Renovations Almost Complete on Geisel’s 8th Floor & Tower Restrooms

Here are the latest developments on all the Geisel Library building upgrades. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Summer 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 for patron use on Monday, October 1.

Renovated restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4-7 will open on Monday, July 16. New ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms are currently available on each floor.

New hydration stations on the 6th floor.

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.

 

The UC San Diego Library Joins the Plastic-Free Challenge for a Month

 

 

Plastic Free July Exhibit
#choosetorefuse
July 1-31, 2018 
Geisel Lobby, East Wing 

The Library’s Sustainability Committee invites you to reduce your plastic consumption for the month of July!  Plastic is ubiquitous in packaging and convenience products, and going plastic-free can be surprisingly challenging but there are alternatives. Here are some steps that you can take each day to reduce your consumption of plastic:

  •  Refuse plastic straws by choosing no straw at all or substituting a glass or steel one.
  • Skip the bottled water by carrying your own refillable one.
  • Consider eliminating other types of plastic from your life such as plastic plates, plastic wrap, utensils and to-go boxes. Get creative and share your ideas!

Plastic Free July started in 2011 in Australia, and it has quickly become a global movement. The Library put together a modest display near Audrey’s Café. Please check it out and join us on this adventure. Sign up for the challenge.

Binational Artists’ Books Exhibition Explores Childhood Legends & Collective Imagination

Artists’ Books/Libros de Artista
July 1-31, 2018
Geisel West, 1st Floor 

This July, the UC San Diego Library is featuring a collaborative exhibition of “Artists’ Books” made by participants in the “Introduction to Book Arts” class at UC San Diego Extension taught by Michelle McCunney and in the “Libros de Artista” course at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Ensenada taught by Elena Pomar.

“Life is too short to miss out on a cheeseburger.”

Both groups have explored ways to express content through the combination of images and book structure. Their varied backgrounds and interests fed into books that are diverse in form and content. Included are stab-bound books, paper that has been marbled or pressed from paper pulp, stitched, scrolled or folded. There are narrative sequences, visual poems, informational and object books.

Also featured in the display is a collaborative accordion book with pages contributed by students and instructors from both groups. The theme for this piece was myths and legends from childhood and the collective imagination.

For more information about Book Arts classes at UC San Diego Extension, please visit extension.ucsd.edu/arts.

Summer Exhibition Features Dr. Seuss’s “Boids & Beasties”

Photo Credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises

“Dr. Seuss’s Boids & Beasties”
Monday, June 25-Sunday, October 7, 2018
Geisel Library, Main Floor

The UC San Diego Library is featuring its summer exhibition of selected original drawings by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to his reading public as Dr. Seuss, on the main floor of Geisel Library through Sunday, October 7.  Dr. Seuss’s “Boids & Beasties” showcases his whimsical and fantastical creatures and creative talent.

Photo Credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. A long-time resident of La Jolla, his personal collection of drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and other works were donated to UC San Diego after his death in 1991, a gift of his widow, Audrey Geisel.

Beloved by millions of children and grown-up children, Dr. Seuss books have entertained and educated for more than a half a century. In fabricating tales and bringing fantastic creatures to life in the imaginations of young and old alike, he has given is the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, the Grinch, Yertle and the Turtle, The Lorax, the Sneetches and many more such memorable characters. His style of flamboyant, colorful illustrations and clever but simple rhymes has made his work recognizable throughout the world.

Less well known perhaps are Theodor Seuss Geisel’s early careers as an advertising and commercial artist in the 1920s and 1930s, and as an editorial cartoonist in the 1940s. Dr. Seuss’s “Boids and Beasties” draws from UC San Diego’s Dr. Seuss Collection to illustrate all aspects of Geisel’s work.

“Boids & Beasties” is Geisel’s own term for his fantastical creatures.

University of California Libraries Launch Project to Create Systemwide Integrated Library System

The University of California (UC) Libraries continually strive for an integrated, user-centric collection that supports and enhances the mission of the UC, deriving its strength from the diverse nature of the individual campus library collections. Currently, each campus independently licenses an Integrated Library System (ILS) to manage the acquisition, use and sharing of print and electronic library resources; a patchwork of services and connective systems ensures the campus collections are accessible systemwide to all UC students, faculty and staff.

With the goal of sustaining and enhancing service for all members of the UC community, the UC libraries—at the direction of the Council of University Librarians (CoUL)—has launched a project to explore a Systemwide ILS (SILS) platform. Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Startup and Exploration) of the project were completed between June 2017 and June 2018, and CoUL endorsed the SILS working group’s recommendations to move forward with Phase 3 (Detailed Planning). The working group will kick off Phase 3 at a planning meeting in September 2018 held at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library.

More information is available at the University of California Libraries website. The UC San Diego Library will continue to update its users as the process evolves and progresses.

Geisel Library Exhibits Focus on Civil Rights Era’s Impact

 

Photo by: Spider Martin, National Archives.

John Lewis: #GoodTrouble
June 2018
Exhibit, Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
Digital Exhibit, Geisel Library, main floor, east wing

“Sometimes you have to get in trouble–good trouble, necessary trouble–to make a way out of no way.” – John Lewis

Georgia Congressman John Lewis has been a longtime advocate for civil and human rights. His story starts in rural Alabama where he honed his preaching skills by preaching to his chickens. In college, he helped organize sit-ins in Nashville. Students occupied lunch counters and Freedom Riders rode interstate buses through the South, risking their lives to test new anti-segregation laws. In 1963 he was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. In 1965, Lewis was front and center on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” when Alabama state troopers attacked folks peacefully marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

This activism leads to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Lewis has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986 where he continues to be a supporter for justice and non-violent protest. More recently he has been a strong advocate for immigration policy reform and gun safety legislation.

The Library created two exhibits to highlight his long-standing commitment to activism. The exhibits include materials from Lewis’ March trilogy, as well as materials from the library’s collection on the Civil Rights Movement.

UC San Diego Library Launches Food for Fine$ Drive, Waiving Library Fines for Food Donations

Food for Fine$ 
Sunday, May 27- Saturday, June 9 
Geisel Library & Biomedical Library buildings

Bring food items to donate to either Library Front Desk between May 27 to June 9 (Weeks 9 & 10) for $2 per item off your library fines from Spring Quarter. All donated items go to UC San Diego Triton Food Pantry.

Guidelines

  • Fines eligible  for dismissal include course reserve and recall overdues, billing fees, and processing fees (no replacement charges)
  • Fines must be from the current term: Spring Quarter Weeks 1-8
  • Earn credits to a maximum of $40
  • Fines already paid may be credited
  • Food donations accepted at Geisel & BLB Front Desks
  • Small, individually-wrapped items in a larger bundle will count as one item (e.g. fruit cups in 4-pack)

Most Needed Items

  • Cereal, oatmeal, rice, pasta/sauce
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, ham)
  • Dry or canned beans
  • Peanut butter or granola bars
  • Canned soup or cooking oils
  • Canned fruits or vegetables

Read more…

Learning to Curate History: Arts & Humanities Undergraduates Explore the Library’s Special Collections & Archives

By Anthony King

UC San Diego Arts and Humanities undergraduates explore Geisel Library archives, presenting exhibits on Tijuana tourism and South Pacific expeditions

A selection from the Tijuana Photograph Postcard Collection, Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library

Have you ever wanted to curate your own museum exhibit? Three students from the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities got the chance to develop their own exhibitions, culled from material housed at the UC San Diego Library.

The students participated in the very first, two-quarter undergraduate curating course: independent study opportunities made available by the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The curating project culminated in two exhibitions currently on display at Geisel Library, on the main floor leading to the Seuss Room.

“We are tremendously excited by our very first two exhibits because it not only provided a tactile practical experience for our undergraduate curators, but they have been able to teach the UC San Diego community something new and exciting about the past,” said Mark Hanna, a professor in the Department of History and associate director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities. “I enjoy watching students explore the exhibits each time I go to the library.”  Read more…

UC San Diego Library’s ‘Food for Fine$’ Program Waives Overdue Fees for a Good Cause

The UC San Diego Library is teaming up with the UC San Diego Triton Food Pantry to offer students a unique alternative to paying recall or reserve library fines with nonperishable food donations.

In support of the food pantry, the Library’s Food for Fine$ is a new initiative encouraging students to offer food donations to receive a $2 credit per eligible item toward their existing fines for recent overdue Library materials.

“This initiative demonstrates the Library’s commitment to the UC San Diego community by providing needed relief to some students who might otherwise skip a meal to save money,” said Kymberly Goodson, program director for Spaces, Lending, & Access (SLA). “We’re thrilled about this partnership with the Food Pantry. It’s something we’ve never done at the Library, and we hope we can continue it in the future.”

To participate, students can drop off nonperishable foods at the Geisel or BLB Front Desks, including canned meats, canned vegetables, boxes of cereal, cooking oils, and much more (see details of eligible donations and fines here). No glass containers will be accepted and food cannot be repackaged, damaged, opened, or expired. Food for Fine$ kicks off May 27 and runs through June 9.

“Only fines incurred in Weeks 1 through 8 of Spring Quarter will be credited by donated goods, up to a $40 maximum,” said Goodson. “Alternately, participants can receive a credit for already paid fines from this time period.”

The UC San Diego Library joins a network of other universities with similar programs, such as UC Irvine Libraries, U-T at Arlington, and Texas A&M. Food for Fine$ originated in public libraries as a way to further contribute to their communities while also providing a way for library users to decrease or pay their fines and begin using their library cards again.

“We’ve seen an increase in students using the pantry as tuition costs rise. We currently serve over 700 students per week. A 2012 UC Undergraduate Experience Survey showed 25 percent of UC San Diego students ‘often’ skip meals to save cash,” said Sherlock Li, manager at the Triton Food Pantry. “With summer around the corner, Food for Fine$ is a great way for students to clear their cupboards before moving out and keep the Food Pantry stocked.”

The Triton Food Pantry was launched by Associated Students in February 2015 to ensure the academic success of students of all backgrounds. All registered students with a valid UC San Diego identification card can visit the pantry once per week to get up to 10 points worth of food. Fresh produce is also available to supplement students’ needs.”

For more information about the Food for Fine$ program, contact staff at either the Geisel or BLB Front Desks.

‘Master Storyteller’ Luis Alberto Urrea to be Keynote Speaker for 2018 Dinner in the Library

 

San Diego-raised novelist and UC San Diego alumnus, Luis Alberto Urrea ‘77, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Dinner in the Library on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Geisel Library.

Hailed by NPR as a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Urrea is a prolific author who draws inspiration for his novels from his binational upbringing and dual cultural experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.

Urrea was born in Mexico, living the first part of his youth in Tijuana before moving to San Diego in the 1950s. Similar to other writers, he got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high. His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being musically inclined Urrea chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models. Even though Urrea’s UC San Diego journey began as a theater major, it was the Literature Department that ultimately led him to graduation day. Today, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.”

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the best-selling author of 17 books and has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays.  Read more…

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