2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium

The Digital Initiatives Symposium began in 2014 as an avenue for library professionals to come together for discussion about the ever changing digital landscape of libraries and institutional repositories. The Fourth Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium involved two days full of workshops, presentations, and posters that ignited discussion about enhanced user experience and access through a variety of digital platforms. With nearly 200 people in attendance, this was our biggest year yet. On Monday, May 1st, workshop attendees delved into topics such as how to approach copyright with digital collections, new ways to think about project management, and real-world ways to handle metadata. Many attendees joined together after the workshops for Birds of a Feather dinners. These allowed small groups to experience local San Diego restaurants while discussing Digital Humanities, IR Platforms, and Data Management.

Opening Keynote speaker Joan Lippincott.

Tuesday brought another day of presentations, conversations, and inspiration. Joan Lippincott from the Coalition for Networked Information gave the opening keynote address. She discussed how digital initiatives can enhance student learning and apply to learning outcomes for today’s higher education students. 34 presenters from throughout the US then shared their ideas, successes, and challenges with implementing digital initiative projects. Participants were encouraged to use #dis2017 as a way to continue the discussion online. You can check out the great photos and tweets from #dis2017 participants here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/dis2017?src=hash.


This was the first year of poster presentations and it proved to be a great success. Sixteen presenters created fabulous posters that highlighted digital projects from such institutions as Duke, Regis, and South Dakota State Universities. These posters regaled the symposium lobby for much of the day, and were a feature of the Wine and Cheese Reception in USDs Garden of the Sea.

Attendees praised the speakers, the location, and how welcoming the event felt. Much appreciation goes out to all of those who attended and presented at this year’s Digital Initiative Symposium, and to all of those who helped make this a great success.

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It’s Been Four Years!

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Time flies when you’re having fun or creating a better library for the USD community! Copley Library’s blog hit its fourth year anniversary and we’re pretty excited with what the library has accomplished. Here is a recap of this past year:

  • Summer 2016 HVAC renovations and repair project: After a summer of repair and renovation, Copley Library received a new HVAC unit along with necessary repairs to improve air quality and temperature to make it more comfortable to study and use our services!
  • New Services 2017: We received a lot of requests for mobile printing and with the help of ITS, it launched in February. You can now print from your mobile device! If you’re having trouble with printing on a mobile device while at Copley, you can head over to the new ITS Help Desk located in Copley Library. They’re available Monday through Thursday from 3pm-9pm.  
  • Roy and Marian Holleman Copley Library Student Assistant Scholarship recipients: Copley awarded five student assistants this year with a $500 scholarship! Each recipient must be a current full-time USD undergraduate student with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must also be a current Student Assistant at Copley Library and have worked at the library for at least 1 semester. We’re very proud to have these scholarship winners be part of Copley Library!
  • 2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium will be on May 1-2. This is the library’s signature event on digital scholarship. This year’s event will cover topics such as digital humanities, open education resources, copyright, and institutional repositories.

We continue to strive for a great Copley Library and we hope you check out our blog every other Wednesday for updates!

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Coming Soon the 4th Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium


University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium

4th Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, May 1-2, 2017 at the University of San Diego

1 Gorgeous Location

1 Continental Breakfast

1 Buffet Lunch

1 Wine & Cheese Reception

2 Keynote Addresses

2 Days of Dynamic Programming

3 Workshops

3 Panel Presentations

4 User Group Meetings

4 Birds of a Feather Dinner Groups

12 Concurrent Sessions

+ 16 Poster Presentations


 = 50 reasons to attend the 2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium (DIS) at the University of San Diego!

Now in its fourth year, the dynamic Digital Initiatives Symposium (DIS) brings together librarians, scholars, and information professionals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, to discuss the ever-changing landscape of digital initiatives, scholarly communication, open access, and more. On Monday and Tuesday, May 1 and 2, nearly 200 participants will gather for hands-on workshops about metadata, project management, and copyright; panel and concurrent presentations; poster displays; and user groups. Headlining this year’s event are keynote speakers Joan K. Lippincott, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, and Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The full schedule is available at: digital.sandiego.edu/symposium/2017. Register now through April 17, 2017 at: 2017dis.eventbrite.com.

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What is ILL? An Interview with two of Copley’s Favorite Detectives


In today’s post we visit with Alex and Leslie from our Inter-library Loan (ILL) department to find out what ILL is and how it can help you.

What is ILL?

Alex: ILL is a resource sharing service that allows us to borrow items such as books and articles from other institutions all over the world; it also allows us to loan Copley owned materials to institutions worldwide.

Leslie: I always tell people that ILL is their third option for books and their second option for articles; if we don’t have an article you need on our shelves or in one of our databases, we try to get it for you. Likewise, if the book you need is not available in Copley’s collection or in our local book exchange (The Circuit) you can send us a request to try and get it for you.

What is the coolest library you have ever loaned something too or borrowed from?

Alex: Well, we loan and borrow from lots of different organizations including libraries, government agencies, museums and even law firms. I guess the CIA is probably the coolest place we ever borrowed from. As far as loaning, I really like it when we are able to loan Copley materials to the U.S. military libraries around the world because they are very small in most cases and they rely heavily on borrowing from others.

Leslie: I like borrowing from the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress because they have awesome collections. Unfortunately, all of their resources have to be restricted to library use only so we don’t borrow from them as much as I would like.

How long does it take for items to arrive?

Alex: It depends. If we can find a library to loan you a book chapter or article we can deliver it electronically in 1-4 days; our average turn around for articles is 12.5 hours Monday-Friday. If we find an organization to loan us a book that you need it has to be delivered through the mail. We always make book requests with places that are nearby when we can but if the only place available happens to be in Spain or Germany, it could take weeks.

What is your favorite thing about ILL?

Leslie: I like the detective work it requires; we do not always have a lot of information to go on and it is very gratifying to track down difficult to find items for our patrons.

Alex:  There is definately some detective work involved and I like that. I also really enjoy being able to provide our patrons with access to materials we do not have, especially rare materials. My favorite thing we have ever borrowed was a very rare bible that we had to insure for $5,000 before they would loan it to us.

If you have any questions about our ILL service feel free to contact Leslie or Alex anytime via email at clill@sandiego.edu or via telephone at 619-260-2364. You can also visit our ILL website for more information!

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Kyoto Symposium at USD

The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually in June by the Inamori Foundation in Kyoto, Japan. This prize recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to society in the fields of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy.  A spring symposium is held in San Diego, offering lectures by the latest Kyoto Prize Laureates and responses by fellow scholars in their fields.  The University of San Diego will host the annual Kyoto Prize Symposium for recognition in Arts and Philosophy on Thursday, March 16.

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Dr. Martha Craven Nussbaum

Dr. Martha Craven Nussbaum is the 2016 winner of the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. A world-renowned philosopher, Dr. Nussbaum proposed the idea of human capabilities as a component of social justice.  This theory of justice provides wider inclusion of all levels of society into the discussion of human welfare by focusing on every individual’s abilities.  Specifically, she believes that we should be asking “what are people actually able to do and to be?  What real opportunities are available to them?” (from Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities).

Dr. Nussbaum will be delivering two presentations on March 16 in recognition of her award. The presentations are free and open to the public, though reservations are required.  Registration information is located at:  sandiego.edu/kyoto.

Copley Library is currently exhibiting Dr. Nussbaum’s publications and commentary about her philosophical contributions. In addition, to learn more about Dr. Nussbaum and past Kyoto Prize winners, please go to the library research guide at:  http://libguides.sandiego.edu/kyoto.

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Copley Library exhibit on Dr. Nussbaum, 2016 Kyoto Prize laureate


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A Short Guide to Fake News

You’ve probably heard the phrase “fake news” frequently over the past number of months, especially in relation to the ongoing media frenzy. But what is “fake news,” and why does it matter? Copley Library has put together this short and quick guide to outline the issue and provide you with some resources to help keep you informed.

What is Fake News?

According to Wikipedia, “fake news is a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation.” Fake news can appear in the form of an article, site, or social media post that looks reliable but is either misrepresenting or completely fabricating information. Conspiracy theories, April Fools pranks, that Facebook post someone shared about how pizza leads to cancer— these are all examples of fake news that you’ve probably already encountered and are already comfortable vetting for misinformation. Fake news isn’t new, but that doesn’t make it less problematic. In order to make informed decisions, we must be able to identify the facts. So how can we tell the difference between fake news that looks exactly like real news apart from actual real news?  

Identifying Fake News

We have 3 tips to get you started:

  1. Check your sources.
  2. Verify credibility.
  3. Ask a librarian!

If these tips sound familiar, they should. They’re the same tips we give about effective research. Being able to write a good paper is no different from staying informed.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) created a simple infographic with more specific tips to help you further.


Available Library Resources

Copley Library has numerous resources available that already provide credible information. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by fake news, spend some time in one of our databases:

New York Times (through Proquest)
Los Angeles Times (through Proquest)
CQ Press Library
LexisNexis Academic
Congressional Publications

Find a complete list of our news resources here and our government information resources here.

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Finding Aids added to Digital@USanDiego


Click here to see which Finding Aids are currently available.


Copley Library University Archives and Special Collections has now added finding aids to Digital@USanDiego. A finding aid is a researcher’s window into what they can discover in a collection. Finding aids give historical information about the creator of a collection, describe the collection as a whole, and provide a folder listing of the content. The goal is to help researchers know what a collection has to offer and what parts of a collection they might want to view. Much of the material that University Archives houses are records like meeting minutes, newsletters, press releases, photographs, and videos.

Digital@USanDiego now has finding aids for the Associated Students records, the Founders Gallery Exhibit records, the University of San Diego Auxiliary records and many more. Among these records you can find photographs of campus activities, correspondence about campus events, meeting minutes documenting campus discussions, and scrapbooks of university history. More finding aids will be added to Digital@USanDiego regularly. Click on the image above to view finding aids and see what the collections have to offer. Contact University Archives staff if you are interested in seeing what you can discover in a collection.

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