“First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.”
You can read more about the history of National Library Week (and view photos of some NLW “promotional material through the ages” here.
The theme of the first NLW was “Wake Up and Read.” The theme of this year’s 60th annual national celebration is “Libraries Lead.” Misty Copeland, best selling author and principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, is the week’s honorary chair.
Libraries and librarians have been important trailblazers throughout history (checkout the stories of the WPA packhorse librarians, or librarian Regina Anderson, who worked at the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library during the Harlem Renaissance, for example), navigating the information landscape to bring books, information, resources, connections, innovative services and delivery models to their users.
Where have libraries led you? Share your thoughts at the library this week, and be sure to stop by the first floor lobby of Gleeson Wednesday at 11:30am for collegiality and coffee with Dean Tyrone Cannon and library staff. Donuts will also be served!
My name is Deepshika Verma and I am an International Studies major here at USF, with a minor in Health Sciences. I hope to go into the public health in the future as a result! I am super passionate about advocacy, an avid sports fan (Go Giants!), and also a student performer (been dancing my whole life).
As a student, I totally relate to excessive costs for education. Whether it be tuition, food, transportation, or textbooks, I have been there and done that. This is why I decided to advocate for Open Education at USFCA. I want to do what I can to get the word out about free resources for educational endeavors here on our campus, all thanks to Charlotte Roh, my partner-in-crime. She has guided me throughout my journey of discovering open education resources (OER) this semester and has been a huge supporter for me and many other students who are struggling to recover from expensive books/materials costs.
These upcoming few weeks left of the semester, we are implementing a survey for students and faculty to bring more awareness of OER and have it implemented into the university’s system. It is important to the both of us, not only to reduce costs of textbooks, but to have a chance to interact with millennials who have a different, unique mindset towards their education. Having a community to share OER with is something we strive towards and I cannot wait to continue my journey!
Left image: Henry Sugimoto, ca. 1965, courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum (Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto & Naomi Tagawa, 9297.122). Right image: Photo by Nitish Meena on Unsplash.
Last month, the University of San Francisco Asian Pacific American Studies and Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, along with a number of other co-sponsors, organized the 2018 USF Day of Remembrance: Building Sanctuary: Alliances and Action Across Communities. Day of Remembrance commemorates February 19, 1942, the day which President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the government and the military to incarcerate and imprison over 120,000 Japanese Americans. The 2018 USF Day of Remembrance program addressed this history and why it is especially important today.
To open the program, John Ota of Nikkei Resisters gave a moving statement, reflecting on the incarceration and forced relocation of Japanese Americans to remote, desolate camps—an egregious violation of civil rights in our country’s history—and connected it to present day exclusionary immigration policies against communities of color.
Moderator Professor Evelyn Ho transitioned to the panel discussion by asking panelists to share their definition of sanctuary and recent developments on local and national levels. Hong Mei Pang, Director of Advocacy at Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and co-founder of Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast (RAISE), and Professor Bill Ong Hing, described the constant fear, anxiety, and trauma undocumented immigrants, their families, and communities are experiencing because of ongoing threats of arrest and deportation. Additionally, Hong Mei Pang provided information about theRapid Response Network and the work of CAA, SFILEN, and other partners to support undocumented immigrants. Professor Hing and USF law student and USF Task Force to Support Undocumented Students representative Gabriela Garcia, discussed the ongoing organizing efforts at USF, including Know Your Rights workshops and the Immigration Law Clinic. They described working with clients who are struggling to pay their DACA renewal application fees and public transportation costs. Fr. Greg Bonfiglio and Mike Neary of St. Ignatius Parish shared that recent government policies and changes moved them and other parishioners at St. Ignatius to take a public stance through declaring sanctuary with St. Agnes Parish. Professor Evelyn Ho noted that her church, St. John’s Presbyterian, also recently declared sanctuary. Natalie Terry, Community Organizer with Faith in Action Bay Area and Director of the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center & Children’s Faith Formation at St. Agnes Church, reflected on working with many concerned and woken individuals and volunteers wanting to help, but who are often paralyzed to act. She encouraged the audience to, when thinking about the question What do I need to do?, to also consider the questions Who am I becoming? and Who do we choose to be in this moment? Overall, this timely and important program helped to connect communities, reaffirm ongoing efforts, and put forth ideas for moving forward.
This year, Gleeson Library is working to address the cost of textbooks and its impact on student learning. We’re celebrating Open Education Week and making moves!
We’ve hired an Open Education Student Assistant, Deepshika Verma, modeled on the SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellowship, to do research and outreach on how the University of San Francisco uses educational materials and how we can improve.
We’re holding a workshop in partnership with the The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 4-5 pm Gleeson Library 213 (interactive classroom). RSVP here.
We’re piloting seed grants for faculty who want to flip their classrooms to Open Educational Resources (OER) or library resources. You can apply here.
For more information about Open Education Week please contact Charlotte Roh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 9th from 10am-4pm, Gleeson will host its fourth annual Art+Feminism* Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. All are welcome. Never edited Wikipedia before? No problem; we’ll help. Bring your laptop, if you have one (if you don’t, no worries, we’ll have some on hand for borrowing) and feel free to drop in, or stay for the entire time. We’ll be on the second floor common space of the library.
You can find more information about the edit-a-thon event here. Registration is not required to attend, but if you’re able to give us a head’s up that you’ll be joining us, that would be great!
* Art+Feminism is “a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia.” 2018 marks the fifth year of this important, international campaign, and it will be Gleeson Library’s fourth year hosting a satellite event.
When do you most frequently encounter copyright law? Is it when you click on a YouTube video and you find — uh oh — that it’s been taken down at the request of the owner?
In fact, we use an important part of our copyright law every day when we engage in “criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research” without paying or asking permission from copyright owners.
U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 1, § 107 describes “fair use”, the part of copyright law that allows principals to parody whole songs from Disney’s Frozen and Teen Vogue to embed tweets in their article about ice skater Maé-Bérénice Méité’s costume change during the Olympics. It’s fair use that allows you to make a meme, quote a paragraph from a book in your paper, or use a clip from a movie in your classroom. In short, we use copyright law every day!
This year, the Association of Research Libraries has put out a handy infographic on the many ways our fair use right is crucial to innovation, creativity, and scholarship. You can see it at: fair-use-infographic-2018-accessible
At Gleeson Library, we’re screening a webinar featuring Harvard Copyright Advisor Kyle Courtney. He’ll talk about court cases related to fan fiction and fair use such as the recently settled Star Trek case, Paramount Pictures v. Axanar, the JK Rowling/Harry Potter lawsuit, and Warner Brothers v. RDR Books.