Going-ons in the library this chilly spring!

Special Events! On Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm the library will be hosting Duchess Harris, PhD for a discussion on the Black Women of NASA in the Mother Hill Reading Room. Join us to learn more about the black women who worked at NASA in the 1940s as human computers. The event is free to attend but seating limited. To RSVP email cespineli@sandiego.edu. To learn more about the time period and these women’s amazing feats, check out this research guide created by our University Archivist, Diane Maher here.

Black Women of NASA talk by Dr. Duchess Harris at USD on Feb 26, 2018 at 7 pm

Black Women of NASA by Dr. Duchess Harris at USD on Feb 26, 2018 at 7 pm

Workshops! Our workshop series for the semester got underway last week. The workshops’ topics range from learning about the library’s many research tools to specific citation styles such as APA, Chicago, and MLA.  To find out more about the library workshops and sign up for one click here

Spring Workshops sign

Open Education Week! Through the week of March 5, Copley Library is supporting Open Education Week by hosting events and a contest. On Monday March 5 at 12pm, Copley Library will have a table in front of the library asking students to answer two questions regarding their current textbook expenses and take a selfie with their answer. On Tuesday, March 6 Amanda Makula, Digital Initiatives Librarian, will be teaching a faculty workshop on open access. Through the week of March 5, USD faculty and students will be invited to participate in a contest at the Access Services Desk. You can learn more about Open Education Week here

Open Education Week sign

And remember we’re still open until 2 am Sunday through Thursday for you studying and research activities! For special hours check out the library’s schedule here.

The weather should be warming up soon, we promise!


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The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project

"Beyond Imagination"

“Beyond Imagination” owned by Steve “Masa” Wade (front view)

USD Ethnic Studies Prof. Alberto Pulido and Rigoberto Reyes, Director of Community Engagement at Via International and founding member and former president of Amigos Car Club, have collaborated over the years to document San Diego’s lowrider car culture, ultimately publishing their research in San Diego Lowriders: A History of Cars and Cruising and producing and directing the award-winning documentary Everything Comes From the Streets. A movement born in East-LA and most popular in the 1960s and 1970s, lowriders were highly customized cars with intricate paint-jobs and specialized hydraulics, with no details overlooked.  The cars won awards and certainly stopped traffic.  Car clubs were important gathering places for the San Diego neighborhoods of Logan Heights, Sherman Heights, National City, Old Town and San Ysidro, and a vital display of Chicano pride.

New Wave Car Club

New Wave Car Club: Photograph of club members with trophies

San Diego was home to 28 lowrider car clubs that were active from 1950 to 1985.  The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project, a collaborative, interdisciplinary endeavor between the University of San Diego and the local San Diego lowrider community, aims to recover and document the history of lowriding in San Diego and the surrounding borderlands by preserving and showcasing photographs, car club documents, memorabilia, dance posters, lowrider art, and more. These materials reflect important qualities of the lowrider movement: creativity, independence, cultural pride, resistance, activism, community service, collectivism, tradition and ritual, and cultural continuity. Visit the collection here.

Brown Car Club

Brown Image Car Club: A gathering at Chicano Park

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Welcome Back Toreros!

Welcome back Toreros!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s! As we get ready to begin the spring semester we would like to update you on some changes and continuing programs at the library.

The first ever Copley Library Personnel all-day retreat took place on 1/8 at the Dana Hotel. A beautiful setting for this first retreat of many to come. The theme of the day was Student Success. Special speakers were Raymund (Ray) Pun from CSU Fresno and Lee Van Orsdel, retired Dean of the Library at Grand Valley State University.


Ray Pun, Dean Byrd, and Lee Van Orsdel at the Dana Hotel in San Diego, CA

This winter session we also welcomed two new librarians! Millie Fullmer is our new Acquisitions and Cataloguing Librarian. Millie is in charge of making sure 1000s of books are ordered and properly “tagged” so you can find them in our catalog! Catherine Paolillo (not pictured, but will be in an upcoming blog) is our new Visiting Evening Services Librarian. Catherine will be here to help you after hours be it research assistance or finding out what happened to the book you put in a request for!


Millie Fullmer busy at work at USD’s Copley Library – Technical Services

We are happy to report that the successful AS Textbook program will continue and be ready at the start of the spring semester!

Finally, a friendly reminder to everyone that the library is open from 8 am to 5 pm Wednesday 1/24 through Friday 1/26 and CLOSED this weekend  1/27-28. Regular semester hours start on Monday 1/29 at 7 am.

We’ll also have special hours on Thursday, 2/1 for the All Faiths’ Service. The library hours will be 7 am to 11:50 am and 1:40 pm to 2 am.

We wish you the best in 2018!

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Copley Library wants to support you during Finals! (And you can win a prize!)

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Copley Library wants every USD student to feel supported and successful during upcoming finals. The library is offering a variety of ways to provide that support.  Here is a quick list of the library’s plans to help you succeed!

  • Copley is open 24 hours a day through December 22. On that day, we will close at 9pm.  In the meantime, if you need a quiet place to study, you’ll find it in the library.
  • Need some help with your research? The reference desk is staffed regularly during finals week and you can reach out to a reference librarian anytime using our Ask A Librarian service.
  • The library has a selection of textbooks, courtesy of Associated Students, that you can use in the library.  These textbooks have two-hour checkouts and are available at the library’s front desk.
  • We also have laptops, smartphone and laptop chargers, headphones, and even group study rooms that you can checkout during finals.
  • Are you hungry? Several campus organizations are working with the library to keep away the munchies!  There are free snacks in the lobby throughout our 24/7 period courtesy of Associated Students.
  • Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and Copley will be providing coffee, fruit and donuts on Copley’s patio every day from 1pm-3pm from December 18-21st.
  • On December 18th, relieve some stress with lawn games provided by USD PRIDE in front of Copley Library from 1pm-3pm.
  • USD’s Fair Trade Club will provide free chocolate at the library December 18th-20th.
  • Want to do something fun with the library and win some great prizes? Enter our end-of-semester social media contest!  See the prizes in our slideshow above, then go to our Facebook or Instagram pages to enter!



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Copley Library: Your Pre-Thanksgiving Research Hub

How does one best prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday? Research, of course! Let’s dig right in!

You might wonder what people ate at the first Thanksgiving, but have you thought about the connection between politics, power, and food? In Political Gastronomy: Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World, Michael LaCombe discusses ideas of food and leadership, hunger and community, gender and food exchange, daily eating habits of the wealthy and poor, and more, exploring the meaning of food in every phase: planting, gathering, hunting, cooking, sharing, and laboring in general.

If you’re looking for an overview of the holiday, its history, and its place in American popular culture, try Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday or Thanksgiving: An American Holiday, an American History.

(First Thanksgiving by Jennie Brownscombe c.1914)

Maybe you’re questioning the history you’ve heard for years, about a joyful communion between Native Americans and European colonists. Scholars question things for a living – research can help you sort things out! Take a look at A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving or Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience .

(Thanksgiving Day – Ways and Means by Winslow Homer, 1858)

Just want the facts? Check out the Congressional Thanksgiving Fact Sheet for dates, names, and locations to get a leg up on Thanksgiving trivia and wow your friends and family.

Remember, Copley Library will be open Thanksgiving week, regular hours Monday and Tuesday, November 20 & 21; Wednesday 8:00am to 5:00pm; and closed on Thanksgiving Day as well as Friday and Saturday, November 24 & 25. We’ll resume regular hours on Sunday, November 26, when we open at noon.

Be sure to stay current with Copley’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as we announce our first Christmas Extravaganza Contest!

Have a wonderful break!

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How do I . . . ? Where can I . . . ? Does Copley Library have . . . ?

Academic libraries are treasure troves of print and online resources and are staffed by lots of helpful people. Sometimes the amount of resources and services offered by libraries is overwhelming when you need to find an answer right away. How can you make sense of all that Copley Library has to offer?

Here are some helpful tips!

1) Our print books and ebooks, print journals and ejournals, and multimedia (DVDs, CDs, etc.) are all accessible by title in Copley Library’s catalog. You can also do searches for these items by author, keyword, subject, etc. in the catalog. We share the catalog with the Legal Research Center (LRC) and the Franciscan School of Theology (FST), and most of their resources are accessible to Copley users. To search the catalog, start with the main Catalog search box on our website.

2) Many common library questions can be answered by our Ask-A-Librarian knowledgebase, which provides information in an FAQ format. The Ask-A-Librarian page offers the ability to browse existing FAQs and also to browse by topics. It also provides several ways to contact the library with questions not currently in the knowledgebase. By submitting a new question, you help populate it for future users!

3) We have access to thousands of full-text journal articles! Using our list of databases is one of the easiest ways to find the right database to search for journal articles on your research topic. We even have Copley’s databases listed by subject.

4) Our research guides can also offer you subject-related assistance to start your research. We also have guides on programs and resources in Copley, like the new Associated Students Textbooks Reserves pilot collection.

5) When you go to our website, you will notice a chat box, called ASK US, which pops up once you are on the site. Use this chat opportunity to connect directly with a Copley reference librarian. Are you in the library? The reference desk is manned seven days a week by Copley reference librarians, and they are ready to walk you through any of the tips mentioned above! 


Got a question about Copley Library? Come see us! We’re here to help!

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How to Access Library Resources After Graduation


Planning on graduating this December or maybe next spring? In this post, we tell you all you need to know about accessing library resources after you leave USD.

Databases: Off-campus access to most of our online databases containing articles and other scholarly resources is restricted to current USD students, faculty, and staff.  However, alumni retain full privileges until the semester after they graduate and through a special arrangement, the University offers alumni remote access to two of our most robust databases, JSTOR and Business Source Alumni Edition. To access JSTOR or Business Source Alumni Edition off-campus, login to your Alumni Association Account . If you do not have an Alumni Association Account you will need to create one. To access other databases we offer access to, alumni must visit us in person. For Alumni outside of San Diego, we suggest visiting other academic libraries in your area because many academic libraries have licensing agreements that allow onsite visitors to access their databases.

Books: Alumni are allowed to borrow print books from Copley and we can use your Alumni Association Membership Card to set up a library account for you; visit us in person with your membership card to get your account activated. Your library account allows you to borrow up to five print books at a time. We also suggest joining the public library in San Diego in order to take full advantage of the San Diego Circuit, which allows members of the public library to borrow books from many academic libraries in San Diego. For those leaving San Diego, joining the public library in your area is also a great way to take advantage of services they offer that you have become accustomed to as a student at USD, such as Inter Library Loan.

OER and Open Access: Another great way to get access to scholarly content after graduation is to look for content that is openly accessible to the public online. Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational resources such as textbooks, images, articles, PowerPoint presentations, or full curricula that have been released under less-restrictive licenses than traditionally published material. For more on locating and using OER, checkout our OER guide. Similarly, you may want to look for scholarly content that is openly accessible, meaning that it has been licensed for free public access online. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, SPARC, defines open access as, “…the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment”. For more on finding and using open access content, checkout our guide, Open Access: Scholarly Publishing Meets Social Justice.

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