Catch the Buzz! Bee Exhibit Opens at UC San Diego Library

The UC San Diego Library is currently showcasing a bee exhibit in the Biomedical Library breezeway—just in time for spring!

The exhibit takes a closer look at the intricate world of these ecologically important insects through a plethora of information about the history of California bees. Part of the exhibit includes an interactive display of bee photographs taken under the microscope. In addition, the exhibit features a few selections from the rare collection of books documenting the history of beekeeping from Joe Bray who works as a cataloger for the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Bray’s father studied beekeeping at UC Davis in the 1930’s and was a beekeeper in San Diego for many years.

But the highlight of the exhibit is a collection of bee specimens from San Diego’s coast, desert, and mountain areas collected by James Hung over a three-year period. Hung donated some of the specimens he amassed to the Library in 2014 while pursuing his Ph.D. at UC San Diego.

Since donating his collection to the Library, Hung and his colleagues have updated the San Diego County bee inventory to 700 species including about 70 taxonomically challenging ones, making San Diego a truly biodiversity hotspot for bees. The exhibit will be on display through the month of April.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Scott Paulson at or (858) 822-5758.

A Hub for Innovation and Learning: 3D Technologies Offered by UC San Diego Library

Higher education institutions have reached a pivotal turning point, where a confluence of innovative and ground-breaking technologies are bringing an abundance of change to the way in which we teach and learn. From cloud computing to 3D printing and augmented reality, these technologies are altering how we live and work.

For decades, a great deal of scholarly work was limited to photos and text, causing important details about objects and places to be lost and our ability to communicate complexity to be hampered. At the heart of our most recent wave of innovative technologies is a newfound ability to quickly and easily process and visualize 3D data. The means to design and build a new object, explore a place without being there, and capture and share the world around us is now highly accessible. Geisel Library’s Digital Media Lab (DML) puts these tools in the hands of students and faculty and lends expertise and context to make the learning experience simple, fun, and personally relevant. The DML offers free 3D printing, VR headset use, and expert consultation. The possibilities are endless, spanning almost every discipline.  Read more…

UC San Diego Names Erik T. Mitchell New Audrey Geisel University Librarian

Erik T. Mitchell, Ph.D. has been appointed university librarian at the University of California San Diego effective April 16, 2018. Mitchell currently serves as associate university librarian of Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services and associate chief information officer at UC Berkeley.

“Our Library is a premier resource for UC San Diego’s community of changemakers, playing a central role in the university’s mission by serving as a hub of discovery,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Dr. Mitchell has been at the forefront of integrating new information technologies in libraries to find, use and create knowledge, so I am confident that his expertise will continue to help transform the way our academic community teaches, learns and conducts research.”

During his five years at UC Berkeley, Mitchell worked extensively with various leadership teams to advance the mission of the university, drawing on principles of service, shared values and collaboration. He advocated for and led a charge to incorporate preferred name services into the campus’ library systems, worked with vendors and systemwide colleagues to select a digital imaging platform that is ADA compliant and established processes to ensure that all new programs and services include diversity, equity and inclusion considerations at the design and decision-making stages. He also co-led the creation of programs for research data management, the expansion of targeted and mass digitization programs and comprehensive computing services for students. Additionally, he was integral to cross-institutional and nationally shared print initiatives and has served as co-principal investigator on funded research and development activities.  Read more…

Jumpstart your reproducible research: Upcoming 2-day Software Carpentry Workshop, March 7-8, 2018

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

This workshop will cover automating tasks with the Unix shell, version control with Git, and an introduction to R.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop. Registration for both days is mandatory. Please do not register if you cannot attend both days.

Where: Classroom 4, Biomedical Library Building, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093.

When: March 7-8, 2018. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on.

Register here:

Knowledge Unlatched: UC San Diego is an Open Access Hero for 2018!

UC San Diego saw the second highest usage of any institution in North America and the seventh highest usage worldwide of scholarly content from Knowledge Unlatched.

As part of UC San Diego Library’s ongoing support for Open Access, the library pledges funds to “unlatch” books in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched. We are more than pleased to learn that our support has made some impact!

Here’s an example:

Ned Randolph, a Communication Studies PhD candidate, published “River Activism, “Levees-Only” and the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927” in Media and Communication published by Cogitatio Press. Not only does he retain copyright and licenses his work with Creative Commons license, but he has seen 240 views and 29 downloads since publishing in open access on February 9, 2018. That’s 29 downloads in three days! See the info graphic showcasing this year’s heroes.


Medical Illustrations Exhibit


Medical Illustrations Exhibit
January 16 – March 4, 2018
Biomedical Library Breezeway

The UC San Diego Library recently installed a Medical Illustrations exhibit featuring visual literary materials that record and relay medical and biological knowledge. The ongoing exhibit aims to explore the noteworthy craft of artists and writers that have contributed to our understanding of modern medicine.

Among the items on display include illustrations, books, and studies highlighting critical medical achievements. Featured works include a reproduction oil painting on canvas by Rembrandt, vibrant illustrations from Niki de Saint Phalle’s personal call to action in the earliest years of the public health crisis, and examples of Leonardo Da Vinci’s groundbreaking anatomical studies. Additional works include a Native American medicine hut drawn by a Cheyenne warrior and excerpts chronicling the advent of herbal medicine in the nineteenth century.

We are open to suggestions for additional works to showcase in the exhibit. Please send us your ideas via Twitter or Instagram DM @ucsdlibrary.

The exhibit will be up through the month of February in the Biomedical Library Building breezeway.


16th Annual Paper Theatre Festival: It’s the Smallest Show on Earth!

This Scale Model Educational Toy is Being Rediscovered and Celebrated at the UC San Diego Library

Festival Dates:
Saturday, February 10 • Noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 • Noon to 5 p.m.
(impromptu performances throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday)

Monday, February 12 • 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(special premiere performance from alumna Lily Huang at noon)
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

This three-day exhibit in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library features replicas of Victorian Era paper theatres as well as modern versions of the toy. Live performances are featured throughout each day.

In the Victorian Era, theatrical playhouses printed fine souvenir posters showing architectural elements of their theatre. Aspects of set design were shown on the posters along with representations of actual actors of the company (shown in costume from a specific production). Condensed scripts were included in these poster kits and paper doll players were soon seen in lively productions on a table top at home, with many aspects of theatre arts being introduced to producers and performers of all ages.

From these posters, families and hobbyists would cut out the proscenium, the curtain, etc., to create a scale model of that specific theatre. These paper theatre hobbyists ended up learning much about scenic design, lighting effects, sound effects, music, acting, directing, blocking—all through this paper theatre toy. Theatre-goers often bought these paper theatre posters as souvenirs promoting an actual production they saw. Those living far from the theatre district ordered paper theatres from a catalog and had them delivered to their small town as an educational toy for the household. A lot of cutting and pasting was involved but hours of educational fun and artistic exploration would follow. The many two-dimensional layers of a paper theatre add up to something with surprising depth and charm.

Exhibit and accompanying live events of this Paper Theatre Festival are free and open to the public. For more information Contact Scott Paulson via email at or by phone at (858) 822-5758.

For information about accessible parking on campus, click here.

Love and Breakup Letters to the Library

Letters to the Library
Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at 6 p.m.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what better time to share your reasons for loving the UC San Diego Library, send us a love letter explaining your affectionate feelings … or let us know it’s time to break up by detailing your grievances.

Why write a letter to the Library?
Your letters will help us understand your needs and experiences, how you use the Library, and what you value about our offerings.


  • Letters are limited to no more than 150 words
  • Letters must pertain to library resources, spaces, services, or activities and may not include profanity
  • Multiple entries will be accepted
  • Authors may be identified or anonymous
  • Submission deadline is February 28 at 6 p.m.
  • Each (non-anonymous) submission will enter you into a drawing for an Audrey’s Café gift card

Yours truly,
The UC San Diego Library


Let Loose in Seuss: Graduate Student Open House

Geisel Library Open House for Graduate Students
Friday, February 23 • 6-8 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Heads up, graduate students! You’re invited to a special after-hours event in Geisel Library. Come check out our space without the crowds and explore some of the great resources and spaces available. Meet and socialize with librarian research specialists, enjoy free food, sample beer, and participate in a scavenger hunt (don’t forget to bring a valid ID). We look forward to meeting you!

Winter Writing Series Features Dream Delivery Poet, Tarot illustrator, and Russian Flash Fiction Writer

UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming  readings from Mathias Svalina, Cristy C. Road, and Linor Goralik. The writing series are free and open to the public!

Mathias Svalina – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 pm

Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, including The Wine-Dark Sea, Wastoid, & Destruction Myth. His writing has been widely published & anthologized, & has received awards from The Pushcart Prize, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, & New Michigan Press, among others. In 2006 he co-founded the small press Octopus Books, for which he continues to be an editor. He started the Dream Delivery Service in 2014 & has traveled around the country delivering dreams every day to subscribers in various American cities including San Diego. The Dream Delivery Service has held residencies with MCA Denver, MOCA Tucson, Austin Modern, & The University of Arizona Poetry Center, & has been profiled on BBC World News, & NPR’s Morning EditionRead more…

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