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.

Categories: Events & Exhibits

Second annual VIP Study Room Contest!

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Submit an original photo of the Library (interior or exterior, Geisel or BLB) to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu using the subject line “VIP Study Room.”  You will be entered into a random drawing to win exclusive, 24-hour “VIP” use of a study room in the Geisel East Learning Commons (Room 2) from 10 am on Monday, March 16 until 10 am on March 17.  The winner will also receive eight guest passes to invite friends to bask in your VIP treatment and share the VIP gift basket of finals-themed necessities and study treats.

Fine Print

Those submitting photos must be current UCSD students.

  1. Include your full name in the email when submitting your photo.
  2. You may submit up to 10 separate photos (in a single or multiple emails).
  3. All submissions will become property of the UCSD Library and may be displayed, at the Library’s discretion, within the Library or on its website.
  4. Submissions must have been taken by the person submitting them for the contest.
  5. Photos should not include any identifiable persons who have not expressly provided their permission to be photographed for this purpose.

Photos will be accepted through noon on Tuesday, March 10.  The winner will be selected at random from all entries and notified on March 11.  Do not let this opportunity to be a Library celeb for a day pass you by.

Schottlaender Wins Top Award from American Library Association

becs_top_awardBrian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego, has been named the 2015 winner of the American Library Association’s Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Schottlaender, will receive a cash award and citation during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this June.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

“Brian is a visionary giant in the Hugh Atkinson mold,” said Nancy J. Gibbs, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair for ALA and former head of the Acquisitions Department at Duke University. “He has eloquently articulated a vision for the 21st century academic library while finding balance with the need for physical resources, services, staff, and space. He understands we must work collaboratively in order to address the most challenging concerns facing libraries today. The Hugh Atkinson Award recognizes risk taking as a value in library management and Brian has demonstrated taking calculated risks that have proven transformational for libraries. This is evident in just a few of the initiatives he has shepherded: the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST); Hathi Trust, Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance, and Chronopolis, an effort in extensible digital preservation.”

“Brian has served as president of ALA/ALCTS and is currently the ALA Councilor from that division,” continued Gibbs. “He has served as president of the Association of Research Libraries and has recently been elected chair of the new Board of Governors of the Hathi Trust. In each instance Brian has brought his commitment to the library community, helping to restructure and provide a vision for the future, shaping ideas into outcomes. His commitment to academic libraries, scholarly research and the library community as a whole are truly impressive. He can always be counted on to provide leadership, collaboration, and a keen understanding of the shifts occurring today  as libraries address solutions to shared problems for the future.”

Schottlaender, UC San Diego’s University Librarian since 1999, was an early adopter of collaborative, cutting-edge initiatives and technologies to advance digitization and digital preservation on a national and global scale.  He is immediate Past Chair of the Board of Governors of HathiTrust, a consortium of universities—led by the University of California and the University of Michigan— that is building one of the largest online collections of books ever assembled.  He is also an inaugural member of the Board of the Digital Preservation Network, and the UC San Diego Library was the first in Southern California to partner with Google on its global book digitization project. Schottlaender has also played a leadership role in building the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance—an international consortium of more than 30 major academic libraries—to facilitate user access to scholarly research materials from and across the Pacific.

He serves on numerous other boards, including  the Board of Trustees of OCLC; the Board of Directors of the Association for Research Libraries, and the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego-based San Diego Supercomputer Center. Schottlaender received his B.A. in German Literature, ampla cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin, and his M.L.S. from Indiana University. Prior to joining UC San Diego, he held librarian positions at UCLA, University of Arizona, and Indiana University.

An active researcher, Schottlaender is currently Investigator for two Mellon Foundation grants, one to develop a distributed, shared journals repository (WEST), and the other to create a next-generation suite of software tools for managing archival collections (ArchivesSpace). He also directs Chronopolis, a Library of Congress-supported initiative funded by the Digital Preservation Network to build the infrastructure needed to collect and preserve at-risk digital information for the long term.

Over the last decade, Schottlaender has been the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership and accomplishments in the Library world, including the American Library Association’s Melvil Dewey Medal (2010) for “creative leadership of a high order,” and the ALA’s Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) for “extraordinary service in the field of collections management.”              

 

 

 

Categories: Staff News

Wild and Wacky Dr. Seuss Hats on View thru March 22

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The exhibit features a selection of 26 unique and historic hats from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s personal collection of wild and wacky headgear. The hats, displayed within a turn-of-the-century steamer trunk referred to as the “Hat Closet,” will be on display in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives’ public space, and will be accompanied by panels and exhibited material on the wall and in the cases adjacent to the SC&A entrance.

Hat’s Off to Dr. Seuss! will be on view during the week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Tuesday, February 24. On Monday, March 2, the day of the University’s Dr. Seuss Birthday celebration, which takes place at noon in front of Geisel Library, the exhibit can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The party, hosted by Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and University Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender, will include cake and musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra.

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“We are thrilled that some of Ted Geisel’s amazing hats will be here for members of the campus and local communities to see, especially during the campus’ annual Dr. Seuss birthday celebration on March 2,” said Lynda Claassen, director of UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives. “It is only fitting to have the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss exhibit here, in the Library that was named for Ted Geisel and houses his personal papers, original art, photographs, and other materials.”

Ted Geisel’s fascination with hats dates back to his childhood. As a writer and artist, he viewed his hats as “transformational,” and was known to pull one out of his vast “hat closet” to stimulate his creativity or assist him in solving a problem. While some of the hats in the exhibit are distinctly Seussian, others—such as a plastic toy Viking helmet—reflect Geisel’s sense of humor or sensibility, not necessarily a character from his books. Geisel collected hats over a 60-year period—beginning in the 1930s— and his legendary “hat closet” contained in excess of 200 hats.

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Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!, an exhibit of original hats from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s personal collection, will be on display in Geisel Library on from Feb. 23 through March 22, just in time for the University’s annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on March 2.

The UC San Diego Library received Geisel’s collection of drawings, notebooks, and other memorabilia after his death in 1991, and four years later Audrey Geisel made a substantial donation to support the university’s Library, which was subsequently named Geisel Library. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives houses more than 12,000 items in its Dr. Seuss Collection, which includes original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.

Categories: Library News

New Hi-Tech Collaboration Table in Geisel East Learning Commons

The Hi-Tech Collaboration Table is designed for team learning and collaboration – it is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of media and working styles.  It allows physical movement around the table in addition to having multiple configurations for users sitting in different places.

The touchscreen embedded in the tabletop enables up to four users to simultaneously connect and interact individually or collectively, and the touch-based web browser includes a virtual keyboard so all users can simultaneously access the internet. There is also a vertically-mounted Media Screen for displaying content to the group–if you want to share what you’re doing in your own section of the table-embedded screen, just grab that section with your fingertip and swipe it onto the Media Screen.  Anything can be shared, and the Collaboration Table is designed to handle mixed media (e.g., PPT, Video, Images, PDF, Web). You can also share from your laptop via VGA, Thunderbolt, or HDMI cables.  You can even share files stored on your USB drives by plugging in to the table.  Users can annotate content with several tools, including colored lines, circles, squares, or text.

The table’s digital whiteboard mode allows users to sketch freehand with a finger or stylus to draw lines or shapes or enter text. Annotated slides can be saved to a USB flash drive or emailed directly from the table. This means fewer distractions and a more seamless group working experience – one that’s designed to optimize collaboration, rather than confound it.

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