All posts by Jessica Lu

I am the Digital Program Librarian at the Gleeson Library|Geschke Center, University of San Francisco.

“The Chinese and the Iron Road” New Exhibit at the Gleeson Library, March 20 – April 28, 2017

Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese laborers worked under perilous conditions and at a grueling pace to help finish the construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.  Yet, these contributions have been all too often overlooked and neglected in celebrations of this monumental achievement. The laborers’ hard work under low pay was viewed as a looming threat to local laborers.  The hostility toward Chinese immigrants thus escalated, eventually culminating in the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, which remained in effect until 1943.


On display in the 2nd floor Study Commons area of Gleeson is a new exhibit paying tribute to the Chinese workers who were instrumental in building the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad nearly 150 years ago.  Produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University (CRRW), the exhibit utilizes graphic panels to feature historical and contemporary photos, illustrations, stories of descendants of the workers, accompanied by bilingual Chinese/English text written by Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University (CRRW).

To learn more in depth about this important chapter in American history and the efforts now underway to finally “give voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor… helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West” (CRRW project), please join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the exhibit at Gleeson Library:

Reclaiming History, Reconstructing Lives: Chinese Laborers and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Gleeson Library 2nd floor Study Commons

Featured speakers:

Sue Lee, Executive Director, Chinese Historical Society of America

Hilton Obenzinger, Associate Director, Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, Stanford University

Paulette Liang, Chinese Railroad worker descendant

Moderated by James Zarsadiaz, Assistant Professor of History, University of San Francisco


Light refreshments will be served.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP.

Panel program sponsored by Gleeson Library | Geschke Center and the Asian Pacific American Studies Program.

For more information, contact Sherise Kimura ( or Jessica Lu (

USF Scholarship Repository Achieves Half-million Downloads Milestone

We are very excited to announce that USF Scholarship Repository, USF’s institutional repository that digitally collects, preserves and provides electronic access to scholarly works and research output by the University of San Francisco community, has passed 500,000 total downloads!

This means since its launch in fall 2011, users around the world have collectively downloaded half a million scholarly articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, capstone projects, research posters and more produced by USF faculty and students and collected in the Repository.  The map below can give you a good idea of the worldwide readership distribution of the USF Scholarship Repository.


The actual 500,000th download happened quietly overnight yesterday on April 4, 2016.  Among the most downloaded papers for that day are one Education dissertation Factors that Affect the Reading Comprehension of Secondary Students with Disabilities, one Nursing Master’s Capstone project Improving Staff Responsiveness to Patient-Initiated Call Lights, and one School of Management faculty paper Defining Information Systems as Work Systems: Implications for the IS Field. The latter two are also among the repository’s top 10 downloads of all time.  The breadth of content here is well representative of the materials in the repository, and is particularly indicative of the real life needs that our faculty and students’ research outcome is meeting.

It is worth noting that the faculty author of Defining Information Systems as Work Systems: Implications for the IS Field, Professor Steven Alter from SOM’s Business Analytics and Information Systems department, has posted 39 full text articles and papers in the repository and is one of the most prolific authors on the platform.  In addition to archiving published articles, Prof. Alter also releases working papers through the repository to share with interested audience worldwide.  This is an excellent example of why the Gleeson Library supports the Repository: to provide a new digital platform for our faculty and students to openly distribute their scholarly and creative works without any limit to access, so the world can benefit from our research and productivity.

To date, the USF Scholarship Repository has accumulated 1,811 papers that have been collectively downloaded 501,076 times, 239,205 of them in last year aloneGleeson Library is also using the repository platform to support faculty-led, peer-reviewed open access journal publishing, as evidenced by the launch of Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies and Nursing Communication.  The repository has also recently released a digital version of Listening to the Voices, Multi-ethnic Women in Education, a student anthology edited by SOE faculty Professor Betty Taylor.  We look forward to continuing growing the content of the USF Scholarship Repository and collaborating with faculty and students on new and exciting projects utilizing the platform!

In Celebration of the Launch of Nursing Communication and More…

A champagne reception was held today in the library atrium to celebrate the launch of a new open access, peer-reviewed research journal: Nursing Communication, edited by our esteemed faculty member Bryan B. Whaley and published by, drum roll please, the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center!

Label on Champagne bottleYes, the library is officially launching digital publishing support service for the USF community, offering a platform (powered by Bepress’s Digital Commons software) to publish online open access journals, conference proceedings, etc.  In fact, the first Gleeson-published e-journal on this platform Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies went live over a year ago and is now rolling out the second volume. Its 11 published articles have enjoyed 1,450 downloads, the majority in the last year alone. Be sure to check out the activity map on the bottom of the journal’s home page to find out where around the world the action is coming from!

We wish Nursing Communication a great success and look forward to meeting new partners in exploring digital publishing!

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.

Celebrate Open Access Week

This week (Oct 21-27) we celebrate the Open Access Week! A global event now in its 6th year, OA week promotes Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

Nationally and internationally, universities and research institutions are all celebrating the week with programs and campaigns that promote open access.  You can find out more at

Even publishers start to join the bandwagon.  Taylor & Francis is offering to waive article publishing charge from Oct 21st to Nov 20th in selected titles (  Sage sponsored an ACRL webinar “What is The Role of the Librarian in an Open Access World?”.  The archived webcast recording is available at:

In Oct 2011, Gleeson Library launched USF Scholarship Repository as our institutional repository that will digitally collect, preserve and provide free electronic access to scholarly works and research output by the USF community.  To date our repository has now collected 359 faculty and student papers and enjoyed 62,366 downloads in the past year alone.  As one faculty who finds herself one of the most popular authors in her discipline in the network puts it, “it is great to see so many people are interested in finding my work there.”

So let’s celebrate open access week by submitting our works to the Scholarship Repository

Writing for a Real World now online

Writing for a Real World: a multidisciplinary anthology by USF students is the latest addition to Gleeson Library’s digital collections.  The collection includes all the 7 volumes of the publication since its inception in 2002.  It features the best of USF students writing with both writer’s and instructor’s comments.  Come check it out here!  To find out more about the publication and how to contribute, please visit WRW home.

New Digital Collection: Eric Gill Prints – updated

A Happy ChristmasIn conjunction with the Thacher Gallery exhibition: Eric Gill: Iconographer, the Gleeson Library has digitized the wood engravings in the Eric Gill collection from the Donohue Rare Book Room and made it available online to USF community.  Nearly 400 digitized images are included in the Printing and Graphic Arts Collection and available for view on the Gleeson Library Digital Collections website.   The site offers tools to zoom in and out of the image to view minute details.   You can search across the collections for specific items.

We’re actively expanding our digital collections, so check back often for new content!