You are invited to contribute your condolences and reflections at the library. They will be conveyed to Nelson Mandela’s family and Foundation in Johannesburg by Professor Michael Goldman.
We’re hiring student assistants for Spring 2014!
Both the Access Services Department and the Reference and Research Services Department are planning to hire a handful of student workers.
We look forward to reviewing your applications!
Ok trivia lovers, a question: what do Mitt Romney, Julia Child, and Harvey Milk have in common?
The answer: they all appeared in photographs in the San Francisco Examiner.
The Examiner’s historic photograph collection was given to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. They are now arranging, cataloging, and digitizing the collection. They have a great Facebook page with lots of images from the collection, plus a staff blog of photos they like.
One photograph is of Archbishop Hanna in 1930 at the 75th anniversary of St. Ignatius College, which of course became……. the University of San Francisco.
So take a break from final exams and papers and enjoy a few minutes of San Francisco history.
Have you ever found the perfect article in one of the library databases, only to discover there’s no PDF attached? Or maybe you were looking over a reference list or bibliography and want to know how to find an article that’s cited there.
In either case, we’ve got you covered!
Check out this tutorial by Reference Librarian Claire Sharifi. In it you will learn how to use library tools from within our databases to find the full text of articles.
Check out this tutorial by Reference Librarian Amy Gilgan. In it you will learn how to use the Journal Finder tool to find the full text of a journal you know the title of.
If you still have trouble finding that coveted article, drop us a line! We’re always happy to help.
As you may have noticed, the Rare Book Room is closed this semester because it is being renovated. Here’s an update on the upcoming construction.
The week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 25 – 27) most noisy work will occur (cutting and nailing cement, etc.).
The period between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester (Dec. 2 – 12) will be relatively quiet. We want to make sure you students still have a quiet place to study for finals on the 3rd floor of the library!
After commencement and continuing into Winter Break (Dec. 16 – late January), the work will be noisy and loud as the contractors begin multiple construction efforts.
We plan to keep disruptions to a minimum when the Spring 2014 semester begins in late January.
Once the construction is complete, we will begin to move the Rare Book collections back into the room, which will happen over a series of weeks in the Spring semester. Once the move is complete, the contractors will return to tear down the staging and temporary areas.
Hopefully, by the time Summer 2013 hits, the 3rd floor and the Rare Book Room will be restored to its awesome state!
If you really miss the RBR, check out Shawn Calhoun’s Flickr set of the construction. There’s a lot of fabulous photos that might just hold you over…
Where in the world have you been and where are you going? Show us on a map! We’ve put up a world map and a selection of classic and new books that show the world through the eyes of a traveller. Join us in celebrating International Education Week by flagging your travels on our map. View the IEW photo contest entries — winners will be announced at the USF International Cup on Friday, Nov. 22, 3pm – 5pm, Negoesco Field — and find out about more International Education Week activities here.
Gleeson Library’s Game Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) International Game Day
Including nearly 1,000 Libraries in 28 countries on all 7 seven continents.
Join us! This Saturday 11/16/2013 from 3:00 to 7:00 in the Atrium
Click on the map to see who else is participating in ALA’s International Game Day
While I was waiting for the bus to come to work at the USF Library this morning, I noticed the front page of today’s Examiner proclaimed, “Sky-high rents: SF tops the nation for median prices.” Naturally I plucked a copy from the newsstand and perused the article; anecdotally we all know it is nearly impossible to afford a rental in San Francisco these days (unless you’re working for one of the tech companies), but what hard data was the Examiner touting?
Turns out the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which samples small parts of the population every year in an effort to keep stats more updated than the usual 10 year Census cycle, released their 3 year estimates from 2010-2012 this week. That’s where the Examiner culled its data from.
The data collected and made available through the American Community Survey is handy for journalists writing news articles in the Examiner, but it is also handy for students writing research papers and preparing other school work.
If you’re itching to find a stat to back up a claim you’ve made, you can access the data from the American Community Survey, as well as the U.S. Census of Population and Housing and the Economic Census, in the database American FactFinder, linked from Gleeson Library Web site and also available through Gleeson’s Government Information portal.
The library subscribes to many other databases with lots of hard statistics as well. One of the quickest ways to find your way to these sources is to visit the library’s Start Your Research / Databases page and type statistics into the search bar at the top of the page. Auto-complete will give you a list of appropriate databases.
Happy statistics hunting!
This week (Oct 21-27) we celebrate the Open Access Week! A global event now in its 6th year, OA week promotes Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.
Nationally and internationally, universities and research institutions are all celebrating the week with programs and campaigns that promote open access. You can find out more at http://www.openaccessweek.org/
Even publishers start to join the bandwagon. Taylor & Francis is offering to waive article publishing charge from Oct 21st to Nov 20th in selected titles (http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/open-access-week-2013). Sage sponsored an ACRL webinar “What is The Role of the Librarian in an Open Access World?”. The archived webcast recording is available at: https://connect.iu.edu/p5u793qdw4f/
In Oct 2011, Gleeson Library launched USF Scholarship Repository as our institutional repository that will digitally collect, preserve and provide free electronic access to scholarly works and research output by the USF community. To date our repository has now collected 359 faculty and student papers and enjoyed 62,366 downloads in the past year alone. As one faculty who finds herself one of the most popular authors in her discipline in the network puts it, “it is great to see so many people are interested in finding my work there.”
So let’s celebrate open access week by submitting our works to the Scholarship Repository!
It’s that time of year again! People and ghouls are rushing out to buy their fake mustaches, their candy corn, and their capes, and the stores are raking in the money. Right?
Well, according to IBISWorld, an industry and market research company that is behind our library database of the same name. Halloween spending is predicted to have just a small growth rate this year, because people just aren’t feeling as confident in the economy and the government right now. You might say they are finding them quite spooky, in fact!
Read the summary from IBISWorld about 2013 Halloween spending.
Some online research databases will be affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government.
ERIC documents are temporarily unavailable. The shutdown affects only the ERIC documents (reports, conference proceedings, etc.) hosted on the eric.ed.gov site. Journal articles indexed in ERIC are still accessible through the library ERIC database.
The PubMed database is still available, but the updates will be slower.
The sites will be restored to full functionality when a federal resolution to provide funding has been enacted.
When you think of Gleeson Library, do you think of printers?
Most of the students who enter through our gates do, and I can’t blame them: I’m practically obsessed with the printers in the library since they tend to be the most used on campus.
You may have noticed that the campus has switched to printing through the photocopiers, a system dubbed Pharos. You may have also noticed the computer lab in the Reference department of Gleeson Library is still running on the old system, the retro GoPrint.
But no more!
On Monday, October 14, 2013 (the first day of Fall Break), the computer lab in the Reference Department of Gleeson Library will be closed so we can take out GoPrint, put in Pharos, and make sure everything is working correctly. We will have two dedicated Pharos black and white printers in the lab and one job-selection screen.
Once the equipment is installed and the computers are correctly configured, you can send print jobs from anywhere on campus (personal laptop/desktop or computer lab) and you can pick them up anywhere on campus (just find the nearest Pharos/Ricoh brand copier/printer)—the computer lab in the Reference Department will be just one more location you can do both.