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Happy 40th, Geisel!

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Exhibits & Events

November 2, 12 to 1p.m.
"Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Government Failures in San Diego"
Book talk and signing by UCSD Political Scientist Steve Erie and graduate student Vladimir Kogan
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
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November 9, 5 to 7p.m.
Holocaust Living History Workshop
Presentation by Gerhard Maschkowski on the 73rd Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
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November 22, 5 to 7p.m.
Holocaust Living History Workshop
Presentation by Elisheva Edelson on "Musical Journey: Shetl, Ghetto, Israel"
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
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November 23, 12 to 1p.m.
Annual Turkey Calling Show
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
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Volume 2 Number 1   Fall 2011   

Welcome to the fall 2011 edition of Domain. The last year has been one of change, challenge, and new opportunities for UC San Diego and the Libraries. In 2010-11, we celebrated the University's 50th anniversary, with several signature events and activities that brought many supporters and members of the local community to campus. The Libraries hosted a variety of 50th anniversary exhibitions -- which I hope some of you were able to see -- including a popular photography exhibition put on by Mandeville Special Collections Library (MSCL), "Ansel Adams at UCSD," showcasing the master photographer's early photos of the campus.

Last spring, we also paid homage to the campus' most iconic flagship building, Geisel Library, as we celebrated the structure's 40th anniversary. We've included a link to the article about Geisel's 40th that appeared in the spring in our alumni magazine, at|UCSD. Geisel Library has also been the stage for a wide range of changes and enhancements that have been underway over the summer, and will be continuing over the next year. This summer the Libraries, due to recent and anticipated budget cuts, consolidated the collections and services of three UC San Diego library facilities--the Medical Center Library, the International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS) Library, and the Center for Library Instruction & Computing Services, (CLICS) -- into our two large library buildings, the Geisel and Biomedical libraries.

In addition to these many changes underway, we recently received a generous bequest from the estate of Alice Goldfarb Marquis, a longtime supporter and lover of libraries. You can read more about this fabulous news in this issue of Domain. Also, read about and see photos from our very fun signature event, Dinner in the Library, which was held last month.

With my best regards,

Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

Dinner in the Library
2011 Dinner Grosses More Than $80K for the Libraries
The 2011 Dinner in the Library
The 2011 Dinner in the Library

Approximately 100 friends and supporters of the UC San Diego Libraries attended the 8th annual Dinner in the Library on September 15 in the Arts Library in the Geisel Library building.

Guests enjoyed the Libraries' first-ever silent auction, which included offerings such as a two-night stay at the Library Hotel in New York City with tickets to the Jersey Boys and a private tour of the Morgan Library & Museum, as well as a series of craft beer tours of San Diego's top breweries. Guests also bid high for a trip to Puerto Vallarta, season passes to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and a surf--fishing class.

The keynote speaker at this year's dinner was Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor and dean of University Extension, who provided some fascinating insights on "San Diego and the Technology Revolution: The Next 50 Years." Her talk centered on her forthcoming book: Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego's High-Tech Economy, to be published by Stanford University Press.

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Marquis Bequest

Libraries Receive $1.1 Million Bequest From Estate of Alice Marquis

The UC San Diego Libraries have received a $1.1 million bequest from the estate of Alice Goldfarb Marquis, an accomplished author, journalist, and historian who earned her Ph.D. in History at UC San Diego.

Alice Marquis

The gift from the Alice G. Marquis Living Trust, which represents the largest bequest ever to the Libraries, will help to maintain and enhance collections and services of the UC San Diego Libraries. A portion of the gift is designated to augment the existing H. Stuart Hughes UCSD Libraries Endowment for Modern European History, an endowment established by Marquis in 2004, which was made in honor of UC San Diego historian Stuart Hughes, who was Marquis' advisor when she was working on her doctorate.

According to Schottlaender, the Libraries are also committed to utilizing a portion of the proceeds from the bequest to open a new study area in fall 2012 in Geisel Library that will be open 24 hours a day, five days per week.

"Alice Marquis was a stalwart supporter of the UC San Diego Libraries, as this generous bequest clearly demonstrates," said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. "Given the fact that Alice was a UC San Diego student who spent considerable time studying and tapping into the diverse resources in Geisel Library, I think she would appreciate that we are using a portion of these funds to open a new 24/5 study facility that will enable students to spend more time in the library. In addition, having additional funds to enhance our collections is extremely helpful at a time when we are experiencing such severe budgetary challenges."

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Collector Q&A - Judge Terry O'Rourke
A Judge's Fascination With the Nation's Founding Fathers
Barbara Luce
Judge Terry O'Rourke

Terry O'Rourke is an Associate Justice on the Fourth District, Division One, of the California Court of Appeal, to which he was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in 1998. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Harvard Law School, O'Rourke is a San Diego native and prior to his judicial appointments, worked as a lawyer in private practice in San Diego and Los Angeles. He has a longstanding interest in American history, particularly the time period surrounding the founding of the nation.

Q:How would you describe your collection? What are some of your most prized books?

A:A. My parents were great readers. They weren't collectors per se, but they amassed a large collection of books, mostly history books, which no doubt influenced me and shaped my reading interests. They had an account at the original Wahrenbrock Bookstore, where I was free to browse and pick out books to take home.

Q: How did you begin "accumulating"?

A: While I no longer actively collect, I originally collected rare books and other materials documenting early American history and politics. This includes manuscripts and letters from the American Revolutionary War and Founding periods, including letters from George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. I also collected broadsides. Most of the material has been donated, much of it to the American Antiquarian Society. I retained my presentation copy of The Federalist, which is one of only four surviving copies, and the only one in private hands.

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Student Spotlight
Library Research Prize Winner Kevin Staight Tracks Effect of High-Frequency Trading on Markets

The stock market, as we all know, has been characterized over the last few years by dramatic ups and downs, leading many experts to speculate that this wild volatility may be the new normal.


Kevin Staight, U.S. Marine, on duty in Iraq
Kevin Staight, U.S. Marine, on duty in Iraq.

Kevin Staight, who graduated from UC San Diego in June, won second prize in the Libraries' 2011 Undergraduate Library Research Prize contest for his research on how computer algorithmic trading is shaping the landscape of investment.

"This research is important considering the fact that 10 years ago, computer trades performed without human intervention were almost unheard of," said Staight. "Today, this manner of trading accounts for more than 73% of all trading volume and we still don't completely understand how this fundamental shift in the way people buy and sell stocks impacts financial markets and the individual investor. However, based on my research, I think high-frequency trading actually hurts liquidity and may be detrimental to the average investor."

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Mayer Stamp
New Stamp Features Images from Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mayer Stamp

UC San Diego Nobel Laureate and founding faculty member Maria Goeppert Mayer now graces a Forever stamp issued this June by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp, which is one in a series that honors Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to science, includes photographs of Mayer and her signature from UC San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Mayer, one of only two women to ever win the Nobel Prize in physics--the other was Marie Curie--enjoyed a distinguished career before joining UC San Diego. Surprisingly, however, she worked in unpaid positions until she was offered a regular faculty position in the physics department at the age of 54. Mayer, who was a member of the UCSD faculty in the Department of Physics from 1960-1970, died in 1972.

After her death, Mayer's family donated her papers--which include correspondence, writings and lectures, research notebooks, photographs and other materials--to UC San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library. Her archive includes correspondence with physicists Edward Teller and Hans Jensen, at a time of great national and international turmoil (during and following WWII).

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