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.

Access Restored Re: Error with Off-Campus Database Access

Edit 7/24, 2:45 pm: Off-campus database access, my library record, and Link+ requesting has been restored. If you find this to not be the case, please let us know.


A variety of library services requiring authentication are currently unavailable due to an ITS system upgrade that occurred last night.

You will not be able to:

• access library databases from off-campus

• log-in to your library record

• request books through Link+

As a work around, try installing the VPN client from ITS, which mimics an on-campus IP address. VPN is available for students as well as faculty and staff.

Please call 415-422-2039 or chat with us online to get immediate help with particular resources like journal articles.

Thanks for your patience while we resolve this issue.


“La Belle Otero, par Jean Reutlinger, sepia” by Jean Reutlinger – This image is available from Gallica Digital Library under the digital ID btv1b85969490. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons 

The Hidden Web

Suppose you have to write a paper for school and you’re ready to start doing your research. The obvious place to start is Google, right? But here’s a question for you: When you use a search engine like Google, Yahoo, or Bing, are you searching the entire web? If not, then, are you at least searching most of the web?

Many people are surprised when they learn that the answer to both of those questions is actually no: you are not searching the entire web–you’re only searching a small part of it. Smart researchers know that much of the web can’t be searched with search engines. That part of the web “beyond search engines” has lots of different names: the invisible web, the hidden web, the secret web. Sounds spooky, doesn’t it? Last year CNN did a story about the deep web and how most people don’t even know it exists. In the Wikipedia article on the deep web, they use an image of an iceberg, where most of the ice is under the water, unseen, saying the web is the same way. Most of the web we can’t see, but it is down there, under the water, hidden from search engines.

Why are search engines unable to search the hidden web? There are many technical reasons, but the central one is this: many of these sites require passwords. Those passwords block search engines from getting into them. The hidden web is not freely available to everyone.

When you have to write a paper for school, or do any kind of research, how can you move beyond the standard search engines and start accessing the hidden web? Many libraries subscribe to databases in the hidden web. At USF, we subscribe to hundreds of databases that you can use. Your USFConnect user name and password gives you access to all of them. What kinds of databases do we have? We have databases that have thousands of streaming videos, databases filled with statistics from reliable sources, and news sources from around the world. We have lots of subject databases for topics like Nursing and History and Communication. We’ve merged many of our databases into one big database called Fusion. And lots of these databases are created specifically for people doing research, so they can really help you with your assignments.

So, when you start doing research, sure, begin with Google, or Bing, or Yahoo, if that’s what you are comfortable with. But then be sure to explore beyond those search engines, delving into the hidden web, with some of these library databases.

Bloomsday 2015!

Gleeson's copy of the first English edition of Ulysses, printed in France in 1922.

Gleeson’s copy of the first English edition of Ulysses, printed in France in 1922.

“It will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.” – James Joyce, on Ulysses

Bloomsday is an annual literary holiday held around the world to celebrate James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses. The controversial and formerly banned epic takes place in Dublin, Ireland on June 16th. Joyce chose June 16th because it was the anniversary of his first date with his wife Nora. Today, Bloomites dress up in period costume, hold readings, and mimic the path taken by the main characters Stephen Dedalus and Leopold and Molly Bloom.  For a holiday intended to commemorate one of the most intellectual novels of twentieth century, things are known to get pretty, dare we say, rowdy. Sound like fun? We think so too…

Where to Celebrate:

Gleeson Library:

Here at the library, we’ve pulled several books by and about James Joyce and his classic Ulysses. Come by and check them out – and visit the Donohue Rare Book Room to see our copy of the first edition of Ulysses, printed in France in 1922, and no. 167 of 2000 copies bound in original blue paper wrappers! Pick up a commemorative button featuring this iconic book cover from the library’s front desk.

Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room

2nd Floor Library, 57 Post Street, SF

“14th Annual Bloomsday Celebration: Re-Joyce in the Stacks; Muses, Music and Dramatic Readings from James Joyce’s UlyssesCo-sponsored by Irish Literary & Historical Society and Irish-American Crossroads Festival. Advance Reservations and Tickets Required.” 7:00 PM (The Circ Bar opens at 6:00 pm)

The United Irish Cultural Center

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco

 “Celebrate the life and work of Irish writer James Joyce by reading an excerpt from Ulysses or listen to other fans of Joyce read. Be part of the worldwide Bloomsday events held in Dublin and throughout the world. Readings are limited to 5 minutes per person. Period costume is encouraged but not required.” 7:00pm

Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts Bookstore

2904 College Avenue, Berkeley

 “Join us for another installment of James Joyce’s Ulysses, expertly and enthusiastically read by two of Elmwood’s finest, Thomas Lynch and George Davis. This reading will cover the second half of chapter eight, in the newspaper.” 7:30pm

Bird & Beckett Books

653 Chenery Street, San Francisco

“Come enjoy a bit of Ulysses on Bloomsday and help us raise some dough to meet the bills! Bring cash or checks, or make a donation on Paypal through the store’s website. For 10 minutes on the hour all day long, we’ll read a bit from Ulysses as Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus make their way through 1904 Dublin.” Starts at 11:00am.

Plough and the Stars Irish Pub

116 Clement Street, San Francisco

Seisiún- Autumn Rhodes and Friends

“Seisiúns (sessions) are informal gatherings of Irish traditional musicians that happen mostly in pubs…The tunes played are from a living tradition of Irish dance music that dates back about 300 years” More information available on the Plough and the Stars website.