Reach for the Stars at 2016 Dinner in the Library

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Posted On: April 20, 2016

The UC San Diego Library’s popular Dinner in the Library (DiL) gala will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016, in the iconic Geisel Library. While the event is now in its 13th year, this year’s “DiL” promises to be anything but unlucky, given the fabulous speaker we’ve attracted this year: NPR’s Ari Shapiro! Ari wears a variety of journalistic hats, but he’s known primarily as the co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered radio program. We are also ushering in a new tradition with this year’s event, with a new Honorary Committee, chaired by prominent local author and longtime Dinner in the Library supporter, Jeanne Jones.

The Dinner in the Library Honorary Committee includes a stellar round-up of San Diegans who share a commitment to the university and the Library. Members include: Rita L. and Richard C. Atkinson; Mary Ann Beyster; Linden and Ronne Blue; Joye D. Blount and Jessie J. Knight, Jr.; Donald Breitenberg; Jessica Cline; Phyllis and Daniel J. Epstein; Theresa and Standish Fleming; Alison and George Gildred; Jane and Edgar Gillenwaters; Jeanne and Gary Herberger; Reena and Sam Horowitz; Margret and Nevins McBride; Sandra Redman and Jeff Mueller; Zandra Rhodes and Salah Hassanein; and Dixie and Ken Unruh. Read more…

Artist & Alumna Joyce Cutler-Shaw, ’72, Gives Back to the Library

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Posted On: April 20, 2016

Most visitors to Geisel Library first learn about artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw’s work when viewing her intriguing calligraphic installation, Alphabet of Bones, in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives exhibition space. In creating this fascinating work, Cutler-Shaw was inspired by the hollow bones of birds—pigeons, specifically—resulting in a series of anatomically correct drawings depicting an “alphabet of bones,” consisting of 26 double characters. While many artists would leave it at that, Cutler-Shaw is not “many artists.” She went on to digitize the alphabet, and rendered it translatable into both English, and a symbolic code. Then, she copyrighted it. It is her own personal font or typeface.

A UC San Diego alumna who was a member of the university’s first MFA (Master of Fine Arts) class in 1972, Cutler-Shaw’s artistic works range from multi-media, drawings, and installations, to public projects, sculpture, and artists’ books. She has long been a supporter of the Library and the campus, and has collaborated with the Library on many exhibitions and special projects over the years. In addition, the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Papers are preserved in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives; the archive of her work comprises original writings and drawings, correspondence, project proposals, photographs, and slides, as well as audio and video recordings. Read more…

“A” is for Audrey at Geisel Library Café, Slated to Open in Spring 2016

Posted On: February 18, 2016

The long-awaited Geisel Library café won’t open its doors until spring 2016, but, already, it’s  earned an “A.” But, this A is not the coveted grade, it’s for Audrey, specifically Audrey Geisel, the generous benefactor of the University of California, San Diego Library for whom the new café will be named.

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A working draft of what the café space will look like as of February 2016.

Audrey’s is expected to be completed in mid to late spring, with a grand opening planned for the campus and community supporters in May 2016. The café, which has been under construction since last December, is located on the 2nd (main) floor in the East Wing of Geisel Library, conveniently situated on the north end of the building’s most heavily used study area, which also houses the overnight study commons.

“I’m truly touched that so many of my friends at the UC San Diego Library have decided to name this new café after me,” said Audrey Geisel. “Even before we established the Dr. Seuss Collection here at the Library many years ago, I felt that this was a very special place, and certainly worthy of my continuing support. I know that Ted (Dr. Seuss) felt the same way, so I’m very pleased to know that our support will help to provide the resources and the services—not to mention caffeine— that today’s library patrons need to stay on the cutting edge.”

The café is one of the many enhancements planned for the university’s flagship building over the next several years, thanks to a $3 million gift made by Audrey Geisel in July 2015, which is the lead gift in the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, a major endeavor aimed at transforming and rejuvenating the interior public spaces of the Library to meet the evolving needs of students, faculty, and other Library users in an increasingly digital environment. Read more…

Wondrous Manifestations of Nature: Celebrating California’s National Parks

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Posted On: February 18, 2016

By Lynda Claassen, Director of Special Collections & Archives

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, and the Library’s Special Collections & Archives is exhibiting items that illustrate some of California’s magnificent national parks and monuments. The exhibition, “Wondrous Manifestations of Nature: Celebrating California’s National Parks” is on view until April 2016, on the main floor of Geisel Library.

August 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau within the Department of the Interior. The Service would be responsible for protecting the 25 national parks and monuments already established and managed by the Department, as well as those yet to be established. The Service was to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Read more…

Exhibit Tells Story Behind Construction of the Nation’s First Transcontinental Railway

Posted On: February 18, 2016
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From left to right: Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, Associate Director, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum; Li Fu, Executive Director, Chinese American Librarians Association; Murray Lee, Curator, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum; Xi Chen, UC San Diego Library; Simeon Man, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego History Department; Hilton Obenzinger, Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University.

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, an exhibit on display in Geisel Library, traces the amazing trajectory of the roughly 12,000 Chinese American workers who sacrificed life and limb during the four-year construction of the Transcontinental railway, which began in 1865.

The exhibit was 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 Chinese American Library Association’s Task Force on Chinese Railroad Workers, which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation for the contributions of Chinese Americans, also helped to bring the exhibit to 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. Read more…

Papers of SAIC Founder J.R. Beyster to Shed Light on Entrepreneurial Success

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Betty and J. Robert “Bob” Beyster

Posted On: February 18, 2016

Last December, in honor of the one-year anniversary of J. Robert Beyster’s  passing at the age of 90, the Beyster family donated Bob Beyster’s Papers to the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives, where they will serve as an outstanding resource for students, scholars, and business owners interested in entrepreneurial innovation and success. Beyster founded the highly profitable government contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), which was modeled on his successful blueprint for entrepreneurial, employee-empowered companies.

Beyster’s papers include SAIC business records, correspondence, committee meeting minutes and materials related to employee ownership. They also host records on a broad range of government-funded research and development projects including Strategic Air Command during the Cold War, safety of the international space station, critical hull design for a number of U.S. entries in the America’s Cup race, clean-up of Three Mile Island, commercialization of the Internet, and more. Beyster’s papers also comprise the more than 60 technical publications he authored along with the numerous awards and honors he received for his innovations and accomplishments. Read more…

‘Lover of Knowledge’ Supports his Passion through an Estate Gift to the Library

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Posted On: November 10, 2015

Pat Ford has been a book collector and lover of knowledge for as long as he can remember. After settling in Rancho Santa Fe in the 1980s, he had the good fortune to meet Ken Hill, a neighbor and well-known book collector who was actively involved with the UC San Diego Library. He invited Pat to attend a meeting of the Library’s former Friends support group, and Pat accepted Ken’s invitation. Both men continued their passion for collecting and their involvement with the Library. Now, several decades later, Pat is still involved with the Library, and continues to nurture his intellectual passions by parlaying his knowledge of rare books and other materials and his love for music and history into productive hours of volunteer service and philanthropy.

Pat’s deep knowledge of and interest in early California history inspired him to volunteer in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, where he worked with the director, Lynda Claassen, for several years, focusing on special projects related to the Library’s California holdings.  These projects mirrored his own work on a bibliography of all historical publications related to J.C. Fremont and Kit Carson, explorers of the American West. Due to his keen interest in international relations, he also volunteered extensive time in the in the former branch library in the School of Global Policy and Strategy (formerly International Relations and Pacific Studies).

Through his long involvement with the UC San Diego Library, Pat has recognized the intrinsic value a library brings to undergraduate and graduate education, as well as the benefits local companies gain from the knowledge resources academic libraries provide. Armed with this understanding, Pat decided that he could continue to support the Library’s important mission not just through giving his time and talent, but by also making a philanthropic contribution.

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New Digital Media Lab Opens in Geisel Library

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3D printed models of Geisel Library created in the new Digital Media Lab.

Posted On: November 10, 2015

Since its grand opening in early October, nearly 3,000 UC San Diego students and other Library patrons have stepped through the doors of the newly opened Digital Media Lab (DML), a one-stop shop for media production located on the main floor of Geisel Library. The technology-equipped Lab, which was opened in response to student and faculty requests for more digital media services in the Library, provides the space and technology tools that students, faculty, and other users need to create and edit projects in the digital age.

Along with free 3-D printing, the DML offers video editing software, image manipulation programs, and sound editing tools, as well as media-rich website creation programs and basic productivity software. Library staff with media expertise are on-hand to provide users with needed support and guidance, in addition to extensive online tutorials.  Read more…

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Renovation of Geisel 2nd Floor to Begin in December Thanks to Gift by Audrey Geisel

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Posted On: November 10, 2015

Thanks to a generous $3 million gift from San Diego philanthropist, literacy advocate, and longtime supporter of the UC San Diego Library, Audrey Geisel, construction will begin this December on the first of many space enhancements, technology upgrades, and new Library services that will transform and revitalize the most actively used spaces in the Library. The gift kicks off the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), a major initiative to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library to meet the evolving needs of students, faculty, and other Library users in the digital age.

Geisel’s gift will support the renovation of the second, main floor of Geisel Library, including a reconfigured entrance and lobby, a significant upgrade to the existing Learning Commons as well as a new Research Commons, and a new café and lounge. The café, which no doubt will be very popular with patrons, especially with students studying around the clock in the Library’s overnight study space, is expected to open its doors in Spring 2016. Renovation efforts will include new technology enhancements, as well as new furniture, carpeting and finishes. While the gift will support the revitalization of the main floor public spaces, additional funds are needed to support renovation efforts in the public spaces on the 1st and 8th floors of the building.

“Our library facilities are being used now, more than ever,” said Brian Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “But, like many libraries across the nation, the Library is being used different than it was in the past. Our hope is that Geisel’s generous gift will lead to more support, so we can upgrade other public spaces in the building in the near future. I would urge others to join Audrey in helping to fulfill this exciting initiative to transform this iconic building into a library that is well-equipped for 21st century learners. We want this amazing building to be as inspiring on the inside as it is bold on the outside.”

For further information about the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, visit library.ucsd.edu/give or contact Julie Sully, Director of Development for the Library, at jsully@ucsd.edu or 858-822-4554.

Dinner in the Library 2015 Raises Record Amount to Support Evolving Library Needs

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Jonathan and Megumi Hill, Director of Library Special Collections and Archives Lynda Claassen and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender with the Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy.

Posted On: November 10, 2015

On September 18, 2015, UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library was transformed into an elegant dining salon, amidst book collections and study spaces, for the more than 100 Library friends who gathered for the annual Library gala fundraiser to benefit the Library and hear Harvard Librarian Sarah Thomas. The event generated nearly $200,000, which will be used to support library collections and resources, services, and learning spaces.

Focused on the theme, “Building for the Future,” the event highlighted the many ways the Library is responding to the changing needs of UC San Diego’s world-class students. In his opening remarks, Chancellor Pradeep Khosla applauded the newly launched Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) a blueprint to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library. The Initiative was launched in July 2015, as a result of a generous $3 million gift from Audrey Geisel, which will cover the costs of renovating the main (2nd floor) public spaces and entryway of Geisel Library.  Read more…

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