Scenes from the April 23rd Poetry Pop Up!

blue globeFrom Noon -1:00 PM,  the Gleeson Library/Donohue Rare Book Room Poetry Pop Up was in full-swing! It was great to see our USF folks come up and have an interest in the limited editions and unique offerings featuring some of our noted Poets of Color display. The signed edition of Five Poems by Toni Morrison with art work by Kara Walker was a hit. There was a fascination in Leonard Baskin’s etched artwork and printing of James Baldwin’s Gypsy & other poems, and the equally charming Ten Poems by Rita Dove. I appreciated all our students, staff and faculty that came up to the table.  We do this for you! Special thanks goes out to John Hawk for his invaluable assistance and support, Kelci Baughman-McDowell and Randy Souther for helping get the word out.

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Check out Gleeson’s New Silent Study Area!

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Gleeson has a new study area! Grab your reading material, and unplug those potentially distracting devices — this new space is meant for serious, silent studying. Just in time for finals!

The new Silent Study Area is located on the 1st floor, past the scanner room in the Reference Department. Here’s a video showing how to get there from the library’s front gates:

Gleeson’s Graduates: Where are they now?


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“I earned my current position at Columbia University with the skills I learned at Gleeson Library…”

Commencement’s coming quickly, which means that a great, new group of USF students — including many of the library’s fantastic student assistants — will graduate! Our alums go on to do great things, and we love to hear about their accomplishments and adventures. Recently, we got back in touch with Grace Abanavas, who attended USF from 2005-2009. Grace, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in History at USF, also worked at Gleeson Library from 2005-2009, during which time she also served on the Joint University Library Advisory Committee (JULAC). This December, she earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I interviewed Grace about her time at USF, and what she’s up to today.  Here’s what she had to say…

What did you do at Gleeson?

I was an Access Services Student Assistant at Gleeson. I helped patrons check material in and out, shelved returned items, shifted stacks, searched for lost books, shelf-read, helped process interlibrary loan materials, and completed numerous other tasks appointed to the student assistants by staff members.

What are you doing now?

I currently work at Columbia University’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library as a Circulation Assistant.

How did you decide to go to library school?

I have worked in various libraries, museums, and archives since I was sixteen. Knowing and liking the atmosphere of libraries, attending library school was the natural and smart progression in my career.

What are you most excited about for your professional future?

I am most excited about learning different aspects of librarianship and helping patrons in a different capacity. Since I have worked in public services for almost ten years, I want to take a look at the other side of curtain and work in technical services. During library school I really enjoyed my cataloging classes and want to gain more cataloging/metadata experience in a professional setting. In addition, I know little about collection development and continuing resources and would like to educate myself in those areas of libraries too.

Is there anything about your work at Gleeson Library that has influenced or helped you in your life post-USF?

I earned my current position at Columbia University with the skills I learned at Gleeson Library. From reading the LC call number system, to learning how to use Millennium ILS (the software the library uses to keep track of our user and holdings data), and handling different types of patrons, my work at Gleeson greatly influenced my post-USF life.

If you were stranded on an island and could have only one library resource, which one would you choose, and why?

If I was stranded on an island and had to choose one library resource, I would choose the ProQuest database. I like ProQuest; it’s easier to use than other popular electronic resources and they have an extensive database which includes the New York Times archives. In addition, it’s a handy tool to show patrons how to find information online.

What is your favorite search strategy and why?

My favorite search strategy starts with Wikipedia. Since Wikipedia is a widely known information source, I like to start by searching the site to gain a general synopsis of my topic. After I read through the articles about my topic, I scroll down to the page’s citations. I search through the citations on the page and see where the editors learned their information. If these resources are from legitimate places, such as a peer-reviewed articles, I further read through the source to gain more information on my topic.

Congrats on earning your master’s degree in Library Science, Grace! We’re so proud of you, and maybe we’ll see you at a professional conference soon! 

Celebrate National Library Week With Us!

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Today is the beginning of National Library Week (April 12 – 18, 2015), and we would like nothing more than to celebrate with you, Gleeson Library patrons and staff. If you appreciate the library, show us what you’ve made using the hashtag #librarymade @gleesonlibrary on Instagram or @gleesonlibrary on Twitter.


But, above all, drop by the library foyer at 2 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 to have some snacks and show off your appreciation. We wouldn’t be here without you!


IGNATIAN Release Party

As another way to celebrate National Poetry Month, Gleeson Library is co-sponsoring the issue 27 release party for the IGNATIAN LITERARY MAGAZINE.


The IGNATIAN has had a long tradition here at USF, and the library has collected issues from past years. Other past years not held in Gleeson are available in the English Department office. I had a couple poems published in past issues as an undergraduate student, which brings back fun memories for me. Ultimately, the IGNATIAN is a place for lovers of the written word and art to coalesce at USF to have their work shared and recognized, and Gleeson Library celebrates that!

We’ll be repping at the issue release party, bringing titles mentioned in the new issue, as well as some poetry books from our Poets of Color display, for checkout. Additionally, there will be readings from contributors, readings of poems featured in the Poets of Color display by community attendees, and refreshments! We look forward to celebrating with you then!

Issue 27 Release Party
April 30, 2015
6 pm
Del Santo Reading Room
Lone Mountain, Room 270
University of San Francisco

Poets of Color



Gleeson Library is celebrating National Poetry Month (April) with a display in the lobby foyer of American Poets of Color. We have a couple objectives for the theme of this year’s display: 1) to hear from the poets on the topics of racism, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination because poetry is often less rhetorically charged than politicized prose, as it offers multivalent insight on the many nuances of experience as well as the aesthetic delight and intrigue of poetics, prosody, lyricism, and imagism; 2) to highlight and build the library’s collection of contemporary American poetry written by early and mid-career poets of color; and 3) to connect USF students with poetry voices that are urgent, relatable, and recent.

As such, we invite you to browse/checkout the poetry books we have selected, to take in the individual poems that give voice to the display, and for you to suggest the purchase of books by lesser known American poets of color. To submit a purchase suggestion to the library, please use the “Suggest a Purchase” link through the library’s catalog (on the right side of the screen). With your help, we hope to offer an ever improved display for National Poetry Month next year.

a poem from Tina Chang's 2011 collection, Of Gods & Strangers. Click to enlarge

a poem from Tina Chang’s 2011 collection, Of Gods & Strangers. Click to enlarge

a poem from Saeed Jones's 2014 collection, Prelude to Bruise. Click to enlarge.

a poem from Saeed Jones’s 2014 collection, Prelude to Bruise. Click to enlarge.

a poem from Jericho Brown's 2014 collection, The New Testament. Click to enlarge

a poem from Jericho Brown’s 2014 collection, The New Testament. Click to enlarge.

a poem from Marilyn Chin's 2014 collection, Hard Love Province. Click to enlarge. Click here to access more poems and a recording of the poet reading them.

a poem from Marilyn Chin’s 2014 collection, Hard Love Province. Click to enlarge. Click here to access more of her poems and a recording of the poet reading them.