Library Sets Bold Campaign Goals to Advance Learning, Research, & Innovation

On March 25, UC San Diego officially launched the Campaign for UC San Diego, a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience and the campus, with worldwide impacts. The public launch of the Campaign was celebrated at a technology-rich event at the campus’ RIMAC arena, where guests were awed by a dynamic multimedia experience, showcasing innovation and experimentation, and underscoring the university’s unconventional history.

The Campaign for UC San Diego will help fund three key priorities: enhancing the student experience; enriching our campus community; and sparking research and innovation. With the support of UC San Diego friends, alumni, and parents, the university aims to boost investments in these areas to fuel innovative treatments and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Given the essential role the UC San Diego Library plays in sparking research and innovation at the university, the Library’s campaign priorities are well-aligned with those of the campus. A top priority for the Library and the campus is to raise additional funds to support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI). Because of the significance of the initiative for student learning and the campus overall, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has agreed to match gifts raised up to $1 million, doubling the impact of other contributions. Donations to the GLRI are designated to support renovation or maintenance activities.

“We are seeking support for a multi-million dollar initiative to transform the first, second, and eighth floors in Geisel Library into modern, collaborative, technology-rich spaces that advance the learning and research efforts of our talented students and researchers,” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. Read more…

Schottlaender’s Gifts to Advance Geisel Revitalization & Poetry Archive

With his retirement on the horizon, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender has pledged two generous gifts to the UC San Diego Library, one to advance the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) and another to support the Archive for New Poetry in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Between now and the end of the academic year, Schottlaender, who recently announced his plans to retire in June 2017, said he will focus his energies on raising funds for the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, a top priority for the Library and the campus. In addition, he has made a planned gift for the GLRI Maintenance Endowment.

“I can’t think of a higher priority for the campus and for our students, especially, than raising the funds we need to revitalize the major interior spaces of this architecturally stunning landmark building,” said Schottlaender. “Our students are among the most academically competitive in the nation. They spend an awful lot of time here, and deserve the most advanced, technology-equipped spaces we can offer, to accelerate their learning and discovery. This is why I made this gift to support the GLRI and why I would encourage others to consider supporting it.”

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Introducing Tammy Dearie

Tammy Nickelson Dearie, who currently serves as the UC San Diego Library’s Associate University Librarian for Enterprise Services, will become the Interim University Librarian when Brian Schottlaender retires at the end of June.

Although the recruitment effort for Brian Schottlaender’s successor has begun, recruitments like this can often take up to a year, so in that time, Tammy will become much more visible at Library events and more familiar to Library friends and supporters. This transition will go smoothly, as Tammy’s breadth of experience in the Library world, and at UC San Diego in particular, is impressive, as are her accomplishments and leadership skills.

A UC San Diego alumna who received her M.L.I.S. (Master of Library & Information Science) degree from UCLA, Tammy has a wealth of experience in managing Library budgets, departments, and staff, as well as major projects, processes, and initiatives. In 2009, after serving as the head librarian for the former Social Sciences & Humanities Library for 8 years, Tammy was appointed to serve as Associate University Librarian, reporting to the University Librarian and a member of the Library’s senior management team. Under the auspices of Brian Schottlaender, Tammy played a pivotal role in the Library’s reorganization to a more centralized model, in collaboration with associate university librarians Catherine Friedman and Martha Hruska, who make up the senior leadership team, and Library staff. Read more…

Alumna & Former University Art Gallery Director Donates Artists’ Book Collection

“Freedom: a fable” pop-up book by Kara Walker

UC San Diego alumna Geraldine “Gerry” McAllister, a strong advocate for the arts on campus during her 25-year stint as director of the university’s Mandeville Art Gallery, has donated her collection of artists’ books to the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. McAllister, who received her B.A. degree and subsequently her M.F.A. from the university in 1974, also served as president of the UCSD Alumni Association, and was its first dues-paying Life Member.

After receiving her M.F.A., McAllister worked as director and curator of the university’s Mandeville Art Gallery for the next two decades, where she exhibited the works of many prominent contemporary artists. In spite of her modest budget, McAllister—who was known on campus and in the art world as a bold mover and shaker—succeeded in bringing in numerous well-established artists, including a traveling exhibit of paintings by Frida Kahlo.

McAllister, who studied visual arts, and was married to artist Adare McAllister until his death in 2012, began collecting contemporary artists’ books in the 1980’s. Her collection of 128 artists’ books comprises several rare and valuable works by well-known regional as well as international artists, some with strong university ties. The collection includes works by John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Jenny Holzer, Edward Ruscha, and Niki de Saint-Phalle, as well as art by Alexis Smith, Kara Walker, Allan Kaprow, and Bruce Nauman. Read more…

Artist of the Pines: Tsuyoshi Matsumoto

Special Collections & Archives Exhibition

April 10, 2017 – May 26, 2017    Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor

Exhibition Reception

Tuesday, April 18, 2017    5 – 7 PM  ● Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Countless artists have been inspired over the last century by the distinctive beauty of the magnificent Torrey pines—the world’s rarest pine tree—at the 1,500 acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego’s most treasured coastal park. Of the many plein air artists to capture images of the trees and the park, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto—known as Mat—stands out, not just for the particular beauty of his sketches, but also for the devotion and attention he gave to his subject matter.

In a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the artist’s daughter, La Jolla resident Helen Kagan, a selection of Mat’s drawings and sketch books is now on display in Geisel Library’s West Wing. A self-taught artist, Mat began drawing pine trees in the late 1960’s. After visiting La Jolla and the Reserve when he was looking for a place to retire, the trees and the park made an indelible impression on him, and in 1973, he moved his family to La Jolla. Over the next decade and in the years preceding his death in 1982, Mat was a frequent visitor to the Reserve, producing some 800 drawings of Torrey pines, trees that he clearly worshipped and had a special affinity with. The pine tree has a favored status in Japanese culture, symbolizing good luck and longevity—and, furthermore, “Matsumoto” means “root of the pine.”

Alumna Joyce Cutler-Shaw Honored for Major Contributions to the Library

Joyce Cutler Shaw pictured “In the Garden of Wild Birds and Grasses,” Walk-In Book, San Diego Central Library, 2015.

Internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, a member of the University of California San Diego’s inaugural M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) class of 1972, has received the UC San Diego Library’s Geisel Citation award for Library Philanthropy. Cutler-Shaw is the first alumna to receive the Library’s annual Geisel Citation, which is presented to active and stalwart supporters, who have made significant contributions to the growth and success of the Library. The award will be presented to the artist at a private event later this spring.

“Over the years, Joyce Cutler-Shaw has been an avid supporter and an active participant in the life of the UC San Diego Library,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Many of her amazing and distinctive works of art are housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, and they have appeared in numerous Library exhibitions and artistic collaborations. Most recently, Joyce made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Archives Program Fund at the UC San Diego Library. We are pleased to award this citation to Joyce in honor of her legacy of support and as an inspiration to others in the pursuit of knowledge, creativity, and transformational discovery.”

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Celebrated Author Ann Patchett to Speak at 2017 Dinner in the Library

Ann Patchett, the author of seven highly acclaimed novels as well as three books of nonfiction and numerous short stories and essays, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Dinner in the Library event, to be held on Friday, September 8, in Geisel Library.

A champion of literary culture as well as an award-winning author, Patchett is also a voracious reader who owns Parnassus Books, a bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender. She opened Parnassus Books in 2011 with her business partner Karen Hayes, declaring, after the last of Nashville’s bookstores closed, “I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.” Since then, she has become a strong advocate for independent booksellers, championing books and bookstores on NPR, The Colbert Report , Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, The Martha Stewart Show, and The CBS Early Show, among others. Along with James Patterson, she was the honorary chair of World Book Night. In 2012, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, for her efforts on behalf of the literary community. Read more…

University Librarian Helps Guide Efforts to Preserve Digitized Buddhist Art in China’s Mogao Caves

Last fall, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender co-chaired an international meeting of librarians and other preservation specialists to advise the Dunhuang Research Academy on preserving thousands of still and moving images of Buddhist art in the Mogao Caves, in Dunhuang in the Gansu province in northwest China.

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The nine-story temple (Cave 96) houses a colossal Tang dynasty Buddha statue (photo credit: Neville Agnew)

 

The Mogao Caves, which are located at a strategic point along the Silk Route, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. The caves comprise 492 temples, featuring some of the finest examples of Buddhist art, spanning some 1,000 years.

Detail of a wall painting at the Mogao Grottoes (photo credit: Francesca Piqué)

Schottlaender and colleagues from the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Hermitage Museum, Harvard, UC Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, National Taiwan University, and other prominent institutions, were invited by the Dunhuang Research Academy to the two-day meeting, to begin consulting on a monumental project called Digital Dunhuang.

The Digital Dunhuang initiative was formed with the long-term goal of digitizing the images of the 492 caves and their cultural resources, including 3-D imaging of murals and sculptures, and the development of long-term strategies for managing and preserving these digital resources. Committee members received a three-year appointment from Wang Xudong, director of the Dunhuang Research Academy, and have prepared and submitted a set of recommendations for future activities in three key areas: digital ass et management, digital resource integration, and digital preservation.

Conservators at work in Cave 85 of the Mogao caves (photo credit: Neville Agnew)

Schottlaender’s co-chair at the International Consultative Committee is Professor Pan Yunhe, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In addition to the aforementioned participants, other members of the 40-member visiting team include representatives the University of Hong Kong, Microsoft Research Asia, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Jawaharlal Nehru University Library, the National Museum in New Delhi, Zhejiang University, Wuhan University, and the University of Science and Technology of China.

Library Supporters Give Boost to Geisel Revitalization Efforts

Jeanne Jones

Jeanne Jones

The Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), aimed at renovating and updating the interior spaces of the university’s most iconic building, recently received a generous boost from Library supporters Jeanne Jones and Margaret “Maggie” Seeley.

Launched in 2015 with a lead gift from Audrey Geisel, the GLRI will transform and revitalize significant areas of Geisel Library’s most used floors—the 1st and 2nd and 8th floors. Plans are underway to transform these areas into modern, technology-rich spaces that support and advance research, teaching, and learning activities, and philanthropic funding is needed to help make them a reality. Because of the significance of the initiative to the campus, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has provided a generous $1 million matching challenge grant to encourage participation.

“We are very grateful for the support we’ve received from stalwart supporters like Jeanne Jones and Maggie Seeley,” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “Jeanne has been a longtime supporter of the university and the Library, and will be the Library’s representative on the International Leadership Committee for the upcoming Campaign for UC San Diego. Maggie is an alumna and has been a great supporter of our collections over the years. We thank them for their gifts, and hope their gifts encourage others to come forward to support the campus’ flagship building and the students and scholars who depend on us.” Read more…

Oncofertility Science Academy Inspires Young Women to Become Physicians & Researchers

For the last decade, the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine has sponsored an innovative program that offers young, high-school age women with the opportunity to become immersed in an exciting new field of medicine—oncofertility—which addresses the fertility needs and quality of life issues of young cancer patients.

Onconfertility Trip to Northwestern

Graduates of the 2015 Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at the 2016 Oncofertility Consortium Conference

Each year, approximately 12-14 young women from San Diego communities are selected to participate in the Oncofertility Science Academy’s summer program, which includes Saturday classes taught by UC San Diego faculty, on topics ranging from cancer biology and in vitro fertilization to chemotherapies and reproductive ethics. The Library’s biomedical and public health librarian, Karen Heskett, also plays an important role in the program’s success, providing instruction to the students on best practices in researching public health and medical research.

“The sessions focus on the research process, and the importance of beginning with a well-defined search strategy,” said Heskett, who has provided instruction to the OSA’s students in the annual program since 2014. “This is really an impressive group of young women. While this is often their first foray into research and scholarly literature, they are highly motivated to learn and understand, and they do amazingly well at diving in and grasping what they find. I find it very gratifying to contribute to their learning and enlighten them about the research process.” Read more…

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