2016 Fair Trade, Holiday Idea, and Gift Giving Guide

Posted On: November 29, 2016

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This holiday season and throughout the year, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group’s Gift Guide makes it fun and easy to choose local, sustainable, fair-trade and recycled gifts and more. There are suggestions here 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. 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 giving tickets to the movies, a concert or the theater or a membership to one of our local gardens or museums, a gift card to a favorite restaurant, or charitable donation.

This year’s 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!

Download the pdf file.

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New Partnerships with Chinese & German University Libraries

Posted On: November 17, 2016

The University of California San Diego Library has embarked on new international agreements with two academic libraries— Fudan University Library in Shanghai, China and the Göttingen State and University Library in Germany.

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University Librarian Brian Schottlaender with Yan Feng of Fudan University Library.

“Sharing knowledge, expertise, and collections with our library counterparts in Asia and Europe benefits our respective scholarly communities in diverse ways,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “I greatly appreciate the interest and cooperation of my colleagues at Fudan University Library and Göttingen State and University Library in bringing these agreements to fruition. We look forward to the positive and productive collaborations ahead.”

The agreement with Fudan University Library, which was signed on October 8, 2016, builds on existing collaborations between UC San Diego and Fudan University, including a Fudan-University of California center based at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. The Library’s agreement calls for UC San Diego to send a librarian to the Fudan Library on an annual basis to conduct workshops for library school students on relevant library services and information management topics. It also ensures that visiting scholars, librarians, and library school students will have free access to each library’s information resources.

On November 4, 2016, the UC San Diego Library finalized a three-year agreement with the Göttingen State and University Library, paving the way for regular library staff exchanges that will focus on sharing knowledge and expertise in areas such as research data management, digital archiving, and information technology. The exchange program will begin in winter 2017 and will enable library staff members to visit each other’s library to observe, engage in discussions, and leverage their respective areas of expertise for mutual benefit and growth.

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2016 Turkey Calling Show

Posted On: November 17, 2016

Join the Library for its annual Turkey Calling Show in honor of America’s cherished Thanksgiving holiday. Investigate the American turkey’s surprising presence in European art and learn more about the bird through turkey calling techniques. This noisy show at Geisel Library has become a community tradition. Kids are welcome and will be encouraged to actively participate in the fun. Presented as an old-time radio hour, this celebration is filled with music, sound-effects and stories of interest.

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12:00 – 1:oo pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Host and bandleader Scott Paulson, a UC San Diego alumnus and Exhibits & Events Coordinator at the UC San Diego Library, has been lauded by the Union-Tribune for his family-friendly shows. The Los Angeles times described his activities as follows: “Paulson’s brand of G-rated fun, a sort of modern day morphing of Captain Kangaroo and Spike Jones, is always lively and at times wonderfully chaotic.”

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more info, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

3D CAVEkiosk Now Open in Geisel Library

Posted On: November 7, 2016

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Travel to at-risk cultural heritage sites around the world and explore them in virtual reality at Geisel Library’s new 3D CAVEkiosk. The life-size kiosk, located in the East Commons on the main floor, is now open to the campus community and the public at large during Library open hours through November 2017. 3D glasses and a controller are available near the TV screens. Personnel at the nearby East Commons Desk and Digital Media Lab are available to assist with your interaction of the kiosk technology if needed. Click here to learn more about the one-of-a-kind, large-scale 3D immersive environment.

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