October 27-28: Software Carpentry Workshop


Join the UC San Diego Library’s  Research & Reference Advisory Services (Data Services) and the Research Data Curation programs for a two-day, intensive Software Carpentry workshop. Software Carpentry’s mission is to give scientists and engineers the tools they need to be more productive and efficient by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design in python, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Event Location: Biomedical Library Building, BLB Events Room

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

There will be a $30 fee associated with this event. Participants must sign up for both days.

Register Here:  www.regonline.com/scarpentry


Holocaust Living History Workshop Kicks off 2015-16 Series with “Holocaust Journeys”

For the eighth consecutive year, the University of California, San Diego Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) will host a series of educational events to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, the HLHW will present two fall lectures in its 2015-16 “Holocaust Journeys” series.

Interested members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events where they will hear from and meet with local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars as they share their personal stories and memories. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest compilation of Holocaust video testimony. All events, which are free and open to the public, are held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., with some exceptions (as noted). Refreshments will be served.

October 14The Mitzvah Project with Roger Grunwald 2015-16_HLHW1

The first event in the fall series will be held on Wednesday, October 14, featuring Roger Grunwald, a graduate of UC Berkeley and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. The Mitzvah (“The Good Deed”) is a one-person play that dramatically explores the experience of the many thousands of “Mischlinge” (German men with one or two Jewish grandparents) who served in the Wehrmacht during WWII. A creation of Roger Grunwald and co-author Annie McGreevey, it is followed by a history lesson and a conversation with the audience in one engaging performance. Grunwald has been a professional performing artist for over thirty years. The Mitzvah Project is an homage to his mother who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

November 4The Holocaust in Comparative Perspective with Norman Naimark

The Wednesday, November 4 workshop will feature American historian and author, naimark_normanNorman Naimark, who provides a comparative perspective on the Shoah and examines a question that has engaged historians for decades: Was the Holocaust unique, or was it a catastrophe comparable to other genocides? Naimark, of Jewish-Galician descent, specializes in modern Eastern European history, and has studied and written about the history of ethnic cleansing and genocide. His publications include The Russians in Germany: The History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation; Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe; and Stalin’s Genocides. He has been awarded the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit by Germany, and he is the recipient of the Alex Springer Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. This event will be held at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library Building in the Events Room. (Due to limited space, please RSVP to hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661 if you are interested in attending this event.) Read more…

The My Ideal Library Display

Exhiibt picture 50 x 50 for the blog

If you thought that assessment projects can only be lists of questions, well…let the Library’s Learning Spaces Program (LSP) help you to think outside of the box – literally! Stop by the display on Geisel’s 1st Floor Southwest to see the results of LSP’s 2014 ‘Ideal Library’ Project. UCSD students were asked to use markers to draw and describe their ideal library on small white cardboard boxes. Actions resulting from the results of this initiative are presented on informational posters, along with the original boxes in display cases. This fun and creative assessment activity has informed LSP staff regarding the technology, furnishing, and de-stressing enhancements of interest and value to library users. We’re planning to conduct a similar activity again in the fall of 2015 to gather additional feedback from library users.

Visit the East Learning Commons, Geisel Floor 2 for the Finals Week Stress Free Zone

SFZ handbill

Keep Hydrated and Stay Alert

Hydration Station

Geisel Library has several hydration station where you can fill you water bottles with freshly filtered water. Bring you water bottle and refill it in the Geisel East Learning Commons, Geisel West, Floor 2 and on Floor 1 near the MAC workstations as well as on Geisel 6th and 8th floors. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will help to energize you by helping to prevent muscle fatigue due to lack of adequate fluids, according to WebMD.

Artistic Display Brings Zooplankton Into Focus

UCSD student’s art show inspired by collaboration with the Jaffe Lab at Scripps

Original Article Written By: Brittany Hook, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Artistic depictions of zooplankton currently adorn the walls of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, as well as the entrance of the Biomedical Library, thanks to a showcase created by UC San Diego biology student and artist Elizabeth Stringer.

Stringer’s two-part exhibit, My Meditations End in Reverie, was inspired by the time she has spent working as a volunteer in the Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imagery and in the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab of biological oceanographer Peter Franks at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a part of UC San Diego. The exhibit’s paintings and backlit photographs bring to life the mysterious world of zooplankton, microscopic animals that float near the surface in marine environments.

This project has allowed Stringer, a double major in human biology and studio arts, to combine her passion for science with the arts. “I use my art practice to express my own passion that I have for biology and to play and make sense of the biological facts swimming in my head,” said Stringer. Read more…

Mobile Whiteboards Available!

White board with Vanessa

Want to draw out diagrams or work out equations visually? There are now multiple mobile whiteboards dispersed throughout the Geisel East Learning Commons area for student use while studying. Students may check out white board markers and erasers from the Circulation desk in the front lobby of Geisel Library.

Checkout Laptops @ Biomedical Library Building!


There are 5 wireless equipped laptops available for checkout at the Biomedical Library Building! These laptops can be checked out by UC San Diego students, staff, and faculty for up to 3 hours at a time. For questions or assistance contact BLB front desk staff at (858) 534-3253

Compact Art Display in Geisel

New book bulletin board

New Books Bulletin Board

New Book bulletin board is a work of art.  Do you judge a book by its cover? Are you fascinated with the creativity of book jackets? Viewing the New Books Bulletin Board may prompt you to look up the call number to test out you guesses on content. The cover art of recently cataloged book may viewed on the bulletin boards in two areas of the Library. The Geisel first floor computer Lab was the first installation of book covers and a second bulletin board is now viewable in the East Learning Commons.
Take a look then perform a title or author search on Roger for the call number and shelving location. It is a fun way to view miniature art and find new books to read.
This is an open invitation to the Book Cover Galleria – plus one ok.

Do not miss out on the fun in the Learning Commons.

Do you like to read bumper stickers? This puzzle was just completed in the Geisel East Learning Commons. The new one has a totally different topic and looks really interesting.Bumper sticker 600 x 339

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