#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display

Posted On: June 21, 2016

picture of the book display highlighting books from the #pulseorlandosyllabus

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display
Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
through July 29, 2016

To gain some understanding from events like the mass shooting in Orlando, librarians and educators—ready to connect information to those who need it— have collectively built the   #PulseOrlandoSyllabus  (collocated with #OrlandoSyllabus).

The statement of intention from the organizers notes:

Statement of Intent from the creators of the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus

It is organized into categories such as scholarly books, archival collections, fiction and poetry, comics, zines, plays, podcasts, Library/Information Science resources, mental health resources, resources for K-12 school communities, and more.

We’re hopeful that together we can create a community that embraces all, celebrates diversity and inclusion, and stands in solidarity.

You can also browse the syllabus (#PulseOrlandoSyllabus) and then search for the item in our catalog– http://roger.ucsd.edu/

If you need help finding a particular item, please Ask a Librarian— http://library.ucsd.edu/ask

Creative Play, Raffle Prizes, Snacks and Coffee

Posted On: March 30, 2016

Keva Block Party_sized for library blog

Join us in the Seuss Room at out Block Party to de-stress, a have a cup of coffee  provided by Housing and Dining and enjoy tasty “Block Party” themed snacks, courtesy of the Library. Enter the raffle to win exciting prizes such as a multi-device chargers, Triton Gift Cards and your own set of building blocks. De-stress further by using our sustainable Keva Building Planks and letting your imagination flow or follow the examples we’ll have on hand to receive a prize. You may also collaborate with your friends and build a group project. The Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group will be on site with earth wise tips and information on hydration stations in the library.

Roots in the Sand Film Screening

Posted On: February 24, 2016

Roots in the Sand

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Join us for a screening of Roots in the Sand.  This documentary is a multi-generational portrait of pioneering Punjabi-Mexican families who settled a century ago, in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. Through the use of found footage, archival and family photographs, personal and public documents, the film tells the touching and inspirational story of a community that grew out of a struggle for economic survival in the face of prejudice.

It goes on to document the Punjabi-Mexican families’ resourcefulness in overcoming political and economic obstacles placed before them time and time again. This documentary places early United States anti-immigration and anti-miscegenation laws in the context of the daily lives and legacies of people who were deeply affected by them.

Related resources:

Hallowed Ground: The Douglas Hotel and the Creole Palace, San Diego, 1924 – 1984

Posted On: February 24, 2016

Creole Palace

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday,  March 4, 2016
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the UC San Diego Library and Black History Month Committee

Join us for a lecture and film screening with Micheal Austin, an adjunct professor in Black Studies at San Diego City College. He is a historian who is passionate about local history and has done extensive work on African American Heritage in San Diego and the Douglas Hotel in particular.  The Douglas Hotel, known as the “Harlem of the West,” included the Creole Palace nightclub where black stage and screen stars performed. During the era of segregation, the Douglas Hotel was the only major downtown hotel in San Diego to provide services to black visitors.

2016 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Posted On: February 10, 2016

art feminism wiki

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday,  March 5, 2016
Geisel Library Classroom 2

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP.

Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

We will spend the time participating in a communal update session as we work together to improve and add Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism.

If you’re inexperienced – that’s ok! Tutorials will be provided for the beginner Wikipedian, along with reference materials and refreshments. There are Windows computers available in the library computer lab, but feel free to bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.


Online resources for women’s artists:

Wikipedia Resources:

Final Paul Espinosa Film Series Screening

Posted On: November 3, 2015

RSVPs are encouraged. Click here to let us know you’ll be joining us next Tuesday, November 10, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

EspinosaAndTheEarth_evite-FINAL with MOPA logo















Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Focused on Asian and Asian Pacific American Art & Artists

 Posted On: August 25, 2015

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Wikipedia is one of the most widely-used resources in the world for general information. But even though it’s one of the most widely-used information sources online, there’s always room for improvement, especially when it comes to underrepresented communities. That’s why the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is hosting WikiAPA, a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons in cities all across the U.S. during the month of September! These events are meant to encourage people to get together to create and update Wikipedia articles around Asian Pacific American content.

We invite you to join in on the wiki-magic here at Geisel Library on Wednesday, September 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in Geisel Classroom 1. This event is open to the public and refreshment will be served. Register here. Whether you’re a seasoned Wikipedian, an APA studies scholar, or completely new to all of this, your help is needed!

This event is hosted by the Library’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Possible articles to work on: Wikipedia | Tumblr

Wikipedia Resources:


Latino Leadership: A Model for our Multicultural & Global Century

Latino Leadership: A Model for our Multicultural & Global Century

A webinar presentation and Q&A with Juana Bordas

9:00 – 10:30 am
Wednesday , September 24
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Open to the public. Refreshments will be served!
Attendees will have the chance to win copies of Juana’s books!

Latino leadership is inclusive, people-centered, action-oriented and global in scope. It is a model for effective 21st century leadership. Cultural values such as hard work, generosity, service, and being resourceful are vital leadership traits. Together we will explore how Latino leadership principles make people more dynamic and effective leaders. How can Latino leadership principles benefit our companies, communities, and customers?

Juana Bordas is President of Mestiza Leadership International – a company that focuses on leadership, diversity, and organizational change. A former faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) she taught in the Leadership Development Program – the most highly utilized executive program in the world.

 latino leadership book

Read an excerpt from The Power of Latino Leadership Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution

Hosted by: LAUC-SD Diversity Committee

Asian Pacific American Edit-a-Thon



Open Lab: Thursday, May 8th, Geisel Library, Room 276, noon – 1pm

APA Edit-a-thon: Saturday, May 10th, Geisel Library, Room 276, 10am – noon; or participate virtually!

Refreshments will be served! Open to the public!
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Get ready for the Wikipedia Asian Pacific American (APA) edit-a-thon! The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is organizing an editing event for enriching the presence of cultural, historic, and artistic information on Wikipedia about APA experiences. Wikipedia is one of the most widely-used resources in the world for general information. Whether you’re a seasoned Wikipedian, an APA studies scholar, or completely new to all of this, your help is needed!

The first Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to APA content, this project will occur as physical events on May 10, 2014 in New York City and Washington DC, as well as by proxy ­ with participants taking part from all throughout the world. The UC San Diego Library is hosting a local space in the Geisel Library building, Room 276, from 10am to noon.

The UC San Diego Library is also hosting an Wikipedia open lab session on Thursday, May 8, noon – 1pm, Geisel Library Classroom 2 (276). We can help you set up your accounts and review the editing process, so you’ll be ready to participate, in-person or virtually, for the main event on Saturday, May 10th.

Articles to work on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Wikipedia_APA

Wikipedia Resources:

We strongly recommend signing up for a Wikipedia account before the edit-a-thon!

Wikipedia Cheat Sheet

Wikipedia Tea House ( a friendly place for new editors to ask questions)


Asian American Resources:

UCSD Library Online Resources (restricted to UCSD Network):

Asian American Drama— Asian American Drama contains 186 plays by 35 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.

Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers
This collection, consisting of 25 individual titles, documents life in World War II internment camps.

Online Resources:

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)
an independent national non-profit organization working to create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.

(Free Open Resources for East Asian Studies)– relevant scholarly resources published on the Internet by individual scholars, academic institutions, cultural institutions (libraries, museums, archives), government agencies, and occasionally commercial entities. Currently FOREASt provides access to over 300 free databases and journals on East Asia “published” in North America, Europe, Australia and, of course, East Asia.

Asian Voices
Documents relating the Asian American experience from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.

Camp Harmony Exhibit
Large numbers of the Japanese American community were sent to American internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This exhibit tells the story of Seattle’s Japanese American community and one of those camps.

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive: Chinese Americans
Primary documents that tell the story of ethnic groups along the Columbia River Basin (encompassing areas of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and and British Columbia).

Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive: Japanese Americans
Primary documents that tell the story of ethnic groups along the Columbia River Basin (encompassing areas of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and and British Columbia).

DENSHO: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Site documents and archives oral histories and photos from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. Nonprofit organization has a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity.

Japanese American National Museum
The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving, interpreting and sharing the experiences of Japanese Americans.

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive
Documents the experience of Japanese Americans in WWII internment camps. Primary source materials include photographs, documents, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, letters, and oral histories.

Korean American Digital Archive
The KADA brings together documents, photographs and sound files that document the Korean American community during the period of resistance to Japanese rule in Korea and reveal the organizational and private experience of Koreans in America between 1903 and 1965.

Southeast Asian Archive
The Archive collects materials relating to the resettlement of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants in the U.S., and the culture and history of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. There is a special focus on Southeast Asians in Orange County and California.

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925
This site “illustrates nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials…These documents describe the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California, including the nature of inter-ethnic tensions. They also document the specific contributions of Chinese immigrants to commerce and business, architecture and art, agriculture and other industries, and cultural and social life in California.”

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