Faculty Favorites for National Library Week

Last week marked the 60th anniversary of National Library week; a national observance designed to promote library use and support, celebrated by libraries across the country every April. This year Copley Library participated with a “Faculty Favorites” display. Thirteen USD faculty members from across campus told us a little bit about their favorite book. It was wonderful to read all the different responses – from literary classics to inspirational texts, adventure stories, and more. Click the images below to read each participant’s quote and get inspired for your next read!

We also encouraged visitors to tell us their favorites throughout the week in person and via social media. We received over 25 responses from USD students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Highlights from the visitor contributions include Music: An Appreciation, My Own Country, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Power of Nonviolent Action. We will feature details of all the “What’s your favorite?” contributions in an upcoming library display.

Below is a complete list of the Faculty participants and their selections. Click the links to locate and borrow the items from Copley Library or Circuit.

Thank you again to all our participating faculty and library visitors! We look forward to bringing you more Faculty Favorites next April. 

If you are interested in partnering with Copley Library on future events, please contact our Access and Outreach Services Librarian, Chris Marcum, at cmarcum@sandiego.edu.


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USD at the Mingei

Some of the most unique volumes from the University of San Diego Special Collections’ are on display in Balboa Park. The Mingei International Museum exhibition Voluminous Art: Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries Blog1-Titlelabelhighlights collections from the libraries of UC San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego. The exhibit presents books as art from medieval manuscripts, to 1960s comic books, to artists’ books of the mid-2000s. 19th century texts with intricate bindings and ornamentation, illustrated volumes of flora and fauna, miniature books, and images only seen by UV light are among the many pieces available to peruse. Not only are these books unique works of art, all are part of the vast special collections available to San Diegans and San Diego visitors in local University libraries.

Volumes from the University of San Diego Special Collections artists book collection are prominently displayed throughout the exhibit. These artists books can defy common conceptions of a ‘book’ as a paginated work of text with a cover. They are illuminations of the connection between art, history, culture, and literature.

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On first glance, Justin James Reed’s, 2013, appears to be blank white pages. Turning on the ultraviolet light, though, illuminates the once invisible firefly ink, revealing Reed’s art. Carol Schwartzott’s OLA MOLA: A Brief History of the Kuna Indians uses a unique style of text and art to celebrate the history of the Kuna of the San Blas Islands of Panama. Jana Sim’s Language Mobius shows her process conversation as she learned English. In Oh Give Me a Home, Alicia McKim uses vintage postcards to create three-dimensional scenes which nod to 1950s westerns in film and television.

All of these works, and many more, are on view at the Mingei International Museum through September 3rd, 2018. After September 3rd, visitors to USD can get an even closer look at these works of art by visiting the University Archives and Special Collections.

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16th Annual Kyoto Prize Symposium


On Thursday, March 22, the 16th annual Kyoto Prize Symposium will take place at the University of San Diego in the Shiley Theatre.  The Kyoto Prize Symposium is presented by The Inamori Foundation and the University of San Diego. This year’s honoree is the 2017 Arts & Philosophy Kyoto Prize Laureate Dr. Richard Taruskin, a musicologist and critic.  The Prize presentation will take place on the morning of March 22 at 10:30am. A lecture by Dr. Taruskin entitled “The Many Dangers of Music” will take place in the afternoon at 2pm.  The public can attend either event and should RSVP at  this link.


Dr. Richard Taruskin has pioneered a new dimension in Western music culture through musicology research that transcends conventional historiographical methodologies, issuing sharp critical analysis backed by exhaustive knowledge of many diverse fields. His unrivaled perspective has significantly influenced both performance and study, elevating the importance and creative value of critical discourse to the music world.  Dr. Taruskin’s critical practices and deep academic insights have changed music as we know it, pioneering a new realm of music research, which can go beyond the boundary between conventional criticism and musicology, and between historical musicology and ethnomusicology.  Read more.


To discover more about this fascinating award winner and Professor Emeritus at University of California, Berkeley, visit the Library’s exhibit featuring this revolutionary musicologist or visit the library’s subject guide here.IMG_2538

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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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