Big Passion for Tiny Music: Library’s Toy Piano Festival Returns with New Works Sept. 5 & 10

What do teeny-tiny pianos and the Cat in the Hat Songbook have in common? They are part of this year’s Toy Piano Festival

The popular fest, now in its 17th year, will feature two performances this fall, the first at Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on September 5 at noon, and a special collaboration with the San Diego Public Library on Sunday, September 10 at 2:30 pm in the Neil Morgan Auditorium. 

Join festival director Scott Paulson and his toy piano colleagues Sue Palmer, Andrea Wingen, Kenneth Herman, Ryoko Amadee Goguen, Samara Rice, Christian Hertzog and Alex Segal for a performance that will amuse listeners of all ages. 

Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival every September, to pay homage to the September 5 birthday of John Cage, the first composer to write a serious work for toy pianos. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores, at the request of Paulson, the Toy Piano Collection, and the events at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69.

The toy piano collection at Geisel Library consists of commissioned scores, literature and recordings, and actual toy pianos, ranging from simple four-note novelty keyboards to three-octave baby grands. A selection of toy piano scores and instruments will be on stage at the San Diego Public Library event.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

 

“Silents Under the Stars” Provides Unique Film Experience

Join us Saturday, August 26 for an outdoor film screening of the 1922 silent movie The Electric House starring Buster Keaton and the 1923 short film It’s a Gift. 

The films feature live music and sound effects by the Library’s very own Scott Paulson.

Both films explore early Hollywood’s fascination with mechanisms and inventions wreaking havoc to comic effect. The event takes place on the front lawn of Wisteria Cottage at La Jolla Historical Society.

Bring low chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun evening under the stars! The lawn opens at 7:00 pm and films start at 8:00 pm.

In addition, the evening will include footage filmed for a documentary of Balboa Park’s 1915-16 Panama California Exposition titled A Glimpse of the San Diego Exposition,  as well as Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand careening down the Prado in a madcap electric car in Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Expo. 

Silents Under the Stars is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the La Jolla Historical Society.

Sculpture Exhibit Debuts in Geisel Library’s 1st Floor Atrium

UC San Diego Visuals Arts Instructor, Audrey Hope, has installed a selection of her sculptures in Geisel’s 1st Floor West underground Library gardens.

The Light Wells exhibit consists of three small sculptures that incorporate textiles soaked in plaster and paint with photographs printed on polyester.

The photographs depict moments when the divisions between inside and outside collapse, when nature is brought indoors and pushes its way out.

The Geisel Library’s light wells, architectural features constructed in the early 1990s, are a tender example of the ways that we draw nature indoors in order to remind ourselves of the world outside.

In addition, Hope has assembled approximately 50 books that will be available alongside the exhibit. These books describe the artist’s points of inspiration, including grottoes and self-taught artist’s gardens. The collection also includes resources about the artists and theories covered in Material and Scale.

Hope is an MFA candidate in the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego. Her works are also on view in the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities and the Office of Graduate Studies.

Light Wells is on display until Sunday, August 27.

Ebrary and EBL books now on ProQuest Ebooks Central

E-books that were once on ebrary and ebl have migrated over to the new ProQuest Ebooks Central platform as of Wednesday July 26th.

Several things to note:

  • DDA books which we are leasing and have not yet purchased may not be active yet.  All purchased books should be fine.
  • EBL books may still require Active Directory login so UCSD students, staff, and academics should enter their UCSD email name and password to read the books and print or download portions of the book.

Need help or having difficulties with a particular title?  Ask us.

Wiley online library available again; Oxford DNB still unavailable.

CDL alerted us at 3:20 pm Wed July 19th that Wiley Online Library (journals, e-books, and reference resources) is down.  Access was restored by 4:45 pm.

Access to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [DNB] which had been out for the past week has also been restored as of Monday July 24th.  Thanks for your patience.

ProQuest databases working again

Update:  ProQuest has fixed the problems with their servers as of Tuesday. They have posted an explanation of what happened and steps to prevent this from happening again.

ProQuest databases (including PsycInfo, Georef, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times archives, etc) are currently down worldwide due to a power outage since 1 pm PDF Monday, July 17th.  They are working to restore access. We expect these databases to come back online sometime later this evening.

In the meantime, other resources are working (Web of Science, Lexis Academic, PubMed, and Ebsco databases).

Need help?  Ask us.

Web of Science Update – New Citation Report, 50K Marked Records, and More

Clarivate Analytics just released a major update to Web of Science. Here’s what’s new and improved:

  • Redesigned Citation Report
    • The Citation Report has been redesigned. It’s easier to view the key metrics (and what they mean), and the charts are interactive.

    New Marked Record Limit – 50,000

    • The marked record limit has been increased from 5,000 to 50,000 records.
  • Redesigned Search Results
    • You can now filter results to see Highly Cited Papers and Hot Papers, which is pulled from Essential Science Indicators.
    • The refine filters have been rearranged. Publication Years, Web of Science Categories, Document Types and Organizations-Enhanced are at the top, followed by Funding Agencies, Open Access, and Authors. The other filters are still available, under View More Options.

Read more…

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Eric Lichtblau to Discuss “The Nazis Next Door”

When World War II came to a close in 1945, the U.S. Government recruited a few leading German scientists, who it judged could contribute to America’s space and military programs. In addition, the rationale was that if the government hadn’t done this, these top scientists, along with their scientific knowledge and military secrets, would have been swept up by the Soviet Union. Journalist Eric Lichtblau, uncovers a series of much more disconcerting findings in his 2014 book, The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men, which reveals that the U.S. allowed approximately 10,000 Nazis—some of whom were directly involved in heinous and genocidal acts—to immigrate and take up residence in the U.S.

Lichtblau, a veteran investigative reporter with CNN, will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, June 7 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW), a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program. The June 7 event is sponsored by William & Michelle Lerach, and will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Price Center East Ballroom on the UC San Diego campus. The event is free and open to the public, and will be preceded by a 4:30 p.m. reception. Reservations must be made in advance; to reserve tickets click here.

Investigative Journalist, Eric Lichtblau

Lichtblau recently joined CNN, as a member of its investigative team, where he has been a lead reporter covering recent events related to the Trump campaign, its ties to Russia, and the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey. Before joining CNN’s Washington bureau, Lichtblau was a reporter for The New York Times, where he has covered national security, money-and-politics, law enforcement, and other national issues, since 2002. Previously, he spent 15 years as an investigative and legal affairs reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Lichtblau has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work, and in 2006, he won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting—with James Risen—for breaking the story of the secret wiretapping program authorized by President Bush, weeks after the September 11 attacks. The story and follow-up articles triggered a national debate about the balance between national security and civil liberties, and led to a rewriting of federal intelligence law. He has also written investigative pieces on political corruption scandals, the Wikileaks files, and the Edward Snowden-NSA revelations. Read more…

Library Partners with OMA to Exhibit Works by Artist Ted Meyer

Broken Back; Photo Credit: tedmeyer.com

A sampling of the works from artist Ted Meyer’s intriguing Scarred for Life series will be on display, beginning May 15 through September 1, 2017, in the Biomedical Library Building breezeway. The exhibit and an opening reception on May 15 are a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and Oceanside Museum of Art, which is holding a major exhibition of the artist’s work—Ted Meyer: Scarred for Life— from May 27 through September 17, 2017.

At the May 15 reception, Ted Meyer will talk about his work and some of the fascinating human stories behind it. Members and staff from Oceanside Museum of Art will also be in attendance and will discuss the OMA exhibition. The event is free and open to the public and will be held on Monday, May 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Biomedical Library Building.

Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate, who helps patients, students, and medical professionals see the positive, in the worst life can offer. Meyer’s personal experience with Gaucher Disease, a rare genetic disorder that he was born with, has served as his artistic motivation in creating his 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars.” In his work, he chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through serious accidents and health crises. Those stories are told through graphic, yet beautiful depictions of people’s suddenly altered bodies and the resulting scars. Meyer’s artistically-enhanced monoprints—taken directly from scarred skin— are accompanied by a photographic portrait and a written story by his subject. Each tells a unique and intriguing story of resilience and healing.

Brain Cancer; Photo Credit: tedmeyer.com

Meyer, whose art has been displayed at museums and other venues both nationally and internationally, is currently the Artist in Residence at the USC Keck School of Medicine, where he curates exhibitions of artwork by patients. The portraits of patients are incorporated into the medical school’s curriculum, teaching future doctors to see their patients as complex human beings.

UC San Diego Library contact: Scott Paulson, spaulson@ucsd.edu.

More information about the artist: tedmeyer.com.

More information about Oceanside Museum of Art exhibition: oma-online.org/meyer.

Register today for the June 7 Holocaust Living History Workshop with Eric Lichtblau

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