Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

BBWsample_pixelborder (2)Did you know that the American classic Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was once banned in the United States? Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today for being “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuating racism.”

There are numerous examples of banned books throughout the decades, and the UC San Diego Library is celebrating the power and freedom to read by participating in the nationally recognized Banned Books Week this fall.  Events at UC San Diego draw awareness to censorship while highlighting the value of free and open access to information. Join us at the following events, learn more and share your opinions!

  • Live Read Out Event, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 11:30am-2pm  in front of Geisel Library near the Silent Tree.  Participants have the chance to read excerpts from banned books and record a video of their reading.  We’ll have banned books on-hand to browse, freebie give-aways, and you can listen to other readings and learn more about banned books.
  • Fahrenheit 451 Film Screening, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 5:30pm, Seuss Room, Geisel Library.  Ray Bradbury wrote fahrenheit 451 BBWthis futuristic and controversial book in 1953. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found. The title refers to the temperature that Bradbury understood to be the autoignition point of paper. That same year a middle school in Irvine, CA utilized an expurgated version of the text in which all the “hells” and “damns” were blacked out. Other complaints have said the book went against objectors religious beliefs. Join us for a film adaptation of this classic novel as we explore the controversy of this American novel.

Mid-September through the end of October exhibits will be on display in various locations of Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Buildings. Exhibits feature items from our collection and information about banned books, censorship and intellectual freedom. This year’s national Banned Books Week theme is graphic novels, and we’re featuring information on the Comics Code and banned comics, as well as banned books across the decades and twice-banned books.  Movies made from banned books, medical and science banned books, the early history of banned books, and banned and censored 19th and 20th century literary classics are also showcased in these displays.

BBW_1Join us in celebrating your freedom to read and add your voice to the dialogue. More information available at http://ucsd.libguides.com/bannedbooks

 

 

 

New! Device Charging Stations

We’re getting ready for a new academic year and have recently installed mobile device charging stations in the Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Buildings.  Conveniently recharge your phone and other devices while you take a study break or are getting work done in The Library!Phone Charge Stations

 

 

Toy Piano Festival Returns to the Geisel Library

Experience Serious Music for Toy Pianos September 5, 2014, Noon-1pm Toy Piano Poster 2014 small

Geisel Library Closing Early September 12, 2014

On Friday, September 12, 2014, the UC San Diego Library’s annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser will be held in the Geisel Geisel_LibraryLibrary building. To allow for this event:

  • At 2p.m.:  The 1st floor (Lower Level) West Wing of Geisel will close to library users. This area includes the Media Services Desk and workstations, the Brody Collaborative Study Space, and the nearby Computer Commons.
  • At 4p.m.:  The entire Geisel Library building will close to library users.  Library users are encouraged to plan their work around this Geisel Library schedule change.   Geisel will reopen for regular hours on Saturday, September 13.

On September 12, the Biomedical Library Building  will maintain its regular Friday hours. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this early closing may cause.

Feed Your Appetite at Dinner in the Library Sept. 12 with Julia Child Biographer

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Evening set in Geisel Library benefits the UC San Diego Library

The University of California, San Diego’s 11th annual Dinner in the Library will take place Friday, Sept. 12 in the Geisel Library building, with proceeds benefiting the UC San Diego Library’s collections and services, which support student and faculty research and teaching. The evening’s festivities will include dinner and cocktails, a silent auction, and a keynote talk from internationally recognized biographer Noël Riley Fitch on “Sharing Julia Child’s Appetite for Life.”

Fitch wrote the first authorized biography of Julia Child, entitled “Appetite for Life.” As part of the evening, Fitch will give attendees a revealing look at Child’s incredible life. A culinary icon, Child is credited with bringing French cuisine to the American public with her cooking shows and famous cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”Thanks to a generous gift from the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), a national organization founded by Child and Robert Mondavi, the UC San Diego Library is home to the AIWF’s Culinary Collection, which includes more than 6,500 volumes and other food and wine-related materials dating back to the 17th century.

“The UC San Diego Library provides the foundation for the campus to advance knowledge and discoveries in everything from public policy and the arts, to healthcare and science,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.  “Private support for the UC San Diego Library provides essential resources to help meet the information needs of our researchers, physicians, artists, students and community members.”

The UC San Diego Library provides access to more than seven million digital and print volumes, journals and multimedia materials.The Library’s vast resources, collections, and services are accessed more than 87,500 times each day via the Library’s website.

“The UC San Diego Library ranks among the top 25 public academic libraries in the nation,” said Brian E.C. Schottlaender, UC San Diego’s Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “It is support from our dedicated donors, alumni, and friends, that helps ensure that the Library can continue to advance the university’s leading-edge research and world-class education.”

As part of the evening, Dorothy Gregor will be honored with the 2014 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy. Gregor has played an integral role in the growth and success of the UC San Diego Library. She served as university librarian from 1985 to 1992, and led the Library through a period of great change, overseeing the underground addition to the Geisel Library building. Since then, she has continued to provide valuable assistance, including establishing the Dorothy D. Gregor Endowment for general support of the Library’s distinguished collections.

“Dorothy’s thoughtful patronage serves as an inspiration to others who understand the importance of academic research libraries in the pursuit of transformational discovery and knowledge,” said Schottlaender.

Sponsors of the 2014 Dinner in the Library include: The Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation; Don and Maryann Lyle; John A. Berol; Karen B. Dow; James Forbes, Ph.D., and Julianne Larsen; UC San Diego Alumni; Joel and Nancy Dimsdale; Elsevier B.V.; The Evans Foundation; Union Bank; EBSCO Information Services; James M. Hall; Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg; Standish and Theresa Fleming; Anne S. Otterson and United Capital Management.

Tickets for Dinner in the Library are available for $225 per person or $1,800 per table. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and Fitch’s talk following at 7 p.m. For more information or to register for the dinner, please visit: library.ucsd.edu/about/dinner.

Free Summer Workshops at The Library

This summer we’re offering an assortment of workshops taught by UC San Diego librarians. These workshops focus on research databases and tools that will help you find and organize information more effectively and efficiently.  ETS05.1

Workshops are free and open to UCSD students, staff, and faculty. The PubMed workshops are open to all. San Diego area health professionals may also attend the workshops space permitting.

View the full schedule of workshops, sign-up, and research smarter:

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/locations/bml/learn/workshops-at-bml.html

Want to Read a Banned Book?

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Virtual Read-Out Invitation

The Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event promoting the freedom to read by the American Library Association.

This year, the UC San Diego Library will record and share Virtual Read-Out videos in anticipation of the Live BBW Read-Out on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

You may participate in the Virtual Read-Out through a three minute video to:

  • Talk about a meaningful banned/challenged book, or
  • Read from a banned/challenged book.

Recording Times:

  • July 21, Monday, from 8:00am – 9:30 am
  • July 24, Thursday, from 8:00am – 9:30 am
    (you pick a 15 minute time slot by signing up)

Location: Seuss Room, Geisel Library                   BBW sign up                   

Details & to Sign up: http://ucsd.libguides.com/BBWparticipate

For ideas, visit:

See our Banned Books Week LibGuide for more information: http://ucsd.libguides.com/bannedbooks

Brought to you by the UC San Diego Library. Contact Adele at abarsh@ucsd.edu or 858-534-1249 for more information.

Greening the Mothership

UC San Diego has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, dating back to the pioneering climate change research of the university’s founder, scientist Roger Revelle. Since then, the University has continued to advance groundbreaking environmental research and sustainable, earth-friendly practices in all realms of university life — from landscaping with drought-tolerant plants to conservation-minded building operations.

Geisel_clouds2To help foster UC San Diego’s commitment to sustainability,  The Library provides access to specialized digital and printed resources relating to Environmental Studies, Climate and Atmospheric Science, and Environmental Policy. It has also established an Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG) to collaborate with campus partners and implement ideas that help to create sustainable facilities at UCSD.

Most recently, Annelise Sklar and Kim Kane of the UC San Diego Library published a book chapter, Greening the Mothership, in Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, edited by Maria A. Jankowska. Greening the Mothership provides a detailed look into the work of the ESG and UC San Diego’s sustainability solutions in practice within the Library. It offers a unique case study on how academic libraries can encourage the incorporation of sustainability concepts in education, programming, and campus operations. Members of the Library’s ESG will also present a poster at the American Library Association’s annual conference titled, From the Ground Up: Promoting Sustainability in Academic Libraries.

We in the Library are committed to the development and enactment of practices that promote the fulfillment of sustainability principles.

Steampunk Tea at The Library

Steampunk TeaSteampunk Tea! Join futurists, adventurers, and writers from from the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop at UCSD for a lively event, Sunday, June 29, 3-5:00pm in Geisel.

The tea—which is free and open to the public— will be a celebration of steampunk literature, which re-imagines the Victorian Era with a sci-fi aesthetic in a steam-powered world. Steampunk Tea, 2012

Gaslight Gathering leader, Anastasia Hunter, will present a unique look into the Steampunk movement, and guests will enjoy live Steampunk-themed chamber music, films, Victorian Era paper theatre models, magic lanterns and a real working time machine!

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/blogs/events/steampunk-tea/

Steampunk Tea, 2012

My Ideal Library

What would you like your ideal library to be, do, or offer?  Here’s your chance to let us know!   

MyIdealLibraryVisit the Geisel East Learning Commons service desk (2nd Floor) before Wednesday, June 11 (during staffed desk hours), and have your photo taken with your comments.

We’ll post everyone’s ideas in the Commons and online, and you’ll walk away with a FREE bluebook and new pen just in time for finals. We want to hear your thoughts, and see your smile!

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