New Partnerships with Chinese & German University Libraries

The University of California San Diego Library has embarked on new international agreements with two academic libraries— Fudan University Library in Shanghai, China and the Göttingen State and University Library in Germany.

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University Librarian Brian Schottlaender with Yan Feng of Fudan University Library.

“Sharing knowledge, expertise, and collections with our library counterparts in Asia and Europe benefits our respective scholarly communities in diverse ways,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “I greatly appreciate the interest and cooperation of my colleagues at Fudan University Library and Göttingen State and University Library in bringing these agreements to fruition. We look forward to the positive and productive collaborations ahead.”

The agreement with Fudan University Library, which was signed on October 8, 2016, builds on existing collaborations between UC San Diego and Fudan University, including a Fudan-University of California center based at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. The Library’s agreement calls for UC San Diego to send a librarian to the Fudan Library on an annual basis to conduct workshops for library school students on relevant library services and information management topics. It also ensures that visiting scholars, librarians, and library school students will have free access to each library’s information resources.

On November 4, 2016, the UC San Diego Library finalized a three-year agreement with the Göttingen State and University Library, paving the way for regular library staff exchanges that will focus on sharing knowledge and expertise in areas such as research data management, digital archiving, and information technology. The exchange program will begin in winter 2017 and will enable library staff members to visit each other’s library to observe, engage in discussions, and leverage their respective areas of expertise for mutual benefit and growth.

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New 3-D CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego Brings Cyber-Archaeology to Geisel

The University of California San Diego’s iconic, futuristic spaceship of a building, Geisel Library, will unveil its first virtual-reality 3-D display system during a public reception on Monday, November 7 from 10 am to noon. The life-size CAVEkiosk will be open to the campus community and the public at large, but it will also allow researchers to analyze and visualize 3-D data from at-risk archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus. Ongoing hours of operation can be found here.

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An ancient cultural heritage site in the Egyptian city of Luxor as seen on the CAVEkiosk virtual-reality system.

The Geisel Library kiosk is one of four kiosks planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced. All are partners in a UC collaboration led by UC San Diego archaeologist Thomas E. Levy, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).

The At-Risk Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities project, funded by a UC President’s Research Catalyst Award, leverages a 10-100 Gigabits-per-second network—the National Science Foundation-funded Pacific Research Platform (PRP)—to harness and preserve “big data” to ensure that endangered cultural heritage resources are preserved and safeguarded.

“We have just completed the first year of our Catalyst grant,” said Levy. “The installation of the 3-D CAVEkiosk in UC San Diego’s Geisel Library marks the completion of a major research goal of the project, so our team is very excited about that. In addition to catalyzing cyber-archaeology work and providing virtual reality-equipped network bandwidth with which UC scholars can collaborate, share, store and visualize at-risk cultural heritage data, members of the campus communities and visitors to the kiosks can “travel” to cultural heritage sites and explore them as if they were there.” Read more…

Gift to Library Honors Legacy of Late Holocaust Survivor, Lou Dunst

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Lou Dunst

Holocaust survivor Lou Dunst could have lived life consumed by anger and resentment after his horrific experiences during World War II.  He had been left for dead in the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria when United States troops broke through the gates with a military tank. Soon after his liberation and recovery, Dunst made a conscious decision to turn the hate, violence and inhumanity that he had witnessed into feelings of peace, compassion and love.

Over the years, with prompting from his wife, Estelle, Dunst began sharing his story with others. By the time of his death in 2015, at the age of 89, the businessman and educator had spoken to thousands—from schoolchildren and community members to dignitaries and judges—sharing his philosophy of love and compassion to ensure that atrocities like the Holocaust never happened again.

In honor of Dunst’s legacy of education and tolerance, Estelle Dunst has made a gift to the University of California San Diego, through the Lou Dunst Trust, in support of the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a joint program hosted by the UC San Diego Library and the campus’ Jewish Studies Program. The gift establishes the Lou Dunst Memorial Endowment, which will provide funding for the annual Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture.  The Dunst Lecture will be held as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop annual lecture series, in which Dunst had been a frequent participant. The workshop was established to preserve the memory of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and to engage the community in thoughtful considerations of events surrounding the Holocaust and their continued relevance in the world today. Read more…

The UC San Diego Library Pays Tribute to Visual Arts @ 50

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Founding faculty member Harold Cohen created AARON, the first computer program designed to produce art.

The UC San Diego Library pays tribute to the university’s stellar Visual Arts Department on its 50th anniversary, with three rich and diverse exhibitions reflecting the amazing creativity and innovation achieved by faculty and students over the last five decades. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Collection Development & Management programs have collaborated with the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Faculty Club in presenting the following exhibitions:

“Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts”

October 24, 2016 – January 4, 2016; Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor

Program & Reception: November 4 3-5 pm Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Original works of art, artists’ books, and unique archival pieces from Special Collections document the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates of the Visual Arts Department. Examining the myriad ways UC San Diego artists have embraced language as a part of their art practices, demonstrating how Visual Arts has become a leader in the development and advancement of contemporary art. Read more…

Teaching + Learning Commons Moves to Geisel Library!

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, October 17, at 9 a.m., to celebrate the opening of the Teaching + Learning Commons, now located on the 1st floor (lower level), West Wing of the Geisel Library building.

Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend the event, which will include remarks from Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender, and T+LC faculty director Gabriele Wienhausen, as well as refreshments and tours of the new space. Click here to RSVP.

The Commons, which moved to Geisel Library to be more accessible to students and faculty and to provide collaborative services with the Library to enhance learning and teaching, occupies approximately 10,000 square feet in the northwest, lower level of Geisel. Given the role the Library plays in supporting and advancing faculty and student research as well as learning, The Commons and Library staff are anticipating a number of collaborations that will further strengthen services and programs for faculty, students, and scholars.

The Commons offers a robust network of resources for students—from workshops to strengthen communications and writing skills to services  designed to support and increase the effectiveness of all instructors, including teaching consultations, workshops, training and educational innovation grants, as well as online courses and programs. Read more…

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