What Do You Think? Exhibit

View of canvases on wall where students posted their op-eds

What Do You Think?
Geisel Library building, main floor, west wing

At a time when media are being discredited as purveyors of “fake news” and labeled as “the enemy of the people”, it is critical to remember the importance of fact-based civic debate for our democracies.  The “What Do You Think?” exhibit was created by students in Professor Fernando Dominguez Rubio’s Communication 10: Communication and Democracy class this past Spring Quarter. What you see here is a wall filled with students’ voices defending their arguments and political views on issues as diverse as media bias, gender equality, election results and racial discrimination.  This wall is a demonstration that it is possible to hold strong views and generate civic discourse based on facts, reasons, and arguments, rather than on accusations, falsities, and insults.

We invite you to read the wall and we challenge you to contribute to the conversation by leaving your own responses. Join the conversation!

The exhibit is located in the Geisel Library building, main floor, west wing.

East Commons Stress Free Zone Is Open During Finals Week

At the end of each quarter the UC San Diego Library hosts the Stress Free Zone to facilitate relaxation and provide snacks during first three days of finals week. Join us on June 12, 13, and 14 in the East Commons (Floor 2) from 7:00 – 9:00 pm (or until the food is gone). Audrey’s Café is partnering with the Library to provide free coffee to students in addition to the Library’s snacks and fresh fruit assortment. While coffee and snacks will be served only at night, de-stressing activities are available all day in the East Commons. Visit library.ucsd.edu/spaces/places-to-study/de-stress/ for more details. In addition to the permanent installations of the walk stations, chess, Quoridor, and scrabble gaming tables, the Library has foam rollers to stretch muscles and to help release tension.

Paging Service & Self-Service Hold Shelves Now Available

Need a book from the Library but don’t have time to traverse the stacks? The UC San Diego Library has made it easier than ever for students, faculty, and the rest of the campus community to access print collections with the newly reinstated paging service and Self-Service Hold Shelves.

You can now browse materials online and request available items via Roger, the Library catalog. After submitting your request, Library staff will retrieve your materials and make them available for pick-up on the newly installed Self-Service Hold Shelves near the Front Desks in both the Geisel and Biomedical Library Buildings, saving you the time and effort of traversing across areas of the Library searching for needed materials. For those of you who enjoy browsing books in the stacks, you may certainly continue to do so.

Once you collect your requested items from the Self-Service Hold Shelves, you may then check out the materials via one of the adjacent self-checkout machines. However, if you have questions or wish to speak to library staff, you can take your items to the nearby Front Desk for check out.

Our goal is that these new services will streamline the library experience for users, resulting in the quick, no-hassle retrieval of materials. Library staff are always on hand to answer questions and assist with the process. Stay tuned for a survey link in which you can provide us with feedback and suggestions to improve the new services.

Immediate questions about the paging service can be directed to staff by calling (858) 534-0134 or contacting LibraryBorrowing@ucsd.edu.

Genre and Theory: Strategies Toward Better Writing and Publishing in the Current Environment

Please join us for a lecture with Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director of Duke University Press and director of the Intellectual Publics Program at City University of New York (CUNY). Mr. Wissoker will discuss changes in publishing and the academy, how to navigate them and will outline how to write a scholarly book. In addition, he will explore the many differences between research presented in dissertation form versus a book and share concrete tips on making changes in form, style, content, and intended audience.

Monday, May 22, 2017

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Ken Wissoker

Ken Wissoker, a renowned editor in scholarly publishing, is a noted speaker and consultant on all aspects of academic publishing and the contemporary intellectual landscape. He has been involved in the publishing industry since 1979 and has been Editorial Director at Duke University Press since 1997. In the fall of 2014 he also joined the CUNY Graduate Center as director of their new “Intellectual Publics” program. At CUNY Ken presents public conversations that facilitate thinking and debate across the disciplines while continuing in his role at Duke University Press.

This lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by the UC San Diego Ethnic Studies Department, the UC San Diego Library, the UC San Diego Institute for Arts and Humanities, and the UC San Diego Anthropology Department.

For more information contact Mariah Fellows at mfellows@ucsd.edu.

Multi-device Charging Lockers in Geisel Lobby

One of the latest offering in the Geisel Building are the charging lockers located on the west side of the lobby near the photocopier. The charging lockers are secured by a digital code set by the user. There is a four hour limit per charging session.

Midterms Are Coming Up

“What the F” – A Book Talk with Professor Benjamin Bergen

Nearly everyone swears—whether it’s over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto. And yet, we sit idly by as words are banned from television and censored in books. We insist that people excise profanity from their vocabularies and we punish children for yelling the very same dirty words that we’ll mutter in relief seconds after they fall asleep. Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

Benjamin Bergen explores these behaviors in his book, What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves. As a Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, Bergen studies language and cognition in the laboratory and in the wild. Read more…

Need a space to meet with students?

The library provides a space in both its Geisel East Commons (2nd Floor) and the Biomedical Library Building (Room 201) for teaching assistants (TAs), instructors and Instructional Assistants to meet with individual students or small groups of students. The Geisel TA / Instructor Consultation Area currently offers a round table & 4 chairs in a semi-private area. Mobile whiteboards are available in the surrounding area that can be used, as needed. While no computer is available, wireless internet and power outlets are available. Because it’s fully enclosed, BLB Room 201 is also an ideal site for TAs and instructors to host makeup exams with individuals or small groups, or exams for individuals requiring additional testing time or accommodations.  Detailed information is available at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/spaces/instructor-ta-consults.html.

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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