, Yertle and the Turtle, The Lorax, the Sneetches and many more such memorable characters. His style of flamboyant, colorful illustrations and clever but simple rhymes has made his work recognizable throughout the world.

Less well known perhaps are Theodor Seuss Geisel’s early careers as an advertising and commercial artist in the 1920s and 1930s, and as an editorial cartoonist in the 1940s. Dr. Seuss’s “Boids and Beasties” draws from UC San Diego’s Dr. Seuss Collection to illustrate all aspects of Geisel’s work.

“Boids & Beasties” is Geisel’s own term for his fantastical creatures.

New Popular Science Reading – June 2018

Lots of new popular science books added just in the last few weeks, including UC San Diego Professor Brian Keating’s Losing the Nobel Prize.

You can find these and the rest of the collection on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel Library Building West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf, arranged by call number for easier browsing.

Many of the books under the “On Order” tab already have links to records in Roger, so if there’s one on that list that catches your attention, you can place a Request on the book and be the first one to read it when it arrives.

Book covers from new popular science books

University of California Libraries Launch Project to Create Systemwide Integrated Library System

The University of California (UC) Libraries continually strive for an integrated, user-centric collection that supports and enhances the mission of the UC, deriving its strength from the diverse nature of the individual campus library collections. Currently, each campus independently licenses an Integrated Library System (ILS) to manage the acquisition, use and sharing of print and electronic library resources; a patchwork of services and connective systems ensures the campus collections are accessible systemwide to all UC students, faculty and staff.

With the goal of sustaining and enhancing service for all members of the UC community, the UC libraries—at the direction of the Council of University Librarians (CoUL)—has launched a project to explore a Systemwide ILS (SILS) platform. Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Startup and Exploration) of the project were completed between June 2017 and June 2018, and CoUL endorsed the SILS working group’s recommendations to move forward with Phase 3 (Detailed Planning). The working group will kick off Phase 3 at a planning meeting in September 2018 held at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library.

More information is available at the University of California Libraries website. The UC San Diego Library will continue to update its users as the process evolves and progresses.

BrowZine Pilot Extended Through June 2019 – Stay Current with Your Favorite Journals

The Library has renewed BrowZine, our web/app-based service to help keep up with the latest articles from your favorite scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, for another year.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Create a customized list of up to 64 scholarly journals that you want to “follow,” from hundreds of publishers across all disciplines (arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, social sciences).
  • Access your “bookshelf” from the web, or from iOS/Android tablets and smartphones, synced across your devices.
  • Be notified when new articles are published.
  • Save articles for later reading (including offline), organize the articles into collections, integrate with bibliographic management software to export references, and more.

Please contact Teri Vogel if you have questions or feedback about using Browzine. We also have an FAQ on our guide.

BrowZine image

Library Tours, Summer 2018

Get to know Geisel! Schedule your tour today for Summer 2018.

These tours showcase the wide variety of study spaces, library collections, technologies, equipment, and amenities offered within Geisel Library, and offer an introduction to the many services its staff provide. Services and spaces offered in the nearby Biomedical Library Building are also mentioned. Tours are approximately 45-60 minutes. Visit lib.ucsd.edu/tours for more information.

DML Uses SketchFab to Create 360 Degree Photos

SketchDigital cameras are used to capture images in full stereo surround for use in virtual reality systems. These images can cover any field of view, including 360° by 180° spherical panoramas. Two photographic cylinders are created with identical dimensions, capturing the perspective as seen from each eye position. When these cylinders are mapped to a spherical surface, full stereo in all directions is achieved. This technique allows photographic imaging to create the virtual environment itself. The complete stereo image that is created by this technique can be viewed in any direction that is supported by the virtual reality system design.fab allows us to embed 360 photo viewers in browser now. All we have to do is make a sphere, apply the panorama as a texture, and move the camera inside of it. These photos come from the CaveCam collection now hosted on the Geisel Library Digital Collections site.

This imaging technique complements existing technologies such as LiDAR or SfM providing more detailed textural information that can be used in conjunction for analysis and visualization. The advantages of this digital imaging technique for cultural heritage can be seen in its non-invasive and rapid capture of heritage sites for documentation, analysis and immersive visualization. The technique is applied to several significant heritage sites in Luxor, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Sketchfab now allows for embedded 360 photo viewers in browsers. These photos come from the CaveCam collection now hosted on the Geisel Library Digital Collections site (CaveCam Collection, UC San Diego Library).

Colorful Propaganda Posters Offer a Glimpse into North Korean Life

North Korea, a closed nation that was created during a tumultuous time post World War II and the Korean Civil War of the early 1950s, has been in the news a lot lately. Primary source materials, including evidence, artifacts or other items created within the boundaries of North Korea, are hard to find. Very little information is allowed to flow over the country’s two borders with South Korea and China. The UC San Diego Library has one window available into this corner of the world, a collection of 66 North Korean propaganda posters. The original posters are held in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, and digital copies are available through the Library’s Digital Collections website.  

The posters are high-quality hand painted reproductions of printed posters that exclaim slogans and sayings to bolster the morale of the North Korean populace. From protecting the Supreme Commander to reuniting the Asian continent the posters are a way to guide the thoughts and actions of the North Korean people and make them proud of the actions of their government. They use bright colors to attract the eye and most are large in size to overwhelm and consume the viewer. The posters, with catchy slogans and cartoon-like images attempt to persuade the North Korean people to work hard, be loyal to the government and be proud of their heritage.

This collection of posters, created between 1985 and 2002, is unique in Calisphere and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). These two online treasure troves collect images from a wide variety of organizations, including UC San Diego. Calisphere collects digital material from educational and cultural heritage institutions throughout California, while DPLA has a broader scope that includes all fifty states and institutions like Harvard University, ARTstor and Library of Congress. While other institutions may have collections of North Korean propaganda posters in their physical collections, UC San Diego Library is unique in making these resources accessible through these two popular online portals.

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