African American History at Copley Library

February is African American History Month. Before the month is over, take some time to see what Copley Library has for you to read and study throughout the year.

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Omar Ibn Said, born in West Africa in 1770, was abducted and sold into slavery in the United States in 1807. In 1831, he wrote a history of his life. You can read his words, translated, with interpretation and contextual essays, in A Muslim American slave : the life of Omar Ibn Said / translated from the Arabic, edited, and with an introduction by Ala Alryyes.


March is the three-volume graphic memoir of Congressman John Lewis, who celebrates a birthday tomorrow, February 21. The three books span Congressman Lewis’ personal history with the civil rights movement, from his childhood and introduction to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to his awarding of the Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

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Take a look back at Hidden human computers : the black women of NASA / by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, JD, PHD. Last February, Dr. Harris spoke at a wonderful event at Copley Library, as well as an event at the San Diego Public Library, about her grandmother’s experiences working for NASA. This year, the featured book and author for this partnership series of events is Pushout : the criminalization of Black girls in schools by Monique W. Morris. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Morris to Copley Library and hope that you can join us! Registration is free and open to the San Diego community:




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Seven Years and Counting of the SMC, Celebrating African American Month, and Spring Workshops

As we start the Spring 2019 semester, we have a lot happening over the next few weeks and months.

Seven Years

This spring the Social Media Committee (SMC) seven years ago was established. It began with two members a Facebook and Twitter page. That’s it. The beginnings were pretty humble. Today the SMC is made up of seven library staff and librarians representing all of the library’s departments. As a committee we continue have a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Soon after we added a successful Instagram account and began maintaining a WordPress blog. Currently, as a committee we organize our posts using content pillars.  We are cross-trained and at the moment members focus their posts on one platform to ease their work load. Every member of the SMC carries out a full-time position in the library and participates on the SMC voluntarily. The Social Media Committee is the only committee that works throughout the whole calendar year, not just semesters unlike most other committees. We never stop posting. The SMC always posts on at least one of our platforms for Christmas, Spring Break, Easter, and Summer breaks. Congratulations on our 7th active and counting!

Celebrating African American History Month at the Library 

Later this month we will be hosting an author event to celebrate African American History Month. On February 25th come hear from Dr. Monique Morris as she discusses her book, PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. To register visit:

Book: Push Out: Why are Black Girls Pushed out of schools? by Dr. Morris.

Book: Push Out: Why are Black Girls Pushed out of schools? by Dr. Morris.



Every semester the library sets up a series of workshops to assist you with studying and research. All workshops are free and will be held in the Copley Library Seminar Room (ground floor of the library). If you have questions about a workshop please contact the presenter/s!

To check out the series for Spring 2019 visit:

See you in two weeks for more Copley Library news!

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Copley Library’s 2nd Annual Retreat

Copley Library held its 2nd Annual Library Retreat on January 17, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel on Harbor Island.

The day included group activities and two speakers. The morning session was led by Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, who spoke on the importance of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in a professional setting. Janice Evelyn conducted the afternoon session on learning to work better with each other using our individual Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessments.

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, Dean Theresa Byrd, and Janice Evelyn

Dr. Villagran, president and CEO of CulturalCo, LLC. guided our group in a discussion on what CQ is, how it affects our ability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts, both in and out of the workplace, and how we can learn to improve our CQ scores.

Janice Evelyn, the Director of Learning and Development at the University of San Diego, had  attendees complete a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test before the retreat. Through several fun exercises, Janice showed us how each of the personality types may think and how to better understand one another.

Other smaller group activities included collaborative games and puzzles designed to build team dynamics.

By the end of the day, we came out with a better understanding of ourselves and each other. We are looking forward to what next year’s retreat has in store for us.

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Our Friends, Associated Students

The Associated Students Leadership Team is the official representative of the University’s undergraduate students, “who promote opportunities for growth and expression, address student issues, and enrich a diverse, inclusive, and engaged community.”  Associated Students is also a longtime friend and supporter of Copley Library. As finals are only two weeks away, we thought it the perfect time to highlight three significant ways Associated Students supports its student body through Library events and resources.

Finals Week Refreshments:

Copley Library has a 24 hour, 7 day schedule at the end of every semester to support our students’ study needs leading up to and during finals week. During these extended hours Associated Students supplies a cornucopia of food, fruit, and candy to boost students’ energy and morale.


Spring 2018 Finals Week snack display. 

Look for the snack table just inside the Library’s entrance starting Monday, December 10th.

Circulating materials:

Have you ever been in the library and forgot your phone or computer charger? Ever left your calculator for an important test at home? Associated Students has you covered! Students can check out these items, and more from our Access Services Desk. Just last week Associated Students purchased numerous new chargers and headphones to meet student demand. See the full list of items and related borrowing policies here.


Student Assistant Carolina Arellano with Associated Students supplied headphones and iPhone charger in the Mother Hill Reading Room. 

Textbook Reserves:

The newest initiative is the Associated Students Textbook Reserve collection. The collection is comprised of undergraduate textbooks costing $100 or more, for courses with two or more sections. Titles will be added and editions updated on an ongoing basis. To check if your textbook is on reserve, provide the author, title, ISBN, or course name to any Library Assistant at the Access Services Desk. At the time of this writing the collection has over 125 individual titles, and multiple copies of the most used textbooks. During Fall 2018 alone there have been 388 individual students who have checked out textbooks from the collection more than 800 times!


A small selection of the AS Textbook Reserves collection.

For more information on Associated Students and all they do, visit their website: Copley Library’s 24/7 schedule begins at 7am on Monday, December 10th and ends at 9pm on Friday, December 21st.

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Finals ahead! Free Student Resources at Copley Library.

With finals just around the corner, Copley Library is here to guide and support you on your journey to success! Take a minute to review some of the free services Copley has to offer USD students.


When the sun sets and it’s cold outside, come spend some quality time at Copley.

  • Extended Hours: Copley is open 24 hours/day beginning on Monday, December 10th through the last day of final exams (Friday the 21st). No matter how complex your schedule, you will have a warm, quiet place to study waiting for you around the clock. Often there are free snacks for students in the lobby during extended hours!


    Our friendly Librarians are here for you.

  • Free Help: Reference Librarians are here to help with research, answer questions, and guide you to the resources you need no matter where you are. Contact us by phone (619) 260-4765, by text (619) 727-6652, through library chat, or stop by the desk during regular reference hours. You can also make appointments with your dedicated  subject specialist for research consultations.
  • Free Textbook Access: Many of your course textbooks are available in the library for short-term checkout (courtesy of Associated Students). Search for your textbooks by title or professor in the course reserves area of the library website, or in our library catalog. For more information about how to use course reserves you can watch a video, or visit the library reserves page. Electronic reserves are available by logging in to Ares.

Copley is open 24 hours beginning December 10th.

  • Free Technology Checkout: Laptops, smartphone and laptop chargers, extension cords, graphing calculators, and headphones are available for checkout during library hours with your USD ID card. Laptops may even be used outside of the library for up to five hours at a time, but not off campus.   
  • Free Private Group Study Rooms: Group study rooms are available for reservation at no charge. All rooms have whiteboards, desks, and chairs. Some are equipped with technology for laptop presentations and video. Reservations are first come, first served, so book your room in advance online. Dry erase markers are available for checkout at the circulation desk.
  • Games and Prizes! We will be doing some promotions starting on December 10th. Take a break, play some games, release a little tension, and maybe win a prize before finals. Keep an eye on social media channels for details as they arise.
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The many ways to contemplate at USD

USD's Immaculata night time with lit fountain

USD’s Immaculata at night with fountain

You may ask, what is there to contemplate? Yet, we are simply referring to the many opportunities students, staff, faculty, and administrators have to see the world all around them while studying and working at USD. The University of San Diego has active Ministry offices dedicated for prayer and quiet reflection as well as to outdoor adventures providing the opportunity to commune with nature.

The library fulfills its contemplation role by providing a place of study and discovery while you explore the collections and the Copley and Camino library buildings. There are many more things to discover in the University Archives and the myriad online databases available to the campus community. We have over 290 resources on the topic of contemplation, simply search for Contemplation in our library catalogue or click here to see a list of books (print and electronic) on the subject.

USD Copley Library's Mother Hill Reading Room

USD Copley Library’s Mother Hill Reading Room

Remember to take the time so you may pray on your own or within a retreat or seek outdoor adventures to find the beauty in nature or  simply wish to read or explore a book about contemplation and the Catholic Church tradition.

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USD campus – Immaculata visible

Beauty will attract them; goodness will lead them; but the truth will hold them.

– Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill


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Happy Open Access Week!

So what is open access anyway? Open access is free access to scholarly research that is available to anyone at any time anywhere. Most times, open access resources are freely available to be used, reused, redistributed, and modified so that these fit the needs of specific research. Open Access Week is in its 10th year. It began as Open Access Day in 2008 and because of the unabating push for open publishing, it evolved into Open Access Week. Open Access Week is an opportunity for organizations and institutions around the world to educate faculty, researchers, and students about the importance of publishing research and data openly to revamp current publication models and make it open to everyone.

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This year’s Open Access Week’s theme is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” Although open access has been more prevalent in the last few years, there are still concerns and discussions around keeping the open access model sustainable and ensuring all voices and research are heard.

Are you interested in using open access resources for your research or have questions related to open access? Check out Copley Library’s Open Access subject guide and check out what other institutions and organizations are doing for Open Access Week 2018.

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