Papers of SAIC Founder J.R. Beyster Donated to UC San Diego Library


Posted On: December 21, 2015

Papers of the late J. Robert “Bob” Beyster, founder of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and a business innovator who developed a successful blueprint for entrepreneurial, employee-empowered companies, are being donated to the UC San Diego Library by the Beyster family.

Beyster’s papers, which reflect his passion for entrepreneurship and employee-owner enabled entrepreneurial practices, include correspondence, SAIC business records, committee meeting minutes and materials related to employee ownership, as well as records on a broad range of government-funded research and development, including Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, safety of the international space station, critical hull design for a number of U.S. entries in the America’s Cup race, clean-up of Three Mile Island, commercialization of the Internet, and many other transformational programs. The collection will also contain his more than 60 technical publications and a complete record of the numerous awards and recognitions he received for his public service, global leadership in science and technology, and entrepreneurship.

After the materials are processed, the Beyster Papers will be housed in the UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, where they will be available for use by scholars, researchers and educators. The Beyster family has also provided funding to facilitate the processing of the archival materials to make them available for research and discovery online via the Web. The collection is expected to be made available to the public in 2017. Read more…

Think Only of Today: A Documentary about the Life of Holocaust Survivor Max Garcia

Posted On: December 16, 2015

Jews boarding a deportation train at Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands.


Think Only of Today traces the life of Max Garcia from his childhood in Amsterdam, through the Holocaust, and finally to his immigration and life in the United States. Born in 1924, Max was interned in Westerbork before being deported to Auschwitz and later Mauthausen. The documentary, which follows Max’s ordeal through war and incarceration, also explores the effect of the Holocaust on succeeding generations. Interviews with Max’s children and grandchildren reveal the different ways individuals from each generation have grappled with the burden of such a searing experience.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information about UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661. More information can also be found at

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National Kazoo Day 2016

Posted On: December 16, 2015


“Buzz” over to the Seuss Room at 7:30 p.m. on January 28 for a signature study break: National Kazoo Day. You’ll be surprised to find that this common, often labeled “annoying,” party favor carries a rich history, dating back hundreds of years when it was first used to mask voices in African ceremonial rituals. Its popularity in America started in the late 1800’s and it has since made its way into mainstream music (think Pink Floyd’s Corporal Clegg).

At the event, hear new chamber works for Kazoo composed by UC San Diego alums and learn more about the history of this legitimate musical instrument. You’ll even walk away with a FREE kazoo!

Thursday, January 28, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

This event is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome! For more information contact Scott Paulson at 858-822-5758 or

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150lb Steel Bridge on Display in Geisel Library through December

Posted On: December 7, 2015

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Every year, students from the UC San Diego Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) design, fabricate, and construct a scaled model steel bridge for the purpose of competing in the American Society of Civil Engineers annual Pacific Southwest Conference. Last year’s challenge was no different. A small group of students came together in the fall of 2014 to apply the knowledge learned in class to design a bridge that would be competitive in the following categories: aesthetics, weight, timed construction, as well as other criteria.

Supervised by four faculty advisors, three of whom are structural engineering professors and staff from the Campus Research Machine Shop (CRMS), the team of students gathered in a classroom setting last fall to model and analyze the steel bridge through an iterative process until an optimal design was achieved. To have the optimal design, a bridge has to be sufficiently light, while being stiff enough to pass the vertical and lateral load tests. The bridge must also be fast and easy to construct. Read more…

Papua New Guinea Photos Now Online

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Anthropologist Edwin Hutchins uses tape recorder and takes notes while talking with young child.

Posted On: December 7, 2015

Nearly 1,000 photographs depicting life in Papua New Guinea are now available for viewing on the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Collections website:, photographs taken in the context of anthropological research in Papua New Guinea’s Trobriand Islands.

In 1975, anthropologist Edwin Hutchins and his wife, Dona, arrived on Kiriwina in the Trobriand Islands, where they would spend the next year conducting anthropological research. They took nearly 1000 photographs, depicting many aspects of social life and material culture, including mortuary exchanges, the construction and sailing of canoes (including elaborate kula canoes), and the fabrication of colorful fiber skirts. Ed Hutchins’ Kiriwina research resulted in his dissertation, Reasoning in discourse: an analysis of Trobriand Island land litigation (Ph.D., UCSD 1978).

The Hutchins have generously made their photographs available to the UC San Diego Library, for inclusion in the Library’s Digital Collections. Anthropology graduate student, Jordan Haug, supplied the descriptions for each of the images, in collaboration with Hutchins, a professor emeritus of Cognitive Science.

Besides their intrinsic value, the photographs offer insight on the study of Trobriand culture and history. They also provide an intriguing contrast with photographs taken in the Trobriands between 1915-1918 by Bronislaw Malinowski, one of the pioneers of 20th century anthropology. Malinowski was the first of many anthropologists to conduct long-term fieldwork in the Trobriands.

Geisel Library CLOSED December 21 – 23, 2015

Posted On: December 6, 2015

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The Geisel Library building will be CLOSED Monday, December 21, 2015 – Wednesday, December 23, 2015, in addition to the standard campus holiday closure December 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016. We are taking the unusual step of closing Geisel these additional three days to make quick and concentrated progress on some particularly disruptive construction projects.

During this special closure, arrangements will be in place to provide partial access to some Geisel collections and services. Information about these measures can be found at: Access to online resources and services will be unaffected. Additionally, the Biomedical Library Building will remain open on its regular intersession schedule December 21 – 23.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this special Geisel closure may cause. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to plan their work accordingly.

All UC San Diego Libraries CLOSED December 24 – January 3

Posted On: December 6, 2015

From Thursday, December 24, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016, ALL UC San Diego Library buildings, including the Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library, will be CLOSED. Library buildings will reopen on their regular academic quarter schedules on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Information about Library services available during the holiday closure can be found at: Most online resources such as electronic journals, electronic books, and databases will remain accessible during the closure. Faculty, staff, and students can access library-licensed resources via the campus proxy server or VPN.

The UC San Diego Library wishes everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.


A social networking site is not an open access repository

Posted On: December 4, 2015

“What’s the difference between ResearchGate,, and the institutional repository?”

“I put my papers in ResearchGate, is that enough for the open access policy?

From Katie Fortney and Justin Gonder at CDL (California Digital Library), an excellent explanation on the differences between ResearchGate, Academia.Edu, and institutional repositories like UC’s eScholarship, and why depositing your articles in the first two does not meet the definition of an open access repository or open access journal per the UC Open Access Policy.

Recharge and Relax in the Geisel East Commons

Posted On: December 3, 2015

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While Stress-Free Zone snacks will be served only in the evening, de-stressing activities are available all day in the East Commons.  Available items include the WalkStations, Chess, Quoridor, Scrabble, and foam rollers to stretch muscles and help release tension.  Coloring and activity sheets are always available for students, with colored pencils available at the East Commons service desk.

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