Preserve, Protect, Pass It On: Celebrating National Preservation Week

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As spring cleaning gets underway, many will be left to contemplate how to preserve new-found treasures. From April 26 – May 2, libraries across the country will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectibles, digital photos, family records and much more. At UC San Diego Library, we understand the importance of ensuring our university’s resources live on. In fact we have a whole team of preservation experts dedicated to granting our students, faculty and researchers access to what they need, when they need it, and in the form that is most useful to them.

Join us in celebration of National Preservation Week as we demonstrate a variety of book repairs. Preservation staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have. They will also provide you with a handout for more information on how to make your own personal memories – photo collections, letters, family records, and other valuable materials – last for generations.

Thursday, April 30
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Geisel Library, East Wing 2nd Fl
Event is open to the public.

For more information on the Library’s preservation efforts, visit http://libraries.ucsd.edu/about/pubs/domain/2015/spring/joaquim-qa.html

La Jolla Symphony Premiere to Include Telematic Approach Featuring Geisel Library Chimes

On Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, UC San Diego’s La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will premiere The Moon in La Jolla, the 2015 winner of the prestigious Nee Commission Award. Composed by UC San Diego Ph.D. candidate and Hong Kong composer Yeung-ping Chen, this orchestral piece features telematic technology which allows musicians to play music together from different sites via the internet. At the May concerts, the audience in UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium will experience the Geisel Library chimes (rooftop clock/carillon) as they interact with La Jolla Symphony through this telematic approach.Composer Yeung-ping Chen

Yeung-ping Chen’s innovative musical piece is based on a poem, The Moon in La Jolla, written by Hong Kong poet and UC San Diego alumnus Leung Ping-Kwan, also known by the pen name Yasi. Leung Ping-Kwan crafted the poem when he was studying at UC San Diego in the late 1970s.

Since this orchestral work is tailor-made for the Geisel Library chimes and because April is National Poetry Month, the Library is hosting a special exhibition and reading to celebrate this intersection of poetry and music. All are welcome to gather outside on the Forum Level of the Library at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, where special guest Suyin Mak, Hong Kong music theorist and poet (CUHK Professor and currently a scholar-in-residence at UCLA), read the Yasi poem. UC San Diego carillonneur, Scott Paulson, will perform chiming musical passages of Yeung-ping Chen’s composition in response to the imaginative poem.

Immediately after the reading, the audience is invited into a Library exhibition area (Geisel West, 1st floor) for refreshments. The composer, carillonneur, and Visual Arts student Kim Garcia– collabora  tors of The Moon in La Jolla exhibit — will be on hand to discuss and explain the displayed items, some of which have been donated by Yasi’s widow for this event. They will also share the experience of collaboration, emphasizing Yasi’s works and his memories of life at UC San Diego, showing a parallel view of composer Yeung-ping Chen, and examining the special fellowship between poet Yasi, composer “Ping” and their various mentors.

Compact Art Display in Geisel

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New Books Bulletin Board

New Book bulletin board is a work of art.  Do you judge a book by its cover? Are you fascinated with the creativity of book jackets? Viewing the New Books Bulletin Board may prompt you to look up the call number to test out you guesses on content. The cover art of recently cataloged book may viewed on the bulletin boards in two areas of the Library. The Geisel first floor computer Lab was the first installation of book covers and a second bulletin board is now viewable in the East Learning Commons.
Take a look then perform a title or author search on Roger for the call number and shelving location. It is a fun way to view miniature art and find new books to read.
This is an open invitation to the Book Cover Galleria – plus one ok.

Earth Week DIY Maker’s Day

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The Library and the Environmental Sustainability Group is hosting a DIY Makers Day celebrating Earth Week on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable, and recyclable materials. Maker stations include:

  • make your own cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • make your own button using recycled book covers
  • make boxes and bookmarks using recycled paper
  • make your own body sugar scrub (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • plant a succulent
  • watch a demonstration of a 3D Printer (vegetable-based plastic!)

Participants will leave with a sample of a project and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis!

 

Wednesday, April 22nd
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Refreshments will be served!
Open to the public!

Do not miss out on the fun in the Learning Commons.

Do you like to read bumper stickers? This puzzle was just completed in the Geisel East Learning Commons. The new one has a totally different topic and looks really interesting.Bumper sticker 600 x 339

Second annual VIP Study Room Contest!

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Submit an original photo of the Library (interior or exterior, Geisel or BLB) to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu using the subject line “VIP Study Room.”  You will be entered into a random drawing to win exclusive, 24-hour “VIP” use of a study room in the Geisel East Learning Commons (Room 2) from 10 am on Monday, March 16 until 10 am on March 17.  The winner will also receive eight guest passes to invite friends to bask in your VIP treatment and share the VIP gift basket of finals-themed necessities and study treats.

Fine Print

Those submitting photos must be current UCSD students.

  1. Include your full name in the email when submitting your photo.
  2. You may submit up to 10 separate photos (in a single or multiple emails).
  3. All submissions will become property of the UCSD Library and may be displayed, at the Library’s discretion, within the Library or on its website.
  4. Submissions must have been taken by the person submitting them for the contest.
  5. Photos should not include any identifiable persons who have not expressly provided their permission to be photographed for this purpose.

Photos will be accepted through noon on Tuesday, March 10.  The winner will be selected at random from all entries and notified on March 11.  Do not let this opportunity to be a Library celeb for a day pass you by.

New Hi-Tech Collaboration Table in Geisel East Learning Commons

The Hi-Tech Collaboration Table is designed for team learning and collaboration – it is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of media and working styles.  It allows physical movement around the table in addition to having multiple configurations for users sitting in different places.

The touchscreen embedded in the tabletop enables up to four users to simultaneously connect and interact individually or collectively, and the touch-based web browser includes a virtual keyboard so all users can simultaneously access the internet. There is also a vertically-mounted Media Screen for displaying content to the group–if you want to share what you’re doing in your own section of the table-embedded screen, just grab that section with your fingertip and swipe it onto the Media Screen.  Anything can be shared, and the Collaboration Table is designed to handle mixed media (e.g., PPT, Video, Images, PDF, Web). You can also share from your laptop via VGA, Thunderbolt, or HDMI cables.  You can even share files stored on your USB drives by plugging in to the table.  Users can annotate content with several tools, including colored lines, circles, squares, or text.

The table’s digital whiteboard mode allows users to sketch freehand with a finger or stylus to draw lines or shapes or enter text. Annotated slides can be saved to a USB flash drive or emailed directly from the table. This means fewer distractions and a more seamless group working experience – one that’s designed to optimize collaboration, rather than confound it.

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Another piece of the puzzle…

Have you taken the opportunity to work on the fun puzzles in the Library? If not, visit the East Learning Commons or the Reference area puzzle. Take time to enter the contest by completing a comment slip.

Completed Puzzle

Holocaust Living History Workshop Events/Winter 2015

All Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) Events will be held in the UC San Diego Library’s Seuss Room from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public. For more information about the HLHW, which is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Judaic Studies Program, please contact Susanne Hillman, Program Coordinator, at HLHW@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Jan. 21: After Auschwitz: Choosing Life – with Edith Eger

Most accounts of the Holocaust end with liberation and neglect the survivors’ postwar experience. How does one deal with the wreckage of one’s life in the aftermath of catastrophe? As a young girl Edith Eger of Kosice, Hungary, was deported to Auschwitz where both of her parents were murdered. At war’s end, she moved to the United States and became a clinical psychologist with her own practice in La Jolla. While she could have chosen to remain a permanent victim, she realized early on that true freedom can only be found by forgiving, letting go, and moving on. A prolific motivational speaker, Dr. Eger has appeared on Oprah and on Dutch national television.

Feb. 25: Judith Hughes, and the title is: Bearing Witness: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer

Twenty years ago the publication of the diaries of Victor Klemperer, a little known German-Jewish literary scholar who lived through the Nazi period, was an immediate literary sensation. Published in English as I will bear Witness, the diaries offer an intimate account of everyday life in a totalitarian society. They document trivial events and emotions as much as rumors and news of atrocities. Judith Hughes,  a specialist in the history of psychoanalysis, uses the diaries as a starting point to probe the difficult question of the perpetrators’ motive. Her discussion is part of a broader argument about historians’ revival of concern with actors’ meanings, intentions, and purposes.  Judith Hughes is a professor of history and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego. She is also on the faculty of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute and has a small psychoanalytic practice. She has published seven books including From Freud’s Consulting Room: The Unconscious in a Scientific Age; From Obstacle to Ally: The Evolution of Psychoanalytic Practice; Guilt and Its Vicissitudes: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Morality; and most recently, The Holocaust and the Revival of Psychological History.

March 11: Archival Footprints: In Search of the Grishavers – with Herman GrishaverHLHWAuschwitz women

Originally from Belgium, Herman Grishaver survived the war thanks to his family’s escape to the United States. Since retiring from his neurology practice, he has researched the fates of numerous family members during and after the Holocaust. His journey through archives on several continents has yielded surprising insights that take the audience from Antwerp to Linz and from Perpignan to Jerusalem. The result is a tapestry of stories woven from memories, images, and scraps of paper.

The talks are part of the HLHW’s ongoing efforts to broaden understanding of the past and to foster tolerance. At the events, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, and others, and to learn about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest database of Holocaust testimony. The UC San Diego Library is one of only three university libraries on the West Coast to have access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, founded by film maker Steven Spielberg to document the stories of Holocaust survivors for his movie, “Schindler’s List.”

Crowd Sourced Collage

Have a cool photo you’d like to be shown in Geisel Library?  Send it to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu by 5 pm on Monday, January 19 and we’ll consider it for a collage we’re making for a large study room.  We welcome primarily photos about the library (interior, exterior, anything), campus (places and activities), UCSD students (studying, relaxing, playing, working, and more), and La Jolla/Southern California (scenery, city-scapes, activities, and more), but might consider others as well if you have a particular favorite.

 

Submitting photos indicates your willingness for the library to post them in a public area of the library.  You may (and are encouraged to) send photos of yourself, but please do not send photos of other identifiable people without their permission.  Please send your full name and email along with the photo(s).  Submit as many as you like.  The library will select the final photos to be displayed.

 

Direct any questions to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu.

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