“My Meditations End in Reverie”

Elizabeth Stringer Exhibition

An 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 Foyer 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.

April is National Poetry Month–Time to Read, Share, & Honor Poetry & Poets

April is National Poetry Month, a time when the Library honors the poetic spirit of our own community by providing a virtual space for people to share poetry. We honor and feature poets who are both published and unpublished, whose poems reflect all poetic styles. This is our second year in providing this virtual space for sharing poetry, and, like last year, we’ve already had another great response to this project. We want to thank all the poets who contributed video and audio clips of their work!

We will continue to post submissions throughout April, so if you are a poet or a poetry lover and want to contribute, please send us a video or an audio file (up to 10 minutes) of you either reading your own work, talking about your work, or reading the work of a poet who has inspired you. Send your submissions to the project’s creator, Christina Continelli at: ccontinelli@ucsd.edu.

 

Ndaba Sibanda

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(click on the photo to hear the poem)

Ndaba Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born writer. He hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe`s second largest city. In 2005 he authored an epic, Love O’clock. He has since contributed to more than twelve published books including such international anthologies as Poems For Haiti, A South African anthology, Snippets, Voices Of Peace, Black Communion, Ripples of Love, Lost Coast Review, Summer 2014: Vol. 5, No. 3, On the Rusk Issue Three (Volume 3), Emanations: Foray into Forever, World Healing ~ World Peace Volume I: a poetry anthology (World Healing ~ World Peace 2014) (Volume 1), Metaphor: Modern and Contemporary Poetry (Volume 1), East Coast Literary Review: Spring Edition 2014 and Eccentric Press Poetry Anthology (Volume I): Omni Diuersitas.
Ndaba’s poems, essays and short stories have appeared in many and different journals and magazines like: The Piker Press, Bricolage, The Dying Goose, Lost Coast Review, Magazine ,Whispering Prairie Press, Saraba Magazine,allAfrica.com, Jungle Jim, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine ,The Metric, Unlikely Stories, Santa Fe Writers Project – SFWP Journal, Elohi Gadugi – Elohi Gadugi Journal,The Subterranean Quarterly,Miracle ,The Joker, Florida Flash, Fjords Review, storySouth, Annapurna Magazine, Festival Of Language, quiet Shorts, The African Street Writer, Poetry Potion.com, Books Live , Whispers, and Poetrysoup. His latest anthology, The Dead Must Be Sobbing was published in March 2013. Sibanda`s debut novel, Timebomb has been accepted for publication in the UK.
He believes “it is right to write, and that writing is his life and second wife”.  Currently he lives in Saudi Arabia.

 

Rachel Winchester

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(click on the photo to hear the poems)

Rachel Winchester is a San Diego native and a long time performance artist in the mediums of dance, theatre, and poetry. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Idaho, where she strives to create interdisciplinary performance experiences for her students. Rachel Winchester reads two poems: “Onset/First Love” and “Meditation Study”

 

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi

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(Professor Dwivedi reads two of his poems: Death and Ecstasy)

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is university faculty and assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India; and author of two books on lesser known Indian languages: A Grammar of Hadoti and A Grammar of Bhadarwahi. As a poet, he has published around fifty poems in different anthologies, journals, and magazines worldwide. Until recently, his poem “Mother” has included as a prologue to Motherhood and War: International Perspectives (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014.

 

Lois Roma-Deeley

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Lois Roma-Deeley, winner of the Samuel T. Coleridge Literary Prize, is the author of three collections of poetry, Rules of Hunger, northSight and High Notes. Her third collection, High Notes, was chosen as a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. She has published in many national anthologies, including Villanelles (Pocket Poets Series). Further, her work has been featured in numerous literary journals including, Spillway, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Hamilton Stone Review, Bellingham Review, 5 AM, Artful Dodge, Water~Stone, and many others. She was named a 2012-2013 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and CASE.
www.loisroma-deeley.com

 

Alex Bosworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alex Bosworth was born in San Diego in 1965. He began writing artistically in elementary school and has kept at it for forty years. His work has been influenced by Kurt Vonnegut and Edward Lear. Bosworth reads his work at coffeehouses and bookstores all over his hometown. He has been asked twice to read on behalf of San Diego Writers Ink at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. A collection of his work, “Chip Chip Chaw” is available on Amazon.  The audio portion of the video on this link was recorded in The Loft at UCSD La Jolla in 2011.

 

Youssef Alaoui-Fdili

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(Youssef Alaoui-Fdili reads part of his book-length poem The Blue Demon, and another poem called The Eternal City of Mud )

Youssef Alaoui-Fdili is a Moroccan-American Latino. Most of his work can be understood as Magic Realism or Fabulist, due to prevailing themes of fantastical events taking place in ordinary circumstances. His family and heritage are an endless source of inspiration for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings. He has an MFA in Poetics from New College of California. There, he studied Classical Arabic, Spanish Baroque and Contemporary Moroccan poetry. He is also well versed in the most dour and macabre literature of the 19th Century. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Poems Niederngasse, Stark Raving Normal, 580 Split, Cherry Bleeds, Carcinogenic Poetry, Red Fez, Dusie Press, Rivet Magazine, and nominated for a Pushcart at Full of Crow. Youssef is an original creator of the East Bay literary arts festival “Beast Crawl.” youssefalaoui.tumblr.com

 

Jessica Goodfellow

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Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Mendeleev’s Mandala (Mayapple Press, 2015), The Insomniac’s Weather Report (Three Candles Press First Book Prize winner, reissued by Isobar Press, 2014), and the chapbook A Pilgrim’s Guide to Chaos in the Heartland (Concrete Wolf, 2006). Her work has been featured in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac, and is forthcoming at Motionpoems. She has received the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from the Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Japan. www.jessicagoodfellow.com/

 

Gloria Frym

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(click photo to hear poem, and interview with Gloria Frym)

Gloria Frym is a poet and fiction writer. Her most recent book is Mind Over Matter (BlazeVOX books, 2011) and prior to that she published the chapbook Any Time Soon (Little Red Leaves, 2010). Other works by Frym include The Lost Poems of Sappho (Effing Press, 2007) and Solution Simulacra(United Artists Books, 2006). A previous book of poems, Homeless at Home, won an American Book Award.

She is the author of several other volumes of poetry and two critically acclaimed short story collections: Distance No Object (City Lights Books) and How I Learned (Coffee House Press). She is twice a recipient of The Fund for Poetry Award, the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund Grant, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award, and several California Arts Council grants to teach poetry writing to jail inmates.

She has published numerous articles on literature, visual arts, and music. Her research and academic interests include international poetries; 19th century and modernist international fiction; Walt Whitman; Emily Dickinson; the short story; the poem in prose; and ungenrefied writing.

 

Rex Butters

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Since 1976, longtime SoCal resident Rex Butters has published journalistic writings on sites and in magazines including BAM, Rapport, All About Jazz, Folk Works, the LA Free Press, and the Free Venice Beachhead. His poetry has appeared for over 25 years in such diverse journals as Caffeine, Brain Vomit, interbang, sic Vice and Verse, The Journal of Interdimensional Poetry, Yogi Times, Bad Haircut Quarterly, the Mas Tequila Review, and the Muse International Journal of poetry. His anthology credits include Cost of Freedom, The Revolutionary Poets Brigade, and forthcoming Writer’s Round Talk Show anthology. He writes and performs with the improvised music/funk/spoken word ensembles, Black Shoe Polish, and Rag & Bone, and sings and reads with various projects.

 

Tiffany Vakilian

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Tiffany Vakilian has been writing since she was a small child. Her poetry has been published in multiple independent anthologies and journals, as well as www.timobe.com, her blog. Having earned her Masters in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College, Tiffany continues her quest to use word-art as a facilitator of social commentary and change. In her first poetry book, Ugly Drawers, Pretty Panties Tiffany shares her verbal vignettes of dreams, experiences, perspectives and people. She s the quintessential Renaissance Gal- a member of ASCAP, The National Forensics League, and Transformative Language Arts Network.

 

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.

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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

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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.

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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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