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New Mobile Site Offers Quick, Easy Access to Libraries

The UC San Diego Libraries launched a new mobile web site this fall, to meet the needs of the growing number of mobile device users on and off campus. The site, which can be accessed at: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/m,  provides quick mobile access to essential library information, including UC and UCSD catalogs, research tools, contacts, maps, and hours. (more)

Exhibits & Events

Oct. 13 - Jan. 28, 2011

Exhibit: UCSD @ 50: A Marvel Inside a Miracle

Main Floor, Geisel Library

For more information, call (858) 534-2533.

Nov. 1 - Dec. 3, 2010

Celebrating UCSD's Nobel Prize Winners

An  exhibit of photographs and personal & professional papers of UCSD Nobel Prize winners Harold Urey, Francis Crick, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, among others.

For more information, call
(858) 534-4579.


Nov.18, 2010

"Founding the Future: Health Sciences' Legacy of Excellence"

In celebration of UC San Diego's 50th anniversary, the Biomedical Library and Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences are hosting a Founders' Day seminar. For more information, call (858) 534-3418.


Nov. 24, 2010

Annual Live Turkey Calling Show


For more information call the Arts Library at (858) 534-0245.


Dec.15, 2010

Annual Holiday Short Attention Span Show

For more information call the Arts Library at (858) 534-0245.

Feb. 1 - Mar. 30, 2011

Achieving the Extraordinary: 50 Years of Discovery and Innovation at UCSD

An exhibit of  selected UCSD inventions and other intellectual property in partnership with the UCSD Technology Transfer Office.

For more information, call
(858) 534-4579.

Jan. 7 - April 1, 2011

Exhibit: "Ansel Adams at UCSD" 

For more information, call
(858) 534-2533.

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Volume 1 Number 1
Fall 2010

Welcome to the first issue of Domain, BECS.headshot.our new e-newsletter. Domain will be hitting your e-mail box in the fall, winter, and spring, and will feature news about activities and events at the UC San Diego Libraries, as well as articles, profiles, and interviews with friends and partners in the San Diego community and beyond. It is our hope that Domain will be like a big tent, with plenty of room for intriguing perspectives from a variety of people, from book collectors and authors to people in the arts and digital media. What brings us all together in one Domain is a love for the written word, a hunger for knowledge, and a  respect for the role libraries play -- both physically and virtually -- at the university and in our culture. Most importantly, we want Domain to be a dialogue, not just a vehicle for the Libraries to push out news. So, if you have any thoughts about how we are doing or if you have an idea for a feature or profile, please don't hesitate to contact us at domainnews@ucsd.edu.

With best regards,

Brian E. C. Schottlaender

The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

 UC San Diego Libraries

A Celebration of Friends
Friends Photo
Glenda Winders, former Membership Chair and Bob Witty, former President.

The Friends of the UCSD Libraries decided earlier this year to disband as an organization and eliminate overhead costs that can now be used for other purposes. But that didn't end their enthusiastic support for the Libraries.

"The Libraries would not have become one of the top 20 public university research libraries in the nation without the Friends," said Audrey Geisel University Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender during a recent gathering at the Friends.Eventseaside home of former board member Karen Bowden and her husband, Bob. "Their contributions and endowment have been instrumental in making the Libraries what they are today."

The purpose of the event was to celebrate special acquisitions purchased by the group in honor of the campus' upcoming 50th birthday. Click here to read more.

Collector Q & A
Fred Frye PictureFrye's Passion for Fine Food, Wine, and Books

Dr. Fred Frye is a retired pediatrician who practiced in downtown San Diego for 30 years. He is president of the Board of Trustees of the Zoological Society of San Diego and an avid sailor and former Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club. In addition to collecting, his passions are travel, wine and food. Click here to read more.

Dinner in the Library
 Guests Dine in New Arts Library at Annual Dinner in the Library
Approximately 125 guests helped kick off the campus' 50th anniversary year by joining us for our seventh annual Dinner in the Library on September 16 in the newly-renovated Arts Library in the Geisel Library building.  Guests feasted on Chicken Wellington, Bananas Foster, and other tasty dishes, followed by a talk by Hugh M. Davies, Ph.D., the David C. Copley Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The program also included the presentation of the inaugural Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy.Click here to read more.
Student Spotlight
James TracyStudent Bibliophile Marries a Love of Science with History

James Tracy has won the UC San Diego Libraries' Annual Student Book Collecting Contest three years in a row, but he first stumbled onto the idea of entering by accident.

"I was on the Libraries' Web page and found a link to the competition," he recalled in an interview. "It said 'Got Books?' and I thought yes, I've got books."

The problem was that the deadline was the next day. He quickly wrote the required essay and put together a bibliography titled Darwinism, Evolution, and Religion. He followed that in 2009 with The Great Monkey Trial, and the winning 2010 collection was Charles Darwin: A History of Biography and Interpretation. Contest rules allow for repeating books in different years, but Tracy never has. Click here to read more.

50th Anniversary
Geisel Library under construction

Libraries' Exhibits and Web Site Celebrate UCSD's 50th Anniversary


An exhibit of materials from the UCSD Archives replacement againhighlighting milestones in UCSD's 50-year history are on display from October 13, 2010 through January 30, 2011 at Geisel Library.  "UCSD at 50: A Marvel Inside a Miracle," showcases a wide range of historic photographs, early maps, plans and models, press releases, and correspondence, as well as student newspapers and yearbooks.  The UCSD Archives, the official repository for historical materials about UCSD, are housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Muir Provost John Stewart and Gregory Peck
Photographs on display range from the quirky -- the first-ever watermelon drop from Urey Hall in 1965, the university's oldest and perhaps geekiest tradition -- to the iconic -- photographs, sketches, and plans showing the Geisel Library in its various stages  
watermelon drop
UCSD's first watermelon drop
of development in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Photos from UCSD's illustrious past include dashing movie star Gregory Peck with Muir College Provost John Stewart examining plans for the new La Jolla Playhouse. Also included are images from the tumultuous '60s, when controversial philospher Herbert Marcuse was on the UCSD faculty, and activist Angela Davis was a graduate student. Click here to read more.

The Digital Library
 Web Archives Preserve Web Sites for Public Access

The Internet has revolutionized access to a staggering amount of information, but it has also created challenges for archivists. Web sites and other digital media are constantly updated, move or disappear, with the average life span being three months. Changing file and hardware formats also render many digital documents obsolete in less than four years. The result is that essential data can be lost to scholars.

Last year, UC San Diego librarians began collaborating with the University of California's California Digital Library to build a series of Web archives on critical and timely subjects such as the swine flu epidemic and the devastating California wildfires of 2007. Other topics covered so far in the public CDL Web Archives include the Guantanamo Bay records, the Myanmar cyclone of 2008, the California recall election of 2003, and State of California and San Diego County local government sites.Click here to read more.

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Masthead image:  Read/Write/Think/Dream installation by John Baldessari at Geisel Library.  UCSD Stuart Collection 2001.