Did you know that the American classic Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was once banned in the United States? Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today for being “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuating racism.”
There are numerous examples of banned books throughout the decades, and the UC San Diego Library is celebrating the power and freedom to read by participating in the nationally recognized Banned Books Week this fall. Events at UC San Diego draw awareness to censorship while highlighting the value of free and open access to information. Join us at the following events, learn more and share your opinions!
- Live Read Out Event, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11:30am-2pm in front of Geisel Library near the Silent Tree. Participants have the chance to read excerpts from banned books and record a video of their reading. We’ll have banned books on-hand to browse, freebie give-aways, and you can listen to other readings and learn more about banned books.
- Fahrenheit 451 Film Screening, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 5:30pm, Seuss Room, Geisel Library. Ray Bradbury wrote this futuristic and controversial book in 1953. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper. That same year a middle school in Irvine, CA utilized an expurgated version of the text in which all the “hells” and “damns” were blacked out. Other complaints have said the book went against objectors religious beliefs. Join us for a film adaptation of this classic novel as we explore the controversy of this American novel.
Mid-September through the end of October exhibits will be on display in various locations of Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Buildings. Exhibits feature items from our collection and information about banned books, censorship and intellectual freedom. This year’s national Banned Books Week theme is graphic novels, and we’re featuring information on the Comics Code and banned comics, as well as banned books across the decades and twice-banned books. Movies made from banned books, medical and science banned books, the early history of banned books, and banned and censored 19th and 20th century literary classics are also showcased in these displays.
Join us in celebrating your freedom to read and add your voice to the dialogue. More information available at http://ucsd.libguides.com/bannedbooks
We’re getting ready for a new academic year and have recently installed mobile device charging stations in the Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Buildings. Conveniently recharge your phone and other devices while you take a study break or are getting work done in The Library!
This summer we’re offering an assortment of workshops taught by UC San Diego librarians. These workshops focus on research databases and tools that will help you find and organize information more effectively and efficiently.
Workshops are free and open to UCSD students, staff, and faculty. The PubMed workshops are open to all. San Diego area health professionals may also attend the workshops space permitting.
View the full schedule of workshops, sign-up, and research smarter:
Do you have ideas on how to improve the UC San Diego Library? Let your voice be heard. We’re accepting applications for the Library Student Advisory Council for 2014-2015 through May 30th.
The Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) is a forum for ongoing dialogue between students and Library staff with the goal of providing the diverse UC San Diego student community with the best possible library services, spaces, and collections to meet their academic needs. We want to hear from you!
For more information and to apply, visit: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/about/lsac.html
Did you know the UC San Diego Library has an Environmental Sustainability Group? It collaborates with campus to implement ideas that help to create sustainable facilities at UCSD. In the Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Buildings recycle your used pens with us. Funds earned support the UC San Diego Sustainability Resource Center!
Next time you login to your favorite social media account, say hello and stay connected! We regularly post library news, photos, event and exhibit information, videos, contests, author talks and more! library.ucsd.edu/connect
We offer a variety of free workshops designed to help you research more efficiently and effectively.
Spring quarter learn how to manage citations using RefWorks or Endnote, search for and find patents, maximize the power of Excel, and find research literature using the PubMed database. Browse the full schedule and register for workshops online.
Try a workshop and research smarter with us!
When in the Library, do you study with a group? If so, we have wonderful study rooms available for your use. Just select the room that will best meet the needs of your group from http://libraries.ucsd.edu/services/places-to-study/ then reserve the room online at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/services/places-to-study/reserve/index.html
The 2014 Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS) is now available for download and installation. Access is limited to UCSD faculty, students and staff.
- Uninstall the 2013 version first.
- The suite includes ConQuest 1.16, Mercury CSD 3.3, PC Vista, PreQuest, Mogul 1.6, IsoStar 2.2.1 PC Client and all database files. You can (depending on your operating system) also download optional programs, including DASH.
- Download times will vary, as these are very large files. The ISO installation will require a DVD.
- You will need the site and registration codes the first time you run CSDS on your computer. These codes are available on that download page.
- There is also a “lighter” web version available, WebCSD.
- Important information for OSX users:
If you have any problems downloading or installing CSDS, please contact Teri Vogel about alternative installation options.
Free filtered water is available in the Geisel Library. Four new hydration stations have been installed at Geisel, one on 8th floor, one on 6th floor and two in the West Wing on floors one and two. Hydration stations were installed in Geisel East Wing last year and they will be coming soon to the Biomedical Library Building. Save money by bringing your own bottle and refill at the filtered water hydration stations.