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…

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.

Geisel’s 8th Floor Makeover Will Benefit Student Experience

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Welcome back Tritons! While you were off campus enjoying your summer, we’ve been busy planning for renovations happening in Geisel Library this fall.

Shovels are ready and work is underway! In preparation for construction, Geisel Library’s 8th floor closed on Sept. 22 and will remain closed until further notice. We’re expecting the project to wrap up sometime in Winter Quarter 2018. Very exciting!

Here’s a summary of the updates and what you can expect if you visit the Geisel Library over the Fall Quarter.

1. It’s all about that space …
We’re creating an updated, modern space for individual study on Geisel’s 8th floor. Stylish, comfortable, and practical furniture will be incorporated into our forward-thinking design. We love it! Hope you love it, too. 

2. Restroom will get some much-needed TLC
We’re adding ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor throughout Geisel’s tower. But don’t panic yet, throughout the renovation period, floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be access to restrooms on each floor at all times (Phew!) We anticipate the restroom renovations to continue through Winter Quarter.

3. Find a peaceful spot to study on the 7th floor
Geisel’s 7th floor will serve as the new, temporary, silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely.

4. Construction hours
Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

5. Where did Geisel’s 8th floor materials go?
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.

Pardon our dust while we continue to improve your Library! Follow our progress on our social media as the project moves along. For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction.

 

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

Posted On: September 27, 2017

Top Ten Things to Know About the UC San Diego Library

Posted On: September 26, 2017

Welcome Tritons! Whether you’re a new or returning student, a faculty member or a researcher, this is your library. You have a voice and a place here. We want to support both your academic success and your curiosity. 

Start your Fall Quarter off right by learning how to save time using library resources and services.

1. There are two libraries on campus.
The UC San Diego Library has two library buildings – Geisel Library and Biomedical Library. Each are located on opposite ends of Library Walk, both are available to serve your study and research needs. 

2. The Library is here for you, anytime, anywhere.
The library is open 65.5 hours each week and our online resources never sleep! Our website has guides to help you get started with your research, information on holiday closures, and so much more. You can access our online resources 24/7 from off-campus

3. Sign up for a Welcome Week Tour.
Named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, the Geisel Library building is a UCSD landmark. Get acquainted with the wide variety of study spaces, collections, equipment, and amenities we offer. 

4. Got questions? Ask a Librarian!
By chat, email, text, phone, walk-in, or appointment, librarians are here to help! Check all your options for research assistance here.

5. Need technology? We have it.
Borrow tech gadgets! Geisel’s Tech Lending Program allows you to checkout essential items like chargers, cables, video adapters, headphones, bookstands, and lamps. You’ll also find fun gadgets like GoPro cameras, projectors, and tripods. 

6. Book study rooms with the touch of a button.
Finding a space on campus to collaborate with classmates can be tough. The Library has dozens of rooms in both buildings where you can work on group projects or study together. Reserve one now!

7. Explore Geisel’s Digital Media Lab.
The DML is an exciting high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more. An open house for students will be held on Tuesday, October 10 from 10am – 5pm.

8. Find a quiet study space at the Graduate Study Lounge.
The Biomedical Library Building is home to a 24-hour lounge for graduate and professional students in all disciplines (advance registration required). The room offers tables, comfortable seating, computers, and a printer. The Geisel Library offers 48 lockers for graduate students (reservation is required). Request one here.

9. Stay in the know. Connect with us!
Be the first to know about new resources, workshops, special events, and exhibits by following us on social media.

10. Looking for textbooks?
The Library may have textbooks on Course Reserves that you can check out for three hours. There are also some e-books, articles, and streaming films available online. It could save you significant money!

 

Work of Renowned Multimedia Artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw Featured in “Library Duet” Exhibitions

Original drawings for The Alphabet of Bones, 1987.

Posted On: September 19, 2017

The UC San Diego Library and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla are teaming up to celebrate the work of internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The joint exhibition, “Library Duet,” highlights the many stages of a distinguished and prolific artist’s career. The Athenaeum exhibit, opening September 23, will display a retrospective of Cutler-Shaw’s artist’s books from its permanent collection, while the UC San Diego Library will exhibit Cutler-Shaw’s archival materials, including its permanent display—Alphabet of Bones—and Cutler-Shaw’s current work, Brain Project. An opening reception will be held in Geisel Library on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm in the Seuss Room.

“Library Duet” comes 14 years after “Library Quartet,” an exhibition of Cutler-Shaw’s works that was concurrently held in four libraries throughout the city, including: the UC San Diego Library, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, and two San Diego Public Library branches—the Earl & Birdie Taylor Branch and the Mission Valley Branch. Such a collaboration was the first of its kind in the region.

An artist who works across media, Cutler-Shaw’s work include drawings, artist’s books, installations, and public commissions. Brain Project is a current work that follows Cutler-Shaw’s recent diagnosis of corticobasal syndrome and degeneration with brain scans in various forms, tunnel books with videos, and handwriting and drawing samples. Works from this collection will be one of many items on display on the main floor in Geisel Library (2nd floor, West Wing) from October 5 through October 27, 2017. Read more…

Nominate a UC San Diego Librarian!

Posted On: August 18, 2017

UC San Diego librarians touch the lives of the students they serve every day. Why not tell everyone why they’re real life superheroes.

Nominations for the American Library Association’s I Love My Librarian Award are now open through Monday, September 18. 

The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

Can’t recall the name of the UC San Diego librarian that assisted you? Search our directory of librarian and subject specialists

Every year 10 inspirational librarians are selected for the award. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 30. In the award’s first nine years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 17,000 nominations. A total of 90 librarians have won the award to date.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational institution accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information, visit ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

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

Posted On: August 15, 2017

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

Posted On: August 14, 2017

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.

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