Geisel Library Renovations Forge Ahead This Spring

 

Shortly after the Fall Quarter began, construction crews got to work on a variety of projects to renovate the interior spaces of Geisel Library. Now that the academic calendar is turning to spring, many projects are nearing completion. Others will remain active for the next few months.

Here are the latest developments on all the Geisel Library building upgrades. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Spring Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor is expected to reopen in August. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4-7 continue to undergo renovation with the addition of new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4-7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations are expected to be completed in early June. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. 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.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the projects move along.

A Talk with Brian Nosek: Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication

A Talk with Brian Nosek: Improving Openness and Reproducibility 
in Scholarly Communication
Thursday, April 19 • 2-4 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Shifting the scholarly culture toward open access, open data and open workflow is partly an incentives problem, partly an infrastructure problem, and partly a coordination problem.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology and culture change organization working on all three. Central elements of COS’s strategy are to provide policy, incentive, and normative solutions that are applicable across institution, funder, publisher, and society stakeholders, and to provide efficient implementations of those solutions with open-source public goods infrastructure that is branded and operated by the communities themselves (OSF).

Brian Nosek is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Nosek applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

A Telescopic History of the Sri Lankan War

Author Samanth Subramanian and book covers for This Divided Island and Following Fish

A Telescopic History of the Sri Lankan War
Friday, April 20, 2018
Doors open at 3:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Please join us on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Writer Samanth Subramanian is a correspondent for The National and the author of two books of reportage, Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast and This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, WIRED, Granta, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, 1843- Intelligent Life, Aeon, Mint, Travel + Leisure, and Caravan, among other publications. His longer reported articles occupy the confluence of politics, culture and history, examining the impact of these forces upon life and society; his shorter pieces include op-eds, cultural criticism, and book reviews.

This event is co-sponsored by the South Asia Initiative, UC San Diego Library, and the Indira Foundation.

For questions, please contact the event coordinator, Serafin Raya, via email at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

Film Screening: Chicano Legacy

Chicano mural at UC San Diego

Film Screening: Chicano Legacy
 Monday, April 23, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Join us to view this short documentary on the power of students to make change. The Chicano Legacy Mural was commissioned at UC San Diego in 2011 as a response to racist incidents on campus. The film explores how the first ever permanent, minority inspired public artwork on campus has inspired students and its impact on campus life.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers Horacio Jones and Jorge Mariscal, and folks featured in the film, including Fnann Keflezighi.

Open to the public. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
For more information, please contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

2018 DIY Makers’ Day

DIY Maker's Day

DIY Makers’ Day
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

The Library Sustainability Committee is hosting a DIY Makers’ Day celebrating Earth Month on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable, and recyclable materials.

Maker stations include:

  • Make your own cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Make your own button using recycled book covers
  • Make your own body sugar scrub or deodorant (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Plant a succulent
  • Pledge how you plan on going green in the upcoming year

Participants will leave with samples of projects and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis! Bring a totebag to help carry your materials.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions or more information, please contact Kim Kane, kmkane@ucsd.edu.

Let there be Power

Student feedback concerning electrical dead zones has been addressed with the addition of more power towers. Areas of focus include: Geisel Library 6th floor, Geisel Library East and West Commons, and the Biomedical Library.

Rising from the Rubble: Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Catch the Buzz! Bee Exhibit Opens at UC San Diego Library

The UC San Diego Library is currently showcasing a bee exhibit in the Biomedical Library breezeway—just in time for spring!

The exhibit takes a closer look at the intricate world of these ecologically important insects through a plethora of information about the history of California bees. Part of the exhibit includes an interactive display of bee photographs taken under the microscope. In addition, the exhibit features a few selections from the rare collection of books documenting the history of beekeeping from Joe Bray who works as a cataloger for the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Bray’s father studied beekeeping at UC Davis in the 1930’s and was a beekeeper in San Diego for many years.

But the highlight of the exhibit is a collection of bee specimens from San Diego’s coast, desert, and mountain areas collected by James Hung over a three-year period. Hung donated some of the specimens he amassed to the Library in 2014 while pursuing his Ph.D. at UC San Diego.

Since donating his collection to the Library, Hung and his colleagues have updated the San Diego County bee inventory to 700 species including about 70 taxonomically challenging ones, making San Diego a truly biodiversity hotspot for bees. The exhibit will be on display through the month of April.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

2018 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Geisel Library, Classroom 2

This year, the UC San Diego Library is participating in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon! Join us on Wednesday, March 14 in Geisel Library, Classroom 2 for an editing session to help improve Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism.

If you’re inexperienced – that’s ok! Tutorials will be provided for the beginner Wikipedian, along with reference materials and refreshments. There are Windows computers available in the library computer lab, but feel free to bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. If possible, please create a Wikipedia account before the event. All are welcome!

Art+Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia. Less than 10% of editors on Wikipedia are women. Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet with more than 40 million articles in more than 250 different languages. The fact is when we don’t tell our stories or participate in the ways our history is preserved, it gets erased. Gaps in the coverage of knowledge about women, gender, feminism, and the arts on one of the most visited websites in the world is a big problem and we need your help to fix it.

For more information about the event, contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

Voluminous Art: Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries

Voluminous Art: Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries
Saturday, March 10 – Monday, September 3, 2018
Mingei International Museum

This spring, Mingei International Museum will shine a spotlight on the special collections from the libraries of UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego.

Voluminous Art celebrates the art of the book by showcasing approximately 25 volumes from each library collection, a sampling that will hint at centuries-old practices of book design, typography, binding and printing.

The oldest work on view will be a manuscript volume on the art and science of spelling from the 1200s. Many of the books will have been printed during the first 50 years after Gutenberg’s breakthrough with movable type, including the Nuremberg Chronicle. There will also be a portfolio of colored pictures hand drawn by a Kiowa Indian named Koba while he was imprisoned at a military facility in St. Augustine, Florida in 1876.

To honor his San Diego legacy, the Mingei will include a Dr. Seuss book with an original drawing by Theodore Geisel. Finally, there will be multiple examples of so-called artists’ books – contemporary creations,usually in very small, one-off editions of eccentric art works.

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