Geisel Library Closing Early September 9, 2016

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On Friday, September 9, 2016, Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian, will host the Library’s annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser in the Geisel Library building.

To allow for preparation for this event, the 1st Floor (lower level) of Geisel West, including the Media Services Desk and the Brody Collaborative Study Space, will close to library users at noon and the entire Geisel Library building will close at 4:00 pm. All users must be out of the Geisel Library building by the 4:00 pm closing time.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this early closing may cause.

Library users are encouraged to plan their work around this unusual Geisel Library schedule change. The Biomedical Library Building will remain open for its regular Friday hours.

Geisel will reopen for regular hours on Saturday, September 10.

Look, A Book! Exhibition Celebrates Book Arts

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Mark Twain, The Jumping Frog, 2014 Easthampton, MA: Cheloniidae Press, 1985.

The UC San Diego Library will host an exhibition of fine press books, limited edition books, fine bindings, and one-of-a-kind artists’ books in an exhibition to be held at Geisel Library from September 6 through October 16, 2016. Members of the public are invited to the opening reception for Look, A Book!, which is sponsored by the California Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers on Saturday, September 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition—which includes the works of 24 members of the Guild of Book Workers—will present a broad range of book structures, letterpress printing, fine and design binding, and unique artists’ books in a wide variety of media, including photography, walnut ink, handmade sunflower paper, paste papers, and stone veneer. The topics of the artists’ books are equally diverse, and include such titles as News Delivery Systems: A Condensed History, Where Stucco meets Chaparral, On Rooks, Curried Book, The Lone Ranger, and The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain. The exhibition, which includes nearly 50 works, showcases traditional book arts as well as more innovative 21st century interpretations of books. A fully illustrated catalogue is available.

“I’m delighted that we are able to host this year’s California Chapter Guild of Book Workers exhibition in Geisel Library,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Collaborations like this—which showcase and celebrate the book arts—are especially meaningful to us. The UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections and Archives has a long history of supporting and presenting a wide range of materials crafted by book artists, and has an outstanding collection of artists’ books and limited edition fine press books. The Look, A Book! exhibition reflects our continuing interest in partnering with groups like the Guild to engage the campus and local communities and to support book artists and their distinctive works of art.” Read more…

Library’s Annual Toy Piano Festival to Premiere “Suite 16” on Sept. 2 & 3

The UC San Diego Library’s popular signature event–now in its 16th year–will feature two performances this fall, the first at Geisel Library on Sept. 2, and a special collaboration with the San Diego Public Library at the Central Library on Sept. 3. The events, which will be directed by the UC San Diego Library’s Scott Paulson, will include new scores for the toy piano, including the premiere of “Toy Piano Suite 16” and “Labor Day Lullabies.”

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Friday, September 2, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 PM

 Geisel Library, Seuss Room

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Downtown Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium

This year’s festival will also include jazzy new works by Sue Palmer, the “Queen of Boogie-Woogie,” and other new toy piano scores by composers Ryoko Amadee Goguen, Linda Kernohan, Samara Rice, Ellen Lawson, and featured performances by Kenneth Herman and Andrea Wingen. Read more…

Annual Dinner in the Library to Feature NPR’s Ari Shapiro Sept. 9

Fundraiser set in iconic Geisel Library building benefits UC San Diego Library’s greatest needs

CarouselThe University of California San Diego’s 13th annual Dinner in the Library—set in the iconic Geisel Library building—will take place Friday, Sept. 9, featuring Ari Shapiro, award-winning journalist and co-host of NPR’s popular radio news show, “All Things Considered.” Shapiro will take guests “Behind the News of the Moment,” sharing his insight on the making of the news, which promises to be fascinating with the presidential election just a few months away. In addition to Shapiro’s talk, Dinner in the Library will include a signature cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, and champagne and dessert reception.

Proceeds from the event will support the greatest needs of the UC San Diego Library, which include renovations and enhancements to the Geisel Library to better meet the ever-changing information needs of students, faculty and community members.

“Support from Dinner in the Library is essential to help ensure that the UC San Diego Library remains one of the nation’s leading academic libraries,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The UC San Diego Library is an essential resource that fuels the groundbreaking research and scholarly discoveries that UC San Diego has become known for around the world.”

During the event, Shapiro will draw upon his remarkable career as a globe-trotting journalist and co-host of the nation’s most popular afternoon commute-time news broadcast. Whether reporting from London or New Orleans, Shapiro transports his listeners to the scenes of some of the world’s most compelling news events. Among his many achievements, Shapiro was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age 30, and has received numerous honors and recognition for his journalistic work. In addition to chronicling four years of President Barack Obama’s administration as White House correspondent, he covered the U.S. courts and the American justice system during an especially turbulent time, and was the first recipient of the American Judges’ Association American Gavel Award. Shapiro has also been honored by the Columbia Journalism Review and the American Bar Association for his work on disability benefits for injured veterans and the failures of Louisiana’s detention system after Hurricane Katrina, respectively. A frequent guest analyst on television news programs, Shapiro also finds time for an occasional singing gig with the “little orchestra,” Pink Martini. Read more…

Hail to the Chief! Exhibit Showcases Library’s Presidential Papers

79_HailToTheChiefEvery four years, American voters go to the polls to cast their ballot (or, increasingly, mail in their ballot) to elect the nation’s commander-in-chief. With less than six months away from this year’s presidential election, the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives has mounted an exhibit of presidential papers that takes the long view, back to the nation’s first president, George Washington.

Hail to the Chief!— which is on display in Geisel Library until August 31—includes a wide range of materials from the manuscript and book collections of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. According to Lynda Claassen, director of Special Collections & Archives, although the presidency has never been an area of focus for the Library, a number of intriguing items have accumulated over the years. The Library’s holdings now include at least one item related to each of the nation’s 43 presidents, said Claassen, from a letter written in 1778 from Valley Forge by founding father George Washington, the first U.S. president, to a citation sent by President Barack Obama to UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.

One item featured in the exhibit was actually owned by America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. A copy of C. F. Volney’s Les ruines, ou Meditation sur les revolutions des empires (1791), a book Jefferson reputedly loved and agreed to translate it into English. Anonymously, as Jefferson was mindful of both controversial issues in the book and the fact that a presidential election year was coming up. Read more…

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