UC San Diego Library’s ‘Food for Fine$’ Program Waives Overdue Fees for a Good Cause

The UC San Diego Library is teaming up with the UC San Diego Triton Food Pantry to offer students a unique alternative to paying recall or reserve library fines with nonperishable food donations.

In support of the food pantry, the Library’s Food for Fine$ is a new initiative encouraging students to offer food donations to receive a $2 credit per eligible item toward their existing fines for recent overdue Library materials.

“This initiative demonstrates the Library’s commitment to the UC San Diego community by providing needed relief to some students who might otherwise skip a meal to save money,” said Kymberly Goodson, program director for Spaces, Lending, & Access (SLA). “We’re thrilled about this partnership with the Food Pantry. It’s something we’ve never done at the Library, and we hope we can continue it in the future.”

To participate, students can drop off nonperishable foods at the Geisel or BLB Front Desks, including canned meats, canned vegetables, boxes of cereal, cooking oils, and much more (see details of eligible donations and fines here). No glass containers will be accepted and food cannot be repackaged, damaged, opened, or expired. Food for Fine$ kicks off May 27 and runs through June 9.

“Only fines incurred in Weeks 1 through 8 of Spring Quarter will be credited by donated goods, up to a $40 maximum,” said Goodson. “Alternately, participants can receive a credit for already paid fines from this time period.”

The UC San Diego Library joins a network of other universities with similar programs, such as UC Irvine Libraries, U-T at Arlington, and Texas A&M. Food for Fine$ originated in public libraries as a way to further contribute to their communities while also providing a way for library users to decrease or pay their fines and begin using their library cards again.

“We’ve seen an increase in students using the pantry as tuition costs rise. We currently serve over 700 students per week. A 2012 UC Undergraduate Experience Survey showed 25 percent of UC San Diego students ‘often’ skip meals to save cash,” said Sherlock Li, manager at the Triton Food Pantry. “With summer around the corner, Food for Fine$ is a great way for students to clear their cupboards before moving out and keep the Food Pantry stocked.”

The Triton Food Pantry was launched by Associated Students in February 2015 to ensure the academic success of students of all backgrounds. All registered students with a valid UC San Diego identification card can visit the pantry once per week to get up to 10 points worth of food. Fresh produce is also available to supplement students’ needs.”

For more information about the Food for Fine$ program, contact staff at either the Geisel or BLB Front Desks.

Tech Lending Program

Forget your phone or laptop charger?  Need a camera for your class project?

Can’t find a video adapter to connect your laptop?

 

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Stop by the Geisel Library Media Desk in 1st floor west to checkout our collection of cables, chargers, cameras, and other tech tools.

A full list of items is available on our website, or by searching “tech lending” in Roger.

Send questions, suggestions, and comments to LSPtech@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego Library Wraps Up Holocaust Living History Workshop Lecture Series May 30



Join us for the last installment of the 2017-2018 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) with Eva Clarke on Wednesday, May 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the Seuss Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Eva Clarke

What does it mean to be born in a concentration camp, arguably one of the most inhospitable places on earth? Clarke was one of three “miracle babies” who saw the light of day in KZ Mauthausen in Austria. Nine days after her birth, the Second World War ended. As a newborn, Eva’s chances of survival were extremely slim. Against all odds, she lived, making her and her mother Anka the only survivors of their extended family. In 1948, they emigrated from Prague to the UK and settled in Cardiff. Nowadays, Eva regularly talks to audiences, and her remarkable story has been featured in the British and American media. She and her mother are among the protagonists of Wendy Holden’s book “Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope.”

Every year the popular HLHW invites high-caliber speakers to campus to share inspiring stories that broaden our understanding of the past, foster tolerance and preserve the memories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. This year we heard from individuals such as international lawyer Philippe Sands and POLIN Museum’s curator Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

If you missed the opportunity to attend a workshop, you can watch recordings of selected talks for research through the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Collections and UCTV.

2018 Global Accessibility Awareness Fair

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Global Accessibility Awareness Fair
Thursday, May 17, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Hosted by: The Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) happens annually on the third Thursday in May. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion. GAAD started in 2011 as a way for web developers to educate themselves and others about how to create web pages that are accessible to people with disabilities and has since become an international initiative with events around the globe. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.

Join us for the Global Accessibility Fair where we will have different stations to learn more about digital accessibility, including:

  • Virtual Reality experiences to simulate audio and visual disabilities
  • Practice navigating webpages without a mouse
  • Computer demos of screenreaders and voice-recognition software
  • Informational tables

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition


A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition

A Discussion & Book Signing with Psychiatrist Jonathan Salk
Thursday, May 24 • 5:30-7 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Free admission, RSVP recommended.

In the new book, “A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future,” Jonathan Salk and co-author David Dewane take a look at the problems presented by population growth and changing human values. The book is a revised version of an earlier publication Jonathan wrote with his father, visionary scientist Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine.

More than 40 years ago, Jonas Salk understood that we are at a unique moment in the history of humankind. Population growth has begun to slow and is trending toward equilibrium. This change is accompanied by an equally significant change in human values — a shift from those based on the unlimited availability of resources, unremitting growth, excess, independence, competition and short-term thinking to those based on limits, balance, interdependence, cooperation and long-term thinking. This transition is the source of the far-reaching tension and conflict happening in the world today.

Salk argues the way through this difficult time is to understand its basis and to focus on new values that will be of the greatest benefit both to individuals and humankind. He adds with population equilibrium societies are more focused on cooperation rather than individual excesses and are in harmony with nature.

“A New Reality” delivers a message of both caution and hope. Readers across the social and political spectrum will find it a reasoned and balanced counterpoint to current social and political trends. Its elegant design and perspective will appeal to general readers, policymakers, millennials, baby boomers, teachers and students, filling a need for a work of positivity and wisdom in otherwise bleak times.

This event is free and open to the public.

HERSTORY: The Legal History of Chinese-American Women

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel
Wednesday, May 2 • 3-5 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Sponsored by the Literature Department, History Department and UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

In the last few years, many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War appeared in the literary market in Spain. This was a strange phenomenon: the society that was born after Franco’s dictatorship was a society without memory. The democratic Spanish society that was born during the so-called “Transition” was based on silence and oblivion agreements. In this context, the Spanish Civil War turned into a taboo: it could open old wounds and it could wake up the old ghosts of the war. The Transition spirit urged the Spanish people to look ahead, towards European progress and modernity. But, suddenly, the society changed and started to look back. In the year 2000, the “Asociación por la recuperación de la memoria histórica” (Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory) was founded, and many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War were published. It was great news; apparently, literature had started to fight against the silence and oblivion established during the Democratic Transition. Seemingly, these novels broke the Transition agreements. However, when we start to read these novels we realize they do not question the Transition agreements, they also strengthen them. This presentation will analyze how these novels reproduce two consensus: the Transition consensus and the Neoliberal consensus.

Spring Beach Party

Bring your friends and enjoy playing in the sand, free snacks and raffles for prizes! Join us in the Seuss Room, Monday, April 23, from 3pm – 5pm, to attend this new event and celebrate the season with your friends.

Contact LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu with any questions you may have about our de-stress events.

A Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Health Disparities

 

Celebrate Out and Proud Week! On April 26th, 2018 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room, The UC San Diego Library, the LGBT Resource Center, and the UC San Diego LGBT Staff & Faculty Association invite you to hear from UC San Diego health care providers about their experiences serving our community and issues relating to disparities in LGBTQ health service.

Data shared in a 2015 position paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine*  identified some of the key challenges in LGBT healthcare policy and delivery:

  • LGBT people have lower overall access to care, and are less likely to be insured than their heterosexual counterparts.
  • Transgender people face additional challenges to accessing care including stigma and high cost of trans-specific care. As a result, 50% have injected hormones through illegal means.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons are approximately 2.5 times more likely to have a mental health disorder than heterosexual men and women.

Please join our lunchtime presentation and discussion. Learn about a range of topics including San Diego County physicians’ attitudes toward LGBT patients, mental health disparities in the LGBT community, clinical support for transgender children, and providing culturally competent HIV care. Panelists will present for approximately 10 minutes each, and there will be a Q&A session to follow.

Our panelists include:

  • Gregory E. Koch, Psy.D., Psychologist at UCSD’s Muir College
  • Maja Marinkovic, MD, Co-Director of the Gender Management Clinic at Rady Children’s & Endocrinologist
  • Chris Matthews, MD, Director of Research Infrastructure, Owen Clinic and Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Amy Sitapati, MD, Medical Director, La Jolla Internal Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine

A light lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Korey Brunetti (kgbrunetti@ucsd.edu) or Alanna Aiko Moore (aamoore@ucsd.edu) for further details.

 

Triton Day Geisel Library Tours

Congratulations to all the UC San Diego admitted students. The Library is excited to meet you!

Geisel Library and Biomedical Library will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Triton Day (Saturday, April 14, 2018).

Register now on the Triton Day website for the opportunity to tour the Geisel Building and learn about the many academic services and student support initiatives the UC San Diego Library has to offer to incoming and continuing students.

For questions, please contact the tour coordinator, Serafin Raya, via email at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

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