Hail to the Chief! Exhibit Showcases Library’s Presidential Papers

Posted On: June 27, 2016

79_HailToTheChiefEvery four years, American voters go to the polls to cast their ballot (or, increasingly, mail in their ballot) to elect the nation’s commander-in-chief. With less than six months away from this year’s presidential election, the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives has mounted an exhibit of presidential papers that takes the long view, back to the nation’s first president, George Washington.

Hail to the Chief!— which is on display in Geisel Library until August 31—includes a wide range of materials from the manuscript and book collections of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. According to Lynda Claassen, director of Special Collections & Archives, although the presidency has never been an area of focus for the Library, a number of intriguing items have accumulated over the years. The Library’s holdings now include at least one item related to each of the nation’s 43 presidents, said Claassen, from a letter written in 1778 from Valley Forge by founding father George Washington, the first U.S. president, to a citation sent by President Barack Obama to UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.

One item featured in the exhibit was actually owned by America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. A copy of C. F. Volney’s Les ruines, ou Meditation sur les revolutions des empires (1791), a book Jefferson reputedly loved and agreed to translate it into English. Anonymously, as Jefferson was mindful of both controversial issues in the book and the fact that a presidential election year was coming up. Read more…

Ultrawide Monitors in Geisel

Posted On: June 27, 2016

Dell-UltraSharp-U3415W10 new Dell ultrawide monitors have been installed in Geisel’s 2nd floor East Learning Commons and 1st floor west. the 34″ screens offer increased productivity space without sacrificing desktop real estate. Come try them out!

Send questions or comments to LSPtech@ucsd.edu

The Adult Coloring Phenomenon: More Than a Guilty Pleasure

Posted On: June 23, 2016

It’s official. The “coloring craze” that was once viewed as an activity only for kids has been endorsed by mental health specialists as a stress-buster and brain booster, on a level with meditation. Join Art Therapist Erica Curtis on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in the Seuss Room for a hands-on coloring and drawing session that is sure to increase your wellbeing, relaxation, and happiness. (Please note: this event is sold out, but walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis if space becomes available.)

Curtis,Erica,photo.jpgCurtis, a board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, employs various creative coloring and drawing techniques in her work, and has witnessed numerous health benefits to her clients. She has a private practice in San Juan Capistrano, is an instructor at UCLArts and Healing, and was formerly a lecturer in Marital and Family Therapy at Loyola Marymount University for nearly a decade. Curtis, whose new book, The Innovative Parent: Nurturing Connection, Emotional Health, and Academic Success through the Arts, will be released next year, has been featured as an expert in a wide range of media outlets, including PBS, Lifehacker, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, and Elle, among others. A former director for the American Art Therapy Association and past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association, Curtis has been an invited speaker at numerous venues, from major universities and hospitals to local community groups and businesses. To learn more about Erica Curtis, click here.

The event is free and open to the public; art materials will be provided. For additional information, please contact Scott Paulson, UC San Diego Library, at spaulson@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5758.

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display

Posted On: June 21, 2016


picture of the book display highlighting books from the #pulseorlandosyllabus

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display
Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
through July 29, 2016

To gain some understanding from events like the mass shooting in Orlando, librarians and educators—ready to connect information to those who need it— have collectively built the   #PulseOrlandoSyllabus  (collocated with #OrlandoSyllabus).

The statement of intention from the organizers notes:

Statement of Intent from the creators of the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus

It is organized into categories such as scholarly books, archival collections, fiction and poetry, comics, zines, plays, podcasts, Library/Information Science resources, mental health resources, resources for K-12 school communities, and more.

We’re hopeful that together we can create a community that embraces all, celebrates diversity and inclusion, and stands in solidarity.

You can also browse the syllabus (#PulseOrlandoSyllabus) and then search for the item in our catalog– http://roger.ucsd.edu/

If you need help finding a particular item, please Ask a Librarian— http://library.ucsd.edu/ask

Tour the Library

Posted On: June 16, 2016

During July 2016, scheduled Library tours will be given at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These dates and the tour guidelines are posted on the UC San Diego Library Tour web page.

Tour dates for UC San Diego Summer Session 2 and the subsequent intersession, August 1 to September 17, are still under consideration.

Tours for current and incoming UC San Diego students, their families, as well as other UC San Diego affiliates may request a tour by completing the form on the tour web page. This form may also be used by UC San Diego departments or programs requesting tours for summer residential students or visiting groups.

Tour collage

Walk-in tours are scheduled for each Thursday at 1:00 p.m. during the month of July, 2016. Just look for the tour guide in front of Geisel Classroom 2 which is just to the left of the Information Desk on the main floor.

Visitors of the UC San Diego Library are requested to respect the needs of the campus community by minimizing interference, not blocking traffic, and keeping visits short. Tour groups are restricted to the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Floors 4–8 are designated for quiet study.

WEST Reaches 500K Volumes

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Forum Journal 3, no. 3 (1989). WEST’s 500,000th volume is archived by Arizona State University Libraries. Issue cover image by Martin Stupich, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), 1988. Photo by Amy Watson, Arizona State University Libraries, 2016.

Posted On: June 8, 2016

Member libraries of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST)— which includes the UC San Diego Library and other UC libraries—have reached a major milestone in creating a shared print library collection for the ages, successfully archiving half a million volumes.

Academic and research libraries participating in the Trust will celebrate the 500,000th volume archived at a members meeting held at the American Library Association’s annual conference in June 2016.

The five hundred thousandth volume is an issue of the Forum Journal a publication of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, D.C.). The print archive is held by Arizona State University Libraries and includes volumes contributed by several libraries in the region. Read more…

Categories: Collections

Melvyl Catalog Unavailable Sat 6pm-Sun 9 am

Posted On: June 3, 2016

All OCLC services will be unavailable from 6:00 pm Saturday, 4 June 2016 until 9:00 am Sunday, 5 June 2016, Pacific, while OCLC conducts data storage migrations.

Resources affected include the UC Melvyl catalog (WorldCat Local), FirstSearch, and WorldCat.org.
Databases on FirstSearch include:

ArticleFirst
GPO Monthly Catalog
OAIster
PapersFirst
ProceedingsFirst
SCIPIO – art and rare books sales/auction catalogs.

In addition to these databases and catalogs, requesting Interlibrary loans via UC-eLinks or Citation Linker will not be available during the outage.  Either wait until later on Sunday when service is restored, or fill out the blank ILL request form.

Alternatives to OCLC: San Diego Circuit http://circuit.sdsu.edu and the UCSD catalog http://roger.ucsd.edu will be available as will the majority of the library-licensed Databases.  You may browse individual UC campus library catalogs via  http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

Take A Study Break In Geisel East

Posted On: June 1, 2016

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