Look, A Book! Exhibition Celebrates Book Arts

Mark Twain

Mark Twain, The Jumping Frog, 2014 Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1985.

The UC San Diego Library will host an exhibition of fine press books, limited edition books, fine bindings, and one-of-a-kind artists’ books to be held at Geisel Library from September 6 through October 16, 2016. Members of the public are invited to the opening reception for Look, A Book!, which is sponsored by the California Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers on Saturday, September 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition—which includes the works of 24 members of the Guild of Book Workers—will present a broad range of book structures, letterpress printing, fine and design binding, and unique artists’ books in a wide variety of media, including photography, walnut ink, handmade sunflower paper, paste papers, and stone veneer. The topics of the artists’ books are equally diverse, and include such titles as News Delivery Systems: A Condensed History, Where Stucco meets Chaparral, On Rooks, Curried Book, The Lone Ranger, and The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain. The exhibition, which includes nearly 50 works, showcases traditional book arts as well as more innovative 21st century interpretations of books. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.

“I’m delighted that we are able to host this year’s California Chapter Guild of Book Workers exhibition in Geisel Library,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Collaborations like this—which showcase and celebrate the book arts—are especially meaningful to us. The UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives has a long history of supporting and presenting a wide range of materials crafted by book artists, and has an outstanding collection of artists’ books and limited edition fine press books. The Look, A Book! exhibition reflects our continuing interest in partnering with groups like the Guild to engage the campus and local communities and to support book artists and their distinctive works of art.” Read more…

15th Annual Paper Theatre Festival: The Smallest Show on Earth!

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Celebrate the history, wonder and awe of Paper Theatre, a popular Victorian era theatrical souvenir and educational toy, with the UC San Diego Library.

Saturday, August 20 – Sunday, August 21, 2016

Browse from noon – 4:00pm with
impromptu activities & performances

Monday, August 22, 2016

Browse from 10:00am – 1:00pm with
a short, live performance at 12:30pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

The 15th Annual Paper Theatre Festival is a family-friendly event with lots of hands-on activities for all ages! Design and color your own paper opticals; turn yourself into a paper doll actor; take part in lively performances featuring live-music, recitations, and manipulations of toy theatres and paper dolls; and browse replicas and re-issues of tiny Victorian Era theatres and modern takes on the toy. View images from the 2015 Paper Theatre Festival.

Best of all, weekend visitors will help produce a new paper theatre play for the collection. For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu. Read more…

Library’s Annual Toy Piano Festival to Premiere “Suite 16” on Sept. 2 & 3

The UC San Diego Library’s popular signature event–now in its 16th year–will feature two performances this fall, the first at Geisel Library on Sept. 2, and a special collaboration with the San Diego Public Library at the Central Library on Sept. 3. The events, which will be directed by the UC San Diego Library’s Scott Paulson, will include new scores for the toy piano, including the premiere of “Toy Piano Suite 16” and “Labor Day Lullabies.”

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Friday, September 2, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 PM

 Geisel Library, Seuss Room

AND

Saturday, September 3, 2016

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Downtown Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium

This year’s festival will also include jazzy new works by Sue Palmer, the “Queen of Boogie-Woogie,” and other new toy piano scores by composers Ryoko Amadee Goguen, Linda Kernohan, Samara Rice, Ellen Lawson, and featured performances by Kenneth Herman and Andrea Wingen. Read more…

Annual Dinner in the Library to Feature NPR’s Ari Shapiro Sept. 9

Fundraiser set in iconic Geisel Library building benefits UC San Diego Library’s greatest needs

CarouselThe University of California San Diego’s 13th annual Dinner in the Library—set in the iconic Geisel Library building—will take place Friday, Sept. 9, featuring Ari Shapiro, award-winning journalist and co-host of NPR’s popular radio news show, “All Things Considered.” Shapiro will take guests “Behind the News of the Moment,” sharing his insight on the making of the news, which promises to be fascinating with the presidential election just a few months away. In addition to Shapiro’s talk, Dinner in the Library will include a signature cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, and champagne and dessert reception.

Proceeds from the event will support the greatest needs of the UC San Diego Library, which include renovations and enhancements to the Geisel Library to better meet the ever-changing information needs of students, faculty and community members.

“Support from Dinner in the Library is essential to help ensure that the UC San Diego Library remains one of the nation’s leading academic libraries,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The UC San Diego Library is an essential resource that fuels the groundbreaking research and scholarly discoveries that UC San Diego has become known for around the world.”

During the event, Shapiro will draw upon his remarkable career as a globe-trotting journalist and co-host of the nation’s most popular afternoon commute-time news broadcast. Whether reporting from London or New Orleans, Shapiro transports his listeners to the scenes of some of the world’s most compelling news events. Among his many achievements, Shapiro was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age 30, and has received numerous honors and recognition for his journalistic work. In addition to chronicling four years of President Barack Obama’s administration as White House correspondent, he covered the U.S. courts and the American justice system during an especially turbulent time, and was the first recipient of the American Judges’ Association American Gavel Award. Shapiro has also been honored by the Columbia Journalism Review and the American Bar Association for his work on disability benefits for injured veterans and the failures of Louisiana’s detention system after Hurricane Katrina, respectively. A frequent guest analyst on television news programs, Shapiro also finds time for an occasional singing gig with the “little orchestra,” Pink Martini. Read more…

Abbreviated Hours at Audrey’s on August 14, 2016

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Due to a private event, Audrey’s will only be open to the public from 3:00 – 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 14, 2016. Other Library spaces and services will be available as usual from noon – 8:00 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Library Carpentry Workshops, July 18-22

A free Library Carpentry workshop will be held in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library July 18-22 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. No coding experience is needed to take these lessons! Click here for details. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. The workshop is free but registration is required due to limited space of 50 participants. You may register for any or all days of the workshop.

Registration and Workshop Information:

Day One (jargon, regular expressions) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614294

Day Two (bash, shell) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614295

Day Three (Git, Github) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614296

Day Four (Open Refine) – http://ucsd.libcal.com/event/2614297

Day Five (office hours/open discussion, no registration needed)

Library Carpentry is part of the Carpentry movement, whose mission is to train researchers and librarians in the technological tools and computational skills needed in today’s research environment. Participants in the workshops can go on to become instructors, and can add lessons or improve current ones to better serve their specific discipline, thus building a dynamic and re-usable set of instructional material. Library Carpentry was initially a one-time event held in London, and there have been offshoots held in Australia, but this will be the very first Library Carpentry workshop held in the United States!

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 August 31—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

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