Monthly Archives: September 2015

Bottled & Sold on Display in Copley Library

This year’s USD Just Read! program, sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence (CEE), selected Peter Gleick’s Bottled & Sold as its focus for discussion. The program aims to encourage literacy and engage conversation on today’s most critical social themes. In this year’s selection, Gleick offers a breakdown of the case 3prevailing “throwaway” behavior of water consumers in the United States. In the context of ongoing drought conditions, water in any form has become a critical commodity for the San Diego area and beyond. Bottled & Sold reveals that the economics of bottled water and pollution from the bottles just adds insult to injury.

Copley Library highlights this title and others that address water issues and environmental concerns in its latest library exhibit. The exhibit includes books like Thirst for Independence, by Dan Walker, which explores the history of San Diego’s water supply. In addition, there are books and resources on the water treatment process Water qualityand the costs of water pollution. Ethical considerations for pursuing environmental action and consumer action plans are also represented in the exhibit by titles like Consuming Choices and Saving the Earth.


Fcase 2or more information about the USD Just Read! book selection and related events, go to the CEE Programs website.

For an interview with the author and  a shortcut to library resources on the topic of a sustainable drinking water solution, see the library’s guide.


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Bazaar Appearances

Every semester, Copley Library gets a chance to greet incoming students and breathe the fresh air by joining the Alcala Bazaar. Held in the first few weeks of the new semester, the Alcala Bazaar not only allows students to explore the diverse opportunities and organizations available on campus, it also allows the library to personally interact with the USD community and introduce our many resources. For the past few years, Copley has been well represented at the Bazaar by our Access Services department and Social Media Committee.


Members of Copley’s Access Services and Social Media Committee

We pass out goodies, including pens, post-its, food and water. Students come by to pick up flyers with our current hours or to ask about work study opportunities.


Happy students

Even President Harris made an appearance this year.


President Harris

The question we get the most, though, is how to pronounce Copley. We assure you, it’s “Cop-ley,” not “Cope-ley.” Along with efforts to distribute information about the library’s services and name pronunciation, Copley’s Social Media Committee conducts a survey on social media usage among students. Students tell us what platforms they use and what kind of content they want to see, and we take the opportunity to listen and shape Copley’s social media.

Survey results from Alcala Bazaar 2013

Survey results from Alcala Bazaar 2013

By the end of the Alcala Bazaar, we hope that students take away as much as we do from the experience. Until next time.

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