Got a Favorite Librarian? Nominate Them for Nationwide Award

Do you have a favorite UC San Diego librarian? Nominate them for a chance to win $5,000!

The American Library Association’s 11th annual I Love My Librarian Award is now open for nominations through October 1. The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians. Every year, 10 inspirational librarians are selected as winners and receive $5,000, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City.  Read more…

San Diego Festival of Books Celebrates Local Literary Community

San Diego Festival of Books
Saturday, August 25
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Liberty Station, Point Loma

Grab a book and join us at the 2nd annual San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books at Liberty Station in Point Loma on Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The UC San Diego Library will be sharing a booth with the UC San Diego Bookstore!

This celebration of San Diego’s vibrant reading community joins thousands of local readers, writers and word lovers. The San Diego Festival of Books connects San Diego area readers, booksellers, authors and businesses around their common love of the written word.

Taiwan Film Posters Offer a Glimpse into Transpacific Community

 

        

Taiwan Film Posters Exhibit
August 6-September 6, 2018
Geisel Lobby, East Wing 

In late 2017, the UC San Diego Library celebrated the addition of Norman Spencer’s intimate photographs of key players in Chinese cinema to its East Asia Collection. The Library has been cataloging the collection of photographs and film posters and has started the process of digitizing the photographs for public viewing on the Library’s Digital Collections in the fall.

Spencer has taught at universities in Africa and China including Tianjin Foreign Cultures University and China Communications University in Beijing. He’s also written on African, West Indian and African American culture and politics. Spencer currently lives in New York City and is a full-time professor of English at State University of New York at Nassau.

This unique exhibit features about 12 posters from the Norman Spencer collection that stand witness to the thriving film industry in Taiwan and allows viewers to engage with the cultural dynamics of the larger transpacific community.  Read more…

“The Silent Films of Lois Weber” Highlights Influential Director and Vintage Media

The Silent Films of Lois Weber
Saturday, August 18
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Wisteria Cottage, La Jolla

The UC San Diego Library collaborates again with La Jolla Historical Society for a silent film screening on Saturday, August 18 on the lawn of Wisteria Cottage! Live music and sound effects for the films come courtesy of the Library’s very own Scott Paulson.

A brief slideshow calling attention to 1920’s silent films produced in La Jolla will be immediately followed by a 1916 feature film from director Lois Weber, a pioneer in film technique and subject matter during the silent film era. There will also be a featured slideshow preview of our upcoming collaborative summer 2019 Wisteria Cottage exhibition of “vintage multimedia.” The 2019 exhibition is based on four exhibits that Scott installed at Geisel Library in the past (local silent films, magic lantern slides and stereoscopic viewers).

Bring low chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner for a memorable evening under the stars!

The lawn opens at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 8 p.m.

Binational Artists’ Books Exhibition Explores Childhood Legends & Collective Imagination

Artists’ Books/Libros de Artista
July 1-31, 2018
Geisel West, 1st Floor 

This July, the UC San Diego Library is featuring a collaborative exhibition of “Artists’ Books” made by participants in the “Introduction to Book Arts” class at UC San Diego Extension taught by Michelle McCunney and in the “Libros de Artista” course at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Ensenada taught by Elena Pomar.

“Life is too short to miss out on a cheeseburger.”

Both groups have explored ways to express content through the combination of images and book structure. Their varied backgrounds and interests fed into books that are diverse in form and content. Included are stab-bound books, paper that has been marbled or pressed from paper pulp, stitched, scrolled or folded. There are narrative sequences, visual poems, informational and object books.

Also featured in the display is a collaborative accordion book with pages contributed by students and instructors from both groups. The theme for this piece was myths and legends from childhood and the collective imagination.

For more information about Book Arts classes at UC San Diego Extension, please visit extension.ucsd.edu/arts.

BrowZine Pilot Extended Through June 2019 – Stay Current with Your Favorite Journals

The Library has renewed BrowZine, our web/app-based service to help keep up with the latest articles from your favorite scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, for another year.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Create a customized list of up to 64 scholarly journals that you want to “follow,” from hundreds of publishers across all disciplines (arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, social sciences).
  • Access your “bookshelf” from the web, or from iOS/Android tablets and smartphones, synced across your devices.
  • Be notified when new articles are published.
  • Save articles for later reading (including offline), organize the articles into collections, integrate with bibliographic management software to export references, and more.

Please contact Teri Vogel if you have questions or feedback about using Browzine. We also have an FAQ on our guide.

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DML Uses SketchFab to Create 360 Degree Photos

SketchDigital cameras are used to capture images in full stereo surround for use in virtual reality systems. These images can cover any field of view, including 360° by 180° spherical panoramas. Two photographic cylinders are created with identical dimensions, capturing the perspective as seen from each eye position. When these cylinders are mapped to a spherical surface, full stereo in all directions is achieved. This technique allows photographic imaging to create the virtual environment itself. The complete stereo image that is created by this technique can be viewed in any direction that is supported by the virtual reality system design.fab allows us to embed 360 photo viewers in browser now. All we have to do is make a sphere, apply the panorama as a texture, and move the camera inside of it. These photos come from the CaveCam collection now hosted on the Geisel Library Digital Collections site.

This imaging technique complements existing technologies such as LiDAR or SfM providing more detailed textural information that can be used in conjunction for analysis and visualization. The advantages of this digital imaging technique for cultural heritage can be seen in its non-invasive and rapid capture of heritage sites for documentation, analysis and immersive visualization. The technique is applied to several significant heritage sites in Luxor, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Sketchfab now allows for embedded 360 photo viewers in browsers. These photos come from the CaveCam collection now hosted on the Geisel Library Digital Collections site (CaveCam Collection, UC San Diego Library).

Colorful Propaganda Posters Offer a Glimpse into North Korean Life

North Korea, a closed nation that was created during a tumultuous time post World War II and the Korean Civil War of the early 1950s, has been in the news a lot lately. Primary source materials, including evidence, artifacts or other items created within the boundaries of North Korea, are hard to find. Very little information is allowed to flow over the country’s two borders with South Korea and China. The UC San Diego Library has one window available into this corner of the world, a collection of 66 North Korean propaganda posters. The original posters are held in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, and digital copies are available through the Library’s Digital Collections website.  

The posters are high-quality hand painted reproductions of printed posters that exclaim slogans and sayings to bolster the morale of the North Korean populace. From protecting the Supreme Commander to reuniting the Asian continent the posters are a way to guide the thoughts and actions of the North Korean people and make them proud of the actions of their government. They use bright colors to attract the eye and most are large in size to overwhelm and consume the viewer. The posters, with catchy slogans and cartoon-like images attempt to persuade the North Korean people to work hard, be loyal to the government and be proud of their heritage.

This collection of posters, created between 1985 and 2002, is unique in Calisphere and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). These two online treasure troves collect images from a wide variety of organizations, including UC San Diego. Calisphere collects digital material from educational and cultural heritage institutions throughout California, while DPLA has a broader scope that includes all fifty states and institutions like Harvard University, ARTstor and Library of Congress. While other institutions may have collections of North Korean propaganda posters in their physical collections, UC San Diego Library is unique in making these resources accessible through these two popular online portals.

Geisel Library Exhibits Focus on Civil Rights Era’s Impact

 

Photo by: Spider Martin, National Archives.

John Lewis: #GoodTrouble
June 2018
Exhibit, Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
Digital Exhibit, Geisel Library, main floor, east wing

“Sometimes you have to get in trouble–good trouble, necessary trouble–to make a way out of no way.” – John Lewis

Georgia Congressman John Lewis has been a longtime advocate for civil and human rights. His story starts in rural Alabama where he honed his preaching skills by preaching to his chickens. In college, he helped organize sit-ins in Nashville. Students occupied lunch counters and Freedom Riders rode interstate buses through the South, risking their lives to test new anti-segregation laws. In 1963 he was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. In 1965, Lewis was front and center on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” when Alabama state troopers attacked folks peacefully marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

This activism leads to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Lewis has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986 where he continues to be a supporter for justice and non-violent protest. More recently he has been a strong advocate for immigration policy reform and gun safety legislation.

The Library created two exhibits to highlight his long-standing commitment to activism. The exhibits include materials from Lewis’ March trilogy, as well as materials from the library’s collection on the Civil Rights Movement.

UC San Diego Library Launches Food for Fine$ Drive, Waiving Library Fines for Food Donations

Food for Fine$ 
Sunday, May 27- Saturday, June 9 
Geisel Library & Biomedical Library buildings

Bring food items to donate to either Library Front Desk between May 27 to June 9 (Weeks 9 & 10) for $2 per item off your library fines from Spring Quarter. All donated items go to UC San Diego Triton Food Pantry.

Guidelines

  • Fines eligible  for dismissal include course reserve and recall overdues, billing fees, and processing fees (no replacement charges)
  • Fines must be from the current term: Spring Quarter Weeks 1-8
  • Earn credits to a maximum of $40
  • Fines already paid may be credited
  • Food donations accepted at Geisel & BLB Front Desks
  • Small, individually-wrapped items in a larger bundle will count as one item (e.g. fruit cups in 4-pack)

Most Needed Items

  • Cereal, oatmeal, rice, pasta/sauce
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham)
  • Dry or canned beans
  • Peanut butter or granola bars
  • Canned soup or cooking oils
  • Canned fruits or vegetables

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