It is a pleasure to address you as UC San Diego's new Audrey Geisel University Librarian. The past few weeks have been an exciting time of discovery and adjustment as I have started to familiarize myself with the Library and campus. I am grateful to everyone who has warmly welcomed me into this community, and I look forward to meeting more of our colleagues, patrons and supporters in the months ahead.

I must extend my utmost thanks to Tammy Nickelson Dearie who did an outstanding job serving as Interim University Librarian for the last ten months. Her leadership helped ensure the success of the Library as it continues to excel at providing world-class resources and services to students, scholars and faculty. Tammy has resumed her role as associate university librarian for Enterprise Services and has been invaluable in helping me get up to speed at UC San Diego.

As the academic year quickly approaches its close, the Library is still as busy as ever. I'm happy to announce that we have secured the prolific author and UC San Diego alumnus Luis Alberto Urrea '77 for this year's Dinner in the Library event on September 21, 2018. You can read more about Luis, "a master storyteller with a rock and roll heart," in the article below. Tickets for the event will be available soon, so be sure to look for additional information in your inboxes in the coming weeks. The Library is hosting a number of other compelling events and exhibits throughout the months of May and June, so I encourage you all to look at our calendar below and save the dates. If you happened to miss some of our events over the last few months, many of them have been recorded and are viewable online on the UCTV Library Channel .

In this issue you will also find:
  • A tribute to Joyce Cutler-Shaw, an avid supporter and friend of the Library who sadly passed away this spring.
  • An introduction to Calisphere, now one of the largest collections of digital archival material in the state for which the Library has contributed over 90,000 digital objects.
  • An invitation to attend the 2018 FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute, a five-day intensive summer training program designed to empower researchers, administrators, librarians, students, and anybody interested in navigating the new world of Scholarly Communication.

Lastly, I'd like to share that the Library recently published its 2016-17 Library Annual Report which revisits some of its most notable accomplishments achieved between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.


Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of the Library. I am excited to embark on this new journey and I look forward to meeting and working with you in the months ahead.




Erik Mitchell

The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

'Master Storyteller' Luis Alberto Urrea to be Keynote Speaker for 2018 Dinner in the LibraryDiL
Luis Alberto Urrea was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his book "The Devil's Highway: A True Story," about a group of Mexican men who attempted to cross the border into the United States. 
San Diego-raised novelist and UC San Diego alumnus, Luis Alberto Urrea '77, will be the featured speaker at this year's Dinner in the Library on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Geisel Library.
Hailed by NPR as a "master storyteller with a rock and roll heart," Urrea is a prolific author who draws inspiration for his novels from his binational upbringing and dual cultural experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.
Urrea was born in Mexico, living the first part of his youth in Tijuana before moving to San Diego in the 1950s. Similar to other writers, he got his start in literature writing poems to impress girls in junior high. His early heroes were all rock stars, but not being musically inclined Urrea chose to follow in the steps of his literary role models. Even though Urrea's UC San Diego journey began as a theater major, it was the Literature Department that ultimately led him to graduation day. Today, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, "I am more interested in bridges, not borders."
A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the best-selling author of 17 books, and has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays.  Continue reading...
Joyce Cutler-Shaw was an avid supporter of the Library. She recently established the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Archives Program to support access and awareness of artistic themes presented in her artwork.
San Diego artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw passed away peacefully in March at her home in La Jolla with her family by her side. Her energy and graciousness made her a pleasure to encounter on both a personal and professional level, and her distinctive artwork remains a testament to her independent spirit and talent.  

Joyce was the first alumna to receive the Library's Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy for her significant contributions to the growth and success of the Library. Most recently, Joyce established the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Archives Program to support access and awareness of artistic themes presented in her work. The Library's Special Collections & Archives is the repository for many of her distinctive works of art including original photographs, audio and video recordings, original writings, drawings and her famous "Alphabet of Bones," an original calligraphy inspired by the hollow bones of birds. 

Over the years, her distinctive work has been displayed in numerous campus exhibitions and artistic collaborations. In 1995, Joyce became the first artist-in-residence at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. Unlike other artist residencies, hers lasted 25 years. Now medical schools across the world have artists in residence. Joyce's art will continue to remain an inspiration to all.  Read more about Joyce...
Digital Collections Website Serves as One-Stop Resource for State's History & MoreCalisphere
1170 Cottages and Beach at La Jolla, San Diego, CA.
Whether you're a researcher, a teacher or simply a curious citizen, this one-stop digital platform offers unique cultural archival resources to California history lovers.
Developed and maintained by UC's California Digital Library, Calisphere provides free access to over 1,025,000 digitized items including photographs, letters, artwork, diaries, oral histories, films, advertisements, musical recordings and documents. The oldest digitized item in Calisphere is an Armenian Manuscript Bible dating back to 1121 A.D .
Calisphere is now one of the largest collections of digital archival material in the state following a significant makeover in 2015-and continues to add new resources every week. These collections have been digitized and curated by all ten UC campuses and other notable libraries, archives and museums throughout California. Visitors can access selections from the collections from any device, at any time and no registration is required. The UC San Diego Library is a major contributor with over 90,000 digital objects in Calisphere. The website also serves as a hub, gathering content and contributing nationally to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Continue reading...
Weeklong Summer Training Program for Scholarly Communications Start July 30force11
125 participants attended the 2017 FSCI at UC San Diego.
Do you want to be part of a growing community that aims to transform and improve the future of research communication and e-Scholarship? Then join us for the second installment of the Force11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) from July 30 to August 3, 2018 at the MET Building on the UC San Diego campus. The program, hosted by the UC San Diego Library, provides learning opportunities for both the expert and the novice in scholarly communication.

The five-day intensive summer training institute is designed to help researchers, students, administrators, librarians, post docs and others navigate the ever-changing and increasingly complex scholarly communications landscape. FSCI will incorporate intensive coursework, seminar participation, group activities, lectures, and hands-on training taught by worldwide leading experts in various aspects of scholarly communication. Participants will attend courses on a wide range of topics including author carpentry, bad publishing, reproducible code and data, software citation, public humanities and more.  Continue reading...
HERSTORY: The Legal History of Chinese-American Women
May 7-June 30, 2018
Geisel Library, Main (2nd) Floor

Lecture & Reception
Tuesday, May 15
5-6:30 p.m. 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Drawn from the personal collection of Chang C. Chen, "HERSTORY" features rare photographs and case descriptions of efforts by Chinese-American women to gain legal standing in the U.S. Beginning in 1852, the exhibit documents women who fought for equal treatment in the eyes of the law, citizenship and the right to public education. This exhibit sheds light on the brave women who fought for their rights, and, in doing so, helped shape a brighter future for younger generations.  More information...
Thursday, May 17
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Join us on May 17 which marks the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion. The Library will have different stations where you can learn more about digital accessibility including Virtual Reality demos to simulate audio and visual disabilities, navigating webpages without a mouse, demos with voice-recognition software and informational tables.  More information...
A New Reality: A Vision of Hope for a World in Transition With Jonathan Salk 
Thursday, May 24
5:30-7 p.m. 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

In the new book, "A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future," Jonathan Salk and David Dewane take a look at the problems presented by population growth and changing human values. The book is a revised version of an earlier publication Jonathan wrote with his father, visionary scientist Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine. At the event Salk will discuss how we're transitioning from a time of competition to a time of cooperation. A book signing will follow the talk and copies of the book will be available for purchase from the publisher. RSVP .
Wednesday, May 30
5-7 p.m. 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Presented by  the Holocaust Living  History Workshop
The Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture

Eva Clarke was one of three "miracle babies" 
who saw the light of day at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. Nine days after her birth, World War II ended. As a newborn, her chances of survival were extremely slim. Against all odds, Clarke and her mother Anka were the only survivors of their extended family. Eva has campaigned to ensure that those who died during the Holocaust are remembered by sharing her remarkable story of survival with audiences all over the world.  More information...
Thursday, May 31
6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Short Tales from the Mothership is boarding passengers again! Join us for this written/spoken word event taken from the sci-fi aesthetics of UC San Diego's iconic Geisel Library building. The evening is a celebration of an elegant genre inspired by the micro-fiction challenge by magazine editor George Hay in the 1970s. He dared such authors as Arthur C. Clarke to send sci-fi stories that fit into a postcard. Writers should send fantasy or science fiction pieces of no more than 250 words to Scott Paulson by Friday, May 25.  RSVP .
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