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, Norman 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…

Oct 10: Opening Reception – Paul Espinosa Film Series

This event has sold out. To attend one of the other events in the series, click here.


Geisel Digital Media Lab Open House Oct. 5 & 6


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The Library’s new Digital Media Lab (DML) Opens on October 5th!! Offerings will include:

3D printing and design consultation, 5k iMacs, 22” HD Cintiq Drawing Tablets, Adobe CC, Autodesk Media Production and Design Suites, Final Cut X, Camtasia, and much more!

The Lab is located on Geisel’s 2nd floor East Learning Commons, and is open to all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. Email DMLtech@ucsd.edu for details. (no RSVP required)

Check out our summer projects on youtube!

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Welcome Week 2015

Welcome Tritons! Whether you are an incoming freshman, a transfer student, or a senior, here are some of the Top Ten Things you need to know about the UC San Diego Library’s spaces and services:


  1. The UC San Diego Library has two library buildings on campus –Geisel Library and Biomedical Library.
  2. Current hours can always be found online.
  3. Get to know Geisel. Sign up for a Welcome Week Tour.
  4. Geisel has a new Digital Media Lab. Edit videos, manipulate images, build media-rich websites, and much more in this high-tech space.
  5. Reserve study rooms with the touch of a button.
  6. Don’t know where to start? Use this handy webpage to find books in the Library, computer labs, printers, etc.
  7. Study space in Geisel is open 24/5  Sunday – Thursday and 24/7 during 10th and Finals Weeks.
  8. Borrow tech-items! Geisel’s new Tech Lending Program allows you to checkout essential items like calculators, flash drives, and phone or laptop chargers. You’ll also fun gadgets like Roku, Nikon still cameras, Sony Handycams, and GPS devices. View a full list of items here, or stop by the Geisel Media Desk on the 1st floor west.
  9. Know what’s going on at the Library at all times, from events to early closures, by connecting with us on social media.
  10. Still have questions? Save time and Ask a Librarian. Text them, chat online 24/7, discuss questions in-person, over the phone or via email. Subject librarians are on-hand to help you with your course-work and research assignments.

Good luck as you kick-off this new school year. Go Tritons!


Film Series to Celebrate Acquisition of Filmmaker Paul Espinosa’s Papers

The University of California, San Diego Library has acquired the papers of Paul Espinosa, an award-winning independent filmmaker, well known for his documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexican border region, which helped to increase awareness about a host of immigration and cross-cultural issues. Espinosa, who has been the recipient of eight Emmy Awards for his films, recently retired from Arizona State University, where he was on the faculty at the School of Transborder Studies. He continues to make films through his company, Espinosa Productions, now located in San Diego.

Pancho Villa and John PershingThe Library will be celebrating the acquisition of Espinosa’s archive with a Fall film series, beginning with an opening reception on October 10 in Geisel Library, and film screenings on October 23 at the University’s Cross Cultural Center, November 4 at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, and November 10 at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). All events are free and open to the public. (Click here to RSVP)

“We are honored to have acquired Paul Espinosa’s papers, which will be widely used on this campus,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Our Library collections have particular strengths on California and Baja California history, as well as on Chicano culture and activism. The Espinosa Papers will certainly strengthen and complement these materials.”

According to Lynda Claassen, the Library’s director of Special Collections & Archives, Espinosa’s papers are rich, diverse, and plentiful.  The materials include approximately 200 linear feet (200 boxes) documenting Espinosa’s more than 35 years of filmmaking, including interviews, research materials, photos, and correspondence, as well as films scripts, DVD’s, and video.

“As a longtime resident of San Diego, where so much of my professional work was created, I was delighted that my papers found a home at UC San Diego, where scholars will have access to this extensive archive for decades to come,” said Espinosa.”

Espinosa has written, directed, and produced many national documentary films for PBS, including:  The Lemon Grove Incident, (1986), In the Shadow of the Law (1988), Uneasy Neighbors (1990), The Price of Renewal (2006), California and the American Dream (2006), The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848 (1998), Ballad of an Unsung Hero (1985), Taco Shop Poets (2004), The Border (1999) and …and the earth did not swallow him (1995), an American Playhouse adaptation of a Tómas Rivera novel, among others.

Lemon Grove class photoThe Lemon Grove Incident, produced and written by Espinosa, traces the unsuccessful efforts of the Lemon Grove School District in the 1930’s to establish a separate school for Mexican students.  The film was described by The New York Times as “the story of the nation’s first successful legal challenge to school segregation, 14 years before the Supreme Court outlawed separation by race in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.” The film will be screened on October 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the UC San Diego Cross Cultural Center as part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the University’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

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Creativity, Culture and Community: The Legacy of Jonas Salk


Join us for an evening of conversation and celebration to mark the close of Jonas Salk’s centenary year and the opening of the Jonas Salk Papers at the UC San Diego Library’s Mandeville Special Collections.

Click here to RSVP

The UC San Diego Library and the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation are hosting a conversation with Peter Salk; Jonathan Salk; Gary Robbins, Science Editor, San Diego Union Tribune; and Mary Walshok, author of the book Invention & Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy on Friday, October 30, from 7 – 9 PM at the UC San Diego Faculty Club. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. An exhibition of materials from the Salk Papers will be on view in Geisel Library from Oct. 30 through Dec. 12, 2015; selected items will be on display at the Faculty Club event.

Call for Applications: Library Student Advisory Council

Care about the UC San Diego Library?  Want to make a difference?  Willing to share your ideas?

If the answer is YES, then apply to join this year’s Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC).


The LSAC is a forum for ongoing communication between students and Library staff in order to make Library services, spaces, and collections better for all UC San Diego students.

As a member of the LSAC, you will:

  • Meet two times per quarter to convey student needs, concerns, and priorities regarding the Library’s spaces and services
  • Provide the Library insight into student study, research, and Library use habits
  • Provide advice and feedback on Library policies and services
  • And much more!

For more about the LSAC, go to library.ucsd.edu/about/lsac. To apply to be a member of the LSAC, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/UCSDLSAC2015-16Applications are due September 25, 2015.

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Geisel Library closing early September 18, 2015

Geisel Night

Geisel Library closing early for Dinner in the Library on September 18, 2015!

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Library’s annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser will be held in the Geisel Library building.

To allow for this event:

At 2p.m.:  The 1st floor (Lower Level) West Wing of Geisel will close to all library users.  This area includes the Media Services Desk and workstations, the Brody Collaborative Study Space, and the nearby Computer Commons.

At 4p.m.:  The entire Geisel Library building will close to library users. 

Library users are encouraged to plan their work around this Geisel Library schedule change.   Geisel will reopen for regular hours on Saturday, September 19.

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

On September 18, the Biomedical Library Building  will maintain its regular Friday hours.

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Paul Espinosa Film Series


Click the links below to RSVP for the corresponding event:

October 10 – Opening Reception [SOLD OUT]

October 23 – The Lemon Grove Incident Film Screening

November 4 – The Hunt for Pancho Villa Film Screening

November 10 – …and the earth did not swallow him Film Screening

For questions, please contact the event coordinator, Mariah Fellows, via email at mfellows@ucsd.edu.


DML Projects: UCSD Transformer

Opening in October, the Library’s Digital Media Lab will off high end computers, industry grade media software, 3d printing, and expert staff.

Check out our latest training project using Maya:


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