Digital Collections Website Serves as One-Stop Resource for State’s History & More

Whether you’re a researcher, a teacher or simply a curious citizen, this one-stop digital platform offers unique cultural archival resources to California history lovers.

Developed and maintained by UC’s California Digital Library, Calisphere provides free access to over 1,025,000 digitized items including photographs, letters, artwork, diaries, oral histories, films, advertisements, musical recordings and documents. The oldest digitized item in Calisphere is an Armenian Manuscript Bible dating back to 1121 A.D.

Calisphere is now one of the largest collections of digital archival material in the state following a significant makeover in 2015—and continues to add new resources every week. These collections have been digitized and curated by all ten UC campuses and other notable libraries, archives and museums throughout California. Visitors can access selections from the collections from any device, at any time and no registration is required. The UC San Diego Library is a major contributor with over 90,000 digital objects in Calisphere. The website also serves as a hub, gathering content and contributing nationally to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)Read more…

Weeklong Summer Training Program for Scholarly Communications Starts July 30

125 participants attended the 2017 FSCI at UC San Diego

 

Do you want to be part of a growing community that aims to transform and improve the future of research communication and e-Scholarship? Then join us for the second installment of the Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) from July 30 to August 3, 2018 at the MET Building on the UC San Diego campus. The program, hosted by the UC San Diego Library, provides learning opportunities for both the expert and the novice in scholarly communication.

The five-day intensive summer training institute is designed to help researchers, students, administrators, librarians, post docs and others navigate the ever-changing and increasingly complex scholarly communications landscape. FSCI will incorporate intensive coursework, seminar participation, group activities, lectures, and hands-on training taught by worldwide leading experts in various aspects of scholarly communication. Participants will attend courses on a wide range of topics including author carpentry, bad publishing, reproducible code and data, software citation, public humanities and more.  Read more…

UC San Diego Library Wraps Up Holocaust Living History Workshop Lecture Series May 30



Join us for the last installment of the 2017-2018 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) with Eva Clarke on Wednesday, May 30 from 5-7 p.m. in the Seuss Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Eva Clarke

What does it mean to be born in a concentration camp, arguably one of the most inhospitable places on earth? Clarke was one of three “miracle babies” who saw the light of day in KZ Mauthausen in Austria. Nine days after her birth, the Second World War ended. As a newborn, Eva’s chances of survival were extremely slim. Against all odds, she lived, making her and her mother Anka the only survivors of their extended family. In 1948, they emigrated from Prague to the UK and settled in Cardiff. Nowadays, Eva regularly talks to audiences, and her remarkable story has been featured in the British and American media. She and her mother are among the protagonists of Wendy Holden’s book “Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope.”

Every year the popular HLHW invites high-caliber speakers to campus to share inspiring stories that broaden our understanding of the past, foster tolerance and preserve the memories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. This year we heard from individuals such as international lawyer Philippe Sands and POLIN Museum’s curator Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

If you missed the opportunity to attend a workshop, you can watch recordings of selected talks for research through the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Collections and UCTV.

A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition


A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition

A Discussion & Book Signing with Psychiatrist Jonathan Salk
Thursday, May 24 • 5:30-7 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Free admission, RSVP recommended.

In the new book, “A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future,” Jonathan Salk and co-author David Dewane take a look at the problems presented by population growth and changing human values. The book is a revised version of an earlier publication Jonathan wrote with his father, visionary scientist Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine.

More than 40 years ago, Jonas Salk understood that we are at a unique moment in the history of humankind. Population growth has begun to slow and is trending toward equilibrium. This change is accompanied by an equally significant change in human values — a shift from those based on the unlimited availability of resources, unremitting growth, excess, independence, competition and short-term thinking to those based on limits, balance, interdependence, cooperation and long-term thinking. This transition is the source of the far-reaching tension and conflict happening in the world today.

Salk argues the way through this difficult time is to understand its basis and to focus on new values that will be of the greatest benefit both to individuals and humankind. He adds with population equilibrium societies are more focused on cooperation rather than individual excesses and are in harmony with nature.

“A New Reality” delivers a message of both caution and hope. Readers across the social and political spectrum will find it a reasoned and balanced counterpoint to current social and political trends. Its elegant design and perspective will appeal to general readers, policymakers, millennials, baby boomers, teachers and students, filling a need for a work of positivity and wisdom in otherwise bleak times.

This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

The Library is offering a large selection of workshops this spring for all UC San Diego students, faculty and staff. All workshops are free!

Special Workshops

Measuring Your Scholarly Impact with Metrics & Altmetrics
May 3, 2 p.m. at the Biomedical Library Building
Identifying your most impactful research is more than just cited data these days. Traditional tools as well as alternative metrics (i.e., Altmetric) can provide additional data to help tell the story of the impact of your research. To register, click here.

Managing Your Researcher Scholarly Identity
May 9, 2 p.m. at the Biomedical Library Building
This workshop provides information about tools and techniques to retain more control over your reputation and ensure that search results reflect how you want to be seen.  It will also cover strategies and services so that this process is manageable for any comfort level. To register, click here.

Regular Workshops

For more information or to register for these workshops, click here.

PubMed: The Basics
Tuesday, May 15, 10-11:30 a.m.

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Wednesday, May 30, noon-1:30 p.m.

Managing Citations – Which Tool to Use?
Wednesday, June 6, 2 -3:30 p.m.

EndNote Desktop
Thursday, June 14, 2-3:30 p.m.

For workshops about Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote Online please ask for a custom workshop or consultation with a Librarian.

Walk-In Expert Consultations Now Offered at the Digital Media Lab

We’re excited to announce that the Digital Media Lab is piloting a new program to offer walk-in expert consultations with our experienced student staff!  Starting Tuesday, May 2 and extending through the end of spring term, the DML will offer walk-in expert consultations for select software and workflows.

Tuesdays from 2 to 10 p.m. with DML Assistant Janice Zhao. Get help with:

Janice Zhao is a 4th year Computer Science student with wide technical skills and an affinity for artistic 3D modeling and digital physics simulations.

Schedule an appointment with Janice here.

Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with DML Assistant Alex Chen. Get help with:

Alex Chen is a 4th year Product Design Major who loves photography and customizing his own gear with 3D printing.

Schedule an appointment with Alex here.

HERSTORY: The Legal History of Chinese-American Women

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel
Wednesday, May 2 • 3-5 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Sponsored by the Literature Department, History Department and UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

In the last few years, many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War appeared in the literary market in Spain. This was a strange phenomenon: the society that was born after Franco’s dictatorship was a society without memory. The democratic Spanish society that was born during the so-called “Transition” was based on silence and oblivion agreements. In this context, the Spanish Civil War turned into a taboo: it could open old wounds and it could wake up the old ghosts of the war. The Transition spirit urged the Spanish people to look ahead, towards European progress and modernity. But, suddenly, the society changed and started to look back. In the year 2000, the “Asociación por la recuperación de la memoria histórica” (Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory) was founded, and many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War were published. It was great news; apparently, literature had started to fight against the silence and oblivion established during the Democratic Transition. Seemingly, these novels broke the Transition agreements. However, when we start to read these novels we realize they do not question the Transition agreements, they also strengthen them. This presentation will analyze how these novels reproduce two consensus: the Transition consensus and the Neoliberal consensus.

Take the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey and Win Prizes!

Every student has a voice, let your voice be heard! The UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)  is an official UC survey conducted every two years at all nine general UC campuses. The survey is a vital tool in learning about student experiences on campus, and how staff can improve undergraduate life. Campus staff and decision makers were alerted about affordability and diversity issues at UC San Diego following a study of the survey results. The Undergraduate Experience Survey has made an impact. Did you know the Triton Food Pantry was created after findings from UCUES?

When you complete the survey, you’re entered into prize drawings that include $40 Visa gift cards and a $250 Grand Prize. Several drawings will take place throughout the survey period, so the sooner you complete UCUES, the more chances to win. UCUES is also giving away four iPads and one Apple Watch each day during the first week of May for a total of five Apple prizes (one per day).

The next UCUES will not be offered again at UC San Diego until spring 2020. This will be your last opportunity, for some time, to have your voice heard through the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey.

Complete the survey today!

UC San Diego Physicist Flexes ‘BICEP’ to Introduce Controversial New Book

Brian Keating discusses how his work on a telescope at the South Pole led to a story about the world’s most prestigious award

In 1895 Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite sat at a desk in Paris and secretly wrote out his last will and testament. In that document, the man known to many as “the Merchant of Death” stipulated that his vast wealth be distributed in the form of yearly prizes to those who “have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.” In the following years, the Nobel Prize would become the world’s most prestigious honor. Each December, thousands of the world’s elites arrive in Stockholm to dine on reindeer with the King of Sweden in celebration of the achievements of humankind.

Yet, as the University of California San Diego’s Brian Keating explains in his new book “there’s something rotten in Sweden.” Voted one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month, “Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor”  is described as a shot across the bow from Keating and a plea to reform the award that has captivated generations, but often comes at a high price.

Keating will be reading and discussing the book at several events in southern California, including a conversation at UC San Diego on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Atkinson Hall Auditorium, co-hosted by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and the UC San Diego Library, a source for several of the historical photographs in the publication. A book signing and reception will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All books purchased at the event will receive a limited edition gold-plated bookmark, commemorating the book launch. Seating is not guaranteed. RSVP, here. Read more…

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