As the Digital Collections Librarian at Gleeson Library, a question I’m asked from time to time is: “What are digital collections?” Digital collections are online collections that consist of content digitized from an institution’s unique physical holdings. These online collections are resources that support the continuous learning, instruction, and research needs of those affiliated with … Continue reading So…Question: What Are Digital Collections?
Here is a guest post from Jacqueline Cao, a student assistant in the Reference Department. September 6th is is National Read A Book Day! Take those reading glasses out, a hot mug of tea or coffee, and find a cozy seat to settle down in. Although there are a lot of national days, this one … Continue reading National Read a Book Day!
A fresh semester brings fresh book reviews, fresh from the student assistants who work in Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. This week is part one of this semester’s recommendations… stay tuned for following parts, in case you have enough free time to squeeze in some extra reads. Sharp Objects, reviewed by Hannah Bunting In this chilling … Continue reading What Are the Students Reading? Spring 2015 edition
As we get ready for the holidays here in Gleeson Library, I found myself wondering how we got our modern tradition of Christmas. What’s up with bringing a cut pine tree inside your home to decorate? What’s up with all the poinsettias? Why do Brits give gifts on Boxing Day, December 26, while here in … Continue reading What’s up with Christmas?
A couple weeks ago I shared what some of the students workers in the library read over the summer. Here is the next batch to inspire some extracurricular reading for you as well! Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, reviewed by Hannah Bunting Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is based in nineteenth-century China in … Continue reading What Are the Students Reading? (part 2)
I asked the student assistants in the Reference and Research Services Department of Gleeson Library what they read this past summer, and got some very thoughtful book reviews to share with ya’ll! Enjoy the first installment here. The Goldfinch, reviewed by Kelsey Weise I read some great books over the summer, and even over the … Continue reading What are the students reading?
We know textbooks can break the bank! Here are some options to getting them for free or on the cheap. • Search by title, author, or ISBN in the library’s catalog to see if USF owns a copy. • Check to see if your instructor has put a copy on reserve in the library. Search here by … Continue reading Looking for a Textbook?
Once again the Gleeson Library joined the USF Farmstand on the lawn outside Library. We offered books and DVD’s about organic gardening, real food, and healthy cooking all for check out on the spot. This was USF’s Farmstands first International Farmstand offering different delectable dishes from around the world. The event also coincided with USF’s Dance … Continue reading Gleeson Library on the Lawn
The Gleeson Library joined the USF Farmstand this past Thursday, on the lawn outside Library. We offered books and DVD’s about organic gardening, real food, and healthy cooking for check out from right there out on the lawn. USF Farmstand is part of Community Garden Outreach (ENVA 145) and offers homemade meals made with fresh veggies, … Continue reading Gleeson Library out on the Lawn
Hello everyone! The members of the book club today acknowledged our trend of picking depressing/topically traumatic books recently, so we’re going with an uplifting page turner for April. We think The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows will do the trick. We’re meeting on April 14, 2010 (Wednesday) … Continue reading USF Book Club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
You know lots of librarians turn to writing, right? That Jorge Luis Borges was a librarian is pretty well-known but this list of the Top 10 Books Written By Librarians from online bookseller AbeBooks might surprise you. I didn’t know Madeleine L’Engle was a librarian. But another of my very favorite children’s book authors, Beverly … Continue reading Books by Librarians
Since the book club is venturing into the world of graphic novels this month*, we decided to highlight some the library has acquired in the last couple of years. The last time we featured our graphic novel collection, the exhibit resulted in positive attention and suggestions that were used to guide our collection development. So, … Continue reading Get More Graphic: Recent Graphic Novel Acquisitions
The USF Book Club is reading The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies to be discussed April 7, 2009. Continue reading USF Book Club: The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies
It’s Roadworks: Steamroller Prints, San Francisco Center for the Book’s fifth annual art-in-the-street-festival at Potrero Hill on Saturday, September 20. Here’s the link where you can see what it looked like last year. In addition to steamroller printmaking, there’s music, free bookmaking and printmaking fun for kids, and dozens of the Bay Area’s finest book … Continue reading What do you get when you put together 6 artists, some big linoleum blocks, and a 3-ton steamroller?
As the school year winds down and the temperature rises, thoughts turn and hearts yearn for long days at the beach slathered with sunscreen, book in hand. We had a good time promoting summer reading last week at the Spring Fling/Stress Less Day festivities in Harney Plaza. Kudos to Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian Sherise Kimura for coordinating the library’s successful participation for the second semester in a row! Cooling off in the shade of our beach umbrellas and nibbling chocolates, students perused our reading recommendations and lined up to write in their own favorite reads. We had to run off a second printing of our recommended Summer Reading list! Who says print is dead?
Below are additional recommendations generated by students at the Spring Fling and at the Davies Forum National Library Week display in the library over the last month. Most of the titles, we’re happy to say, are already in the library’s collection and we’ll look into ordering the others.
Please feel free to recommend your favorites in the comments below.
Spring Fling celebrants recommend these Summer Reading picks:
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielziewski (recommended by Jenn)
Falling Leaves: a True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah (recommended by Uzuma)
Books by Ayn Rand including The Fountainhead and Anthem (recommended by Freddy G. and others – “Regardless of whether or not you agree with Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy, the novel has a captivating, thought-provoking plot with characters that speak volumes about human nature.”— comments Maria D.)
Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (recommended by Freddy G.)
Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio by Jimmy Santiago Baca (recommended by Freddy G.)
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
Phantom by Susan Kay (recommended by Cheryl M.)
War Is a Force that Gives us Meaning by Chris Hedges (recommended by Kathe B.: “anti-war”)
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards (recommended by Sheila M.)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (recommended by Sheila M.)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (recommended by Tannaz A. and others)
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
Twilight, Breaking Dawn, and others by Stephenie Meyer (recommended by Anna and Michelle)
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (recommended by Anna)
The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind (recommended by Anna)
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
On the Road by Jack Kerouac (recommended by Alissa)
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July (recommended by Rachel)
One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino (recommended by Cameron C.)
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (recommended by Martha)
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (recommended by Eva)
The Magus by John Fowles (recommended by Theresa)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (recommended by Sophie) (I love this book too!—ed.)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Monkey Business (which one? – hmm)
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
The Clown by Heinrich Böll ((recommended by Crista Y.)
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck (recommended by Jessica C. and Oprah!)
And visitors to the Reading Fort added these favorites to the Digital Literacy class recommendations:
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – “It’s on Oprah’s Book Club. And it’s really good.”
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander by Thomas Merton – “A reflection on human nature by a Trappist/Benedictine monk who was very aware of the times he lived in. It is a perfect, fun, and very relevant read for our days as a “Bystander!”
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov – “more than 60 short stories – simply amazing prose.”
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby – “Great book about Futbol… I mean soccer. Very entertaining!”
The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Peaceful Warrior books by Dan Millman.
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson — “Great ‘unwilling hero’ story of how one person can make a difference – plus a good education about Afghani and Pakistani culture! With appendix on how we can make a difference.”
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – “Funniest book ever written. Read it if you like sarcasm.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon – “I laughed and cried while reading this book.”
Ann Veronica: a Modern Love Story by H.G. Wells – “Quite good, although I hope the SITC movie doesn’t end the same way!”
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson– “eye opening.”
Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse – “It’s, well, it’s a ‘coming of age’ book I guess, about a kid discovering the world, thinking about who he is, exploring the world of artist/intellectual. Great. Makes one not feel alone.”
If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff — “All about consequences”
Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovskii – “Single greatest book about filmmaking/editing.”
The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis – “Tragic, human science fiction about loneliness and isolation and the horrors of the world. Very beautiful.”
Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams – “Just a good book.”
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn — “It will change your life and the way you view… everything and everyone. Man learns from gorilla (Ishmael). AMAZING. Easy to read too.
Creepy Susie: And 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children by Angus Oblong – “It’s quirky and funny in a strange way.”
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini — It’s a beautiful story that really spoke to the heart – it was raw and it had something pure about it.”
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – “Modern Gothic novel full of romance & intrigue & awesome descriptions of Barcelona!”
Marchlands by Karla Kuban – “About what’s still sacred in our country.”
The Education of Little Tree by Carter Forrest “This book will change your life. About a young boy raised by his Cherokee grandparents in the mountains of Tennessee.”