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

Posted On: October 17, 2017

A noted scholar and a world-leader in microbiome research, Rob Knight, Ph.D. will take guests inside the human body and share the dirt on the microbiome, the focus of his new book, published in June 2017. On Tuesday, October 24, Knight will discuss Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room. The UC San Diego Library talk is free to attend and open to the public. A reception and a book signing with Dr. Knight will follow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event from the UC San Diego Bookstore. Click here to RSVP.

Until recently, the human microbiome was virtually unheard of, but now it’s drawn all kinds of attention and has become the latest buzz word in medicine. Knight, director of the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (part of the White House’s National Microbiome Initiative), has found with the help of other researchers that the bacteria living in and on our bodies are critical contributors to human and environmental health. At his October 24 talk, Knight will discuss how those microbes are far from the freeloaders they were once thought to be. On the contrary, they help us digest, process nutrients, and are constantly interacting with—and helping shape—our immune systems.  Read more…

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

Posted On: October 12, 2017

 

The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Fall for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free. For more information on how to register, click here.

***Search Series – Library Databases and Search Tools***

PubMed: The Basics
Wed, Nov 8, noon – 1:30 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Wed, Nov 15, noon – 1:30 pm

***Information Management Series***

Zotero
Wed, Oct 18, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Zotero – Drop-in Clinic
Wed, Oct 18, noon – 12:30 pm

EndNote Online
Mon, Nov 6, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Mendeley
Tues, Nov 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am

EndNote Desktop
Thur, Dec 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

2017 Dinner in the Library Gala Raises Significant Support for Smart Learning Spaces

Posted On: October 10, 2017

Interim University Librarian Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Author Ann Patchett, Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego’s 14th annual Dinner in the Library lived up to its reputation as the premier campus event for lovers of libraries and books. Hosted by Interim University Librarian, Tammy Nickelson Dearie, the yearly tradition transformed the first floor of Geisel Library into an elegant cocktail and dining area amidst book collections and study spaces.

Drawing a crowd of more than 160 library friends and supporters, the gala raised $205,000 to support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which will  transform the 1st, 2nd, and 8th floors of Geisel Library to benefit student learning and research. Dearie gave special thanks to all those who generously supported this year’s Dinner, especially lead sponsor Audrey Geisel, and Jeanne Jones, who chaired the Dinner’s honorary committee for the second consecutive year.

This year’s keynote speaker, international best-selling author Ann Patchett mesmerized the audience as she described her evolving relationship with books and how she became a champion for independent bookstores. In 2011, Patchett opened her own bookstore—Parnassus Books in Nashville—at a time when bookstores were closing all over America. Very few people thought she would make it in an era of superstores and mass merchandisers such as Amazon, but she prevailed. The store has doubled in size and now there’s a second outpost of Parnassus Books at the Nashville airport. Read more…

Gift to UC San Diego Library Enhances Its Distinguished Melanesian and Anthropology Studies Collection

Posted On: October 10, 2017

Ted Schwartz and Paliau Maloat, founder of the Paliau Movement, in Central Park, New York, 1970.

The UC San Diego Library recently received a generous gift to create the Schwartz Library Collection Endowment for Melanesian/Anthropology Studies, in honor of UC San Diego Professor Emeritus Theodore (Ted) Schwartz, a prominent figure in psychological anthropology. The fund will support in perpetuity the Library’s distinguished Melanesian and Anthropology Studies Collection. In addition to the endowed fund, Schwartz’s personal papers have been donated to the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, where they will be available for use by scholars, researchers, and educators.

“We are delighted to make this gift to honor the work of my uncle, Theodore Schwartz, in Melanesian Studies and support the excellence of the Library’s collections in this area of distinction for UC San Diego,” said Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz. “This endowed fund will ensure that Ted’s research and the Library’s collections in Melanesian and Anthropology Studies are preserved and accessible to scholars at UC San Diego and around the world.”

Photo album.

More than 80 boxes of Schwartz’s personal papers were donated to the Library, which include correspondence with notable anthropologists, expedition notebooks, lecture notes, and photographs from expeditions. Significant amounts of film and audio clips have also been donated, including footage of his early work with the well-known cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. The collection provides insights to Schwartz’s work, which consisted of extensive documentation capturing indigenous languages, interviews, genealogies, and reflects his methodical approach and comprehensive data analysis. Read more…

UC San Diego Students Receive Library Research Prize for Outstanding Research Skills

Posted On: October 10, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Undergraduate Library Research Prize Winners!

Recognizing that outstanding student research goes hand in hand with knowledgeable use of library resources, collections, and services, the UC San Diego Library has announced four honorees for the 2017 Undergraduate Library Research Prize. Their research topics ranged from fish communities living in low oxygen zones in the Gulf of California to the role of women as playwrights in Restoration England.

The annual award is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs, and the UCSD Alumni Association. Awards are given in the Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Physical and Life Sciences categories. They include a cash award of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

“It’s very rewarding to see the students’ passions, growth as scholars, and their special relationships with their faculty mentors,” said Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Interim University Librarian. “While the winning entries showcase the rich intellectual diversity of student research taking place across campus, there’s a common thread. Each of these students deepened their research experience by investing extra time and effort in using the resources in the UC San Diego Library.”  Read more…

11 Must-Read Books Recommended by Ann Patchett

Posted On: October 5, 2017

She’s been called the “patron saint of independent bookstores” and rightly so. Patchett doesn’t just write books, she sells them at Parnassus Books in Nashville. The New York Times best-selling author was the featured speaker at the University of California San Diego’s Dinner in the Library on September 8, 2017. She charmed the audience with her graciousness and shared her top reads. Here’s the list for your reading pleasure.

A Book About Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A Book About Science
Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren

A Book About Essays
The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum

A Book About Middle Schoolers
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A Book About Public Office and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin  Read more…

2017-18 Holocaust Living History Workshop Series Launches with Focus on “The Possibility of Renewal”

Posted On: October 5, 2017

The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego once again launches a year-long series of educational events that will focus on the theme, The Possibility of Renewal: The Shoah Between Past, Present, and Future. This year’s programming, presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, will unearth how renewal is possible in the wake of genocide, shed light on what it means for a defeated people to resurrect its past, and explore the roles of memory and justice in the process of renewal.

HLHW events are designed to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Each month, members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events to hear personal stories and memories from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars. In accordance with this year’s theme, many of the 2017-18 speakers will remind us that while the massive destruction wrought by the Holocaust cannot be diminished, the attempt to move beyond catastrophe and rebuild life and culture deserves recognition as well. All events are free and held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

October 11—Like Shadows Walking: Liberating Treblinka with the Red Army with Jacob Sandbrand

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jacob Sandbrand

 The first event this fall will be held on Wednesday, October 11, featuring Jacob Sandbrand who was barley 16 years old when he was forced to enlist in the Red Army. Sandbrand grew up in Kolomyia, a town formerly located in Eastern Poland considered to be in the “bloodlands”— the part of Eastern Europe that suffered the worst socio-political turmoil in the late 1930s and 40s. In September 1939, Kolomyia succumbed to Soviet invasion and its people—many of whom were Jewish—quickly became Soviet citizens, including Jacob. During his time in the Red Army, Sandbrand took part in the push westward and in the summer of 1944 he helped liberate Treblinka, a name that has come to epitomize the horrors of the Holocaust. Sandbrand will share his experience serving in the Red Army and how it felt to liberate a Nazi extermination camp.  Read more…

Results of Digital Collections 2017 Summer Survey

Posted On: October 4, 2017

The Digital Library Development Program, working with the Library’s Digital User Services, conducted a 3-question quick poll on the Digital Collections site, July 7-17, 2017 in order to gain insight into who was using our digital collections and for what purpose.  Getting data on digital content has never been easier with Google Analytics (GA) – We can quickly gather statistics on page hits or duration of a visit, and even how users found our content.  However, we have found that GA only provides one side of the story and we were hoping to find out more about our users.  Who are the users of Digital Collections and how are they using our content?  Is it an undergraduate student looking for primary source materials for a paper?  A post-doc doing research in a lab?  Is it a genealogist in Pennsylvania looking to find out more about her family?  Knowing who is using the collections and how will help the Digital Library Development Program in making decisions regarding the design, what type of information to display, and even what type of content to pursue for our collections.

So what story do the results of this survey tell us?  Read more…

Poetry Reading: A Celebration of Jerome Rothenberg

Posted On: October 3, 2017

A half-century after its initial publication, poet Jerome Rothenberg’s brilliant anthology, Technicians of the Sacred, has been revised and expanded, and newly issued by the University of California Press.

The UC San Diego Library will host a celebration of Technicians of the Sacred on Thursday, October 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Geisel’s Seuss Room with a reception to follow. Rothenberg and five other poets—Rae Armantrout, Ben Doller, Sandra Doller, John Bloomberg-Rissman, and Wai-lim Yip—will read from the volume.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the hundred most recommended American books of the late 20th century, Technicians of the Sacred has exposed generations of readers to the multiple possibilities of poetry throughout the world. This new edition provides readers with a wealth of newly gathered and translated texts from recently reinvigorated indigenous cultures, bringing the volume into the present and further extending the range and depth of what we recognize and read as poetry.

An emeritus professor of visual arts and literature at UC San Diego, Rothenberg has published more than 80 books, spanning poetry, translation, and assemblage. His extensive personal and professional archive is held in Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library.

Did You Forget Your Charger or Other Tech Item?

Posted On: October 2, 2017

The Media Desk on Geisel 1ST Floor 1 West houses our extensive Tech Lending Program. Items include portable projectors, adaptors of various sorts, cameras and lenses, USB 3.0 flash drives, tablet/book holders, personal fans, Apple Iphone chargers, Android micro USB chargers, Rokus, handycams, calculators, and much more. Many charging cables and other items are also available at Geisel’s East Commons Desk. Selected items are available at the Biomedical Library Building’s Front Desk. Whiteboard supplies are available at each of these desks, as well as Geisel’s Front Desk. See details here.

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