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May 5 - June 22
"San Diego Book Arts Exhibit."
Mandeville Special Collections, Geisel Library.
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May 21 - June 30
"Native Bee Exhibit."
Lobby, Geisel Library.
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June 29, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
"Steampunk Tea."
Geisel West, 1stfloor.
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August 9 - August 10, Noon to 5:00 pm
"Paper Theatre Festival & Exhibit."
Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
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September 5, Noon to 1:00 pm
"Toy Piano Festival."
Geisel Library Building
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September 12
"Dinner in the Library."
Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
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Volume 4 Number 3                                        Spring 2014

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our last issue of Domain for the 2013-14 academic year. In this issue, we bring you news about two upcoming events, both of which should be informative, stimulating, and fun. On June 13, 2014 our Collector’s Corner group of bibliophiles will be taking a trip to the Inland Empire to visit the region’s most stellar library collections. This will be an all-day excursion, with a lunch break at the amazing Mission Inn. You won’t want to miss it! Please see the article for more information.

We also have scheduled our next Dinner in the Library on September 12, 2014 with biographer and historian Noël Riley Fitch as our speaker. Fitch was the first official biographer for celebrated chef Julia Child, and wrote the highly acclaimed Appetite for Life, which is the title of her talk.  She is also a renowned authority on literary Paris during the expat years, when writers like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Joyce made Paris their stomping ground. Our Dinner in the Library article will provide all the details on the dinner, which we hope you can attend.

This issue of our e-newsletter also includes news about the Library’s recent acquisition of the Farmworkers’ Movement Documentation Archive, a fascinating digital addition to our holdings. You also don’t want to miss our story about James Hung, a UC San Diego biology graduate student who has made San Diego’s native bees and their well-being the focus of his academic work.

My best wishes for a pleasant summer,


Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

Collector's Corner

Join us for a Tour of Inland Empire Special Collections

A.K. Smiley Public Library
A.K. Smiley Public Library

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender invites you to join him on Friday, June 20, 2014 for a behind-the-scenes tour of two outstanding Inland Empire special collections.

The tour includes an all-day excursion to the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands and UC Riverside’s Special Collections and Archives, housed in the university’s Rivera Library. We will stop to lunch at the iconic Mission Inn, a National Historic Landmark and the crown jewel of the Inland Empire, where we will have some free time to explore this fascinating property.

The A.K. Smiley Public Library, which opened its doors in 1898, is home to an extensive collection of California history and memorabilia. Built with funding from philanthropists Alfred and Albert K. Smiley, the exterior of the building was designed in a Moorish style, featuring solid brick walls, stained glass windows, and a heavy red-tiled roof. The interior includes original carvings of gargoyles and other mythical animals, which are incorporated with oak furnishings. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a California State Landmark.

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Dinner in the Library

Julia Child Biographer Noël Riley Fitch to Speak

Dinner in the Library

The UC San Diego Library's popular Dinner in the Library has been set for Friday, September 12, featuring Julia Child biographer and culinary historian Noël Riley Fitch. The annual fundraising event raises unrestricted funds for Library collections and services. The proceeds from the event help to maintain the diverse, high-quality information resources and special services that are vital to support the University's students, faculty, and the regional community.

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San Diego Book Arts Festival

Sixty-plus books, from fine press to handmade editions on display at Geisel Library

San Diego Book Arts Festival

The San Diego Book Arts is holding its Fifth National Juried Exhibition of works of art in book form at UC San Diego's Geisel Library through June 22, 2014. The exhibition, which is co-sponsored by the Library's Mandeville Special Collections, features more than 60 works of art, ranging from limited edition fine press books and mixed media art objects to silkscreen and woodcut works that take their creative cue from the book format.

According to San Diego Book Arts, more than 200 artist's books were submitted for the exhibition, with only 61 pieces making the final cut. This year's juror is Sue Ann Robinson, a visual artist, author, educator, and museum professional, who has been creating mixed media and limited edition artist's books since 1981. Robinson, whose artist's books are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Getty Research Institute-among others-is the director of collections at the Long Beach Museum of Art.

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New Digital Archive

Library Acquires Digital Farmworker Movement Documentation Archive

All images from the Farmworkers' Movement Documentation Archive
All images from the Farmworkers’ Movement Documentations Archive

The Library has acquired a rich digital archive documenting the United Farmworkers' Movement (UFW) in Central California from 1962 to 1993. The archive, which was developed by movement organizer LeRoy Chatfield, includes a wide variety of information on the activities, accomplishments, challenges, and work of Cesar Chavez and those who participated in the farmworker movement.

"This fascinating archive is an excellent addition to the Library's holdings," said University Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender, "given the strength of the Library's special collections related to California and Baja California. Our acquisition of the archive both ensures that these materials will be preserved while greatly expanding access for scholars, students, and members of the public."

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Student Spotlight

James Hung Stars in "Lord of the Bees"

Physicist Leo Szilard
Osmia gabrielis (Mason Bee): This large, beautiful species tends to have a deep blueish hue on its head and a brilliant dark purple on its abdomen

UC San Diego biology doctoral student James Hung has had a fondness for insects for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Taiwan, his pre-kindergarten teachers helped tame his inexhaustible energy by telling him to go outside to observe nature. At the age of ten, Hung's family moved to British Columbia, where his fascination with entomology continued to blossom. However, he no longer was interested in just looking at insects. Hung had begun to build his own increasingly vast collection of live insects that, from time to time, would escape and run rampant throughout his parents' home.

By the time he enrolled at Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, Hung's strong interest in entomology had grown into a full-fledged passion. Encouraged by his teachers to focus on one group of organisms from multiple ecological and physiological perspectives, he chose to study bees for his senior thesis topic. With the help of experts at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, he became a largely self-taught bee taxonomist, culminating in a collection of more than 17,000 pinned and cataloged specimens of native bees.

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