Journalist Bob Woodward to Discuss New Book The Last of the President’s Men on Dec. 4 at UC San Diego

Sold-out event to feature Woodward and Nixon Aide Alexander Butterfield discussing new Watergate revelations and the scandal’s lasting impact on presidential politics.


Award-winning journalist and author Bob Woodward will visit the University of California, San Diego on Friday, December 4, 2015 for a lively conversation with Alexander Butterfield, a former aide to President Nixon and the subject of Woodward’s newest book The Last of the President’s Men. The book, which Simon & Schuster released this October, offers up new revelations and insights into Nixon’s psyche and the inner workings of his White House.

The UC San Diego Library and Helen Edison Lecture Series are sponsoring the sold-out event, which starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Price Center East Ballroom on the UC San Diego campus. A book signing for members of the audience will take place in the adjacent Muir Room following the program.

The conversation between Woodward and Butterfield, a long-time La Jolla resident who served as an aide to Nixon from 1969 to 1973, will focus on Watergate and how the political scandal continues to loom over and shape presidential politics. Read more…

“The Legacy of Jonas Salk” Exhibit on Display at Geisel Library thru Jan. 10, 2016


Pictured above is Jonathan Salk, who is on the receiving end of the polio vaccine, being administered by his father, in 1955.

Fall 2015 marks the close of world-renowned scientist Jonas Salk’s centenary year. To mark the occasion, the UC San Diego Library is presenting “The Legacy of Jonas Salk,” an exhibition of materials from the Jonas Salk Papers, which will be on display in Geisel Library through January 10, 2016. The papers—which comprise more than 600 linear feet (or nearly 1000 boxes)—were donated to the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections in 2013 by Salk’s sons, Peter, Darrell, and Jonathan, all of whom—like their father—trained as physicians and are involved in medical and scientific activities.

According to Lynda Claassen, director of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives Program, the papers document Jonas Salk’s professional and scientific activities from the mid-1940s to his death in 1995.  Especially well-documented are activities related to the development of the Salk polio vaccine in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and the founding of the Salk Institute. The papers cover general correspondence, files relating to polio, his writings and philosophy, photographs, artifacts—including two dictating machines—personal writings, and various research materials.

“The archive represents the enormous scope of our father’s creativity and productivity,” said Jonathan Salk. “This collection of his papers and the insight to be gained into how he approached and solved problems might be his greatest legacy. He would be pleased to find that his life’s work was continuing to do good for the world. Read more…

‘Lover of Knowledge’ Supports his Passion through an Estate Gift to the Library

Pat Ford

Pat Ford has been a book collector and lover of knowledge for as long as he can remember. After settling in Rancho Santa Fe in the 1980s, he had the good fortune to meet Ken Hill, a neighbor and well-known book collector who was actively involved with the UC San Diego Library. He invited Pat to attend a meeting of the Library’s former Friends support group, and Pat accepted Ken’s invitation. Both men continued their passion for collecting and their involvement with the Library. Now, several decades later, Pat is still involved with the Library, and continues to nurture his intellectual passions by parlaying his knowledge of rare books and other materials and his love for music and history into productive hours of volunteer service and philanthropy.

Pat’s deep knowledge of and interest in early California history inspired him to volunteer in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, where he worked with the director, Lynda Claassen, for several years, focusing on special projects related to the Library’s California holdings.  These projects mirrored his own work on a bibliography of all historical publications related to J.C. Fremont and Kit Carson, explorers of the American West. Due to his keen interest in international relations, he also volunteered extensive time in the in the former branch library in the School of Global Policy and Strategy (formerly International Relations and Pacific Studies).

Through his long involvement with the UC San Diego Library, Pat has recognized the intrinsic value a library brings to undergraduate and graduate education, as well as the benefits local companies gain from the knowledge resources academic libraries provide. Armed with this understanding, Pat decided that he could continue to support the Library’s important mission not just through giving his time and talent, but by also making a philanthropic contribution.

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Open Access Week Marks UC San Diego Implementation of UC Open Access Policy

screensaver19x122012In the near future, UC San Diego faculty will join their colleagues at other UC campuses as participants in the UC Publications Management System, ensuring compliance with the University’s Open Access Policy, approved by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013. Since then, UC San Diego Librarians and Academic Senate members have worked to increase awareness of the policy and its many benefits to faculty.

UC Open Access Policy grants UC a non-exclusive license prior to any contractual arrangements faculty authors have with publishers. The manuscripts of published articles can then be made widely and publicly available through the UC eScholarship repository, enabling students, scholars, and the general public to access them at no charge, which increases readership of and citations to the work. Click here to view the full text of UC’s Open Access policy and other useful information.

Once launched, the UC publications management system will monitor selected publication data sources to identify new journal articles by UC San Diego faculty authors. When the system identifies new articles that are authored or co-authored by faculty members, authorship is then confirmed and manuscripts will automatically be uploaded to eScholarship.

UC San Diego librarians are available to answer questions and provide assistance with the UC Open Access Policy and can also provide guidance on how best to broadly disseminate and preserve published research. For assistance, contact the Library’s Open Access Policy Team at or visit

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UC San Diego Library’s 2015 Library Research Award Honors Four Scholars


Nelish Ardeshna, Nhat-Dang Do, Tiffany Lee, and Shayla Wilson.

Four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Library Research Prize in recognition of their superior research skills. The annual award, sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the UCSD Alumni Association, recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary research skills in mining the Library’s rich and diverse information resources and services. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities, and Life and Physical Sciences. The awards also include a cash prize of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

“The purpose of this prize is to encourage and recognize excellent research skills among our undergraduates, which includes the ability to exploit a wide range of digital and physical library resources,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “The Library—with our partners in Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs—is honored to recognize these talented students, who’ve learned that solid academic research doesn’t happen without careful and strategic library research.”

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Geisel After Dark 2015

The second annual Geisel After Dark Student Success & Safety Information Fair will be held on November 4, 2015. At the event, we invite student support units and library programs to share their information with student library users. Our goal is to encourage use of Library and campus resources. In addition we wish to increase student awareness of personal safety while using the Library after dark.


This event is a valuable opportunity for the library and the participating campus support units to continue raising the awareness about the available student support services.

Digital Media Lab Opens in Geisel Library

The UC San Diego Library has opened its new Digital Media Lab (DML), which provides the space and technology tools students, faculty, and other Library users need for creating and editing media projects.DMLp2 Along with free 3D printing, the DML — located in the Geisel East Learning Commons (on the main floor) — provides video editing software, including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Camtasia; image manipulation programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects; and sound editing tools like Adobe Soundbooth and Garageband. The Lab also offers media-rich website creation programs such as Dreamweaver, Flash, and Filezilla, as well as basic productivity software, including MS Office, web browsers, and Adobe Acrobat Pro. Since its Open House on October 5 and 6, more that 500 students, faculty and staff have visited the space.

The new, technology-equipped lab comes on the heels of a survey conducted last year to gauge the multi-media needs of UC San Diego faculty and students, which confirmed that there is high demand for such a facility.The survey found that while more than 50% of student respondents (about 650) had been given multimedia assignments in their time at the University, half of those students felt they lacked sufficient space, equipment, and/or software to complete the assignments.

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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.

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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 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.


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