Gleeson Game Night April 12th

Gleeson Game Night

Game Night April 12

Gleeson Gaming — Game night is right around the corner. We’ll be setting up consoles and board games April 12 (Sat) 3p-7p in the Atrium and all are welcome to stop by and play.

This time around we will also have students demoing games they have designed. Professor Scott Murray’s (Assistant Professor, Design) will have a demo setup showcasing the work of USF students in his Interaction Design class.

Word on the street – free pizza as well. Nothing more fun than taking over the Atrium for an afternoon of gaming – we hope to see you there!!

An Evening with USF Alumni Authors

Please join the Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center and the University of San Francisco Alumni network for an evening of celebration as we recognize University of San Francisco alumni authors. Come and make a new connection in the vibrant alumni network of writers and artists in the San Francisco community.

Thursday, Feb. 27th from  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Gleeson Library atrium.

  • San Francisco Cliff House

    The San Francisco Cliff House burning on Sept 7, 1907. From James R. Smith’s ‘San Francisco’s Lost Landmarks’ / Photo via Library of Congress

    Hear from San Francisco historian and author Jim Smith ’78, whose works include Playland at the Beach, The Golden Years.

  • Enjoy an entertaining trip to the bustling USF campus of the early 1960’s featuring author and folk musician Jerry Burgan ’67.
  • Peruse a select display of over 150 alumni publications from the library collection.

More information about the event, including registration information, is available at the USF Alumni website. Visit the Gleeson Library alumni authors page for a preliminary list of books that will be on display at the event.


Valentine’s Day (week!) at Gleeson Library

VD Craft TableIf you have been around Gleeson library this week (in person, or on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), you’ve probably noticed that we’re very excited about Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday our craft table went up. Tons of supplies – glitter, paper, pens, stamps, stickers, candy – to you make your own Valentines Day cards.

Blind Date with a Book - VDOur Blind Date With a Book launched this past Thursday. For this one, we picked a bunch of books that go well with such a romantic holiday, wrapped them with beautiful paper and set them out for folks to pick. Simple, but so much fun!!

VD ButtonsFinally, on Friday (VD day this year), we started to give away a small number of Valentines Day buttons. The button with two people is from a 1927 Eric Gill wood engraving titled The Soul And The Bride (also available in a book titled The Song of the Soul). The second button is from a 1997 Arion Press edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets. If you would like to see the Gill woodcut or the Shakespeare sonnet — both are viewable in the Gleeson Library’s Donohue Rare Book Room.

We hope you had as much fun as we did with Valentine’s Day this year — we love you Dons!!

Instagram – Library Shelfie Day 1/29/14

Gleeson #LibraryShelfie Day January 29, 2014

Gleeson #LibraryShelfie Day January 29, 2014

#libraryshelfie day on Instagram is  Wednesday January 29.  What’s a library shelfie? It’s just like a selfie, but taken with books. You can shoot your photo in Gleeson, at your favorite bookstore, in front of your own library — wherever you and books happen to be! If you’re into being in the photo great – but certainly not necessary. Just Tag your Instagram pics with @gleesonlibrary #libraryshelfie and please tag our pals at New York Public Library #NYPL library who came up with the idea.

UPDATE:  There’s a small wager between Gleeson Library and SJSU King Library. The Library with the most #librarySelfies tagged (#GleesonLIbrary #USFCA for us or #SpartanShelfie #KingLibrary for the folks at SJSU) wins bragging rights and a sweet treat. Gleeson has put up a delicious box of San Franciscso’s finest Ghiradelli chocolates and SJSU has put up a box of Schurra’s chocolates.  I can’t wait to see the final results with USF on top!! I look forward to sharing those delicious Schurra’s chocolates with you Dons!

Library Book Dominos!

Gleeson 2nd Floor Study Area

Gleeson 2nd Floor Study Area

Over the last few weeks we’ve done a little rearranging on the 2nd floor of Gleeson | Geschke. We love the way the study space looks and we hope you do too! While we had the floor cleared of furniture, library folks kicked around a few ideas on how we could have a little fun. Skate ramp? No go. Bowling? Nope. Nerf wars? Promising, but not this time. After much discussion, this is what we came up with.

Fifteen library staff and student helpers lined up 1,411 books over the span of 6 hours to bring in the new study space on the second floor of Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. The last book, caught by Janet Carmona (library staff) was “Spectacle” by USFCA prof Susan Steinberg.

Full disclosure – lots of inspiration for this project came from the Seattle Public Library. SPL holds the world record for book dominos. Also, many thanks to USF’s Office of Communications and Marketing for making the video.

Unbeaten, Untied and Uninvited – USF’s 1951 Football Team


Library Display Case of Items from USF’s Archives

The ’51 Dons football team is being honored all week at the University of San Francisco. We’ve put together a few things from #usfca’s Archives and made a display in the library. My favorite – a replica jersey from the 1951 season. Players in the photo include Ollie Matson, Vince Sakowski and Bert Toler. Look for the ESPN special coming up soon and follow Dons Athletics for all the news about this weeks events honoring the “Unbeaten, untied and uninvited” 51 team.

USF Student Creative Activity and Research Day

USF’s Creative Activity and Research Day (CARD) is this Friday, April 19th in Fromm Hall. This annual one-day conference celebrates the research, artistic, and creative work of USF undergraduate and graduate students. It is a great way for students to present the results of their hard work and showcase their knowledge outside of the classroom. Student talks start this Friday at 10:00a and can be heard  continuously until 3:00p. The poster sessions begin at 11:00a. The full schedule can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences CARD website.

CARD 2012 Student Research

CARD 2012 Student Research Presentation

One way the Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center supports CARD – we archive digital records of many of the student presentations and posters. Anyone can browse the 2012 and 2013 CARD presentations stored in the Gleeson Library Scholarship Repository.

This year will be another great event!  We hope to see you there on Friday and if you’re presenting give us a shout out in the comments section below.

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens

Today (February 7, 2012) is the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth. To show a little love for Dickens, I went up to the Rare Book Room and took photos of 2 items from the Gleeson Library Rare Book Room collection. The first two photos are illustrations from Bleak House and the third is a photo of the first edition of Bleak House in original unbound parts. Both of these items and others by Dickens are available to view in the Rare Book Room – please stop by and take a look!

Image from Dickens' Bleak House


iPad and Kindle Updates – Good News!

The iPads and the Kindle have been extremely popular. Thank you! Two things we’ve heard from people who have checked them out from the library so far – they are difficult to get and the reservation process is confusing. We hear you. To make borrowing one of these devices a little easier:

  1. We have ordered 2 more iPads.
  2. We are changing how you request to borrow iPads and Kindles.
  3. The loan period will change from 5 days to 7.

The 2 new iPads should be here late January or early February. This will bring the total number of iPads to five.

Starting tomorrow, all you will have to do to request one of these devices is search library catalog for iPad or Kindle and click on the “Request It” button.

Clicking “Request It” will place a hold on the item for you. When your turn comes around we will email you a note asking you to swing by the library and pick up the device.

We hope these changes make things a bit easier and as always let us know what you think in the comments.

USF’s Digital Media Productions Class Captures Gleeson

Moat by danisabella (CC via Flickr)

David Silver’s Digital Media Productions class (#dmp10 on Twitter) has been shooting the library as part of a class assignment. The photos have been amazing. But more importantly, their insights into how Gleeson Library fits into their lives on campus are inspiring. From banned books to studies in color and texture, they have captured the library as unique, vibrant and alive. Many of the photos were added to the Gleeson photo pool on Flickr – take a look!


The iPads Are Here!

Its official! Starting October 1, 2010 USF students, faculty and staff can check out an Apple iPad from the Gleeson Library circulation desk.

The iPads will circulate for 5 days and you can read all the fine print here. If all three of the iPads are all checked out, you can make a reservation (booking) for a future date.

There are a few apps, books (including the Library Book Club selections) and other resources on the devices now. Based on your feedback (see survey below) we’ll be adding more resources soon.

We’ve built a very brief online survey – please let us know what you think of the iPad and our efforts to bring new technology (like the Kindle) to the library.