Don’t Worry About Me: The Remnants of a Forgotten Life with Hilda van Neck-Yoder

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

jewish-star-holocaustFour letters are all that remains of Loek Kleerekoper, a young radio-technician who spent the last fifteen months of his life in Nazi concentration camps in occupied Holland and Poland. In this talk, Hilda van Neck-Yoder traces the fate of her distant cousin whose story has been virtually erased by the Shoah. Her painstaking research in archives in Amsterdam and Vught, the only official SS concentration camp in Northwestern Europe, reveals the brutality and terror that Loek had to confront but was forbidden to describe in his few letters. The result is a story that avoids the oversimplification and clichés that often mar narratives of the Holocaust.

Dr. van Neck-Yoder, Professur Emeritus, was born in the Netherlands and taught Comparative Literature in the Department of English at Howard University.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program supported by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. For more information please contact the project manager Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

ACMS Computer Assistance

The Peer Consultants at the East Commons Service Desk and the BLB Learning Services Desk will readily help you with trouble shooting the software on the ACMS Computers in the Library

Need a Coffee Break While in the Library?

Come to the Brody Space, Room 1045 for free coffee and snacks beginning at 7  pm, Monday- Wednesday of Finals Week.

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Kinesthetic seating available in Geisel

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“Happy Birthday To You” Dr. Seuss’ 112th Birthday Celebration March 2nd

DrSeuss16DSC_9660_UCSanDiegoPublication_ErikJepsenThe University of California, San Diego campus is making preparations for its annual birthday party to celebrate one of the campus’s most beloved luminaries, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The fantastically creative children’s book author’s 112th birthday celebration coincides with national Read Across America Day and comes on the heels of the UC San Diego Library’s recent announcement to name its new café in honor of the author’s wife, Audrey Geisel.

The party, which is open to Dr. Seuss fans both on and off campus, will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 2, in front of Geisel Library, the campus’s flagship building named in 1995 for Theodor and Audrey Geisel. The event will be hosted by University Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender. Birthday festivities include a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat as well as free cake and Seussian musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, directed by the Library’s Scott Paulson.

FullSizeRender (3)In addition to the birthday party, a modest exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss Collection will be on view from February 23 through March 7, 2016 in Geisel Library.

The UC San Diego Library received Theodor Seuss Geisel’s collection of drawings, manuscripts, notebooks, and other memorabilia after his death in 1991. In 1995, Audrey Geisel made a substantial donation to support the university’s Library, which was subsequently named Geisel Library. Last year, Audrey Geisel made a $3 million donation to the Library to refurbish the building’s main public spaces. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives is the world’s main repository for the original works of Dr. Seuss. The Dr. Seuss Collection holds more than 15,000 items, including original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.

For more information about the Dr. Seuss Collection at the UC San Diego Library, visit http://lib.ucsd.edu/dr-seuss-collection.

“A” is for Audrey at Geisel Library Café, Slated to Open in Spring 2016

The long-awaited Geisel Library café won’t open its doors until spring 2016, but, already, it’s  earned an “A.” But, this A is not the coveted grade, it’s for Audrey, specifically Audrey Geisel, the generous benefactor of the University of California, San Diego Library for whom the new café will be named.

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A working draft of what the café space will look like as of February 2016.

Audrey’s is expected to be completed in mid to late spring, with a grand opening planned for the campus and community supporters in May 2016. The café, which has been under construction since last December, is located on the 2nd (main) floor in the East Wing of Geisel Library, conveniently situated on the north end of the building’s most heavily used study area, which also houses the overnight study commons.

“I’m truly touched that so many of my friends at the UC San Diego Library have decided to name this new café after me,” said Audrey Geisel. “Even before we established the Dr. Seuss Collection here at the Library many years ago, I felt that this was a very special place, and certainly worthy of my continuing support. I know that Ted (Dr. Seuss) felt the same way, so I’m very pleased to know that our support will help to provide the resources and the services—not to mention caffeine— that today’s library patrons need to stay on the cutting edge.”

The café is one of the many enhancements planned for the university’s flagship building over the next several years, thanks to a $3 million gift made by Audrey Geisel in July 2015, which is the lead gift in the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, a major endeavor aimed at transforming and rejuvenating the interior public spaces of the Library to meet the evolving needs of students, faculty, and other Library users in an increasingly digital environment. Read more…

Wondrous Manifestations of Nature: Celebrating California’s National Parks

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, and the Library’s Special Collections & Archives is exhibiting items that illustrate some of California’s magnificent national parks and monuments. The exhibition, “Wondrous Manifestations of Nature: Celebrating California’s National Parks” is on view until April 2016, on the main floor of Geisel Library.

August 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau within the Department of the Interior. The Service would be responsible for protecting the 25 national parks and monuments already established and managed by the Department, as well as those yet to be established. The Service was to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Read more…

Exhibit Tells Story Behind Construction of the Nation’s First Transcontinental Railway

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From left to right: Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, Associate Director, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum; Li Fu, Executive Director, Chinese American Librarians Association; Murray Lee, Curator, San Diego Chinese Historical Museum; Xi Chen, UC San Diego Library; Simeon Man, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego History Department; Hilton Obenzinger, Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University.

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, an exhibit on display in Geisel Library, traces the amazing trajectory of the roughly 12,000 Chinese American workers who sacrificed life and limb during the four-year construction of the Transcontinental railway, which began in 1865.

The exhibit was produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University, is on display through February 29, 2016 in Geisel Library on the University of California, San Diego campus. The Chinese American Library Association’s Task Force on Chinese Railroad Workers, which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation for the contributions of Chinese Americans, also helped to bring the exhibit to the UC San Diego Library, the first institution to host the exhibit after its debut last summer at Stanford University and the Chinese Historical Society of America. Read more…

Have you used the Digital Media Lab (DML) or Tech Lending Program?

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2016 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday,  March 5, 2016
Geisel Library Classroom 2

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP.

Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

We will spend the time participating in a communal update session as we work together to improve and add Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism.

If you’re inexperienced – that’s ok! Tutorials will be provided for the beginner Wikipedian, along with reference materials and refreshments. There are Windows computers available in the library computer lab, but feel free to bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.

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