China Through the Lens of Friendship Delegations in the 1970s

Posted On: December 11, 2017

A dialog and reception to launch the digital collection of photographs taken by the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) Friendship Delegations

 

The UC San Diego Library is pleased to launch a new digital collection of images of early 1970s China contributed by members of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) Friendship Delegations.

You are cordially invited to a dialog and reception with CCAS delegates and contributors to the collection on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4-6pm in Geisel’s Seuss Room. RSVP here.

The event features Paul Pickowicz, distinguished professor of history and Chinese studies at UC San Diego, and William Joseph, professor of political science at Wellesley College, sharing their experiences while traveling in mainland China followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more…

Library’s Online Services Available During Campus Holiday Closure 2017-18

Posted On: December 11, 2017

While ALL UC San Diego Library buildings will be closed during the campus holiday closure, access to most of our online resources will be unaffected. Information about the various Library services available during the closure can be found at lib.ucsd.edu/library-holiday-closure. Faculty, students, and staff can access Library-licensed online resources via the campus VPN.

Instructors who plan to offer Library-supported course reserves during winter quarter 2018 should submit requests at https://reserves.ucsd.edu/ares/ as soon as possible. Requests submitted after December 20, 2017 may not be available for student use until after winter quarter instruction has begun.

As noted on the Library Hours web page, all UC San Diego Library buildings, including the Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library, will be CLOSED from Saturday, December 23, 2017, to Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Library buildings will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season!

Brace Yourself — 3-D Technology Helps Sea Turtle Thrive

Posted On: December 8, 2017

Birch Aquarium teams up with the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Media Lab to 3-D print a brace for its Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Birch Aquarium has teamed up with the Library’s Digital Media Lab to create what is believed to be the first 3-D-printed brace for a sea turtle’s shell.

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was rescued from a New Jersey power plant in 2013 with a large gap in the bottom right part of her shell. This gap, along with an abnormal curve of her spine and paralysis of her back flippers, is likely due to trauma experienced in the wild before she was rescued.

When she arrived at Birch Aquarium in 2014, the juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtle weighed just 74.5 pounds. She has since thrived, gaining more than 130 pounds.

“That growth has really exacerbated her condition. Without our intervention, the sea turtle could have gastro-intestinal and urogenital systems complications,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, senior director of animal care, science and conservation for the aquarium. “We teamed up with the Digital Media Lab at Geisel Library to create a brace that will prevent the shell from curving further downward and will promote more normal growth. It’s our goal to prevent further complications and keep her as healthy and happy as possible.”  Read more…

Net Neutrality

Posted On: December 6, 2017

 

What is Net Neutrality?

“Net neutrality” is the term used to describe the concept of keeping the Internet open to all lawful content, information, applications, and equipment. There is increasing concern that the owners of the local broadband connections (usually either the cable or telephone company) may block or discriminate against certain Internet users or applications in order to give an advantage to their own services. While the owners of the local network have a legitimate right to manage traffic on their network to prevent congestion, viruses, and so forth, network owners should not be able to block or degrade traffic based on the identity of the user or the type of application solely to favor their interests. — Educause

More information:

 

text: because ISPs shouldn't have VIPs

Action:

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote to roll back Net Neutrality.  Take action on this issue by calling or emailing your members of Congress.

 

text: because the internet shouldn't have a slow lane

Stay Calm – Take A Break In The Stress Free Zone

Posted On: November 30, 2017

2018 Fair Trade, Holiday Ideas, and Gift Giving Guide

Posted On: November 30, 2017

Plant growing in a gift box

This holiday season and throughout the year, the Library Sustainability Committee’s Fair Trade, Holiday Ideas, and Gift Giving Guide makes it fun and easy to choose local, sustainable, fair-trade and recycled gifts and more.

Here are suggestions 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, such as a donation to a favorite charity or an unforgettable experience (or at the very least, a fun one!).

 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 a gift card to a favorite restaurant; tickets to the movies, a concert, or the theater; or a membership to one of our local gardens or museums.

This year’s updated 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!

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Tech Devices Need A Charge?

Posted On: November 29, 2017

The Library offers many ways to recharge your technology and communication devices. Look for three types of free-standing charging stations throughout the two buildings. Individual chargers are available from the Tech Lending Program and charging lockers are available near Geisel’s Information Desk.

Project Euclid Journals – Access Restored

Posted On: November 14, 2017

Update – Project Euclid has fixed their server problem and UCSD users may again access the mathematical/statistical literature we’ve licensed on that platform.

The mathematics and statistics journals found on Project Euclid are not accessible today due to server problems at Cornell. They expect the site to be functioning by tomorrow November 15, 2017.

Paul Blackburn Audio Collection Now Online

Posted On: November 13, 2017

The UC San Diego Library is pleased to announce the launch of our latest digital collection, the Paul Blackburn Audio Collection. These digitized recordings feature poetry readings, lectures, conversations, and correspondence recorded on reel-to-reel tape by Paul Blackburn from 1960 to 1971 in New York City.

Paul Blackburn portrait

Blackburn was a cornerstone of the New York Poetry scene – In addition to writing his own poetry and translating such writers as Octavio Paz and Julio Cortázar, Blackburn played an important role in organizing and attending poetry readings throughout New York City and hosted his own poetry radio show, Contemporary Poetry on WBAI in New York.  These events provided opportunities for both established and unknown writers to participate in the New York poetry community. He recorded these readings, lectures, conversations about poetry with friends, as well as radio and news broadcasts.

The editor of Blackburn’s posthumously published Collected Poems (1985), Edith Jarolim, has called this collection “the most comprehensive oral history of the New York poetry scene between the late 1950s and 1970.” An example of its rarities is the only known recording of an interview by the poet Mina Loy. Among others, the collection includes recordings of

The first release of this collection includes over 100 recordings featuring over 100 poets, now available for streaming. Subsequent releases will bring the total number of recordings to over 200 available for online streaming and about 50 descriptions of recordings that can be made available onsite at UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives.  We anticipate having the entire digital collection complete by February 2018.  Read more…

New Popular Science Reading – November 2017

Posted On: November 9, 2017

Did you know we have a popular science reading collection?

Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to get a call number. The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf. If the one you want is checked out, just place a request in the Library catalog to have the book recalled and held for you when it’s returned.

Covers of new books from the PopSci collection

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