Geek Out with Sci-Fi & Fantasy Festival

Posted On: September 18, 2017

Submissions needed for Short Tales from the Mothership! Taken from the sci-fi aesthetics of UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library  building, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a written/spoken word event on Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Seuss Room.  

Writers should send fantasy or science fiction pieces of no more than 250 words to spaulson@ucsd.edu by Friday, October 13. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win items from UC San Diego’s Science Nonfiction “I Believe” campaign including t-shirts, posters, and other freebies. At the event you will have the opportunity to read your entry or have it read aloud for you. Everyone is welcome to come listen to these short stories from the beyond! For more details, click here

 

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.

Geisel Library Closing Early September 8, 2017

Posted On: August 31, 2017

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Library’s annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser will take place in the Geisel Library building.

To allow for preparation for this event, the 1st Floor West of the Geisel Library Lower Level will close to Library users at 12:00 pm. This includes access to the Media Desk and Teaching + Learning Commons. All users must be out of the 1st Floor West of Geisel Library building by 12:00pm.

The rest of Geisel Library building except for the East Commons and the Front Desk will close at 4:00 pm. The East Commons and the Front Desk will remain open to provide services to Library users during Summer Session II Finals.

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

The Biomedical Library Building will remain open for its regular Friday hours.

Geisel will reopen on Saturday, September 9.

Nominate a UC San Diego Librarian!

Posted On: August 18, 2017

UC San Diego librarians touch the lives of the students they serve every day. Why not tell everyone why they’re real life superheroes.

Nominations for the American Library Association’s I Love My Librarian Award are now open through Monday, September 18. 

The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

Can’t recall the name of the UC San Diego librarian that assisted you? Search our directory of librarian and subject specialists

Every year 10 inspirational librarians are selected for the award. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 30. In the award’s first nine years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 17,000 nominations. A total of 90 librarians have won the award to date.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational institution accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information, visit ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

Big Passion for Tiny Music: Library’s Toy Piano Festival Returns with New Works Sept. 5 & 10

Posted On: August 15, 2017

What do teeny-tiny pianos and the Cat in the Hat Songbook have in common? They are part of this year’s Toy Piano Festival

The popular fest, now in its 17th year, will feature two performances this fall, the first at Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on September 5 at noon, and a special collaboration with the San Diego Public Library on Sunday, September 10 at 2:30 pm in the Neil Morgan Auditorium. 

Join festival director Scott Paulson and his toy piano colleagues Sue Palmer, Andrea Wingen, Kenneth Herman, Ryoko Amadee Goguen, Samara Rice, Christian Hertzog and Alex Segal for a performance that will amuse listeners of all ages. 

Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival every September, to pay homage to the September 5 birthday of John Cage, the first composer to write a serious work for toy pianos. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores, at the request of Paulson, the Toy Piano Collection, and the events at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69.

The toy piano collection at Geisel Library consists of commissioned scores, literature and recordings, and actual toy pianos, ranging from simple four-note novelty keyboards to three-octave baby grands. A selection of toy piano scores and instruments will be on stage at the San Diego Public Library event.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

 

“Silents Under the Stars” Provides Unique Film Experience

Posted On: August 14, 2017

Join us Saturday, August 26 for an outdoor film screening of the 1922 silent movie The Electric House starring Buster Keaton and the 1923 short film It’s a Gift. 

The films feature live music and sound effects by the Library’s very own Scott Paulson.

Both films explore early Hollywood’s fascination with mechanisms and inventions wreaking havoc to comic effect. The event takes place on the front lawn of Wisteria Cottage at La Jolla Historical Society.

Bring low chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun evening under the stars! The lawn opens at 7:00 pm and films start at 8:00 pm.

In addition, the evening will include footage filmed for a documentary of Balboa Park’s 1915-16 Panama California Exposition titled A Glimpse of the San Diego Exposition,  as well as Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand careening down the Prado in a madcap electric car in Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Expo. 

Silents Under the Stars is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the La Jolla Historical Society.

UC San Diego Dinner in the Library to Feature International Best-Selling Author Ann Patchett on Sept. 8

Posted On: August 10, 2017

Set in iconic Geisel Library, fundraiser will support growth of ‘smart’ learning spaces

She first took the world by storm as an international best-selling author. Then, she became known as a fierce champion of the corner bookstore, those nearly extinct havens for bibliophiles who cherish the opportunity to talk about and be around books. Ann Patchett will share her remarkable life and work as a New York Times bestselling author, independent bookstore owner and literary advocate on Friday, Sept. 8, as part of the University of California San Diego’s Dinner in the Library, an annual benefit to support the UC San Diego Library.

“An Evening with Ann Patchett” will take place in UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library building from 6-9:30 p.m. All proceeds will support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, an initiative to transform and revitalize the interior public spaces of Geisel Library. Because of the significance of the initiative to student learning and the campus overall, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will match gifts raised up to $1 million, doubling the impact of donations.

“Support from Dinner in the Library makes an incredible impact on our ability to sustain and grow the UC San Diego Library as a hub of discovery and learning for our campus and community,” said Chancellor Khosla. “As the intellectual heart of our university, the Library helps spark the groundbreaking work of our faculty and students, whose breakthroughs make waves across the globe.”

Patchett is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels, including Bel Canto, which received the Orange Prize and the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as Commonwealth, State of Wonder and The Magician’s Assistant. She has also written three books of nonfiction, including Truth & Beauty, What Now? and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, from the Book Sense Book of the Year to a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Read more…

Schottlaender to Lead UCLA Senior Fellows Program

Since its creation in 1982, the Senior Fellows Program at UCLA has identified and developed many academic library leaders who have gone on to distinguished careers. Upon the retirement of longtime director Beverly Lynch, professor of information studies, UC San Diego’s University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender, will come on board as its new director. In addition, the program will become a collaborative effort of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the UCLA Library and Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit that provides guidance to the academic community.

The fellows program combines management perspectives, strategic thinking and practical and theoretical approaches to the issues confronting academic institutions and their libraries. During the three-week residential program, fellows listen to lectures, review case studies, attend field trips and participate in group study sessions. Of some 250 alumni, nearly half have gone on to positions as library directors.

“It’s truly my privilege to follow in the footsteps of Beverly Lynch, who has contributed so much toward the development and success of the Senior Fellows Program,” said Schottlaender. “I look forward to leading the program — in collaboration with our new partners — and am eager to help shape the next generation of library leaders in the academic world.”

Schottlaender, who will retire as UC San Diego’s University Librarian on June 30, was a member of the Senior Fellows Program’s 1995 class. Read more…

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