Geisel Library Renovations Forge Ahead This Spring

 

Shortly after the Fall Quarter began, construction crews got to work on a variety of projects to renovate the interior spaces of Geisel Library. Now that the academic calendar is turning to spring, many projects are nearing completion. Others will remain active for the next few months.

Here are the latest developments on all the Geisel Library building upgrades. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Spring Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor is expected to reopen in August. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4-7 continue to undergo renovation with the addition of new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4-7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations are expected to be completed in early June. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the projects move along.

A Talk with Brian Nosek: Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication

A Talk with Brian Nosek: Improving Openness and Reproducibility 
in Scholarly Communication
Thursday, April 19 • 2-4 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Shifting the scholarly culture toward open access, open data and open workflow is partly an incentives problem, partly an infrastructure problem, and partly a coordination problem.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology and culture change organization working on all three. Central elements of COS’s strategy are to provide policy, incentive, and normative solutions that are applicable across institution, funder, publisher, and society stakeholders, and to provide efficient implementations of those solutions with open-source public goods infrastructure that is branded and operated by the communities themselves (OSF).

Brian Nosek is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Nosek applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

Film Screening: Chicano Legacy

Chicano mural at UC San Diego

Film Screening: Chicano Legacy
 Monday, April 23, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Join us to view this short documentary on the power of students to make change. The Chicano Legacy Mural was commissioned at UC San Diego in 2011 as a response to racist incidents on campus. The film explores how the first ever permanent, minority inspired public artwork on campus has inspired students and its impact on campus life.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers Horacio Jones and Jorge Mariscal, and folks featured in the film, including Fnann Keflezighi.

Open to the public. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
For more information, please contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

2018 DIY Makers’ Day

DIY Maker's Day

DIY Makers’ Day
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

The Library Sustainability Committee is hosting a DIY Makers’ Day celebrating Earth Month 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 your own body sugar scrub or deodorant (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Plant a succulent
  • Pledge how you plan on going green in the upcoming year

Participants will leave with samples of projects and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis! Bring a totebag to help carry your materials.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions or more information, please contact Kim Kane, kmkane@ucsd.edu.

Let there be Power

Student feedback concerning electrical dead zones has been addressed with the addition of more power towers. Areas of focus include: Geisel Library 6th floor, Geisel Library East and West Commons, and the Biomedical Library.

VIP Study Room Contest

What would you do to have the exclusive use of a group study room for 24 hours? Well, the opportunity to win prime real-estate during finals week is the VIP Study Room Contest.

Do you have something on your mind? Write us a micro-flash fiction story. Think efficiency of text, brief vivid word pictures, and encapsulated thoughts. Challenge your ability to create precise phrasing.

Send us your 6-word, library-related FLASH FICTION story for a chance to win exclusive, 24-hour use of Geisel Study Room 2 from 10am March 19 to 10am on the 20th, 8 guest passes, and a study-themed gift basket.

Contest Rules

  • Stories should be 6 words and library-related
  • Submit as many stories as you like for additional chances to win
  • Submit here or email submissions to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu by March 14
  • Winner must be a current UCSD student; include college & major below or in the email
  • Multiple entries accepted per person; each enters you in the contest
  • Submissions may be used in Library publicity; winner to be notified March 14

 

Special Collections & Archives’ Ledger Art Books Serve as Hands-On Learning Tool for Graduate Students

 

“Driving the Horses” plate from the Koba-Russell Sketchbook. Courtesy of: Plains Ledger Art Digital Publishing Project (PILA).

 

The beauty of Indian Ledger Art isn’t just about depicting Native American history in vibrant colors and powerful compositions, but how it has influenced the next generation of Native American artists.

To Dwayne Wilcox, it’s more than artwork. It connects him to his Native American culture and reaffirms his purpose in the community. Wearing black pants, a striped dress shirt that hangs loose on his frame, and his signature pork pie hat, Wilcox stands in front of an audience speaking softly about his art and gazing earnestly at the Ledger Art drawings in his exhibit.

Dwayne Wilcox

The Lakota Ledger artist met with students and spoke in November at a public gathering hosted by the Library in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. A small collection of Wilcox’s contemporary ledger artwork was on view in an exhibition called Teíč’iȟ iŋla: Practicing Decolonial Love, curated by UC San Diego graduate students. Wilcox was joined by Ross Frank, associate professor of ethnic studies and director of the Plains Indian Ledger Art project (PILA).

Due to increased collector interest, more nineteenth-century ledger books are coming to light. However, sheets are sold individually for thousands of dollars, dispersing them on the market. In the last few years academics have been trying to reassemble book pages. Many of these fine examples of ledger art drawings are now accessible online. PILA has been working since 1995 to digitally preserve Plains Indian Ledger books under one platform to promote research and public access.

“Without trying, this digital project has brought UC San Diego about a million dollars’ worth of original, nineteenth-century Ledger Art books. We have the third largest collection of complete ledger books in the country outside of the holdings at the Smithsonian museums,” said Frank. “The Library’s Special Collections & Archives has eight complete ledger books and another one is on its way. We have a fine example of the work that was done by the 28 artists of the 72 prisoners that were held in Fort Marion in 1875 during the Red River War.”

Pictured left to right: Special Collections & Archives Director Lynda Claassen, Alison Urban, Jessica Fremlan, Melanie West, and Ethnic Studies Associate Professor Ross Frank.

PILA provides graduate students pursuing a doctorate in Ethnic Studies and other programs with hands-on training in research, digital database, and web management. In addition, the Ethnic Studies department offers courses that give undergrads and graduate students the tools to design museum exhibits that incorporate indigenous knowledge.

“It was important to me that the exhibit we created not only be a visual experience but one that prompted critical discourse and engagement among visitors. In providing a space to write or draw thoughts and responses to the exhibit we hoped that a conversation could happen on these pages,” said UC San Diego graduate student Alison Urban. “I love flipping through the book and seeing how the questions we posed through the presentation of modern and historical Ledger Art have activated students to connect with the notion of decolonial love.”

The Library’s physical collection of Ledger Art books continues to grow, albeit slowly, given their scarcity and cost. But they provide a vital teaching and research resource, and the Library will continue to work with Ross Frank and Ethnic Studies to develop and promote these unique cultural materials.

A Hub for Innovation and Learning: 3D Technologies Offered by UC San Diego Library

Higher education institutions have reached a pivotal turning point, where a confluence of innovative and ground-breaking technologies are bringing an abundance of change to the way in which we teach and learn. From cloud computing to 3D printing and augmented reality, these technologies are altering how we live and work.

For decades, a great deal of scholarly work was limited to photos and text, causing important details about objects and places to be lost and our ability to communicate complexity to be hampered. At the heart of our most recent wave of innovative technologies is a newfound ability to quickly and easily process and visualize 3D data. The means to design and build a new object, explore a place without being there, and capture and share the world around us is now highly accessible. Geisel Library’s Digital Media Lab (DML) puts these tools in the hands of students and faculty and lends expertise and context to make the learning experience simple, fun, and personally relevant. The DML offers free 3D printing, VR headset use, and expert consultation. The possibilities are endless, spanning almost every discipline.  Read more…

UC San Diego Names Erik T. Mitchell New Audrey Geisel University Librarian

Erik T. Mitchell, Ph.D. has been appointed university librarian at the University of California San Diego effective April 16, 2018. Mitchell currently serves as associate university librarian of Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services and associate chief information officer at UC Berkeley.

“Our Library is a premier resource for UC San Diego’s community of changemakers, playing a central role in the university’s mission by serving as a hub of discovery,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Dr. Mitchell has been at the forefront of integrating new information technologies in libraries to find, use and create knowledge, so I am confident that his expertise will continue to help transform the way our academic community teaches, learns and conducts research.”

During his five years at UC Berkeley, Mitchell worked extensively with various leadership teams to advance the mission of the university, drawing on principles of service, shared values and collaboration. He advocated for and led a charge to incorporate preferred name services into the campus’ library systems, worked with vendors and systemwide colleagues to select a digital imaging platform that is ADA compliant and established processes to ensure that all new programs and services include diversity, equity and inclusion considerations at the design and decision-making stages. He also co-led the creation of programs for research data management, the expansion of targeted and mass digitization programs and comprehensive computing services for students. Additionally, he was integral to cross-institutional and nationally shared print initiatives and has served as co-principal investigator on funded research and development activities.  Read more…

Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: A Book Talk with Journalist John Pomfret

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