Dear Friends:

We are nearly three months into the new calendar year, and the UC San Diego Library already has so much to celebrate and look forward to in 2018.

First, I am happy to share that yesterday Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Simmons announced the appointment of Erik Mitchell as the new Audrey Geisel University Librarian. As you will read in the press release linked to below, Erik comes to us from UC Berkeley where he currently serves as associate university librarian of Digital Initiatives & Collaborative Services and associate chief information officer. He will assume his new duties on April 16, 2018, shortly after which he'll begin engaging in various university and Library events to get to know the campus community. Look for a message from him in the next issue of Domain due out this spring to learn about his vision and goals for the Library, as well as opportunities to meet and engage with him at our various events.

I hope that you will enjoy reading this issue, which includes:
  • a spotlight on Library supporter, filmmaker and community leader, Mary Ann Beyster -- daughter of the late J.R. Beyster whose Papers reside in the Library's Special Collections & Archives;
  • a look at how the Library's collection of Indian Ledger Art books is serving as a vital research and teaching resource;
  • a deeper dive into the work being produced by the Digital Media Lab using innovative and ground-breaking technologies;
In closing, it has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as the interim Audrey Geisel University Librarian. Over the last eight months, I've had the opportunity to witness first-hand the relentless work of our Library staff to provide the UC San Diego community the world-class information resources and services it needs. Their expert management and timely delivery of these tools are what make the UC San Diego Library a leading academic research library. I look forward seeing and working with you all as I  resume my role as associate university librarian for Enterprise Services under Erik's new leadership.

Warm regards,

Tammy Nickelson Dearie
The Interim Audrey Geisel University Librarian
UC San Diego Names Erik Mitchell New Audrey Geisel University Librarianerikmitchell
New Audrey Geisel University Librarian Erik Mitchell.
The Library is delighted to welcome Erik Mitchell, Ph.D. as the new Audrey Geisel University Librarian. His first day on the job will be Monday, April 16, 2018. Mitchell currently serves as associate university librarian of Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services and associate chief information officer at UC Berkeley.

"Our Library is a premier resource for UC San Diego's community of changemakers, playing a central role in the university's mission by serving as a hub of discovery," said Chancellor Khosla. "Erik has been at the forefront of integrating new information technologies in libraries to find, use and create knowledge, so I am confident that his expertise will continue to help transform the way our academic community teaches, learns and conducts research." Continue reading...
Q&A: UC San Diego Library Supporter Mary Ann Beyster Reflects on Father's Legacy MaryAnnBeyster
From left to right: Mary Ann, Betty, and Jim Beyster celebrated the opening of the Beyster Papers during a reception on April 21, 2017.
The Beyster name is intertwined with the history of San Diego's entrepreneurial 
and technology community. The late J. Robert "Bob" Beyster, Ph.D. built Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from a small scientific consulting firm to a multibillion-dollar defense contractor powerhouse in the 1960s. He was known for his visionary business practices and sophisticated ability to bring out the best in his employees. SAIC grew to become one of the largest employee owned companies in the nation.
In 2015, the Beyster family donated Bob's papers including business records, stock plans, and records of government-funded research to the Library's Special Collections & Archives. Bob's  legacy is now carried on by his daughter Mary Ann through the work she's doing with employee ownership in the education system. Of the Library's valued supporters, few have a background quite as diverse as Mary Ann's. Not only is she an enthusiastic community leader with 30 years of experience in manufacturing, technical management consulting, and small business innovation, but she's also a passionate documentary director and producer.  
Library staff asked Mary Ann a few questions to learn more about her late father's legacy and her involvement with the UC San Diego campus.  Continue reading...
Lakota Ledger artist Dwayne Wilcox spoke at a public lecture hosted by the Library in November.
Photo Credit: Sophia Armen.
The beauty of Indian Ledger Art isn't just about depicting Native American history in vibrant colors and powerful compositions, but how it has influenced the next generation of Native American artists.
To Dwayne Wilcox, it's more than artwork. It connects him to his Native American culture and reaffirms his purpose in the community. Wearing black pants, a striped dress shirt that hangs loose on his frame, and his signature pork pie hat, Wilcox stands in front of an audience speaking softly about his art and gazing earnestly at the ledger art drawings in his exhibit.
The Lakota Ledger artist met with students and spoke in November at a public gathering hosted by the Library in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. A small collection of Wilcox's contemporary ledger artwork was on view in an exhibition called Teíč'iȟ iŋla: Practicing Decolonial Love, curated by UC San Diego graduate students. Wilcox was joined by Ross Frank, associate professor of ethnic studies and director of the  Plains Indian Ledger Art project  (PILA).  Continue reading...
Birch Aquarium teamed up with the Library's Digital Media Lab to 3D print a brace for its Loggerhead
 Sea Turtle.
Higher education institutions have reached a pivotal turning point, where a confluence of innovative and ground-breaking technologies are bringing an abundance of change to the way in which we teach and learn. From cloud computing to 3D printing and augmented reality, these technologies are altering how we live and work.

For decades, a great deal of scholarly work was limited to photos and text, causing important details about objects and places to be lost and our ability to communicate complexity to be hampered. At the heart of our most recent wave of innovative technologies is a newfound ability to quickly and easily process and visualize 3D data. The means to design and build a new object, explore a place without being there, and capture and share the world around us is now highly accessible. Geisel Library's Digital Media Lab (DML) puts these tools in the hands of students and faculty and lends expertise and context to make the learning experience simple, fun, and personally relevant. The DML offers free 3D printing, VR headset use, and expert consultation. The possibilities are endless, spanning almost every discipline.  Continue reading...
Top International Lawyer Philippe Sands to Discuss Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity sands
Wednesday, February 28
7-8:30 p.m.
Hojel Auditorium, Institute of the Americas

I n his award-winning book, "East West Street," Philippe Sands examines how the concepts of genocide and crimes against humanity originated in the aftermath of World War II and laid the foundation for a new order. Sands narrates a moving tale of his Jewish grandparents' flight from Nazi-controlled Germany alongside a history of the foundation of human rights and international law. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. 
Dr. Seuss's 114th Birthday Party
Friday, March 2
Noon-1:30 p.m. 
Library Walk (in front of Geisel Library)

Dr. Seuss's Birthday Dinner 
Friday, March 2
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club 
$75 Faculty Club members
$85 non-members

Join us for a variety of festivities to celebrate Dr. Seuss's 114th Birthday! The noontime all-campus celebration,  hosted by Interim University Librarian Tammy Nickelson Dearie, will include a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, birthday cake and live entertainment by the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra.

In addition to the birthday parties, a small exhibit of materials from the book Happy Birthday to You! will be on view until Sunday, March 25 on the main floor of Geisel Library. More information...
Thursday, March 15
5-6:30 p.m. 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

The Voices Breaking Boundaries Borderlines series examines cross-cultural connections between 
North American and South Asian border regions. 

By tethering local community stories to global ones, Borderlines turns the city into a metaphor for international borders to unearth complex narratives that challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions faced by migrant communities in border regions and undocumented communities in Texas. RSVP.
Friday,   January  5 - Saturday, April 7 
Geisel Library West, 2nd Floor

Southern California cultural institutions are currently celebrating Latin American and Latino/a art through  Pacific Standard Time , a collaborative effort initiated by the Getty Foundation.
The UC San Diego Library has chosen to draw on one of its strengths and explore Latin American and Latino/a artists' books published in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The artists hail from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, and the United States. All of the works exhibited are drawn from   Special Collections & Archives , which houses the Library's extensive collection of artists' books.   More information...
Wednesday, April 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Atkinson Hall
Registration details coming soon.

In his new book "Losing the Nobel Prize,"  Physics Professor Brian Keating takes readers on a personal journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to life the highly competitive publish-or-perish world of modern science.

Led by a Q&A with David Brin, Keating will discuss how the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration. Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event from the UC San Diego Bookstore, with a reception and book signing to follow the discussion.
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