USF Seed Library holding Seed Swap! Saturday Sep. 12 @County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park

The USF Seed Library and Urban Agriculture department have been asked to participate in San Francisco’s first ever Urban Ag Academy, to be held at the County Fair Building, in Golden Gate Park near Ninth and Lincoln. The seed swap is just one of many activities that will be taking place during the free Urban Ag Academy, happening from 11:30 AM to 5 PM, an event which has been organized by the City of San Francisco. Seed librarians Carol Spector and Debbie Benrubi will be bringing the seed library to demo, and hosting a seed swap from 11:30 to 12:30.

We will have several tables available for sharing seeds. If you’re interested in growing vegetables and herbs from seed, or would like to share the seeds from plants you grew, please join us! We’ll supply envelopes and some seeds; you bring a desire to grow things, and seeds if you have some to swap.

USF Seed Library
In addition to the seed swap, the Urban Ag Academy will feature demonstration classes on gardening, workshops on fermenting and canning food, tips to being a successful grower in San Francisco, etc. The University of San Francisco Urban Agriculture Minor is proud to be one of the event co-sponsors. To attend, or find out more, go to For more info about the USF Seed Library, see

Tours of Gleeson Library

Curious about Gleeson Library? Want to learn more about what’s here?

Then join us for a tour of the library!

We’ll take you around the library, show you the building, and explain our services to you. There’s no need to sign up, just come inside the library and meet us in the lobby at the fountain across from the Access Services Desk.

Tours are given on:

  • Monday August 24th at 3pm
  • Tuesday August 25th at 10:30am
  • Wednesday August 26th at 1pm
  • Thursday August 27th at 12 noon
  • Friday August 28th at 1pm
  • Saturday August 29th at 2pm

Tours last about 30 minutes. We hope to see you @ Gleeson!

Special Collections Featured in USF Magazine

Assistant professor Catherine Lusheck (left) and students in the Curatorial Studies Practicum put the finishing touches on “Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print” at Thacher Gallery.

Assistant professor Catherine Lusheck (left) and students in the Curatorial Studies Practicum put the finishing touches on “Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print” at Thacher Gallery.

The collections of the Donohue Rare Book Room are the focus of two articles in the current issue of USF Magazine. The article “The Museum Makers” details the recent exhibition Reformations: Dürer & the New Age of Print. The exhibition, which drew entirely upon the Rare Book Room’s print collection and collection of early-printed books, was designed and curated by Museum Studies graduate students in the Curatorial Practicum course. Students worked with collection materials throughout the course, thoughtfully planning all aspects of the exhibition including programming, publicity, and outreach. The project was complex and had many moving parts. The artifacts themselves demanded, both intellectually and physically, a high degree of engagement. In the end, the hard work revealed itself in abundance: Reformations was a highly professional, museum-quality exhibition that brought a critical and fresh perspective to a nascent period in the history of print culture. I highly recommend the article for an in-depth view into the workings of the exhibition and the far-reaching impact it had for students and the USF community.

The second feature “Rare and Wonderful: A Peek Inside USF’s Rare Book Room” offers a glimpse of selected treasures. The images highlight the range of materials housed in the Rare Book Room, including books by L. Frank Baum, manuscripts by John Muir, works by Thomas More, illustrated books, prints, and photographs, to name but a few. The four-page spread shows only the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of the wealth of materials located in the Rare Book Room, but it gives one an initial sense of the collection. Library patrons are encouraged to visit the Rare Book Room where these “rare and wonderful” materials are accessible to anyone who wishes to use them.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Japanese Films & Festival


The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco and J-POP Summit begin this weekend (that’s tomorrow!), so we thought you might want to get in the mood by watching some Japanese films courtesy of Gleeson Library.


Supplement your festival viewing pleasures with streaming Japanese independent films straight from the library’s web site in our new database Asian Films Online:

Asian Film Online offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of the independent Asian filmmaker. Through a selection of hundreds of narrative feature films, documentaries and shorts curated by film scholars and critics, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights onto themes relevant across Asia.

If that whets your desire for more, take a look at all our streaming video services, or do an author search with a director’s name in our catalog, Ignacio.

Find something good? Tell us about it in the comments!

Booker Prize Winning Authors on Display

Earlier today, the “long list” of thirteen finalists for the 2015 Booker Prize was released by the prize’s judging panel, headed by Princeton professor Michael Wood.   No fewer than five of the novels named were works by authors from the U.S., the largest contingent from any country.

Though the Booker Prize has been awarded every year since 1969 to the “best original novel” in the English language published in the U.K. that year, an American author has yet to win. The prize originated in the U.K. and until last year, authors had to be citizens of the British Commonwealth nations, Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe in order to be eligible. Such literary luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Nadine Gordimer, and Salman Rushdie are past winners of the prestigious award, currently worth a cool £50,000.

From the “long list”, a “short list” of six finalists will be released on September 15, and the 2015 Booker winner announced on October 13. This year, it might be the turn of Hanya Yanagahira for A Little Life, or Bill Clegg for his debut novel Did You Ever Have a Family. It helps their chances that Hilary Mantel’s last installment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, widely rumored to be released soon, has yet to be published. Mantel won the Booker for each of the first two books in the series, Wolf Hall (2009 winner) and Bring Up the Bodies (2012 winner), and it would be hard to bet against her pulling off the sweep.

This summer, while interning at Gleeson and with much help from my library colleagues, I put together a display on Works by Booker Prize Winning Authors. In the display, you can find novels by Ian McEwan, A.S. Byatt, Peter Carey, Iris Murdoch, and many many more, along with information and trivia about the Booker Prize, the authors, and their works.

Display: Works by Booker Prize Winning Authors

Display: Works by Booker Prize Winning Authors

Are you curious which Booker winners went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? Which of the winning novels have been made into movies? Which Booker Prize winner was born in Japan? To find out, come view the display at Gleeson Library. Also, remember that all of the books on display can be checked out. Who knows, you just might find a book(er) you like enough to take home.

– Eric Yap, Gleeson Library Intern

Building Faculty and Community Collaboration

It all started in 2011, when USF’s Community Design Outreach program collaborated with the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) on a project documenting Confienement_STO00011-300x233artifacts and sites from the Japanese American Confinement period, funded by the National Park Services (NPS). The project was initially envisioned as a website with approximately 250 images of plans and drawings of Japanese American prison camps of World War II as well as photos of artifacts from NJAHS’s collection that relate to the sites. The project director contacted Gleeson Library for consultation on indexing and data structure.

Read the full story: Out of “Confinement”: USF Gleeson Library’s Path to Building Faculty and Community Collaboration

Gleeson Library joined the Digital Library Federation (DLF) in April 2015.