Geisel Library Exhibit Sheds Light on Chinese Workers Who Built Transcontinental Railway


Chinese work group for the Great Northern Railway, c. 1909. (Photo courtesy of Royal British Columbia Museum)

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University, is on display through February 29, 2016 in Geisel Library on the University of California, San Diego campus. The exhibit tells the undocumented story of thousands of Chinese migrants, who played an instrumental role in the construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railway in the 1860s.

In addition to the partnership with the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford, the Chinese American Library Association’s Task Force on Chinese Railroad Workers, which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation for the contributions of Chinese Americans, helped to bring the exhibit to the campus.

A reception will be held on Friday, January 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library, to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at the UC San Diego Library, the first institution to host the exhibit after its debut last summer at Stanford University and the Chinese Historical Society of America. The reception will include remarks from: Hilton Obenzinger, associate director of the Chinese Railroad Workers Project and a Lecturer in American Studies & English at Stanford University; Simeon Man, a scholar of Asian American Studies and an assistant professor in UC San Diego’s Department of History; and Murray Lee, Curator of Chinese American History for the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public. To make a reservation, please visit: more…

Think Only of Today: A Documentary about the Life of Holocaust Survivor Max Garcia


Jews boarding a deportation train at Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands.


Think Only of Today traces the life of Max Garcia from his childhood in Amsterdam, through the Holocaust, and finally to his immigration and life in the United States. Born in 1924, Max was interned in Westerbork before being deported to Auschwitz and later Mauthausen. The documentary, which follows Max’s ordeal through war and incarceration, also explores the effect of the Holocaust on succeeding generations. Interviews with Max’s children and grandchildren reveal the different ways individuals from each generation have grappled with the burden of such a searing experience.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information about UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661. More information can also be found at

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National Kazoo Day 2016


“Buzz” over to the Seuss Room at 7:30 p.m. on January 28 for a signature study break: National Kazoo Day. You’ll be surprised to find that this common, often labeled “annoying,” party favor carries a rich history, dating back hundreds of years when it was first used to mask voices in African ceremonial rituals. Its popularity in America started in the late 1800’s and it has since made its way into mainstream music (think Pink Floyd’s Corporal Clegg).

At the event, hear new chamber works for Kazoo composed by UC San Diego alums and learn more about the history of this legitimate musical instrument. You’ll even walk away with a FREE kazoo!

Thursday, January 28, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

This event is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome! For more information contact Scott Paulson at 858-822-5758 or

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DML Projects: Homepage Video Game

We made a short video game to spice up our website. We’ll be adding extra info and options as the Lab develops.

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DML Projects

With the Digital Media Lab (DML) set to open in October, our staff have been working hard to identify tools & techniques which will be useful to our users, and training to master them. We’ll be offering specialized on-one-one consultations and group workshops. Email us at if you have any questions or suggestions.

These are some flat style job aids we’ve made for the Price Center’s One Button Studio, and another for out Makerbot 3D printer. We’re looking to apply the same simple styles to infographics and data visualizations.

Here’s a stop motion video animating books in the Library. The actual photo shoot took a couple of hours, but editing took days. It was a valuable lesson in project planning.

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Another Project Video from the Digital Media Lab

Text animation is a great way to spice up a boring presentation. We decided to try out a few different techniques on pictures we took around campus.

Come and check out the DML when we open this fall!

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Digital Media Lab – Summer Projects

The Library’s Digital Media Lab is opening up this coming fall, and staff are busy training. Check out our summer skillbuilding projects.

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Netflix for Checkout!

roku netflix

Need to view a movie we don’t have in our normal collection? Want to binge watch House of Cards without buying a Netflix subscription? The Library now offers two Roku media streaming devices with attached Netflix accounts. They are available for 3 day checkouts at the Geisel 1st floor Media Desk. Rokus can be used with and HDMI display, and are configured to work anywhere on campus where the UCSD_Guest wifi network is available. You can also connect to your own home wifi through the device’s settings menu.

This service is not intended for classroom use.

Please send questions and comments to

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