Library’s Online Services Available During Campus Holiday Closure 2018-19

Information about the various UC San Diego Library services available during the campus holiday closure can be found online. While all Library buildings will be closed, access to most Library online resources will be unaffected. Faculty, students, and staff can access Library-licensed online resources via the campus VPN.

Instructors who plan to offer Library-supported course reserves during winter quarter 2019 should submit requests as soon as possible. Requests submitted after December 19, 2018 may not be available for student use until after winter quarter instruction has begun.

As noted on the Hours webpage, all UC San Diego Library buildings will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018, to Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Library buildings will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

Check Real-Time Availability of Computers at Geisel Library

Need to find a computer in the Library? You can now check live computer availability on the large digital sign located in the east-side entryway into Geisel. Our goal with this project is to help students plan their use of the increasingly busy building. We encourage our campus community to leave their feedback on the whiteboard, to the right of the screen.

This is a pilot program to test out a new piece of software. The Library is looking to expand this service to include seating and group study rooms availability in the near future. Next quarter, we’ll be working to get more student feedback on this visualization project. The digital sign will remain in place during Finals Week.

Send questions, comments and suggestions to the Library’s web manager.

Sea Turtle Update

It’s been a year since the DML helped Birch Aquarium staff design a prosthetic shell piece for their star turtle. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was rescued from a New Jersey power plant in 2013 with a large gap in the bottom right part of her shell. This gap, along with an abnormal curve of her spine and paralysis of her back flippers, is likely due to trauma experienced in the wild before she was rescued.

The brace, shown in the video below, is made of a rigid white plastic that was 3-D printed to fit the turtle’s shell precisely. There is a ratcheting plastic cable that attaches to two fasteners to provide strength, support and pressure as needed to allow flexibility as she grows. A velcro neoprene weight pocket is also attached, separately, to help provide neutral buoyancy while she rests. All of the equipment used was adhered with a safe, two-part marine epoxy. The sea turtle, which could grow to as much as 250 pounds — will eventually outgrow the brace and have to be fit for a new one.

A year later, the Digital Media Lab is now working to analyze the turtle’s shell shape to see if the brace has had any impact on her spinal alignment. After reviewing these high resolution 3D CT scans, it appears that she’s not suffered any noticeable change to the shell shape or any adverse impacts. Regular monitoring is necessary as the sea turtle continues to grow.

Year-round, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle lives in Birch Aquarium’s Hall of Fishes’ Magdalena Bay habitat. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m., visitors can see the animal training and feedings required to help with her ongoing health care. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-FISH.

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Giving Back to Inspire: Nobel Laureate Harry Markowitz Places Nobel Prize in UC San Diego Library

Harry Markowitz’s Nobel Prize Medal.

 

Nobel laureate Harry Markowitz, an adjunct professor at the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego, has placed his Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (Nobel Prize) in the UC San Diego Library. The medal and the accompanying diploma were gifted by Markowitz to the Rady School of Management in 2016 and placed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives at an intimate ceremony at Geisel Library in early November.

Left to right: Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla; Rady School of Management Dean Robert Sullivan; Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Elizabeth H. Simmons; (center) Nobel Laureate Harry Markowitz.

Markowitz was awarded the prize in 1990 by the Swedish Academy for his pioneering work in the theory of financial economics. He was one of the first academics to identify the benefits of adding additional assets to a portfolio and introduced the idea of diversification. His work in understanding risk and how it applies to stock markets was seminal in the development of what became modern portfolio theory.

During the ceremony, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla talked about UC San Diego’s powerful history in economics and praised the 91-year-old faculty member for his philosophic spirit and his motivation to seek the truth.

“We really appreciate what Harry has done for UC San Diego,” said Khosla. “His greatest gift is teaching us that it’s not about our own expertise. Our own expertise is an outcome of us seeking the truth in a certain field of study. This in itself has and continues to inspire our students to look deeper and not limit their innovation and exploration for truth.”  Read more…

UC San Diego Library’s ‘Food for Fine$’ Drive Returns for Holidays

The UC San Diego Library is partnering with the Triton Food Pantry again to give back to our campus community this holiday season.

Bring food items to donate to the Front Desk at either Geisel or the Biomedical Library buildings between Sunday, December 2 through Saturday, December 15 (Week 10 & Finals Week) for $2 per item off your library fines from Fall Quarter. All donated items go to the Triton Food Pantry.

Food for Fine$
Sunday, December 2 – Saturday, December 15
Geisel Library & Biomedical Library buildings

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: Fall Quarter 2018: Weeks 1-9
• 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
• $5 credit for Cereal (18oz) or Oatmeal (8pck)
• 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

Ineligible Items
• Items expiring before 2/1/19
• Open, dented, or damaged packages
• Items in glass containers
• Perishable or homemade items
• Ramen, soda, gum, chips, or candy

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

Grab Coffee with Your Librarians

Take a coffee break and connect with a librarian in your field of study!

2018 Turkey Calling Show

Turkey Calling Show
Wednesday, November 21 • Noon – 1 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Join the UC San Diego Library for its Turkey Calling Show, an annual community tradition. Come and learn about the American turkey’s surprising presence in European art and the bird itself through turkey calling techniques.

Presented as an old-time radio hour, this celebration is filled with music, sound effects and stories of interest. UC San Diego alumnus, Scott Paulson,  who has been lauded by the San Diego Union-Tribune for his family-friendly shows, will be hosting the event.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservation required. For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758.

Life in Crazy Times: An American Internee in War-torn Europe with Lou de Beer

Life in Crazy Times: An American Internee in Warn-torn Europe with Lou de Beer
Thursday, November 8 • 5 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room 
Register for the event 

This event is sold out but walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available.

On Thursday, November 8, the HLHW series will feature Lodewyk “Lou” de Beer.

Lou de Beer

“I live in crazy times,” Anne Frank wrote in her attic on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. Lou might have echoed that sentiment, though his life was not in immediate danger. The son of American parents, Lou was born in Amsterdam. As a boy, he witnessed the arrival of the German troops in 1940 and lived through 18 months of occupation. When the US joined the war against Germany, the de Beers were declared enemy aliens and subjected to a lengthy odyssey through concentration and internment camps in Holland, France and Germany.

On the periphery of the war and the Holocaust, Lou caught glimpses of devastation and oppression without fully grasping their significance, though he would experience the hardship of war firsthand during his service in Korea in the 1950s. His experience adds an important and generally overlooked angle to the history of the Second World War in Europe.

For more information about UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact Susanne Hillman at (858) 534-7661. To register for the event by phone, contact Ellysa Lim at (858) 534-1183. Please note: If you’re unable to reserve a seat before the event sells out, walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available.

UC San Diego Library to Host Student Success and Safety Information Fair

Geisel After Dark 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 • 7 – 9 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual Geisel After Dark Library Student Success & Safety Information Fair on Wednesday, November 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Geisel’s Seuss Room.

Enjoy free snacks, games, and activities while learning how different campus and Library departments, units, and programs can help you succeed at UC San Diego! The event will focus on student support, resources, services and safety.  Stop by for a chance to win $20 Triton Cash gift cards!

For more information about the fair, please contact Laura Nuno Torres at (858) 822-5898.

Homecoming Events at Geisel Library for Triton Families

Geisel Library Hours: 

Friday, October 19: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 21: 10 a.m. – Midnight


Explore all that UC San Diego has to offer during a super-sized Homecoming Weekend! Students and Triton alumni are invited for a fun-packed few days of festivities, including athletic events, a barbecue, class reunion and an outdoor music festival or performance at La Jolla Playhouse. The Library is excited to participate in this campus-wide celebration through offering a variety of immersive activities and exhibits to experience!

Featured exhibits include:

Past is Prologue: A Journey of Discovery Exhibit
Geisel Library, 2nd (main) Floor, West Wing

Photographer Barbara Michelman captures the landscape of loss and silence of Paneriai, the site of one of the worst massacres of Jews during World War II, where her father was born. Her exhibition showcases a series of photo montages made with a mixture of words and images, portions of old letters, documents, names of people and towns, all echoing the voices of the vanished.

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record Exhibit
Geisel Library, 2nd (main) Floor, East Wing

the US White House light up from the outside with different color lightsUC San Diego presents We’re Here, We’re Queer, And We’re In the Public Record! on display at Geisel Library through November 2, 2018. The United States government provides a wealth of primary sources that can be used to document our nation’s stance on many social movements. This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.

Audrey’s Digital Display featuring LGBTQ History Month
Geisel Library, Audrey’s Café Lounge

In recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month, the digital display at Audrey’s Café will feature brief biographies of notable LGBT individuals in addition to symbols and milestones within the LGBT community. LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history as well as the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.   Read more…

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