National Film Screening of “1984”

On April 4, 2017, more than 160 independent movie theaters in 148 cities across 42 states will collectively participate in a screening of the 80’s movie adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Join us at the UC San Diego Library in the Seuss Room from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for this special event.

The date of April 4th is significant to Orwell’s protagonist, Winston Smith, as it marks the beginning of his rebellion against Big Brother by writing in a forbidden diary. Smith (played by the late John Hurt) is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country’s leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship — and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

To view a full list of participating cinemas, click here.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

New CAVEkiosk Virtual-Reality System Opens in Geisel Library

A new CAVEkiosk virtual-reality system that allows researchers to visualize and analyze at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle East opened in early November in Geisel Library, and is one of four kiosks planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced. The UC collaboration has been led by UC San Diego archaeologist Tom Levy, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).

The At-Risk Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities project, funded by a UC President’s Research Catalyst Award, leverages a 10-100 Gigabits-per-second network—the National Science Foundation-funded Pacific Research Platform (PRP)—to harness and preserve “big data” to ensure that endangered cultural heritage resources are preserved and safeguarded. Read more…

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

Upcoming Library Workshops for February and March: visit library.ucsd.edu/services/instruction/workshops-at-the-library for descriptions, times, locations (some are at Geisel, others at BLB), and links to register.

  • Getting Started with Research Data – Feb 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Managing Citations: Which Tool to Use? – Feb 16, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • PubMed Essentials – Feb 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Online – Feb 23, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemical Substances and Reactions – Feb 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • EndNote Desktop – March 1, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Zotero – March 7, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Zotero Drop-in Clinic – March 7, 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • PubMed: Beyond the Essentials – March 9, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Mendeley – March 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

10th Anniversary ArtPower Student New Media Festival

Interested in entering ArtPower’s Student New Media Festival? The Digital Media Lab @ Geisel Library has you covered when it comes to the tools and software you need to create your video submission. Visit the DML’s website for more information: library.ucsd.edu/dml.

My Articles Now Available in BrowZine

BrowZine, the current awareness service you can use on the web or mobile device to monitor new articles from your favorite scholarly journals, just got better.

The “Saved Articles” feature in the Android/iOS app has been renamed “My Articles,” and you can now sync those articles between the app and your account on Browzine.com. Imagine you’re scanning articles on your phone and find one you want to read, but you don’t want to read it on your phone. Now you can mark it for My Articles, which syncs up to your BrowZine web account for you to read on your laptop or desktop.

  • On BrowZine Web, you’ll get options for each article: read full text (of course), export the citation to EndNote/Zotero/Mendeley, and add to My Articles.
  • On the app, you can still tap the yellow bookshelf icon next to the article title, or open the article and select Save to My Articles. And you will need to update the app to the latest version to see the changes.
  • You can now create “collections” to organize your articles into groups.
    • If you already have saved articles, they will migrate into My Articles, under “General Collection.” If your articles don’t appear or you can’t open them, you might need to create a new collection and add your articles to it.

The Library has licensed BrowZine on a trial basis, through June 2018. If you have any feedback or questions about setting up or using it, please contact Teri Vogel (tmvogel@ucsd.edu). We also have a guide with more information.

Holocaust Living History Workshop Hosts Three Events for Winter 2017

The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego continues its year-long series of educational events with three insightful programs this winter, underscoring this year’s theme, “Holocaust and the Burden of History.” This year’s events approach the Holocaust from various angles to shed light on lesser-known aspects of the atrocities committed, such as the transgenerational transmission of trauma. The series, now in its ninth year of programming, is presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.

HLHW events are designed to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events to hear from local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars, as they share their personal stories and memories. All events are free and held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., except where otherwise noted.

January 18—Out of Oswiecim: A Family’s Odyssey—With William Rosenbaum

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The Enoch Rosenbaum family of Oswiecim

Our first winter quarter event features Del Mar resident William Rosenbaum, who will present the story of Oswiecim/Auschwitz through the prism of his family history, and share some of the challenges of being a second-generation Holocaust survivor. After the outbreak of WWII, William’s father, Jakob Enoch Rosenbaum, and his family were forced to move from Os-wiecim—a small town in Southern Poland that had been home to Jews since the mid-16th century— to the Bedzin ghetto, where they endured a life of grueling forced labor, material hardship, and daily cruelty. Through one of the ironies of history, Jakob eventually ended up in Auschwitz, a few miles from his old home. Read more…

The Magic of Concepts: A Book Talk with Author and NYU Professor Rebecca Karl

Join us for a book talk with author Rebecca E. Karl, Associate Professor of History at New York University, about her new book, The Magic of Concepts: History and the Economic in Twentieth-Century China.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

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In The Magic of Concepts, Rebecca E. Karl interrogates “the economic” as concept and practice as it was construed historically in China in the 1930s and again in the 1980s and 1990s. Separated by the Chinese Revolution and Mao’s socialist experiments, each era witnessed urgent discussions about how to think about economic concepts derived from capitalism in modern China. Both eras were highly cosmopolitan and each faced its own global crisis in economic and historical philosophy: in the 1930s, capitalism’s failures suggested that socialism offered a plausible solution, while the abandonment of socialism five decades later provoked a rethinking of the relationship between history and the economic as social practice. Interweaving a critical historiography of modern China with the work of the Marxist-trained economist Wang Yanan, Karl shows how “magical concepts” based on dehistoricized Eurocentric and capitalist conceptions of historical activity that purport to exist outside lived experiences have erased much of the critical import of China’s twentieth-century history. In this volume, Karl retrieves the economic to argue for a more nuanced and critical account of twentieth-century Chinese and global historical practice.rebecca-photo

Rebecca E. Karl is Associate Professor of History at New York University. She is the author of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History and Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, and co-translator (with Xueping Zhong) of Cai Xiang’s Revolution and Its Narratives: China’s Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966, all also published by Duke University Press. She co-translated and coedited (with Lydia H. Liu and Dorothy Ko) The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the UC San Diego History Department, the UC San Diego Literature Department, the Japanese Studies Program, the UC-Fudan Center.

For questions or more information, please contact Jinn Moon at jinmoon@ucsd.edu.

All Library Buildings CLOSED Dec. 24 – Jan. 3

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From Saturday, December 24, 2016, to Tuesday, January 3, 2017, ALL UC San Diego Library buildings, including the Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library, will be CLOSED. Library buildings will reopen on their regular schedules on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Information about Library services available during the holiday closure can be found at: lib.ucsd.edu/library-holiday-closure.  Online resources such as electronic journals, electronic books, and databases will remain accessible during the closure. Faculty, staff, and students may access library-licensed resources via VPN (make sure to choose the group allthruucsd to be properly authenticate).

The UC San Diego Library wishes everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.

3D CAVEkiosk Now Open in Geisel Library

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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.

New 3-D CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego Brings Cyber-Archaeology to Geisel

The University of California San Diego’s iconic, futuristic spaceship of a building, Geisel Library, will unveil its first virtual-reality 3-D display system during a public reception on Monday, November 7 from 10 am to noon. The life-size CAVEkiosk will be open to the campus community and the public at large, but it will also allow researchers to analyze and visualize 3-D data from at-risk archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus. Ongoing hours of operation can be found here.

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An ancient cultural heritage site in the Egyptian city of Luxor as seen on the CAVEkiosk virtual-reality system.

The Geisel Library kiosk is one of four kiosks planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced. All are partners in a UC collaboration led by UC San Diego archaeologist Thomas E. Levy, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).

The At-Risk Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities project, funded by a UC President’s Research Catalyst Award, leverages a 10-100 Gigabits-per-second network—the National Science Foundation-funded Pacific Research Platform (PRP)—to harness and preserve “big data” to ensure that endangered cultural heritage resources are preserved and safeguarded.

“We have just completed the first year of our Catalyst grant,” said Levy. “The installation of the 3-D CAVEkiosk in UC San Diego’s Geisel Library marks the completion of a major research goal of the project, so our team is very excited about that. In addition to catalyzing cyber-archaeology work and providing virtual reality-equipped network bandwidth with which UC scholars can collaborate, share, store and visualize at-risk cultural heritage data, members of the campus communities and visitors to the kiosks can “travel” to cultural heritage sites and explore them as if they were there.” Read more…

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