Nominate a UC San Diego Librarian!

UC San Diego librarians touch the lives of the students they serve every day. Why not tell everyone why they’re real life superheroes.

Nominations for the American Library Association’s I Love My Librarian Award are now open through Monday, September 18. 

The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

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Every year 10 inspirational librarians are selected for the award. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 30. In the award’s first nine years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 17,000 nominations. A total of 90 librarians have won the award to date.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational institution accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information, visit ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

 

Student Focused De-Stressing Activities

The Brody Commons, Geisel Floor 1, West Wing display cases are showcasing some of the engaging projects created by students last year while participating in de-stressing activities. It also features the calendar of pending library activities so students will again have the opportunity to engage in some creative play during the academic year. Many of these activities will take place in the student focused East Commons on Geisel floor 2, a very popular study space with students.

Big Passion for Tiny Music: Library’s Toy Piano Festival Returns with New Works Sept. 5 & 10

What do teeny-tiny pianos and the Cat in the Hat Songbook have in common? They are part of this year’s Toy Piano Festival

The popular fest, now in its 17th year, will feature two performances this fall, the first at Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on September 5 at noon, and a special collaboration with the San Diego Public Library on Sunday, September 10 at 2:30 pm in the Neil Morgan Auditorium. 

Join festival director Scott Paulson and his toy piano colleagues Sue Palmer, Andrea Wingen, Kenneth Herman, Ryoko Amadee Goguen, Samara Rice, Christian Hertzog and Alex Segal for a performance that will amuse listeners of all ages. 

Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival every September, to pay homage to the September 5 birthday of John Cage, the first composer to write a serious work for toy pianos. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores, at the request of Paulson, the Toy Piano Collection, and the events at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69.

The toy piano collection at Geisel Library consists of commissioned scores, literature and recordings, and actual toy pianos, ranging from simple four-note novelty keyboards to three-octave baby grands. A selection of toy piano scores and instruments will be on stage at the San Diego Public Library event.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

 

“Silents Under the Stars” Provides Unique Film Experience

Join us Saturday, August 26 for an outdoor film screening of the 1922 silent movie The Electric House starring Buster Keaton and the 1923 short film It’s a Gift. 

The films feature live music and sound effects by the Library’s very own Scott Paulson.

Both films explore early Hollywood’s fascination with mechanisms and inventions wreaking havoc to comic effect. The event takes place on the front lawn of Wisteria Cottage at La Jolla Historical Society.

Bring low chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun evening under the stars! The lawn opens at 7:00 pm and films start at 8:00 pm.

In addition, the evening will include footage filmed for a documentary of Balboa Park’s 1915-16 Panama California Exposition titled A Glimpse of the San Diego Exposition,  as well as Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand careening down the Prado in a madcap electric car in Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Expo. 

Silents Under the Stars is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the La Jolla Historical Society.

Sculpture Exhibit Debuts in Geisel Library’s 1st Floor Atrium

UC San Diego Visuals Arts Instructor, Audrey Hope, has installed a selection of her sculptures in Geisel’s 1st Floor West underground Library gardens.

The Light Wells exhibit consists of three small sculptures that incorporate textiles soaked in plaster and paint with photographs printed on polyester.

The photographs depict moments when the divisions between inside and outside collapse, when nature is brought indoors and pushes its way out.

The Geisel Library’s light wells, architectural features constructed in the early 1990s, are a tender example of the ways that we draw nature indoors in order to remind ourselves of the world outside.

In addition, Hope has assembled approximately 50 books that will be available alongside the exhibit. These books describe the artist’s points of inspiration, including grottoes and self-taught artist’s gardens. The collection also includes resources about the artists and theories covered in Material and Scale.

Hope is an MFA candidate in the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego. Her works are also on view in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities and the Office of Graduate Studies.

Light Wells is on display until Sunday, August 27.

UC San Diego Dinner in the Library to Feature International Best-Selling Author Ann Patchett on Sept. 8

Set in iconic Geisel Library, fundraiser will support growth of ‘smart’ learning spaces

She first took the world by storm as an international best-selling author. Then, she became known as a fierce champion of the corner bookstore, those nearly extinct havens for bibliophiles who cherish the opportunity to talk about and be around books. Ann Patchett will share her remarkable life and work as a New York Times bestselling author, independent bookstore owner and literary advocate on Friday, Sept. 8, as part of the University of California San Diego’s Dinner in the Library, an annual benefit to support the UC San Diego Library.

“An Evening with Ann Patchett” will take place in UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library building from 6-9:30 p.m. All proceeds will support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, an initiative to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library. Because of the significance of the initiative to student learning and the campus overall, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will match gifts raised up to $1 million, doubling the impact of donations.

“Support from Dinner in the Library makes an incredible impact on our ability to sustain and grow the UC San Diego Library as a hub of discovery and learning for our campus and community,” said Chancellor Khosla. “As the intellectual heart of our university, the Library helps spark the groundbreaking work of our faculty and students, whose breakthroughs make waves across the globe.”

Patchett is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels, including Bel Canto, which received the Orange Prize and the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as Commonwealth, State of Wonder and The Magician’s Assistant. She has also written three books of nonfiction, including Truth & Beauty, What Now? and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, from the Book Sense Book of the Year to a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Read more…

Ebrary and EBL books now on ProQuest Ebooks Central

E-books that were once on ebrary and ebl have migrated over to the new ProQuest Ebooks Central platform as of Wednesday July 26th.

Several things to note:

  • DDA books which we are leasing and have not yet purchased may not be active yet.  All purchased books should be fine.
  • EBL books may still require Active Directory login so UCSD students, staff, and academics should enter their UCSD email name and password to read the books and print or download portions of the book.

Need help or having difficulties with a particular title?  Ask us.

Wiley online library available again; Oxford DNB still unavailable.

CDL alerted us at 3:20 pm Wed July 19th that Wiley Online Library (journals, e-books, and reference resources) is down.  Access was restored by 4:45 pm.

Access to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [DNB] which had been out for the past week has also been restored as of Monday July 24th.  Thanks for your patience.

ProQuest databases working again

Update:  ProQuest has fixed the problems with their servers as of Tuesday. They have posted an explanation of what happened and steps to prevent this from happening again.

ProQuest databases (including PsycInfo, Georef, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times archives, etc) are currently down worldwide due to a power outage since 1 pm PDF Monday, July 17th.  They are working to restore access. We expect these databases to come back online sometime later this evening.

In the meantime, other resources are working (Web of Science, Lexis Academic, PubMed, and Ebsco databases).

Need help?  Ask us.

Web of Science Update – New Citation Report, 50K Marked Records, and More

Clarivate Analytics just released a major update to Web of Science. Here’s what’s new and improved:

  • Redesigned Citation Report
    • The Citation Report has been redesigned. It’s easier to view the key metrics (and what they mean), and the charts are interactive.

    New Marked Record Limit – 50,000

    • The marked record limit has been increased from 5,000 to 50,000 records.
  • Redesigned Search Results
    • You can now filter results to see Highly Cited Papers and Hot Papers, which is pulled from Essential Science Indicators.
    • The refine filters have been rearranged. Publication Years, Web of Science Categories, Document Types and Organizations-Enhanced are at the top, followed by Funding Agencies, Open Access, and Authors. The other filters are still available, under View More Options.

Read more…

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