The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Bookshelf by Alex Johnson, and includes a photo of the Library’s “I Left My Cart In San Francisco” cable-car themed book cart.
Once again the Gleeson Library joined the USF Farmstand on the lawn outside Library. We offered books and DVD’s about organic gardening, real food, and healthy cooking all for check out on the spot.
This was USF’s Farmstands first International Farmstand offering different delectable dishes from around the world. The event also coincided with USF’s Dance Program show
The Gleeson Library joined the USF Farmstand this past Thursday, on the lawn outside Library. We offered books and DVD’s about organic gardening, real food, and healthy cooking for check out from right there out on the lawn.
USF Farmstand is part of Community Garden Outreach (ENVA 145) and offers homemade meals made with fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs grown in the organic garden on campus.
Friday 11/11/11 from 4:00-8:00 in the Atrium
Xbox, Playstation, Wii and board-games too.
UPDATE: Super Smash Brothers Tournament At Game night
Grand Prize: NOOK color
The Gleeson library also has video games for check out. To browse our collection go to http://www.usfca.edu/library/videogames/
Board-games for check out are coming soon.
While our April meeting is coming up in a couple days, the Book Club had the foresight to pick our May selection ahead of time.
In May we will discuss The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated from the French by Alison Anderson.
I’m looking forward to this book because folks were raving about it on last year’s summer reading episode of Philosophy Talk, and while I don’t consider myself a philosopher per se, I like novels that are educate as well as inform.
To get The Elegance of the Hedgehog, you can put a hold on Gleeson’s copy, request it through Link+, check it out of the SF Public Library, or check out one of our iPads or Kindle, which are loaded with the book.
We will meet in the Electronic Classroom in Gleeson Library from 12 noon – 1 pm on Thursday May 12, 2011.
In a bourgeois apartment building in Paris, we encounter Renée, an intelligent, philosophical, and cultured concierge who masks herself as the stereotypical uneducated “super” to avoid suspicion from the building’s pretentious inhabitants. Also living in the building is Paloma, the adolescent daughter of a parliamentarian, who has decided to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday because she cannot bear to live among the rich. Although they are passing strangers, it is through Renée’s observations and Paloma’s journal entries that The Elegance of the Hedgehog reveals the absurd lives of the wealthy. That is until a Japanese businessman moves into the building and brings the two characters together. A critical success in France, the novel may strike a different chord with some readers in the U.S. The plot thins at moments and is supplanted with philosophical discourse on culture, the ruling class, and the injustices done to the poor, leaving the reader enlightened on Kant but disappointed with the story at hand. –Heather Paulson, Booklist
Email email@example.com to sign up for the book club email list.
Hope to see you there!
In preparation for the Lo Schiavo CSI Building construction in May, ITS will be conducting infrastructure work that will result in service disruptions.
For the Library, this means interruptions to network and Internet access. When these interruptions occur, this will also affect off-campus access to all online library services such as:
- Article Databases
- Ignacio, the Library Catalog
- Illiad, the interlibrary loan system
Interruptions are scheduled for:
- Friday March 4 from 10 pm through 8 am on Saturday March 5 (and could go longer on Saturday)
- Saturday March 5 from 10 pm through 8 am on Sunday March 6.
The iPads and the Kindle have been extremely popular. Thank you! Two things we’ve heard from people who have checked them out from the library so far – they are difficult to get and the reservation process is confusing. We hear you. To make borrowing one of these devices a little easier:
- We have ordered 2 more iPads.
- We are changing how you request to borrow iPads and Kindles.
- The loan period will change from 5 days to 7.
The 2 new iPads should be here late January or early February. This will bring the total number of iPads to five.
Clicking “Request It” will place a hold on the item for you. When your turn comes around we will email you a note asking you to swing by the library and pick up the device.
We hope these changes make things a bit easier and as always let us know what you think in the comments.
I left my ‘cart’ in San Francisco
The “I left my ‘cart’ in San Francisco” Cable Car[t] created by the Student assistants (with a little help from their staff friends) in the Access Services Department of Gleeson Library won 1st prize in the 2010 “Unshelved: Pimp my Bookcart” contest.
The Judges commented: “This year’s first prize was an easy choice for both judges. We passed on the opportunity for our yearly fistfight and settled on this fabulous cable car lookalike. The fit and finish on this one is spectacular, including the signage and the bronzed desk bell on top.”
Come in and view the “I left my ‘cart’ in San Francisco” Cable car[t] on display in the Gleeson lobby.
Video games can be checked out at the Circulation Desk and are loaned for a period of 7 days with a potential for 3 renewals.
You can request a hold or recall of a video game via Ignacio, Gleeson library’s online catalog.
Take a look at all the awesome video games available at Gleeson:
Or stop by the Circulation desk and request to browse the Video Games.
Some of our future releases will be:
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Final Fantasy XIV
Star Ocean: the force unleashed
Star Ocean: the force unleashed II
Medal of Honor
If you have ideas for what we should get next please let us know in the comments.
I left my ‘cart’ in San Francisco
Student assistants (with a little help from their staff friends) in the Access Services Department of Gleeson Library are participating in the 2010 “Unshelved: Pimp my Bookcart” contest. They created the cable car[t] which represents their love for this city. It reminds us of a little song by Tony Bennett:
“I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me.
To be where little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars!
The morning fog may chill the air
I don’t care….”
The iPads will circulate for 5 days and you can read all the fine print here. If all three of the iPads are all checked out, you can make a reservation (booking) for a future date.
There are a few apps, books (including the Library Book Club selections) and other resources on the devices now. Based on your feedback (see survey below) we’ll be adding more resources soon.
If you aren’t familiar with Foursquare, the social media location-based game, a brief explanation comes from their website: “We’re all about helping you find new ways to explore the city. We’ll help you meet up with your friends and let you earn points and unlock badges for discovering new places, doing new things and meeting new people.” Foursquare is not only a great way to explore San Francisco, it is also a fun and easy way to explore USF and connect with other Dons.
Just getting started with Foursqaure? Once you’re on Foursquare via your smartphone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry), be sure to connect with your friends (via email, Twitter, Facebook) and meet new Dons along the way. When you check into a location, you’ll see who else is there at the same time and the mayor if there is one.
One of the fun features of Foursquare (along with badges) is becoming the mayor of a location (called venues you 4SQ) you’ve checked-into. Some mayorships are easier to come by than others. For now, its much easier to become the mayor of Gleeson than it is to become the mayor of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you become the mayor of Gleeson, we’ve got a little library schwag for you – an official, limited edition Gleeson mug.
There are dozens of other locations on the USF campus in addition to Gleeson you can check-into with Foursquare. If you’re somewhere on campus that does not have a location, add it right from your smartphone!
So, let the battles for mayorships commence. For those lucky few how become the Mayor of Gleeson, we salute you. Stop by the circulation desk to pickup your schwag.
PS – Julie H. Since you’re the mayor of Gleeson right now, feel free to stop by the Circulation Desk at the library to pick up your super-awesome library mug. Yea, the mugs are that cool.
Its official – students, faculty and staff can now check out a Kindle at Gleeson Library.
Because the Kindle will likely be quite popular for the next few weeks, the best way to borrow it is to make a reservation (we call it a booking). To make a booking, you need to stop by Gleeson with your OneCard and ask anyone at the circulation desk to help you. When you make your booking, we’ll tell you the date you can pick up the Kindle and you’re good to go.
The Kindle will circulate for one week. We realize that 5 days is not long enough for many to read an entire novel and it is certainly not enough time to read everything we’ve pre-loaded on the Kindle. For now, that’s the best we can do – we only have one Kindle for everyone at USF. That’s where your feedback comes in. If enough folks enjoy using the Kindle and tell us via our online survey, we’ll have the info we need make a case to buy more.
The Kindle will come pre-loaded with a selection of books and other reading materials. If there is something you’d like us to have on the device you can let us know in the user survey or just shoot me an email. I can’t promise that the library will be able to get a hold of everything that’s requested – but either way your feedback is key to the success of this pilot program.
P.S. Next up, iPads! Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.
Over here in Gleeson we’ve purchased 1 Kindle and 3 iPads that we are getting ready to loan to patrons. Yep, that’s right — soon you’ll be able to check out this hardware from the Circulation Desk for 5 days. Are you excited? I sure am! Anyone have thoughts or a wish list related to these? If you have a Kindle or an iPad, what e-books are you reading? What apps have you downloaded? We’re all ears!
By now you might have seen a few of these funny looking things around Gleeson Library or the Lone Mountain Reading Room. They are called Quick Response (QR) codes. When scanned by a smart phone you can download all sorts of information. For example, if you scan the code to the right with your smart phone, you’ll get the hours for Gleeson Library. Most of the applications that scan QR codes allow you to save the information you download to your smart phone.
The QR code below will take you to an information page for the group study rooms at Gleeson. Once you’ve scanned the QR code, you can save all you need to know about our group study rooms and you can take that info with you wherever you take your smart phone.
Gleeson has created a few of these codes and placed them in various locations in the library and the Lone Mountain Reading Room. Look for more as we continue developing our QR program.
A few of the QR code reader apps you can download to your smart phone include:
Some of these apps will also allow you to create your own QR codes from URL’s, phone numbers, email addresses etc. or you can use a web-based tool to create QR codes.
I have only used iPhone apps, so I can’t vouch for the others. There are many different apps, some are free and others might include advertisements or cost a few dollars. Please post any additional info about QR apps, corrections on app availability or other things you find out about them in the comments.
Give QR codes a try and let us know what you think!