Hail to the Chief! Exhibit Showcases Library’s Presidential Papers

79_HailToTheChiefEvery four years, American voters go to the polls to cast their ballot (or, increasingly, mail in their ballot) to elect the nation’s commander-in-chief. With less than six months away from this year’s presidential election, the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives has mounted an exhibit of presidential papers that takes the long view, back to the nation’s first president, George Washington.

Hail to the Chief!— which is on display in Geisel Library until September—includes a wide range of materials from the manuscript and book collections of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. According to Lynda Claassen, director of Special Collections & Archives, although the presidency has never been an area of focus for the Library, a number of intriguing items have accumulated over the years. The Library’s holdings now include at least one item related to each of the nation’s 43 presidents, said Claassen, from a letter written in 1778 from Valley Forge by founding father George Washington, the first U.S. president, to a citation sent by President Barack Obama to UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.

One item featured in the exhibit was actually owned by America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. A copy of C. F. Volney’s Les ruines, ou Meditation sur les revolutions des empires (1791), a book Jefferson reputedly loved and agreed to translate it into English. Anonymously, as Jefferson was mindful of both controversial issues in the book and the fact that a presidential election year was coming up. Read more…

Ultrawide Monitors in Geisel

Dell-UltraSharp-U3415W10 new Dell ultrawide monitors have been installed in Geisel’s 2nd floor East Learning Commons and 1st floor west. the 34″ screens offer increased productivity space without sacrificing desktop real estate. Come try them out!

Send questions or comments to LSPtech@ucsd.edu

The Adult Coloring Phenomenon: More Than a Guilty Pleasure

It’s official. The “coloring craze” that was once viewed as an activity only for kids has been endorsed by mental health specialists as a stress-buster and brain booster, on a level with meditation. Join Art Therapist Erica Curtis on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in the Seuss Room for a hands-on coloring and drawing session that is sure to increase your wellbeing, relaxation, and happiness. (Please note: this event is sold out, but walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis if space becomes available.)

Curtis,Erica,photo.jpgCurtis, a board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, employs various creative coloring and drawing techniques in her work, and has witnessed numerous health benefits to her clients. She has a private practice in San Juan Capistrano, is an instructor at UCLArts and Healing, and was formerly a lecturer in Marital and Family Therapy at Loyola Marymount University for nearly a decade. Curtis, whose new book, The Innovative Parent: Nurturing Connection, Emotional Health, and Academic Success through the Arts, will be released next year, has been featured as an expert in a wide range of media outlets, including PBS, Lifehacker, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, and Elle, among others. A former director for the American Art Therapy Association and past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association, Curtis has been an invited speaker at numerous venues, from major universities and hospitals to local community groups and businesses. To learn more about Erica Curtis, click here.

The event is free and open to the public; art materials will be provided. For additional information, please contact Scott Paulson, UC San Diego Library, at spaulson@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5758.

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display

picture of the book display highlighting books from the #pulseorlandosyllabus

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display
Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
through July 29, 2016

To gain some understanding from events like the mass shooting in Orlando, librarians and educators—ready to connect information to those who need it— have collectively built the   #PulseOrlandoSyllabus  (collocated with #OrlandoSyllabus).

The statement of intention from the organizers notes:

Statement of Intent from the creators of the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus

It is organized into categories such as scholarly books, archival collections, fiction and poetry, comics, zines, plays, podcasts, Library/Information Science resources, mental health resources, resources for K-12 school communities, and more.

We’re hopeful that together we can create a community that embraces all, celebrates diversity and inclusion, and stands in solidarity.

You can also browse the syllabus (#PulseOrlandoSyllabus) and then search for the item in our catalog– http://roger.ucsd.edu/

If you need help finding a particular item, please Ask a Librarian— http://library.ucsd.edu/ask

Tour the Library

During July 2016 scheduled Library tours have been scheduled for 10 am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These dates and the tour guidelines are posted on the UC San Diego Library Tour Web Page.

The dates for UCSD Summer Session 2 and the subsequent intersession, August 1 to September 17th are still under consideration. http://libraries.ucsd.edu/spaces/tours/index.html

Tours for Current & Incoming UCSD Students and their Families & Other UCSD Affiliates may request a tour by completing the form on the tour web page. This form may also be used by UCSD Departments or programs requesting tours for summer residential students or visiting groups.

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/spaces/tours/register-for-a-geisel-library-tour.html

Tour collage

Walk-in tours are scheduled for each Thursday at 1 pm during the month of July. Just look for the tour guide in in front of Geisel Classroom 2 which is just to the left of the Information Desk.

Visitors to the UC San Diego Library are requested to respect the needs of the campus community by minimizing interference, not blocking traffic, and keeping visits short. Tour groups are restricted to the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Floors 4–8 are designated for quiet study.

Take A Study Break In Geisel East

SFZ Poster-Spring 2016 (4)

Do You Have An Adventure Planned?

The display on the bulletin board in the Geisel Tunnel Computer Lab highlights summer travel.

Tunnel poster re summer travel

Stop by and use the colorful stickers to categorize your travel plans.

 

A Real Tower of Power in Geisel

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The Library is conducting a trial of this Lightning Power Station.  The six foot tall tower has two shelves to hold devices and offers 24 power outlets, 16 USB ports, and a variety of charging cables.  It has been installed in Geisel 1 West, near the Group Viewing Rooms.  User comments will be collected about the tower to guide future purchase decisions.

 

Take-A-Study Break Series – Just Relax and Laugh

Come to the De-Stress Fest on May 12 from 2 pm-5pm in the Geisel East Commons. This is the second spring quarter event in our Take-A-Break Series for UCSD students. We will have a free photo booth for the students to use, free snacks, and a free de-stressing craft activity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how sleep impacts academic performance from the Student Health Advocates.De-stress fest blog pic.docx

Research help will be available (searching for that forgotten citation can be a source of stress) as well as information on how the career center can help with career readiness, job search strategies or resume reviews.  Remember: Study*Relax*Sleep*Repeat

 

 

The Art & Soul of Journaling

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Looking for creative and personal journaling inspiration? Visit our exhibit on the Art & Soul of Journaling in Geisel West (1st and 2nd floors) anytime during open building hours through June 30, 2016. The display features published diaries from the Library’s circulating collection, handmade leather journal covers from local artist Jon Peters, novelty journals from the UC San Diego Bookstore, decorative creative art journals from the esteemed Carin Wallace, and insights from Janet Larson, author of the self-help book My Diary Unlocked.

In conjunction with the exhibit, two hands-on events will be held in the Seuss Room on May 13 and May 16 from 12:00 – 1:00pm.

Janet Larson

Janet Larson, author of “My Diary Unlocked”

On Friday, May 13, author Janet Larson will lead an hour-long journaling session using the principles in her award-winning book, My Diary Unlocked, to help “unlock barriers to a more mindfully aware, more personally fulfilling and peaceful way of life.” Click here to RSVP for this event.

Then on Monday, May 16, Carin Wallace of the UC San Diego Bookstore will lead an art journaling activity in which guests will make collages and write in a 4×4 art journal specially bound by Carin herself. The 4×4 journal fits easily in your pocket or bag “allowing ample opportunity to express your feelings.” The small journal encourages you to create a little space to relax and this class will get you started on that journey. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Both events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested as space is limited to 40 attendees per event. Materials will be provided by the Library. For questions or more information, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5758.

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