Meet Up In The Library…

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Teaching Assistants and Teaching Apprentices may schedule office hours or drop in review sessions in the Library in our specially designed spaces. Quarterly reservations are available for the consultation cubicle in the East Commons as well room 201 in the Biomedical Library Building. Students, if you would like your TA to meet you in the Library, let them know about this service.

Visit our webpage for details or Learning Spaces Program’s Outreach Specialist Dorthea Stewart, at dsstewart@ucsd.edu or 858.534.8378 for reservations.

Space Offerings

The Geisel TA/Instructor Consultations Area currently offers a round table & 3 chairs in a semi-private area. Mobile whiteboards are available in the surrounding area that can be used, as needed. While no computer is available, wireless and powered outlets are available.

The BLB Consultations Area is in Room 201, beyond the book stacks on the 2nd floor.  It offers a large table with chairs and a wall-mounted whiteboard in a small room.  While no computer is available, wireless and powered outlets are available.

We welcome any suggestions about additional equipment that might be useful in the spaces.

Chair Massages for students

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The Zone’s Relaxation & Rescue Squad will again provide chair massages in Geisel Library each Monday evening in Winter term, except on February 1.  The massages will be offered in the Academic Partnership Cubicle in the East Commons, in addition to alternating between the West Commons, the Media Desk area, and the Brody Space, as noted below.

  • January 11:  West Commons (2nd Floor) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • January 25:  Brody Space  (1st Floor Southwest) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • February 8:  Media Desk area  (1st Floor West) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • February 22:  West Commons (2nd Floor) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • February 29:  Brody Space  (1st Floor Southwest) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • March 7:  Media Desk area (1st Floor West) & East Commons (2nd Floor)

 

What’s Climate Change To You?

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Events Room, Biomedical Library Building

Light refreshments will be served.

Join us as Dr. Bruce Bekkar, a UC San Diego alumnus and a member of Doctors for Climate Health with the American Lung Association, discusses how climate change is affecting human health, and what we can do to prevent a climate crisis.

Dr. Bekkar just recently left his San Diego medical practice to devote his time to local and global environmental issues. Last spring, he completed Climate Reality Leadership Training, which included instruction from Vice President Al Gore and some of the nation’s leading climate scientists.

“Having been a physician for nearly 30 years not only helps me to understand the risks that a destabilized climate poses to life on earth, but it also gives me the authority and access to the audiences that  need to hear this message,” said Bekkar. “Put another way, as an obstetrician, I worked to preserve human life and helped new ones get started. As a climate activist, I’m working to preserve human health and to preserve nature, which is necessary for our survival as well as our happiness.”  Read more…

Geisel Library Exhibit Sheds Light on Chinese Workers Who Built Transcontinental Railway

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Chinese work group for the Great Northern Railway, c. 1909. (Photo courtesy of Royal British Columbia Museum)

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University, is on display through February 29, 2016 in Geisel Library on the University of California, San Diego campus. The exhibit tells the undocumented story of thousands of Chinese migrants, who played an instrumental role in the construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railway in the 1860s.

In addition to the partnership with the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford, the Chinese American Library Association’s Task Force on Chinese Railroad Workers, which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation for the contributions of Chinese Americans, helped to bring the exhibit to the campus.

A reception will be held on Friday, January 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library, to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at the UC San Diego Library, the first institution to host the exhibit after its debut last summer at Stanford University and the Chinese Historical Society of America. The reception will include remarks from: Hilton Obenzinger, associate director of the Chinese Railroad Workers Project and a Lecturer in American Studies & English at Stanford University; Simeon Man, a scholar of Asian American Studies and an assistant professor in UC San Diego’s Department of History; and Murray Lee, Curator of Chinese American History for the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public. To make a reservation, please visit: http://lib.ucsd.edu/ironroadRead more…

Geisel Library CLOSED December 21 – 23, 2015

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The Geisel Library building will be CLOSED Monday, December 21, 2015 – Wednesday, December 23, 2015, in addition to the standard campus holiday closure December 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016. We are taking the unusual step of closing Geisel these additional three days to make quick and concentrated progress on some particularly disruptive construction projects.

During this special closure, arrangements will be in place to provide partial access to some Geisel collections and services. Information about these measures can be found at:  lib.ucsd.edu/geisel-special-closure. Access to online resources and services will be unaffected. Additionally, the Biomedical Library Building will remain open on its regular intersession schedule December 21 – 23.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this special Geisel closure may cause. Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to plan their work accordingly.

Recharge and Relax in the Geisel East Commons

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While Stress-Free Zone snacks will be served only in the evening, de-stressing activities are available all day in the East Commons.  Available items include the WalkStations, Chess, Quoridor, Scrabble, and foam rollers to stretch muscles and help release tension.  Coloring and activity sheets are always available for students, with colored pencils available at the East Commons service desk.

October 27-28: Software Carpentry Workshop

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Join the UC San Diego Library’s  Research & Reference Advisory Services (Data Services) and the Research Data Curation programs for a two-day, intensive Software Carpentry workshop. Software Carpentry’s mission is to give scientists and engineers the tools they need to be more productive and efficient by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design in python, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Event Location: Biomedical Library Building, BLB Events Room

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

There will be a $30 fee associated with this event. Participants must sign up for both days.

Register Here:  www.regonline.com/scarpentry

 

Holocaust Living History Workshop Kicks off 2015-16 Series with “Holocaust Journeys”

For the eighth consecutive year, the University of California, San Diego Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) will host a series of educational events to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, the HLHW will present two fall lectures in its 2015-16 “Holocaust Journeys” series.

Interested members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events where they will hear from and meet with local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars as they share their personal stories and memories. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest compilation of Holocaust video testimony. All events, which are free and open to the public, are held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., with some exceptions (as noted). Refreshments will be served.

October 14The Mitzvah Project with Roger Grunwald 2015-16_HLHW1

The first event in the fall series will be held on Wednesday, October 14, featuring Roger Grunwald, a graduate of UC Berkeley and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. The Mitzvah (“The Good Deed”) is a one-person play that dramatically explores the experience of the many thousands of “Mischlinge” (German men with one or two Jewish grandparents) who served in the Wehrmacht during WWII. A creation of Roger Grunwald and co-author Annie McGreevey, it is followed by a history lesson and a conversation with the audience in one engaging performance. Grunwald has been a professional performing artist for over thirty years. The Mitzvah Project is an homage to his mother who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

November 4The Holocaust in Comparative Perspective with Norman Naimark

The Wednesday, November 4 workshop will feature American historian and author, naimark_normanNorman Naimark, who provides a comparative perspective on the Shoah and examines a question that has engaged historians for decades: Was the Holocaust unique, or was it a catastrophe comparable to other genocides? Naimark, of Jewish-Galician descent, specializes in modern Eastern European history, and has studied and written about the history of ethnic cleansing and genocide. His publications include The Russians in Germany: The History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation; Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe; and Stalin’s Genocides. He has been awarded the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit by Germany, and he is the recipient of the Alex Springer Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. This event will be held at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library Building in the Events Room. (Due to limited space, please RSVP to hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661 if you are interested in attending this event.) Read more…

The My Ideal Library Display

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If you thought that assessment projects can only be lists of questions, well…let the Library’s Learning Spaces Program (LSP) help you to think outside of the box – literally! Stop by the display on Geisel’s 1st Floor Southwest to see the results of LSP’s 2014 ‘Ideal Library’ Project. UCSD students were asked to use markers to draw and describe their ideal library on small white cardboard boxes. Actions resulting from the results of this initiative are presented on informational posters, along with the original boxes in display cases. This fun and creative assessment activity has informed LSP staff regarding the technology, furnishing, and de-stressing enhancements of interest and value to library users. We’re planning to conduct a similar activity again in the fall of 2015 to gather additional feedback from library users.

Visit the East Learning Commons, Geisel Floor 2 for the Finals Week Stress Free Zone

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