Tours of the Library

Are you curious about the Library? Want to learn about how Gleeson can help you in your studies? Or just want to learn more about what’s here? Join us for a Gleeson Library tour! Tours are given Monday January 23rd at 11am Tuesday January 24th at 12 noon Wednesday January 25th at 3pm Thursday January … Continue reading Tours of the Library

Who was St. Jerome?

Friday September 30th is the feast day of St. Jerome. Why, you wonder, should you care? Who was he? Jerome, who was born around 347 and died in 420, was a priest, scholar, historian, and translator. And he is the patron saint of librarians and libraries. We’ve blogged about him in the past on his … Continue reading Who was St. Jerome?

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 … Continue reading The Hidden Web

In-Depth on Google

Something new on google: if you search a broad topic, like climate change, poverty, or the death penalty, it lists the usual websites but if you scroll down to the bottom of the results page, they now have some links to what they call “In-Depth Articles” from publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The … Continue reading In-Depth on Google

City Lights Bookstore

Happy Anniversary, City Lights Bookstore! This year, City Lights Bookstore is celebrating their 60th anniversary. City Lights, founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, is an independent bookstore In North Beach that has many connections with the Beat Generation. They have lots of events planned as part of their anniversary celebrations. You can also follow City Lights … Continue reading City Lights Bookstore

Peer Review and the web

The New York Times recently published an interesting article about how the traditional peer review process is being looked at in the context of the democracy of the web. It described an experiment by the journal Shakespeare Quarterly which posted four articles not yet accepted for publication and invited people to submit comments on the … Continue reading Peer Review and the web

Magazines in Google Books

Google books has begun adding full text magazines. They have digitized almost 100 magazines, from cover to cover, showing us the ads, pictures, articles. Each magazine seems to vary how far back in time they go. They wrote about adding magazines to google books on their blog a year ago. They are really interesting and … Continue reading Magazines in Google Books

Obituaries and history

Last week, on World AIDS Day, the GLBT Historical Society and the Bay Area Reporter, the local glbt newspaper, released a database of obituaries of persons who died of AIDS. Looking through it is like looking at a time capsule. I moved to San Francisco in 1983 and like so many gay men of my … Continue reading Obituaries and history