Germs Are Your Friends, Top UC San Diego Scientist Shares the Dirt

Posted On: October 17, 2017

A noted scholar and a world-leader in microbiome research, Rob Knight, Ph.D. will take guests inside the human body and share the dirt on the microbiome, the focus of his new book, published in June 2017. On Tuesday, October 24, Knight will discuss Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room. The UC San Diego Library talk is free to attend and open to the public. A reception and a book signing with Dr. Knight will follow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event from the UC San Diego Bookstore. Click here to RSVP.

Until recently, the human microbiome was virtually unheard of, but now it’s drawn all kinds of attention and has become the latest buzz word in medicine. Knight, director of the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (part of the White House’s National Microbiome Initiative), has found with the help of other researchers that the bacteria living in and on our bodies are critical contributors to human and environmental health. At his October 24 talk, Knight will discuss how those microbes are far from the freeloaders they were once thought to be. On the contrary, they help us digest, process nutrients, and are constantly interacting with—and helping shape—our immune systems.  Read more…

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

Posted On: October 12, 2017

 

The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Fall for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free. For more information on how to register, click here.

***Search Series – Library Databases and Search Tools***

PubMed: The Basics
Wed, Nov 8, noon – 1:30 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Wed, Nov 15, noon – 1:30 pm

***Information Management Series***

Zotero
Wed, Oct 18, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Zotero – Drop-in Clinic
Wed, Oct 18, noon – 12:30 pm

EndNote Online
Mon, Nov 6, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Mendeley
Tues, Nov 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am

EndNote Desktop
Thur, Dec 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

UC San Diego Students Receive Library Research Prize for Outstanding Research Skills

Posted On: October 10, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 Undergraduate Library Research Prize Winners!

Recognizing that outstanding student research goes hand in hand with knowledgeable use of library resources, collections, and services, the UC San Diego Library has announced four honorees for the 2017 Undergraduate Library Research Prize. Their research topics ranged from fish communities living in low oxygen zones in the Gulf of California to the role of women as playwrights in Restoration England.

The annual award is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs, and the UCSD Alumni Association. Awards are given in the Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Physical and Life Sciences categories. They include a cash award of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

“It’s very rewarding to see the students’ passions, growth as scholars, and their special relationships with their faculty mentors,” said Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Interim University Librarian. “While the winning entries showcase the rich intellectual diversity of student research taking place across campus, there’s a common thread. Each of these students deepened their research experience by investing extra time and effort in using the resources in the UC San Diego Library.”  Read more…

11 Must-Read Books Recommended by Ann Patchett

Posted On: October 5, 2017

She’s been called the “patron saint of independent bookstores” and rightly so. Patchett doesn’t just write books, she sells them at Parnassus Books in Nashville. The New York Times best-selling author was the featured speaker at the University of California San Diego’s Dinner in the Library on September 8, 2017. She charmed the audience with her graciousness and shared her top reads. Here’s the list for your reading pleasure.

A Book About Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A Book About Science
Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren

A Book About Essays
The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum

A Book About Middle Schoolers
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A Book About Public Office and the Golden Age of Journalism
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin  Read more…

2017-18 Holocaust Living History Workshop Series Launches with Focus on “The Possibility of Renewal”

Posted On: October 5, 2017

The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego once again launches a year-long series of educational events that will focus on the theme, The Possibility of Renewal: The Shoah Between Past, Present, and Future. This year’s programming, presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, will unearth how renewal is possible in the wake of genocide, shed light on what it means for a defeated people to resurrect its past, and explore the roles of memory and justice in the process of renewal.

HLHW events are designed to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Each month, members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events to hear personal stories and memories from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars. In accordance with this year’s theme, many of the 2017-18 speakers will remind us that while the massive destruction wrought by the Holocaust cannot be diminished, the attempt to move beyond catastrophe and rebuild life and culture deserves recognition as well. 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.

October 11—Like Shadows Walking: Liberating Treblinka with the Red Army with Jacob Sandbrand

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jacob Sandbrand

 The first event this fall will be held on Wednesday, October 11, featuring Jacob Sandbrand who was barley 16 years old when he was forced to enlist in the Red Army. Sandbrand grew up in Kolomyia, a town formerly located in Eastern Poland considered to be in the “bloodlands”— the part of Eastern Europe that suffered the worst socio-political turmoil in the late 1930s and 40s. In September 1939, Kolomyia succumbed to Soviet invasion and its people—many of whom were Jewish—quickly became Soviet citizens, including Jacob. During his time in the Red Army, Sandbrand took part in the push westward and in the summer of 1944 he helped liberate Treblinka, a name that has come to epitomize the horrors of the Holocaust. Sandbrand will share his experience serving in the Red Army and how it felt to liberate a Nazi extermination camp.  Read more…

Geisel’s 8th Floor Makeover Will Benefit Student Experience

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Welcome back Tritons! While you were off campus enjoying your summer, we’ve been busy planning for renovations happening in Geisel Library this fall.

Shovels are ready and work is underway! In preparation for construction, Geisel Library’s 8th floor closed on Sept. 22 and will remain closed until further notice. We’re expecting the project to wrap up sometime in Winter Quarter 2018. Very exciting!

Here’s a summary of the updates and what you can expect if you visit the Geisel Library over the Fall Quarter.

1. It’s all about that space …
We’re creating an updated, modern space for individual study on Geisel’s 8th floor. Stylish, comfortable, and practical furniture will be incorporated into our forward-thinking design. We love it! Hope you love it, too. 

2. Restroom will get some much-needed TLC
We’re adding ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor throughout Geisel’s tower. But don’t panic yet, throughout the renovation period, floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be access to restrooms on each floor at all times (Phew!) We anticipate the restroom renovations to continue through Winter Quarter.

3. Find a peaceful spot to study on the 7th floor
Geisel’s 7th floor will serve as the new, temporary, silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely.

4. Construction hours
Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

5. Where did Geisel’s 8th floor materials go?
The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

Pardon our dust while we continue to improve your Library! Follow our progress on our social media as the project moves along. For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction.

 

Top Ten Things to Know About the UC San Diego Library

Posted On: September 26, 2017

Welcome Tritons! Whether you’re a new or returning student, a faculty member or a researcher, this is your library. You have a voice and a place here. We want to support both your academic success and your curiosity. 

Start your Fall Quarter off right by learning how to save time using library resources and services.

1. There are two libraries on campus.
The UC San Diego Library has two library buildings – Geisel Library and Biomedical Library. Each are located on opposite ends of Library Walk, both are available to serve your study and research needs. 

2. The Library is here for you, anytime, anywhere.
The library is open 65.5 hours each week and our online resources never sleep! Our website has guides to help you get started with your research, information on holiday closures, and so much more. You can access our online resources 24/7 from off-campus

3. Sign up for a Welcome Week Tour.
Named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, the Geisel Library building is a UCSD landmark. Get acquainted with the wide variety of study spaces, collections, equipment, and amenities we offer. 

4. Got questions? Ask a Librarian!
By chat, email, text, phone, walk-in, or appointment, librarians are here to help! Check all your options for research assistance here.

5. Need technology? We have it.
Borrow tech gadgets! Geisel’s Tech Lending Program allows you to checkout essential items like chargers, cables, video adapters, headphones, bookstands, and lamps. You’ll also find fun gadgets like GoPro cameras, projectors, and tripods. 

6. Book study rooms with the touch of a button.
Finding a space on campus to collaborate with classmates can be tough. The Library has dozens of rooms in both buildings where you can work on group projects or study together. Reserve one now!

7. Explore Geisel’s Digital Media Lab.
The 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. An open house for students will be held on Tuesday, October 10 from 10am – 5pm.

8. Find a quiet study space at the Graduate Study Lounge.
The Biomedical Library Building is home to a 24-hour lounge for graduate and professional students in all disciplines (advance registration required). The room offers tables, comfortable seating, computers, and a printer. The Geisel Library offers 48 lockers for graduate students (reservation is required). Request one here.

9. Stay in the know. Connect with us!
Be the first to know about new resources, workshops, special events, and exhibits by following us on social media.

10. Looking for textbooks?
The Library may have textbooks on Course Reserves that you can check out for three hours. There are also some e-books, articles, and streaming films available online. It could save you significant money!

 

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

Posted On: September 14, 2017

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.

 

Make Your Mark at the Library

Posted On: September 12, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for the Library Student Advisory Council 

Do you want to shape what we do at the Library, meet new peers, and have fun at the same time? Be a changemaker! Join a group of students dedicated to connecting the Library to the campus student body.

The UC San Diego Library is in a dynamic period of change. We believe your voice is essential as we strive to meet our students’ evolving academic needs.

The Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) is a forum for ongoing dialogue between students and Library staff with the goal of providing the diverse UC San Diego student community with the best possible library services, collections, and spaces.

How do I apply? 
We’re taking applications for the 2017-2018 academic year, with a deadline of Sept. 30, 2017. For more information about the Library Student Advisory Council, visit lib.ucsd.edu/lsac. To apply, click here.

What would I gain from the experience?
Serving on the Council will provide an opportunity to share with Library staff concerns of highest priority to students. Participation can provide connections for future references; be an opportunity to meet new friends, and help create the kind of UC San Diego community students want. You will be an influencing voice in shaping the Library services and spaces important to you and your peers.

Share your thoughts with LSAC via email at lsac@ucsd.edu.

Changes Are Coming! Geisel Library Renovations Slated for Fall 2017

Posted On: September 5, 2017

Temporary Closure of Geisel’s 8th Floor to Begin September 2017 

The long-awaited and much-needed renovation of the interior spaces of Geisel Library is moving forward, with Geisel’s 8th floor scheduled to be closed as of Friday, September 22, 2017 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Work will begin promptly and the 8th floor is expected to reopen in Winter Quarter 2018. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will undergo renovation and new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms will be added to each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations on floors 4 – 7 will likely continue through Winter Quarter 2018. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor will serve as the new, temporary, silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty, and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the project moves along.

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