Bring out the chocolates, colorful eggs, and Easter baskets!!

Gleeson invites you to join us for our Easter egg hunt this Wednesday, April 1st at noon!! Beautiful pastel colored eggs will be hidden throughout Gleeson library, so keep an eye out “and may the odds be ever in your favor” (Hunger Games).

How to say “Happy Easter” in a few different languages:

Feliz Dia de Pascua (Spanish), Buona Pasqua (Italian), Joyeuses Pâques (French), Feliz Páscoa (Portugese), Shnor Havor Zadeeg poloreen (Armenian), 復活節快樂 (Chinese: traditional)


USF Women Making History

“As a Nation, we must join our voices with the chorus of history and push forward with unyielding faith to forge a more equal society for all our daughters and granddaughters — one where a woman’s potential is limited only by the size of her dreams and the power of her imagination.” – President Obama, Women’s History Month Proclamation

With that speech President Obama inaugurated Women’s History Month, a month that highlights the historical contributions of women. In honor of Women’s History Month I wanted to celebrate notable women of the USF community, some who have made history at USF while others made history after they left. All have inspired. The following list is by no means exhaustive nor does it showcase the only accomplishments of these women; it simply features a few of the thousands of women who are inspiring the rest of us to create a more just and equal society.

Anna Bretan, marathon record breaker

According to USF Magazine (Winter 2013) Anna Bretan ‘06 beat the all-time women’s record at the San Francisco Marathon in June 2013 with a 2:42:26 run.

From USF Magazine, Winter 2013.

Helen I. Byrne, early graduate

Helen I. Byrne ’31 studied Law at St. Ignatius College (USF’s former name). The Law program was one of the few that admitted women at the time. Byrne was one of the first women graduates from that program in 1931.

Helen Byrne '31, was one of the few women graduating from USF's night school

Helen Byrne graduation photo in the Ignatian, 1931. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Elizabeth B. Davis, first SOM female dean

In 2014 Elizabeth B. Davis made history by becoming the School of Management’s first female dean.

Elizabeth B. Davis

Frances Anne Dolan, first dean of women

When USF became fully coeducational in 1964 Frances Anne Dolan became the first dean of women. In 1976 Anne Dolan oversaw USF’s first women’s basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball teams.

Anne Dolan in the Don, 1967. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Frances Anne Dolan photo in the Don, 1967. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Heather Fong, first female Police Chief

Heather Fong ’79 was San Francisco Police Chief from 2004-2009. Fong is the first woman to hold that position.

Heather Fong ’79 is currently the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement. Picture is from the DHS website.

Ruth M. Halpin, early graduate

Ruth Halpin ’31 studied Commerce and was one of the first women to graduate from St. Ignatius College in 1931.

Ruth Halpin graduation photo in The Don, 1931

Ruth Halpin graduation photo in the Ignatian, 1931. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Priscilla Scotlan, first coed class and first Yell Leader

Priscilla Scotlan ’68 was in the first coeducational graduating class in 1968. Scotlan was also USF’s first woman Yell Leader, who encouraged student attendance at games.

Priscilla Scotlan '68 (top row) was the first female Yell Leader at USF.  Pictured here are other Yell Leaders Pat Marantette, Tim King, Ed Chiosso, Frank Clifford, and Al Rodrigues. From the Don, 1968. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Priscilla Scotlan ’68 (top row) was the first woman Yell Leader at USF. Yell Leaders encouraged student attendance at games. Pictured here are other Yell Leaders Pat Marantette, Tim King, Ed Chiosso, Frank Clifford, and Al Rodrigues. From the Don, 1968. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Anne W. Shumway, early graduate

Anne W. Shumway ’31, along with Helen I. Byrne (above), studied Law and was among the first female graduates from St. Ignatius College in 1931.

Anne W. Shumway's graduation photo in The Don, 1931. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Anne W. Shumway’s graduation photo in the Ignatian, 1931. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Jennifer E. Turpin, first female dean, provost, and academic vice president

In 2003 Jennifer E. Turpin became the first female dean in the history of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 she became the first female provost and academic vice president in USF’s history.

Jennifer E. Turpin

Ellen Tully, first female ASUSF officer

Ellen Tully ’58 was Associated Students of USF (ASUSF) secretary 1955-1956. Tully was the first woman to hold that position.

Ellen Tully, ASUSF Secretary. From the Don, 1956. From Gleeson Library's Digital Collections.

Ellen Tully, ASUSF Secretary. From the Don, 1956. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Teresa Win, Computer Scientist

Teresa Win ’85 is a prominent computer scientist, current Trustee, and co-founder of Thor Technology. She entered the male-dominated technology industry early on.

Teresa Win graduation photo in The Don, 1985

Teresa Win graduation photo in The Don, 1985. From Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.

Women’s History Library Resources

Gleeson Library has plenty of resources about women’s history for you to enjoy. Here’s a few to get you started:

We also have books about women and San Francisco:

Atherton, Gertrude. My San Francisco : a wayward biography. Indianapolis ; New York : Bobbs-Merrill, 1946.

Horton, Inge Schaefer. Early women architects of the San Francisco Bay Area : the lives and work of fifty professionals, 1890-1951Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2010.

Hudson, Lynn M. The making of “Mammy Pleasant” : a Black entrepreneur in nineteenth-century San FranciscoUrbana : University of Illinois Press, 2003.

Pointdexter, Lucy D. Exploring collaboration and persistence among college women enrolled in a learning community[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2007.

Sewell, Jessica Ellen. Women and the everyday city : public space in San Francisco, 1890-1915Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Sparks, Edith. Capital intentions : female proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2006]. 


Co-Education at USF Turns 50.” USF Magazine, Winter 2015.

Ziajka, Alan. Legacy & promise : 150 years of Jesuit education at the University of San Francisco. San Francisco : University of San Francisco, Association of Jesuit University Presses, 2005.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon for Women’s History Month: Results!

Women’s_History_Month_Art_And_Feminism_-_01Last Friday, in honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Gleeson Library participated in Art+Feminism’s second annual Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Over 70 satellite Edit-A-Thons took place across 17 countries over the weekend  — all with the aim of improving the representation of women and the arts on Wikipedia.  At Gleeson, students, staff, and faculty members convened to discuss gender disparities present in the number of articles by and about women on Wikipedia, and to the learn the basics of editing Wikipedia in order to change that. Other attendees logged on remotely to work on Wikipedia articles from their homes or offices. Our event was also visited by three volunteers from the Wiki Education Foundation (a nonprofit that supports the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada), who were on hand to answer our most pressing (and more advanced) Wikipedia questions. You can find the outcomes of the international Edit-A-Thon event here, and peruse articles that the USF group worked on at the bottom of our event page here.  Thanks to all who participated, and three cheers for information activism!

What Are the Students Reading? Spring 2015 edition, part 2

A couple weeks ago, I posted some book reviews written by student assistants that work in Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. Here are some more to get you excited about future reads.

brainBrain on Fire: My Month of Madness, reviewed by Ariana Varela

This memoir by Susannah Cahalan depicts the life of the author, a young woman working in New York City as a journalist for the New York Post, as she suddenly descends into mental illness. While doctors and psychologists alike fail to come up with a viable explanation for her change in behavior, the reader witnesses first hand the violence, paranoid hallucinations and helplessness that accompany her unexplainable illness. Although Cahalan notes that she herself is an unreliable source due to the fact that she has no memory of this “month of madness,” she has complied evidence from video surveillance, hospital records, and interviews with all the individuals who witnessed her harrowing journey and miraculous recovery. It is not until a last “real-life House” doctor comes on the scene that the reader finds out Cahalan’s actual rare disease that differs from clinical mental illness as defined in the DSM-V. This book will leave the reader on edge with its vivid depictions of insanity and will make the reader question the small day to day mishaps in their own lives.

Down These Mean Streets, reviewed by Hannah Ingram down

Originally read for a high school English class I was student teaching, Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas became one of my favorite “easy reads.” Taking place in the Spanish Harlem, Long Island, and various locations “down South,” Down These Mean Streets tells the engrossing tale of a young man’s journey into adulthood and self-discovery all the while struggling with the immensely prominent racial mindset of 1950s America. As Piri moves readers through his epic memoir, dragging us quite literally through the muck and mire of each mean street, he quietly reveals the humanity which ties us all together, a message that becomes even more striking when juxtaposed with the inhumane, treacherous life of a poor, young, Puerto Rican man. Full of carefully chosen epigraphs, chapter titles, and colloquial language, Piri Thomas weaves a tale that is as impressive in its craft as its social appeal. I highly recommend this for anyone seeking an entertaining and gut-wrenchingly truthful look at a world that has mostly gone unknown.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon For Women’s History Month

Edit A Thon

Gleeson Library/Art+Feminism* Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to contemporary art and feminism.

Friday, March 6th, 2015

[10am-1pm] Gleeson Library, 2nd Floor

All are welcome. Bring your laptop, if you have one, and feel free to drop in or stay for the entire time. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.

The Library will provide:

tutorials for beginner Wikipedians, suggestions for entries that need updating or creation, a limited number of laptops, reference materials, and refreshments!

Please RSVP here:

* Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship. Last year, on February 1st, 2014, approximately 600 participants convened in 31 locations in 6 countries to edit Wikipedia articles on women and the arts as part of Art+Feminism’s annual Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. This year, Gleeson Library is participating, along with many other international libraries, as a satellite location.

Evidence Based Infographics from USF Nursing Students

Last semester Bachelor of Science in Nursing students taking Nursing 322, Evidence Based Inquiry and Informatics, used library resources such as CINAHL, PubMed, Scopus and DynaMed to search for and collect evidence on a clinical question. After identifying research relevant to their topics, they critically appraised the studies and made recommendations for practice change based on the strength of the evidence, their clinical expertise, and patient preference.

Finally, the nursing students spread the word about their findings through a presentation and an infographic, like the one below on Neonates and Noise by students Maggie Hui, Fabiola Prado, Ryan Lee and Matthew Sy. The infographics have all been posted to, an online, open web platform for curating, sharing, and synthesizing knowledge and experience to speed the translation of evidence-based practice to standard bedside care.

To find out more about this project and to view the entire collection of infographics by USF nursing students, follow this URL: 


“Shall We Play That One Together?”

disc 2-blogdisc 1-description Find That One for Yourself in Your Local Library Database

Since the earliest days of civilization there has been music, but the history of sound recording is pretty a new phenomenon. It started in 1860 when Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville invented a “device called a phonautograph, an invention that converted sound waves into etchings on a sheet of paper, but could not play them back” and it lasted until now, the age of iPods and digital streaming .

With the invention of gramophones, radios, stereos and many other electric appliances, it became possible to listen to the recorded song in private homes. There has been an evolution of listening, the way we understand music and our musical perception has changed, affecting our attitude towards every sound generating source, from the intimacy of earphones to the distant noise of a busy city street.

One of the advantages of recorded music is the diminishing of cultural and racial distances; it has arguably brought races and once-distant cultures closer together and has made listeners aware of various sonic cultures around the globe. Folks can understand each other through musical forms despite different spoken languages and backgrounds.

On other hand, modern life has given our generation a greater capacity to appreciate more complex sounds. It has changed our perception and interpretation of urban and industrial noises, enhancing our abilities to better process the aural information of our surroundings.

As Andrija Filipović mentions in his article, “Noise and Noise: The Micropolitics of Sound in Everyday Life,” “personal-stereo use acts to transform users’ horizons of experience by superimposing itself onto the environment, cloaking the alien with the familiar and in doing so transforms the subjective response to it, even removes a sort of barrier between the subject and the exterior world.”

With the emergence of technology in libraries and the existence of various music databases, the ability of users to access freely available music is increasing; the ease with which library patrons can listen to their music with a blink of an eye and a click of the mouse heralds a new age.

Via various libraries and their networks of databases, not only are rare recordings of the past accessible but numerous materials such as articles, books, and images are available to be explored remotely at sites miles away from the library.

A free membership to the San Francisco Public Library provides access to two excellent music databases: Hoopla and Alexander Street Press.

Albums by Miles Davis, for example, are available in Hoopla:

hoopla& 48 different arrangements of Miles Davis “Blue in Green” performed by various artists can be listened to in Alexander Press Music Databases.

alexanderAmerican Song
Classical Music Library
Contemporary World Music
Jazz Music Library
Music Online
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries®

And at the same time a search for Miles Davis in ARTstor (courtesy of USF library) will find the images of his performance in 1969.

artstorartstor miles davis

 While articles and books written about his life and his music may be found by searching in databases such as Fusion or ebrary (both courtesy of USF library):

davis articleJournal of Contemporary African Art; Spring2013, Issue 32, p96-113, 18p, 9 Color Photographs, 4 Black and White Photographs

davis bookMiles and Me : A Memoir

Today’s libraries provide access to numerous interesting materials beyond imagination. Databases now function like underground digital tunnels, which connect you to every corner of your interests, even the hidden ones. The land of library databases is a treasure of unknown multiplying wonders which like a maze lures you in and will leave you in sheer amazement.

Resources linked here, courtesy of Gleeson Library:

“French inventor’s pre-Edison recordings played for first time.” Agence France-Presse 27 Mar. 2008: NewsBank. Web. 6 Feb. 2015.

Filipović, Andrija. “Noise And Noise: The Micropolitics Of Sound In Everyday Life.” New Sound: International Magazine For Music 39 (2012): 15-29. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 Feb. 2015.

Barboza, Anthony. “Photographing Miles Davis.” Nka: Journal Of Contemporary African Art 32 (2013): 96-113. Art Source. Web. 6 Feb. 2015.

Troupe, Quincy. Miles And Me: A Memoir. Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, [2000], 2000. Ignacio: USF Libraries Catalog. Web. 6 Feb. 2015.