Germs Are Your Friends, Top UC San Diego Scientist Shares the Dirt

Posted On: October 17, 2017

A noted scholar and a world-leader in microbiome research, Rob Knight, Ph.D. will take guests inside the human body and share the dirt on the microbiome, the focus of his new book, published in June 2017. On Tuesday, October 24, Knight will discuss Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room. The UC San Diego Library talk is free to attend and open to the public. A reception and a book signing with Dr. Knight will follow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event from the UC San Diego Bookstore. Click here to RSVP.

Until recently, the human microbiome was virtually unheard of, but now it’s drawn all kinds of attention and has become the latest buzz word in medicine. Knight, director of the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (part of the White House’s National Microbiome Initiative), has found with the help of other researchers that the bacteria living in and on our bodies are critical contributors to human and environmental health. At his October 24 talk, Knight will discuss how those microbes are far from the freeloaders they were once thought to be. On the contrary, they help us digest, process nutrients, and are constantly interacting with—and helping shape—our immune systems.  Read more…

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

Posted On: October 12, 2017

 

The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Fall for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free. For more information on how to register, click here.

***Search Series – Library Databases and Search Tools***

PubMed: The Basics
Wed, Nov 8, noon – 1:30 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Wed, Nov 15, noon – 1:30 pm

***Information Management Series***

Zotero
Wed, Oct 18, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Zotero – Drop-in Clinic
Wed, Oct 18, noon – 12:30 pm

EndNote Online
Mon, Nov 6, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Mendeley
Tues, Nov 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am

EndNote Desktop
Thur, Dec 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

2017 Dinner in the Library Gala Raises Significant Support for Smart Learning Spaces

Posted On: October 10, 2017

Interim University Librarian Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Author Ann Patchett, Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego’s 14th annual Dinner in the Library lived up to its reputation as the premier campus event for lovers of libraries and books. Hosted by Interim University Librarian, Tammy Nickelson Dearie, the yearly tradition transformed the first floor of Geisel Library into an elegant cocktail and dining area amidst book collections and study spaces.

Drawing a crowd of more than 160 library friends and supporters, the gala raised $205,000 to support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which will  transform the 1st, 2nd, and 8th floors of Geisel Library to benefit student learning and research. Dearie gave special thanks to all those who generously supported this year’s Dinner, especially lead sponsor Audrey Geisel, and Jeanne Jones, who chaired the Dinner’s honorary committee for the second consecutive year.

This year’s keynote speaker, international best-selling author Ann Patchett mesmerized the audience as she described her evolving relationship with books and how she became a champion for independent bookstores. In 2011, Patchett opened her own bookstore—Parnassus Books in Nashville—at a time when bookstores were closing all over America. Very few people thought she would make it in an era of superstores and mass merchandisers such as Amazon, but she prevailed. The store has doubled in size and now there’s a second outpost of Parnassus Books at the Nashville airport. Read more…

11 Must-Read Books Recommended by Ann Patchett

Posted On: October 5, 2017

She’s been called the “patron saint of independent bookstores” and rightly so. Patchett doesn’t just write books, she sells them at Parnassus Books in Nashville. The New York Times best-selling author was the featured speaker at the University of California San Diego’s Dinner in the Library on September 8, 2017. She charmed the audience with her graciousness and shared her top reads. Here’s the list for your reading pleasure.

A Book About Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A Book About Science
Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren

A Book About Essays
The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum

A Book About Middle Schoolers
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A Book About Public Office and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin  Read more…

2017-18 Holocaust Living History Workshop Series Launches with Focus on “The Possibility of Renewal”

Posted On: October 5, 2017

The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego once again launches a year-long series of educational events that will focus on the theme, The Possibility of Renewal: The Shoah Between Past, Present, and Future. This year’s programming, presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, will unearth how renewal is possible in the wake of genocide, shed light on what it means for a defeated people to resurrect its past, and explore the roles of memory and justice in the process of renewal.

HLHW events are designed to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Each month, members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events to hear personal stories and memories from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars. In accordance with this year’s theme, many of the 2017-18 speakers will remind us that while the massive destruction wrought by the Holocaust cannot be diminished, the attempt to move beyond catastrophe and rebuild life and culture deserves recognition as well. All events are free and held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

October 11—Like Shadows Walking: Liberating Treblinka with the Red Army with Jacob Sandbrand

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jacob Sandbrand

 The first event this fall will be held on Wednesday, October 11, featuring Jacob Sandbrand who was barley 16 years old when he was forced to enlist in the Red Army. Sandbrand grew up in Kolomyia, a town formerly located in Eastern Poland considered to be in the “bloodlands”— the part of Eastern Europe that suffered the worst socio-political turmoil in the late 1930s and 40s. In September 1939, Kolomyia succumbed to Soviet invasion and its people—many of whom were Jewish—quickly became Soviet citizens, including Jacob. During his time in the Red Army, Sandbrand took part in the push westward and in the summer of 1944 he helped liberate Treblinka, a name that has come to epitomize the horrors of the Holocaust. Sandbrand will share his experience serving in the Red Army and how it felt to liberate a Nazi extermination camp.  Read more…

Poetry Reading: A Celebration of Jerome Rothenberg

Posted On: October 3, 2017

A half-century after its initial publication, poet Jerome Rothenberg’s brilliant anthology, Technicians of the Sacred, has been revised and expanded, and newly issued by the University of California Press.

The UC San Diego Library will host a celebration of Technicians of the Sacred on Thursday, October 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Geisel’s Seuss Room with a reception to follow. Rothenberg and five other poets—Rae Armantrout, Ben Doller, Sandra Doller, John Bloomberg-Rissman, and Wai-lim Yip—will read from the volume.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the hundred most recommended American books of the late 20th century, Technicians of the Sacred has exposed generations of readers to the multiple possibilities of poetry throughout the world. This new edition provides readers with a wealth of newly gathered and translated texts from recently reinvigorated indigenous cultures, bringing the volume into the present and further extending the range and depth of what we recognize and read as poetry.

An emeritus professor of visual arts and literature at UC San Diego, Rothenberg has published more than 80 books, spanning poetry, translation, and assemblage. His extensive personal and professional archive is held in Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library.

Did You Forget Your Charger or Other Tech Item?

Posted On: October 2, 2017

The Media Desk on Geisel 1ST Floor 1 West houses our extensive Tech Lending Program. Items include portable projectors, adaptors of various sorts, cameras and lenses, USB 3.0 flash drives, tablet/book holders, personal fans, Apple Iphone chargers, Android micro USB chargers, Rokus, handycams, calculators, and much more. Many charging cables and other items are also available at Geisel’s East Commons Desk. Selected items are available at the Biomedical Library Building’s Front Desk. Whiteboard supplies are available at each of these desks, as well as Geisel’s Front Desk. See details here.

Celebrate Armenian Culture with Library’s One Book, One San Diego Pop-Up Exhibit

Posted On: September 29, 2017

The UC San Diego Library has joined the San Diego County Library, the San Diego Public Library, KPBS and other partners in celebrating the 11th year of the popular One Book, One San Diego community reading program. 

A pop-up exhibit in Geisel reveals the nomination process of One Book, One San Diego and features this year’s selection, The Sandcastle Girls by New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian. The display located in Geisel West, Floor 2 also includes the titles selected for this year’s One Book companion programs: One Book Sin Fronteras selection (La Bastarda de Estambul by Elif Shafakin), One Book for Teens (I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached), and One Book for Kids (My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo).

The Sandcastle Girls is a spellbinding story of love and war where a young American volunteer, Elizabeth, travels to Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during WWI. There she meets a young Armenian engineer, Armen, who has lost his wife and daughter, and the two fall in love.

The goal of the One BookOne San Diego program is to encourage residents across the region to join in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book while examining how themes presented in the book relate to our daily lives and local communities.

Other events including book discussions, film festivals, and cooking classes will be presented throughout the county to celebrate this year’s One Book, One San Diego selection. For a calendar of events and information about the program, click here.

Opening Reception — The Photography of Norman Spencer

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Join us in celebrating the addition of Norman Spencer photography and films to the UC San Diego Library collection. The Library will be hosting an opening reception on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Geisel’s Seuss Room.  The exhibit runs October 3 through November 1, 2017.

Courtesy of Norman Spencer

“Professor Spencer’s photographs captured the intimate moments of key players in Chinese alternative culture, especially queer cinema. The newly acquired collection of his photographs enhances the UC San Diego Library’s world-renowned reputation as the best place to study underground and independent Chinese cinema,” said Yingjin Zhang, Distinguished Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at UC San Diego.

Professor Zhang will give introductory remarks at the opening reception on October 10. Read more…

Geisel’s 8th Floor Makeover Will Benefit Student Experience

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Welcome back Tritons! While you were off campus enjoying your summer, we’ve been busy planning for renovations happening in Geisel Library this fall.

Shovels are ready and work is underway! In preparation for construction, Geisel Library’s 8th floor closed on Sept. 22 and will remain closed until further notice. We’re expecting the project to wrap up sometime in Winter Quarter 2018. Very exciting!

Here’s a summary of the updates and what you can expect if you visit the Geisel Library over the Fall Quarter.

1. It’s all about that space …
We’re creating an updated, modern space for individual study on Geisel’s 8th floor. Stylish, comfortable, and practical furniture will be incorporated into our forward-thinking design. We love it! Hope you love it, too. 

2. Restroom will get some much-needed TLC
We’re adding ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor throughout Geisel’s tower. But don’t panic yet, throughout the renovation period, floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be access to restrooms on each floor at all times (Phew!) We anticipate the restroom renovations to continue through Winter Quarter.

3. Find a peaceful spot to study on the 7th floor
Geisel’s 7th floor will serve as the new, temporary, silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely.

4. Construction hours
Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

5. Where did Geisel’s 8th floor materials go?
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.

Pardon our dust while we continue to improve your Library! Follow our progress on our social media as the project moves along. For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction.

 

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