Celebrate Armenian Culture with Library’s One Book, One San Diego Pop-Up Exhibit

Posted On: September 29, 2017

The UC San Diego Library has joined the San Diego County Library, the San Diego Public Library, KPBS and other partners in celebrating the 11th year of the popular One Book, One San Diego community reading program. 

A pop-up exhibit in Geisel reveals the nomination process of One Book, One San Diego and features this year’s selection, The Sandcastle Girls by New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian. The display located in Geisel West, Floor 2 also includes the titles selected for this year’s One Book companion programs: One Book Sin Fronteras selection (La Bastarda de Estambul by Elif Shafakin), One Book for Teens (I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached), and One Book for Kids (My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo).

The Sandcastle Girls is a spellbinding story of love and war where a young American volunteer, Elizabeth, travels to Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during WWI. There she meets a young Armenian engineer, Armen, who has lost his wife and daughter, and the two fall in love.

The goal of the One BookOne San Diego program is to encourage residents across the region to join in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book while examining how themes presented in the book relate to our daily lives and local communities.

Other events including book discussions, film festivals, and cooking classes will be presented throughout the county to celebrate this year’s One Book, One San Diego selection. For a calendar of events and information about the program, click here.

Opening Reception — The Photography of Norman Spencer

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Join us in celebrating the addition of Norman Spencer photography and films to the UC San Diego Library collection. The Library will be hosting an opening reception on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Geisel’s Seuss Room.  The exhibit runs October 3 through November 1, 2017.

Courtesy of Norman Spencer

“Professor Spencer’s photographs captured the intimate moments of key players in Chinese alternative culture, especially queer cinema. The newly acquired collection of his photographs enhances the UC San Diego Library’s world-renowned reputation as the best place to study underground and independent Chinese cinema,” said Yingjin Zhang, Distinguished Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at UC San Diego.

Professor Zhang will give introductory remarks at the opening reception on October 10. Read more…

Geisel’s 8th Floor Makeover Will Benefit Student Experience

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Welcome back Tritons! While you were off campus enjoying your summer, we’ve been busy planning for renovations happening in Geisel Library this fall.

Shovels are ready and work is underway! In preparation for construction, Geisel Library’s 8th floor closed on Sept. 22 and will remain closed until further notice. We’re expecting the project to wrap up sometime in Winter Quarter 2018. Very exciting!

Here’s a summary of the updates and what you can expect if you visit the Geisel Library over the Fall Quarter.

1. It’s all about that space …
We’re creating an updated, modern space for individual study on Geisel’s 8th floor. Stylish, comfortable, and practical furniture will be incorporated into our forward-thinking design. We love it! Hope you love it, too. 

2. Restroom will get some much-needed TLC
We’re adding ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor throughout Geisel’s tower. But don’t panic yet, throughout the renovation period, floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be access to restrooms on each floor at all times (Phew!) We anticipate the restroom renovations to continue through Winter Quarter.

3. Find a peaceful spot to study on the 7th floor
Geisel’s 7th floor will serve as the new, temporary, silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely.

4. Construction hours
Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

5. Where did Geisel’s 8th floor materials go?
The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

Pardon our dust while we continue to improve your Library! Follow our progress on our social media as the project moves along. For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction.

 

Germs Are Your Friends: Top UC San Diego Scientist Shares the Dirt

Posted On: September 27, 2017

2017 Engineering Academic Challenge

Posted On: September 26, 2017

Are you the best at getting to the right answer? Can you and your fellow students get to the top of the leaderboard and outrank other institutions? Now’s your chance to prove it on a global scale. Join the Engineering Academic Challenge and compete with thousands of engineering students. Sign up now and try out your research skills while learning the grand challenges of civilization! engineering academic challenge

On September 18, the Fall edition of the 5-week Engineering Academic Challenge kicks off, covering a completely new engineering theme and real-world questions every week around the themes of Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery, Provide Access to Clean Water, Engineer Virtual Reality and Engineer Better Robots. Then use two of our key STEM databases, Knovel and Compendex to answer these questions.  Get acquainted with the grand challenges of engineering and get to the highest ranks on the leaderboard to win great prizes.

Register at www.elsevier.com/eac to play. Don’t forget to invite your fellow STEM students.

Top Ten Things to Know About the UC San Diego Library

Posted On: September 26, 2017

Welcome Tritons! Whether you’re a new or returning student, a faculty member or a researcher, this is your library. You have a voice and a place here. We want to support both your academic success and your curiosity. 

Start your Fall Quarter off right by learning how to save time using library resources and services.

1. There are two libraries on campus.
The UC San Diego Library has two library buildings – Geisel Library and Biomedical Library. Each are located on opposite ends of Library Walk, both are available to serve your study and research needs. 

2. The Library is here for you, anytime, anywhere.
The library is open 65.5 hours each week and our online resources never sleep! Our website has guides to help you get started with your research, information on holiday closures, and so much more. You can access our online resources 24/7 from off-campus

3. Sign up for a Welcome Week Tour.
Named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, the Geisel Library building is a UCSD landmark. Get acquainted with the wide variety of study spaces, collections, equipment, and amenities we offer. 

4. Got questions? Ask a Librarian!
By chat, email, text, phone, walk-in, or appointment, librarians are here to help! Check all your options for research assistance here.

5. Need technology? We have it.
Borrow tech gadgets! Geisel’s Tech Lending Program allows you to checkout essential items like chargers, cables, video adapters, headphones, bookstands, and lamps. You’ll also find fun gadgets like GoPro cameras, projectors, and tripods. 

6. Book study rooms with the touch of a button.
Finding a space on campus to collaborate with classmates can be tough. The Library has dozens of rooms in both buildings where you can work on group projects or study together. Reserve one now!

7. Explore Geisel’s Digital Media Lab.
The DML is an exciting high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more. An open house for students will be held on Tuesday, October 10 from 10am – 5pm.

8. Find a quiet study space at the Graduate Study Lounge.
The Biomedical Library Building is home to a 24-hour lounge for graduate and professional students in all disciplines (advance registration required). The room offers tables, comfortable seating, computers, and a printer. The Geisel Library offers 48 lockers for graduate students (reservation is required). Request one here.

9. Stay in the know. Connect with us!
Be the first to know about new resources, workshops, special events, and exhibits by following us on social media.

10. Looking for textbooks?
The Library may have textbooks on Course Reserves that you can check out for three hours. There are also some e-books, articles, and streaming films available online. It could save you significant money!

 

Work of Renowned Multimedia Artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw Featured in “Library Duet” Exhibitions

Original drawings for The Alphabet of Bones, 1987.

Posted On: September 19, 2017

The UC San Diego Library and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla are teaming up to celebrate the work of internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The joint exhibition, “Library Duet,” highlights the many stages of a distinguished and prolific artist’s career. The Athenaeum exhibit, opening September 23, will display a retrospective of Cutler-Shaw’s artist’s books from its permanent collection, while the UC San Diego Library will exhibit Cutler-Shaw’s archival materials, including its permanent display—Alphabet of Bones—and Cutler-Shaw’s current work, Brain Project. An opening reception will be held in Geisel Library on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm in the Seuss Room.

“Library Duet” comes 14 years after “Library Quartet,” an exhibition of Cutler-Shaw’s works that was concurrently held in four libraries throughout the city, including: the UC San Diego Library, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, and two San Diego Public Library branches—the Earl & Birdie Taylor Branch and the Mission Valley Branch. Such a collaboration was the first of its kind in the region.

An artist who works across media, Cutler-Shaw’s work include drawings, artist’s books, installations, and public commissions. Brain Project is a current work that follows Cutler-Shaw’s recent diagnosis of corticobasal syndrome and degeneration with brain scans in various forms, tunnel books with videos, and handwriting and drawing samples. Works from this collection will be one of many items on display on the main floor in Geisel Library (2nd floor, West Wing) from October 5 through October 27, 2017. Read more…

Geek Out with Sci-Fi & Fantasy Festival

Posted On: September 18, 2017

Submissions needed for Short Tales from the Mothership! Taken from the sci-fi aesthetics of UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library  building, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a written/spoken word event on Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Seuss Room.  

Writers should send fantasy or science fiction pieces of no more than 250 words to spaulson@ucsd.edu by Friday, October 13. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win items from UC San Diego’s Science Nonfiction “I Believe” campaign including t-shirts, posters, and other freebies. At the event you will have the opportunity to read your entry or have it read aloud for you. Everyone is welcome to come listen to these short stories from the beyond! For more details, click here

 

Are You a Techie? Join Us for the Digital Media Lab Open House!

Posted On: September 14, 2017

The Digital Media Lab (DML) is an exciting high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more!

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Geisel Library’s East Commons (2nd Floor).

Get up to speed on the latest technology tools at the Digital Media Lab, and learn how its free resources and services can support you!

The Digital Media Lab offers: 

  • Free 3D printing for all UC San Diego affiliates
  • Virtual reality equipment including:
    • 2 HTC Vive Headsets
    • 2 Oculus Rift Headsets
    • 360 Video Cameras
  • Augmented reality projects in Unity and Vuforia
  • Research consultations for simple part production and 3D visualizations
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

For more information about the Digital Media Lab, click here. For questions or concerns, contact Scott McAvoy at smcavoy@ucsd.edu.

 

UC San Diego’s 1961-2011 General Catalogs Available in the Library’s Digital Collections

Posted On: September 13, 2017

The UC San Diego Library is proud to announce the online availability of UC San Diego’s General Catalogs. The catalogs include degree requirements and descriptions for colleges, departments, and schools offered by UC San Diego, with course descriptions for each course. Catalogs were produced and distributed by the Campus Registrar each year. Historically the Library would then microfilm these paper catalogs as they were received to preserve and make them accessible to users in the Library. Alumni seeking to verify enrollment for transfer credit at grad school needed to visit the Library and search the microfilm for each year to find course descriptions, making grainy printouts to submit for verification. For alumni outside of San Diego this meant a special trip to San Diego or requesting copies through their local library or the UC San Diego Library Ask A Librarian service. Now online, these catalogs can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection and are full-text searchable – no more special trips to the Library or fighting with the microform printer!

Each catalog is available in its entirety as a PDF that can be downloaded to the user’s computer. Catalogs include not only course descriptions but Program and Certificate descriptions, faculty lists, and pertinent campus information including photos and maps of campus. Student and faculty profiles also offer a glimpse of campus life. Below is a short list of “notable”s found in the General Catalogs.

  • 1973-1974 General CatalogIn 1970-1971, we predicted:”The San Diego campus is expected to reach maximum growth by 1995, with a student enrollment of 27,500. By that time twelve interrelated colleges, grouped in clusters of three or four  colleges each, will have been established” (pdf page 13).
  • In 1978-1979, we declared: Most Sports-Minded Campus: UC San Diego Physical Education Department Chairman Dr. Howard Hunt calls this campus “the most sports-minded in America.” And Dr. Hunt has the statistics to prove it. UC San Diego fields more intercollegiate athletic teams – thirty- than any other college or university in the nation. This total is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that UC San Diego has no big-time football team and that the student body voted four-to-one against allowing any athletic scholarships (pdf page 13).
  • Most of the catalogs include faculty and student profiles. You’ll find important campus figures like Faith Ringgold, professor of Visual Arts in 1996-1997 (pdf page 170).

Although we currently only have PDF versions of catalogs through 2011, more recent catalogs are available online through the Registrar’s Office website. We hope that the addition of this content to our holdings will further enhance information available about the history of UC San Diego.

We would love to hear how you use UC San Diego Library Digital Collections — whether for work or for fun; for academic or creative projects. Your stories help us improve the site and demonstrate its value. Let us know! You can leave a comment below or email us at dlp@ucsd.edu.

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