Monthly Archives: July 2014

Institute for Peace and Justice Cataloging Project

This summer, the Technical Services Department of Copley Library will be taking on a new cataloging project involving the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s (IPJ) mini-library. The project is being headed by Laura Turner, the Head of Technical Services, and Julia Hess, the Collection Services and Metadata Librarian but the other staff members and student workers of the department will be involved as well. The main purpose of the project is to create online access to the records of the materials for their faculty and students. The collection consists of approximately 400 books and small sets of various journals and audiovisual materials and they are located in the IPJ Conference Room. The materials were obtained through donations, purchases or received through subscriptions. The subjects covered in the collection are mostly social justice, peace studies, conflict resolution, theology, and communication theory. The majority of the collection is expected to be cataloged by the end of September 2014 and once it is completely finished, it will be shelved in call number order. 20140730_100723



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Summer Wine Exhibit in Copley Library

Check out Copley's wine resources!

Check out Copley’s wine resources!

Are you an oenophile?  San Diego is a great place to be one! Copley Library is currently showcasing its resources on wine – from wine history to wine tasting and everything in between –in honor of USD’s annual Wine Classic.  This wine tasting event featured twenty wineries in California that have connections to the university through alumni. This fun weekend event benefited the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Stop by the library’s exhibit to see the De Long Wine Map of California!  Want to read an early perspective on California’s wine history?  Check out renowned food critic Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher’s The Story of Wine in California.   If you want to start with foundational information on wine and winemaking, try Inventing Wine by Paul Lukacs.

Is wine appreciation an aesthetic practice?  Explore philosophical possibilities in Burnham and Skilleås’ The Aesthetics of Wine.  For sheer pleasure of learning the art of wine tasting, try The Guide to Wine Tasting and Technology by V. K. Sharma.

Come see our wineries of California map!

Come see our wineries of California map!

If you just want to have a little fun with wine-related fiction, Peter Mayle tells a suspenseful story of inheriting a vineyard in France in his novel, A Good Year.  Or enjoy a real life mystery of wine vintage authenticity in the colorful discussion of a 200-year-old bottle of wine that sold in 1985 for over $150,000 – check out The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace.

 Whatever appeals, make sure you stop by Copley Library to enjoy the exhibit!  Cheers!

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Presenting our Cataloguer Extraordinaire – Julia Hess!

Julia Hess, Copley Library’s first ever Collection Services & Metadata Librarian resides in the Technical Services Department. She joined the Copley Library faculty in July 2013. This new position has greatly enhanced the workflow in the Technical Services.

While her title may sound complicated, her chief goal is fairly straightforward: to guarantee that books, DVDs, and CDs requested by the USD community are made available for users as quickly as possible. Julia also makes sure that records in the catalogue contain useful information for finding and identifying materials and that these records are kept up-to-date.

As USD’s Name Authority CoOperative (NACO) program cataloguer, she ensures that the university’s schools and authors are represented accurately in records in library catalogues all over the world!

A busy desk - multiple projects on display both in print and online!

A busy desk – multiple projects on display both in print and online!

If you need resources for your classes or research, please send them on to your area’s Subject Specialist (, who will pass on the information to Julia and her team to have them ordered in a timely manner.

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