Get Ready for a Seuss-tacular Celebration in Honor of Beloved Author’s Birthday

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, the popular children’s author-illustrator of The Cat in the Hat, which diversified mainstream children’s literature, turns 114 on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Party plans are underway at the University of California San Diego campus to celebrate the ingenious and creative spirit of Dr. Seuss during a noontime birthday bash that will include a two-story inflatable cake with candles, a giant, inflatable Cat in the Hat wearing a red and white striped hat, birthday cake, and Seussian musical entertainment by the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra.

Coinciding with national Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss fans near and far are invited to join the fun being held in front of Geisel Library, the university’s flagship building named in honor of Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995. UC San Diego’s Interim Audrey Geisel University Librarian Tammy Nickelson Dearie will be on hand to greet party-goers and serve cupcakes to the first 2,000 attendees.

“Few readers who have grown up in the last sixty years can imagine their childhood without the wonderfully whimsical images and rhymes of Dr. Seuss. The illustrations in the more than 60 books he wrote are timeless and draw both children and adults alike,” said Dearie. “We’re honored to host a cherished campus tradition that began in the early 90’s when the UC San Diego Library received its first gift from Audrey Geisel.”  Read more…

16th Annual Paper Theatre Festival: It’s the Smallest Show on Earth!

This Scale Model Educational Toy is Being Rediscovered and Celebrated at the UC San Diego Library

Festival Dates:
Saturday, February 10 • Noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 • Noon to 5 p.m.
(impromptu performances throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday)

Monday, February 12 • 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(special premiere performance from alumna Lily Huang at noon)
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

This three-day exhibit in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library features replicas of Victorian Era paper theatres as well as modern versions of the toy. Live performances are featured throughout each day.

In the Victorian Era, theatrical playhouses printed fine souvenir posters showing architectural elements of their theatre. Aspects of set design were shown on the posters along with representations of actual actors of the company (shown in costume from a specific production). Condensed scripts were included in these poster kits and paper doll players were soon seen in lively productions on a table top at home, with many aspects of theatre arts being introduced to producers and performers of all ages.

From these posters, families and hobbyists would cut out the proscenium, the curtain, etc., to create a scale model of that specific theatre. These paper theatre hobbyists ended up learning much about scenic design, lighting effects, sound effects, music, acting, directing, blocking—all through this paper theatre toy. Theatre-goers often bought these paper theatre posters as souvenirs promoting an actual production they saw. Those living far from the theatre district ordered paper theatres from a catalog and had them delivered to their small town as an educational toy for the household. A lot of cutting and pasting was involved but hours of educational fun and artistic exploration would follow. The many two-dimensional layers of a paper theatre add up to something with surprising depth and charm.

Exhibit and accompanying live events of this Paper Theatre Festival are free and open to the public. For more information Contact Scott Paulson via email at spaulson@ucsd.edu or by phone at (858) 822-5758.

For information about accessible parking on campus, click here.

2018 Holocaust Living History Workshops Highlight Law, Justice, and Accountability after the Holocaust

Reconstructed painted ceiling of an 18th-century synagogue that once stood in Gwoździec, an exhibition centerpiece at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

 

The 2017-18 Holocaust Living History Workshops (HLHW) continue this January at the University of California San Diego with six profound lectures focusing on the roles of memory and justice in the process of renewal following the persecution of countless individuals during the Holocaust. The 2018 speakers will remind us that these concepts constitute the threads that run through the tapestry of a history that is tragic yet also inspiring.

Co-hosted by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, the HLHW lecture series invites members of the public and campus community to attend the events to hear personal stories and memories from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars. The goal of the program is to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust while emphasizing their continued relevance in the world today.

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., with some exceptions (as noted below).

January 17—The Holocaust Litigations: Defining Guilt, Extracting Reparations —With William Lerach

Sponsored by Philip and Gayle Tauber

William Lerach

The first event this winter will be held on Wednesday, January 17 featuring William Lerach who was part of a small group of American lawyers who, decades later, exposed the widespread complicity of major Swiss banks and multi-national German corporations in the Holocaust. Lerach will discuss the litigations that recovered stolen property worth several billion dollars. He’s also a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and is the recipient of the prestigious Legacy Laureate Award from the University of Pittsburgh. Patrick Patterson, a professor of history at UC San Diego, will provide an introduction and comments.

February 7—Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure—With Martin Haas

On Wednesday, February 7, the HLHW series will feature UC San Diego professor emeritus Martin Haas who will share the tragic history of his family’s death and his experience in court where he came face-to-face with the man who was involved in his family’s murder. Haas was born into a Dutch-Jewish family and spent World War II in hiding with a Catholic family. In 1946, he was adopted by a distant relative and emigrated to Israel. Years later he moved to California to pursue a Ph.D.

February 28—East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes against Humanity”—With Award-Winning Author, Philippe Sands

Sponsored by Michelle and William Lerach

Philippe Sands

An extraordinary tale about human rights and their adversaries sits at the heart of Philippe Sands’ book, East West Street. A professor of law and director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, Sands is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently about international law for leading newspapers. He was prominently featured in My Nazi Legacy, a documentary released in 2015. This event will be held in the Hojel Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with a reception and book signing to follow. Copies of East West Street will be available for purchase at the event from Warwick’s. RSVP is required at hlhw_sands_eventbrite.com Read more…

Are You a Techie? Join Us for the Digital Media Lab Open House!

The Digital Media Lab (DML) is an exciting high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more!

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Geisel Library’s East Commons (2nd Floor).

Get up to speed on the latest technology tools at the Digital Media Lab, and learn how its free resources and services can support you!

The Digital Media Lab offers: 

  • Free 3D printing for all UC San Diego affiliates
  • Virtual reality equipment including:
    • 2 HTC Vive Headsets
    • 2 Oculus Rift Headsets
    • 360 Video Cameras
  • Augmented reality projects in Unity and Vuforia
  • Research consultations for simple part production and 3D visualizations
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

For more information about the Digital Media Lab, click here. For questions or concerns, contact Scott McAvoy at smcavoy@ucsd.edu.

 

Schottlaender to Lead UCLA Senior Fellows Program

Since its creation in 1982, the Senior Fellows Program at UCLA has identified and developed many academic library leaders who have gone on to distinguished careers. Upon the retirement of longtime director Beverly Lynch, professor of information studies, UC San Diego’s University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender, will come on board as its new director. In addition, the program will become a collaborative effort of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the UCLA Library and Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit that provides guidance to the academic community.

The fellows program combines management perspectives, strategic thinking and practical and theoretical approaches to the issues confronting academic institutions and their libraries. During the three-week residential program, fellows listen to lectures, review case studies, attend field trips and participate in group study sessions. Of some 250 alumni, nearly half have gone on to positions as library directors.

“It’s truly my privilege to follow in the footsteps of Beverly Lynch, who has contributed so much toward the development and success of the Senior Fellows Program,” said Schottlaender. “I look forward to leading the program — in collaboration with our new partners — and am eager to help shape the next generation of library leaders in the academic world.”

Schottlaender, who will retire as UC San Diego’s University Librarian on June 30, was a member of the Senior Fellows Program’s 1995 class. Read more…

Categories: Library News, Staff News

Introducing Tammy Dearie

Tammy Nickelson Dearie, who currently serves as the UC San Diego Library’s Associate University Librarian for Enterprise Services, will become the Interim University Librarian when Brian Schottlaender retires at the end of June.

Although the recruitment effort for Brian Schottlaender’s successor has begun, recruitments like this can often take up to a year, so in that time, Tammy will become much more visible at Library events and more familiar to Library friends and supporters. This transition will go smoothly, as Tammy’s breadth of experience in the Library world, and at UC San Diego in particular, is impressive, as are her accomplishments and leadership skills.

A UC San Diego alumna who received her M.L.I.S. (Master of Library & Information Science) degree from UCLA, Tammy has a wealth of experience in managing Library budgets, departments, and staff, as well as major projects, processes, and initiatives. In 2009, after serving as the head librarian for the former Social Sciences & Humanities Library for 8 years, Tammy was appointed to serve as Associate University Librarian, reporting to the University Librarian and a member of the Library’s senior management team. Under the auspices of Brian Schottlaender, Tammy played a pivotal role in the Library’s reorganization to a more centralized model, in collaboration with associate university librarians Catherine Friedman and Martha Hruska, who make up the senior leadership team, and Library staff. Read more…

University Librarian Helps Guide Efforts to Preserve Digitized Buddhist Art in China’s Mogao Caves

Last fall, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender co-chaired an international meeting of librarians and other preservation specialists to advise the Dunhuang Research Academy on preserving thousands of still and moving images of Buddhist art in the Mogao Caves, in Dunhuang in the Gansu province in northwest China.

Neville Agnew_MogaoCavesEntrance

The nine-story temple (Cave 96) houses a colossal Tang dynasty Buddha statue (photo credit: Neville Agnew)

 

The Mogao Caves, which are located at a strategic point along the Silk Route, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. The caves comprise 492 temples, featuring some of the finest examples of Buddhist art, spanning some 1,000 years.

Detail of a wall painting at the Mogao Grottoes (photo credit: Francesca Piqué)

Schottlaender and colleagues from the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Hermitage Museum, Harvard, UC Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, National Taiwan University, and other prominent institutions, were invited by the Dunhuang Research Academy to the two-day meeting, to begin consulting on a monumental project called Digital Dunhuang.

The Digital Dunhuang initiative was formed with the long-term goal of digitizing the images of the 492 caves and their cultural resources, including 3-D imaging of murals and sculptures, and the development of long-term strategies for managing and preserving these digital resources. Committee members received a three-year appointment from Wang Xudong, director of the Dunhuang Research Academy, and have prepared and submitted a set of recommendations for future activities in three key areas: digital ass et management, digital resource integration, and digital preservation.

Conservators at work in Cave 85 of the Mogao caves (photo credit: Neville Agnew)

Schottlaender’s co-chair at the International Consultative Committee is Professor Pan Yunhe, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In addition to the aforementioned participants, other members of the 40-member visiting team include representatives the University of Hong Kong, Microsoft Research Asia, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Jawaharlal Nehru University Library, the National Museum in New Delhi, Zhejiang University, Wuhan University, and the University of Science and Technology of China.

Oncofertility Science Academy Inspires Young Women to Become Physicians & Researchers

For the last decade, the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine has sponsored an innovative program that offers young, high-school age women with the opportunity to become immersed in an exciting new field of medicine—oncofertility—which addresses the fertility needs and quality of life issues of young cancer patients.

Onconfertility Trip to Northwestern

Graduates of the 2015 Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at the 2016 Oncofertility Consortium Conference

Each year, approximately 12-14 young women from San Diego communities are selected to participate in the Oncofertility Science Academy’s summer program, which includes Saturday classes taught by UC San Diego faculty, on topics ranging from cancer biology and in vitro fertilization to chemotherapies and reproductive ethics. The Library’s biomedical and public health librarian, Karen Heskett, also plays an important role in the program’s success, providing instruction to the students on best practices in researching public health and medical research.

“The sessions focus on the research process, and the importance of beginning with a well-defined search strategy,” said Heskett, who has provided instruction to the OSA’s students in the annual program since 2014. “This is really an impressive group of young women. While this is often their first foray into research and scholarly literature, they are highly motivated to learn and understand, and they do amazingly well at diving in and grasping what they find. I find it very gratifying to contribute to their learning and enlighten them about the research process.” Read more…

University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender, to Retire in June 2017

Following 18 years of extraordinary service as UC San Diego’s University Librarian, Brian E. C. Schottlaender has announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2017.

Brian Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

“University Librarian Schottlaender has been an effective and highly respected leader for the UC San Diego Library, and he will be deeply missed,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Peter Cowhey, in a notice sent to the campus earlier. “He is nationally recognized in his field and has led several collaborative initiatives to advance digitization and digital preservation on the UC system-wide, national and global scales. During his tenure at UC San Diego, print and digital offerings in our Library expanded by more than 50% and the number of collection endowments doubled.”

Schottlaender’s “transformational leadership,” was credited with the UC San Diego Library’s current status as one of the top academic libraries in the nation, along with his “bold and visionary approach to navigating the evolving role of the academic library and in reshaping Library resources and services to best meet the changing needs of the academic community.”

Most recently, Schottlaender launched the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), with a generous gift from longtime friend and supporter, Audrey Geisel. The GLRI seeks to renovate the interior public spaces of—Geisel Library—the university’s most iconic building, to meet the needs of today’s students and scholars. In 2007, Schottlaender was named The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, an honor bestowed by another generous gift from Audrey Geisel. Schottlaender has also been the recipient of some of the American Library Association’s (ALA) most prestigious awards, including the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award in 2015 and the Melvil Dewey Medal in 2010, for his bold approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing libraries and universities in the digital age.

In response to the growing demand at the university for cyberinfrastructure, Schottlaender collaborated with the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Calit2, and other campus partners to build the technological and human capacity to manage and curate the vast amount of digital data generated by UC San Diego faculty and researchers. Today, the Library plays an increasingly critical role in managing and curating research data, and rendering it discoverable by scholars and the public.

Among his achievements, Schottlaender served as lead curator of the Online Archive of California (OAC), an early effort to make library special collections and archives accessible online. He was also instrumental in developing the HathiTrust initiative, a consortium of universities led by the University of California and the University of Michigan, which has become one of the largest online collections of books supporting scholarly work, ever assembled. He was an inaugural member of the Board of the Digital Preservation Network, and led UC San Diego Library’s partnership with Google to build a global digital library. He also helped lead the development of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a groundbreaking shared print journal repository serving university and research libraries. Now in its seventh year with 74 partner libraries, WEST has become a model for other library consortia. Schottlaender also guided the development of the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance, an international consortium of more than 35 major Pacific Rim academic libraries. Recently, the Library entered into collaboration agreements with Chinese and German universities.

Following Schottlaender’s retirement, UC San Diego’s Associate University Librarian for Enterprise Services, Tammy Nickelson Dearie, will serve as Interim University Librarian while a national search is conducted for his successor.

Lynda Claassen Receives Excellence in Stewardship Award

Posted On: October 10, 2016
lynda-claassen

Photo Credit: Bob Ross Photography

Lynda Claassen, the UC San Diego Library’s longtime director of Special Collections & Archives, recently received the Excellence in Stewardship Award from the UC San Diego Foundation, in recognition of her long history of building and sustaining excellent relationships with donors to the Library.

During her more than 30-year tenure as director of the Library’s Special Collections and Archives, Lynda has become well-known for her collaborations—often over many years—with donors of gifts of rare and archival materials.

“There is no question that Lynda’s many efforts have raised the caliber of our distinctive collections and the reputation of the Library” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “But, more importantly, she has been committed to ensuring that the rare materials entrusted to us are properly cared for, in accordance with the desires of those donors who have given us their treasures for safekeeping and long-term preservation.” Read more…

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