Annick Wibben Reading

The Gleeson Library is pleased to welcome University of San Francisco Associate Professor Annick T.R. Wibben who will read from her book Feminist Security Studies: a Narrative Approach (Routledge, 2011) on Wednesday, May 2nd in the Donohue Rare Book Room. The book rethinks security theory from a feminist perspective and challenges the way we think about security, violence and war. Professor Wibben teaches international politics and specializes in critical security studies, international theory, and feminist international relations. Prior to teaching at the University of San Francisco, she worked with the Information Technology, War and Peace Project at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University from 2001-2005. Her article “Feminist Politics in Feminist Security Studies” (2011) was published in Politics & Gender and “The Gendering of Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan” (co-authored with Keally McBride) is forthcoming in Humanity. She is the Chair of the Bachelor in International Studies program and serves as an Advisory Board Member to Gender and Sexualities Studies; Peace and Justice Studies; and the Master program in International Studies.

The program begins at 5:15 on Wednesday, May 2nd in the Donohue Rare Book Room, located on the third floor of the Gleeson Library. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please call (415) 422-2036.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Dean Rader Poetry Reading

The Gleeson Library is pleased to sponsor a faculty reading on Thursday, April 26 as it welcomes University of San Francisco Associate Professor Dean Rader, who will read from his book Works & Days (Truman State University Press) which received the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2010. Professor Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, literary studies, American Indian studies, and visual/popular culture. He co-edited Speak To Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (2003), and his pop culture reader, The World Is A Text, is in its fourth edition. His book Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film From Alcatraz to the NMAI was published by the University of Texas Press in 2011. He teaches in the English Department and in the Honors Program in the Humanities. He also is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle City Brights Blog.

The program begins at 5:00 on Thursday, April 26 in the Donohue Rare Book Room, located on the third floor of the Gleeson Library. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please call (415) 422-2036.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Gleeson Library on the Lawn

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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

Poetry Month in the Donohue Rare Book Room

April is Poetry Month and the Gleeson Library will be celebrating with three evening programs in the Donohue Rare Book Room. The programs include an event on April 11, co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, at which poets Camille Dungy and Matthew Zapruder will be reading from their work; the fourth annual faculty, staff and student poetry reading on April 19; and on April 26 University of San Francisco Professor and poet Dean Rader will give a faculty reading. All programs begin at 5:00

Poetry Month programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale. For further information, please call 422-2036.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

4th Annual Poetry Reading @ Your Library

Join Gleeson Library as we celebrate National Poetry Month (April 2012) with our 4th annual Faculty, Staff, and Student poetry reading!

Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 5 p.m.

Gleeson Library | Geschke Center

Rare Book Room, 3rd Floor

Featuring the following USF Poets reading their original work:


This year we’ve got 4 students, 3 staff people, and 1 faculty. Personally I am super excited to hear my coworkers Ava and Patrick read Ava’s original poetry in Farsi, with the English translations they worked on together. However things go down, we are all in for a treat: a wonderful evening of poetry from our diverse poetic community. Please join us!

California Native Wildflowers

California Native Wildflowers: Prints by Henry Evans is an exhibition of fifteen color linocut prints from the Donohue Rare Book Room’s recent acquisition of a limited edition portfolio of forty botanical prints by the San Francisco printmaker, Henry Evans. The linocut prints, on exhibition through May 11 in the Donohue Rare Book Room, portray some of the most beautiful wildflowers native to California, arranged in chronological order of botanical discovery, accompanied with text written by the artist. Evans (1918-1990) was a prolific artist who produced over a thousand prints in his lifetime. He also was a publisher and bookseller whose shop, The Porpoise Bookshop, was located on Clement Street a few blocks from the University on San Francisco.

The portfolio, California Native Wildflowers complements the Donohue Rare Book Room’s holdings of works by Henry Evans, including materials published by his Peregrine Press. Additional prints are featured in the Thacher Gallery exhibition Aroused Tranquility: Graphic Botanicals by Henry Evans, March 18 to April 22. An opening reception and printmaking demonstration on the Rare Book Room’s historic 1854 Albion hand-press will take place on March 27.

The acquisition of California Native Wildflowers was made possible from a bequest by Nancy Weston in Memory of William J. Monihan, S.J.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Scanning Available in the Library

Need a digital copy of class assignments, handwritten notes, business and/or personal documents? Tired of wandering around campus looking for a scanner? Search no more!

At Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, now you can scan documents and save them to a USB Flash Drive on a library copier! This feature is available on copier GL 585 (in the copy room in Thacher Gallery), and will be FREE for a limited time!

How to proceed:
1) Place document on scanning bed
2) Connect USB Flash Drive
3) Select “Scanner” function to activate tough screen
4) Select Store File (first option on upper right corner)
5) Store to memory device, OK then push Start
6) To finalize MUST select # key, disconnect USB after the Ok message
Voilà, document is saved and ready to upload digitally anywhere

New! Text A Librarian

Quick, save this number in your phone or scan this QR code!

Start your text with the word: gleeson

gleeson  What are the library hours on saturday?
(after your first message to us, you don’t have to use the word gleeson any more).

Give it a shot and send us a text—we would love to hear from you!

More info, including other ways to contact us, can be found on the Ask A Librarian Web page.

Library program on Black Nationalism

The Gleeson Library is pleased to co-sponsor with the African American Studies Program a faculty reading on Thursday, February 2nd with University of San Francisco Associate Professor James Lance Taylor, who will read from his recent work Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama (2011). Professor Taylor is also co-editor of the forthcoming book, Something’s in the Air: Race and the Legalization of Marijuana. His current research is on Peoples Temple, Jim Jones, and Black America. Professor Taylor is a noted political commentator on U.S. and San Francisco politics for national and Bay Area media and has served as a policy consultant for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The program begins at 5:00 on Thursday, February 2 in the Donohue Rare Book Room, located on the third floor of the Gleeson Library. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please call (415) 422-2036.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Learn about Gleeson Library

New to USF? Or a current student but you are a little unsure where everything is in the library? Join us for a library tour. The tours last about 30 minutes and a library staff member takes you around the building, shows you where things are located, and discusses some of the library’s services available to you.

We’re giving tours on:

Monday January 23 @ 3pm

Tuesday January 24 @ 12 noon

Wednesday January 25 @ 2 pm

Thursday January 26 @ 10 am

No need to sign up for anything–just meet us in the library’s lobby at those times. Everyone is welcome!

What’s up with the Wikipedia black out?

When I logged into WordPress to edit a blog post this morning, I encountered the following screen:

What’s up with that? Turns out WordPress, along with sites such as Twitter and most notably Wikipedia, are raising awareness of pending legislation in the House and the Senate that could cause censorship of the Internet. The original aim of the bills, abbreviated as SOPA and PIPA [click to access the text of the bills], was to stop piracy of movies and music online, but if passed in their current form, the bills could be invoked to shut down any Web site without due process.

Indeed, as librarians and informational professionals, we do not condone censorship. However, being opposed to these bills cannot be summed up as being opposed to censorship — the bills are complex pieces of legislation. We here in Gleeson Library encourage you to research the issue and scrutinize your sources. Does the source have something invested in winning or losing? Does the source have a history of slanting the news? Does the article seem sensationalist or over the top? Does it get you more mad than informed? I found the FAQ on Wikipedia explaining the black out to be very informative and nonbiased, in line with what I perceive as the mission and values of Wikipedia as an organization.

A colleague of mine, Jean Hewlett, had two other great suggestions for nonbiased facts:

[A] good explanation is by Sal Kahn of KahnAcademy:
This one sounds kind of like your high school civics teacher
explaining it at great length.

For more detailed legal analysis, here’s a page of links to articles by the staff of the Berkman Center at Harvard:

The question still remains: What are you going to do while Wikipedia is blacked out today? How about using some of these real academic encyclopedias the library subscribes to? We got lots of them!

USF Book Club: Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Howdy everyone! The Book Club will read and discuss Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay for December. We will meet on December 9, 2011 in Room 139 of Gleeson Library from 12-1 pm.

Gleeson has a copy of Savage Beauty that you can request, but it will probably go fast so your alternatives are requesting it through Link+, getting it from the SF Public Library, or reading it on one of our iPads or our Kindle.

Millay is one of my personal role models… she was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and in her day, she achieved the level of celebrity now reserved for movie stars and reality show idiot savants. She was an anti-war activist and led a unconventional love life. I can only imagine how much better the U.S. would be if we celebritized our poets the way we do those in the entertainment industry.

One thing that boosted her to this level of celebrity was her spellbinding performances. She did a lot of radio broadcasts and reading tours in support of her work, and her thick, lustrous voice and classic early 20th century North East accent bewitched all those who tuned in.

Appropriate for the spirit of Christmas we are approaching, here is an old radio recording of Millay reading her poem “Ballad of the Harpweaver” in the Christmas edition of Anthology.

And my personal favorite… a classic

(Poem #34First Fig

My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends--
It gives a lovely light!

– Edna St Vincent Millay

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

On exhibition in the Donohue Rare Book Room  through December 16 are over eighty volumes from the Rare Book Room’s Dr. M. Wallace Freidman Collection of L. Frank Baum and Oziana. L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) wrote over thirty-eight children’s books, the most famous of which The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900 and later was made into a motion picture by MGM in 1939. Baum went on to write fourteen books in the series. Following his death, the series was continued by Ruth Plumbly Thompson. Baum also wrote several non-Oz titles, including Mother Goose in Prose (1897), The Master Key (1901), Phoebe Daring (1912), The Sea Fairies (1911) and Sky Island (1912) among others. The exhibition brings together a selection of Baum’s work, showing the breadth of his life’s work and a range of illustration by such figures as Maxfield Parish, W.W. Denslow and John R. Neill.

The Gleeson Library is pleased to exhibit these materials to coincide with the exhibition Monster in the Bookshelf: The Artwork of Studio 5 in the Thacher Gallery. The books on exhibition are all from the permanent collections of the Donohue Rare Book Room and are available to students and researchers who wish to use them.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

David Vann Reading

The Gleeson Library is pleased to sponsor a faculty reading on Tuesday, November 15 when it welcomes David Vann, University of San Francisco Associate Professor in the MFA in Writing Program, who will read from his recent works Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter (University of Georgia Press, 2011) and Caribou Island (Harper, 2011). Vann is also the author of Legend of a Suicide (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008) which won 10 prizes, including the Prix Medicis in France and the Premi Llibreter in Spain. Legend of a Suicide was on 42 “Best Books of the Year” lists including The New Yorker Book Club and The Times Book Club. David Vann is a current Guggenheim Fellow and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.

The program begins at 5:00 on Tuesday, November 15 in the Donohue Rare Book Room, located on the third floor of the Gleeson Library. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please call (415) 422-2036.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Welcome New Permanent Librarians

Gleeson Library | Geschke Center is pleased to welcome two new librarians, Claire Sharifi, who is the liaison to the School of Nursing, and Amy Gilgan, who is the liaison to the School of Education. Claire and Amy both began here at Gleeson in January as temporary part time librarians. Late this past summer, the library posted two full time librarian positions on the USF jobs site. Claire and Amy applied to the respective openings, went through the rigorous interview process, and both got the job! We are excited to welcome them into our “library family”–or perhaps more precisely, we’re happy they’re not leaving our family!–and look forward to all the great work they’ll do with the students and their respective faculty.

Introducing… Claire & Amy!

Claire Sharifi has been building her career to the point of being a Health Sciences Librarian. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Health Education, she took a case worker position at Project Open Hand and also held the position of research assistant at UCSF. Although she felt nudged to get a Masters in Public Health during this time, she relished the research aspect of her job at UCSF and instead pursued a career as a reference librarian, getting her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Since then she has worked at Barnett Briggs Medical Library at SF General Hospital and as a librarian at Life Chiropractic College West Library in Hayward, CA. She is excited about the evidence-based practice movement in the health sciences because it provides a natural opportunity for practitioners and librarians to collaborate. Her favorite fruit is the strawberry.

Her personal take on USF:
I have very much enjoyed my first few months here at USF. While I am impressed by the dedication to learning and education I see in both the students and faculty, I am particularly struck by the social consciousness of many of the students. Students come to the reference desk with research questions that demonstrate their awareness and
involvement in important current issues, and throughout campus I see evidence of students’ investment in their community, from posters encouraging students to volunteer at service organizations, to composting and recycling bins in the dining centers, to the movement to save the Upward Bound program. It is great to work among individuals who are committed to education, the environment and social justice.

Amy Gilgan comes to USF from the Art Institute of California-San Francisco where she managed library instruction for over 3 years. During her temporary appointment here at USF, she also worked at City College of San Francisco. She enjoys doing library instruction at USF, and loves the amazing collection of religious books at the Gleeson Library. In her spare time, she trains in Aikido, Muay Thai and Western Boxing.

Her personal take on USF and libraries in general:
One of the many things that attracted me to USF was the university’s commitment to social justice. At USF, I have the pleasure of working with students and faculty in a variety of disciplines who are interrogating a myriad of topics through a lens of social justice.
With the Googlization of information, many students are under the impression that everything can be accessed electronically. As an instructor, I strive to meet students where they are and use the tools they are familiar with, like Google, as a jumping off point for learning how to search effectively. Once students see the strengths and weaknesses of broad keyword searching, I love empowering them to do more in-depth searches with indexed subject terms. My experience working as an archivist at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library taught me that due to the high cost of digitization, the histories of marginalized communities are often underrepresented in electronic resources. Whether I am teaching students to search the open Web or proprietary databases, I encourage them to critically interrogate the search results and ask whose voices are not represented.

This info taken from last semester’s edition of Global Update, the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center Newsletter.