From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

Ask the custodian to take some lubricants to the hinges on bathroom doors on 5. Squeak, squeak!

Thanks for letting us know.  We’ll oil up the hinges.

Please have a special login & password for the guests that can be acquired from the main helpdesk.  (instead of bothering the person on the helpdesk to come login) thanks!

Thank you for the suggestion.  The Libraries have several types of computing facilities available, and we strive to provide convenient and secure access to not only our core student, staff, and faculty population, but also to guests.  Student, staff, and faculty have unique logins that allow them access to specialized storage and other features, but due to security concerns we are not allowed to distribute anonymous login and passwords in the same manner to visitors.  The Libraries do provide over 50 login-free InfoStation computers (the largest cluster is located in the Geisel Library lobby area).  These are open for anyone to use and allow full access to both the Internet and printing.

It’s nice to see that people in the SSHL Library are so helpful & friendly.  I’d especially like to mention Rebecca who is a gem of a person. She’s always smiling & helpful.  I wish her all the very best & this goes out as a special thanks to her for all her help. Thanks!

Thanks for the compliment!  Rebecca is pretty awesome.  In addition to being a government documents & urban studies librarian, she is also an avid archer!

Does anybody dust around here?  While browsing at the “New Books” shelves across from the Reference desk in SSH, I went to put my books on the top of the bookcase (which is below eye level.) Disgusting! Has it ever been cleaned?

Clearly the answer is not very often!  Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Why is there a library policy that allows students to sleep at a computer, esp when all the others are occupied?? Change the policy so the computers are available.

I don’t believe that we have a library policy that “allows students to sleep at a computer”.  But students do take cat naps all over the Libraries.  If you feel like it, you could try waking any student you see slumped at a computer to see if they might be willing to let you use it until they are fully awake again.

Everytime I enter, it’s hot. AC would be nice. Thanks.

Usually people say the building is too cold!  The truth is we try to keep the building temperature at 70 degrees since heat is especially damaging to books and other library materials. Also it is the temperature at which mold is less likely to be a problem. In fact there have been outbreaks of mold in both the SIO Library and the former Undergraduate Library (now CLICS) that cost thousands of dollars to clean and left parts of the collections inaccessible. Experience has taught us that studying near a window tends to be warmer, so maybe avoid those areas.  If you notice a particular zone of the Library that is either extremely cold or hot, please report it to a Circulation Supervisor so they can let Library Facilities know and some adjustments may be made.

Study rooms need a sign on the wall:  “Not sound proofed. Keep Conversation quiet please.” (Otherwise 4-8 are not quiet areas)

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  We did make and install signs to this effect last summer, but it sounds like they have disappeared.  They have already been replaced.


We continue to investigate the idea of vending machines.  As for hand sanitizer dispensers – this campus is a germ-filled environment.  We did investigate this a while ago and found that the cost for them isn’t cheap.  We tried to get funding from the campus (Environmental Health & Safety), but they were unwilling to allocate funds.  Additionally, the stand-up dispensers require staff to regularly replace the “goo” sacks and to clean the nozzles.  We don’t have extra staffing to do this.  So, what we are able to offer is bottles of hand sanitizer at various service desks.  Please use often.

Please Bring Back Roger Request

It was very nice we we used to be able to order books to hold at front desk.  Now I don’t have time to get the book I very much need.  This was a value service.

Bring back students to pull books for staff and academics! My time is worth a lot more!


Sorry, but we cannot bring back this service.  Over the last two years, the Libraries budget has been reduced by approximately 15%.  As a result, we have had no choice but to make reductions in services and resources throughout the Libraries. These include reducing library hours, reducing what we spend to build library collections, closing or reducing staffing at service desks, and eliminating Roger Catalog Request.  And with additional budget cuts expected next year, it is certain that additional cuts in services and resources will have to be made.

Library Suggestions & Comments

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at

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International Education Week 2010

Visit the UC San Diego Libraries’ International Education Week display in the Geisel Library building. International Education Week is from November 15 through the 19th. In addition to interesting facts and statistics, UC San Diego students and visiting international students share their study abroad experiences. The display also highlights materials (both print and online) that can help you explore international education opportunities and learn about other countries and cultures–

Also, in honor of UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary, the display includes historical images and news about the International Center and study abroad programs.

Ground breaking at the International Center, 1969

Ground breaking at the International Center, 1969

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across the UC San Diego campus as well as to reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders. For more events on campus—

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From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

Bring back the campus delivery between libraries of books! At least for grad students & professors who use and rely on Roger for this important service.

The Libraries’ decision to discontinue this service was precipitated by cuts to the Libraries’ budget. Before we made the decision, we consulted with several campus groups, including the Academic Senate Representative  Assembly, the Academic Senate Committee on the Library, and the Campus Budget Committee. While each group recognized that elimination of a service like this would create hardships for the campus community, they also recognized that the Libraries’ budget situation has forced us to make service cuts that we would otherwise not make. Our reduced budget and staffing levels require that we reduce or eliminate some services in order to retain others.  For more, please see:

Please stay open later! ♥ ♥ Some of us are night owls.

We would love to stay open later, but at this time we don’t have the funding to allow us to do so.  Please note that CLICS does stay open until 1am most nights.

How about vending machines outside? Or a “snack bar” with bottled drinks?

Thanks for the suggestion.  This has been forwarded to the head of our administrative services for consideration.

Guest have to pay too much for printing.

Others have had the same reaction to our price model, but in all fairness, the Libraries budget has been cut significantly over the past few years.  To maintain the current printing system and to prevent our costs from rising, last year we made the decision to charge guests of UCSD more so that we could keep the costs to UCSD community members at the same rate.

There are students who had exams on 4 sept yet the library was closed. How is this putting students interests 1st?? Why wasn’t it kept open even with a skeleton staff?? During exams the library is very important for studying and research even at the last moment!!

Sorry about that.  We will monitor the summer session Finals schedule more closely next time.

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at

You can also recommend a title for our collection online at

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Geisel Library Welcome Week Tours

The Geisel Library Building contains 4 of the 9 UC San Diego libraries: Arts, Mandeville Special Collections, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences & Humanities.

  1. Visit the building and find all 9 tour spots
  2. Read about the tour location and answer the question
  3. Enter your answers to enter the raffle
  4. Win awesome prizes! Prizes include: 1 iPod shuffle, 5 $15 gift cards, 5 $20 Trader Joe’s gift cards, and 5 $20 Target gift cards.

Pick up a tour handout at the entrance of the Geisel Library Building during Welcome Week (starting 9/20). Have questions? Contact us!

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From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

There are ants at the comptuer terminals periodical and soc sci. 1) change the food policy- create a food only area. Or 2) strictly enforce current policy
Have you noticed ants in the basement? There are attracted to food. Food should be eliminated at the library as it was enforced a few years ago.

Please report any ant sightings to the nearest service desk and we will report these to our Facilities staff. At this time, we are not going to change our food & drink policy nor increase enforcement.

Have you thought about a webcam for the raven nest? If so that would be interesting.
Yes, we have considered this – wouldn’t it be fun to have our own Molly and McGee – but in this current budget climate and with our reduced staffing, we are not exploring this at this time.

Provide a shredder please!
We will consider this.

The copy system here sucks. SDSU doesn’t charge non-Aztec users extra. But here, if you aren’t a triton you pay!!
Lots of people have had the same reaction to our price model, but in all fairness, the Libraries budget has been cut significantly over the past few years. To maintain the current printing system and to prevent our costs from rising, last year we made the unpleasant decision to charge guests of UCSD more so that we could keep the costs to UCSD community members at the same rate.

Change the policy that allows playing games on the computers for hours during finals, especially if the person is NOT A STUDENT!
Our policy is “Priority is given to those doing library research.” If all the workstations are in use, game playing is not allowed even if the person is a student. Let a staff member know and we will let the person know our policy.

Staplers and holepunchers downstairs in the ACS Lab!!!

We will forward your suggestion to ACMS, who maintain the labs.

The library proudly displayed posters against “hate” not so long ago. This past week getting to the library via “Library walk” I felt intense hate towards as a Jew. I hope the library will do its part to prevent a wall of hate & lies in the future.
We’re sorry you had that experience. Despite its name, space and events on Library Walk are administered by the campus. According to UCSD’s Policy on Speech and Advocacy, the University is committed to assuring that all persons may exercise the constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, and worship. The Center for Student Involvement has some suggestions for how to express your message if you disagree with the content of a student-sponsored event or program — The Libraries are strongly committed to providing and maintaining safe and welcoming spaces for all students and other library patrons. If you or anyone you know witnesses or experiences a hostile act in any of the Libraries, please notify Library staff immediately.

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at

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Geisel Library Tours

Take a guided tour to learn more about Geisel Library. The 30 minute tour will highlight locations, services, art work in, and architecture of the 4 libraries located in the Geisel Library building. The UCSD Libraries are than just a library– come find out why!!

Walk-in tours meet at the Information Desk (near the entrance of the Geisel Library building). They are offered at 10:00 am on the following days:

Wednesday, June 30
Wednesday, July 7
Tuesday, June 20
Thursday, August 5
Thursday, August 19
Wednesday, September 8

School/Group Tours
Groups must place a request for a tour at least a week in advance. For larger groups it is recommended that you submit a request as soon as possible. Submit a Tour Request.

For more information.

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From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

Increase water pressure please. Water fountains.
We called in the campus Facilities Management plumbers and had the pressure increased. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

I notice that you carry the SF Chronicle and wonder why you don’t also have the Contra Costa Times?
With the worsening of the California state budget, we anticipate that we will be compelled to cancel many of our subscriptions to print newspapers within the next year. Use the computer terminals throughout the library to read the web edition of your favorite newspaper online. Ask for assistance at any service desk.

Shelve the music section promptly! It is a mess!

The Arts Library has seen a surge in use of our print collections which is good news, but it has made it more difficult for us to keep the stacks in good order. We recently hired additional student assistants to focus on maintaining and reshelving materials in both the music and art book collections. We also are planning for a complete shelf reading (to make sure books are in the correct order) and cleaning of the collections this summer.

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at

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Catalan, a language of Europe (El català, llengua d’Europa)

Millions of Europeans use the Catalan language every day, both in their private lives and in the more formal contexts of life in society. Catalan is therefore a language suited to the needs of a modern, open society, rooted in its geography and its traditions, but it is also a communication tool of a society that wants to become even better known in Europe and the rest of the world.

The exhibition Catalan, a language of Europe (El català, llengua d’Europa) seeks to take visitors on a tour of the different theoretical and practical aspects of this Romance language, offering an overview of the area where it is spoken, how many speakers it has and its literary output, while highlighting the role which, as a language of integration and cohesion, it plays in Catalonia’s education system, including higher education.

Finally, the exhibition also provides information on the .cat domain, which was obtained as a result of the work done by Fundació “puntCAT”, and which represents the first domain in the world that identifies a language and a culture in Internet.

The exhibit is on display in the UC San Diego Social Sciences & Humanities Library (in the Geisel Library building) now through May 31st.

For more information on learning Catalan @ UCSD.

Map showing the Catalan speaking regions in Europe

Map showing the Catalan speaking regions in Europe

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Conversations of Reflection: We Remember

Hanna Marx and Gerhard Maschowsky will share the stories of their experiences in the Holocaust. At this presentation, members of the campus community and the public will have the opportunity to meet the survivors and hear their stories, as well as learn about other survivors’ testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, which includes the personal stories of more than 50,000 survivors of the Holocaust.

Mrs. Marx was born in Hamm, Germany and survived the Riga Ghetto and Stutthof and Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camps. Mr. Maschowsky was born in Elbing, Germany and survived Mühldorf, Nuendorf, Auschwitz, Auschwitz III-Monowitz, Uberwüstegiersdorf, and Gelsenkirchen concentration camps.

Jackie Gmach will then present a 20-minute video, “Behind the Scenes of the Making of DAVKA”, a traveling exhibit of photographs, videos, and professionally recorded oral histories that illuminate the lives and personal trajectories of San Diegans (and their families) who survived the Holocaust. Mrs Gmach, who recently retired as Program Director and Library Director at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, created the DAVKA exhibit in 2006.

After her talk, the group will walk across the Social Science & Humanities Library lobby to view the DAVKA exhibit, which will is returning to Geisel from May 10-May 24. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 12th, Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 5 – 7 pm

For more information see the flyer or contact Marina Triner (, Program Coordinator, Holocaust Living History Workshop.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive

Food for Thought exhibit

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly
stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
-Luciano Pavarotti

But what do we eat? Where does it come from? How do we prepare it?  FOOD FOR THOUGHT, the Social Sciences & Humanities Library’s latest exhibit, offers some answers to these questions.  The exhibit explores the intersections surrounding food and health, gardening, farming, politics, sustainability and more.  Visit the exhibit to learn interesting food facts, explore kitchen curiosities, watch videos on related topics, and learn about the history and future of urban farms.

One goal of the Food for Thought display is to help make the UC San Diego Library community aware of the resources that are available on these topics. A Resource Guide, highlighting books, journals, and videos from our collections is available online at

Culinary curiosities abound in our exhibit! Name the unidentified tools in the Kitchen Curiosities cabinet and tell us what they’re used for.  Correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Su Mei Yu’s Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living. Identify the 3 mystery foods and you can enter to win another copy of the book!

The exhibit is located in the Social Sciences & Humanities Library’s Reference Area (enter the Geisel Library building, go all the way to your left).  We hope the display catches your eye, whets your appetite, and sparks your imagination. Bon appétit!

Do you want your own copy of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Micahel Pollan? Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies at the 2 self checkout machines in Geisel Library! 3 entries will be drawn on Friday, April 23.  Winners will be notified by email.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

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