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:

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:

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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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Spring is Here and Change is in the Air


The spring semester of 2017 is here and Copley Library has a lot of exciting things planned for the next few months. In this post we highlight three noteworthy changes we are introducing in the month of February.

Mobile Printing: You asked for mobile printing at Copley and we are making it happen this spring! Thanks to our friends in ITS, Copley Library will become the next place on campus to allow you to print from your personal mobile devices. We will implement this in early February so be on the lookout for signs letting you know it is up and ready.

Email Receipts: At Copley Library we are always looking for new ways to be blue and go green and during the week of January 30th, we will replace paper receipts with electronic ones. Beginning February 3rd, instead of printing receipts for patrons that request them, all patrons will receive automated receipts directly to their email after checkout.

ITS Help Desk at Copley: Ever wish there was an ITS Help Desk in the Library? If so, this spring your wish will come true. In February, ITS will implement a pilot program offering Help Desk assistance at Copley Library. Stay tuned for more information on this new initiative including hours of service.

P.S. Welcome back!

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New Faces at Copley Library

Welcome back!  This past year there have been a number of positive changes at the library from the fixing and adding of a new HVAC system  to the hiring of new personnel. These changes are nowhere more evident than in Archives and Special Collections where two new people have joined that department’s team. Ashley Toutain started as the new Archives Special Collections Assistant in October and Amanda Makula began as the new Digital Initiatives Librarian in December of 2016.

Here’s what they do in their own words:

Amanda: Hello! I’m the new Digital Initiatives Librarian and Liaison to Ethnic Studies. One of the big components of my job is working with Digital@USanDiego, the open access institutional repository. What’s an “institutional repository,” you ask? It’s a platform for the research and creative work — articles, images, electronic theses and dissertations, videos, journals, conference proceedings, audio files, and many other materials — produced by the students, staff, and faculty at USD. Because it’s open access, anything published in Digital@SanDiego is freely accessible to anyone anywhere with an Internet connection. My favorite part of the job is talking with people about the unique projects they are working on, and how those projects might benefit from the worldwide audience, scholarly impact, and permanent preservation that Digital@USanDiego offers. If you are interested in learning more, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email:


Ashley: As the Archives/Special Collections Assistant, I spend the majority of my day uncovering historically valuable documents to help researchers like you discover what the Archives has to offer. While digging through these records, I create research guides (Finding Aids) that describe each collection, and work to ensure that the records will be preserved as long as possible. The best parts of my job are when I discover new letters and artifacts related to the earliest days of the University’s history.

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From everyone at Copley Library, we wish you the best for 2017!

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Want to Close the Book on Finals Week? Copley has What you Need.

Final exams are in full swing at the University of San Diego and in this post we highlight a few ways Copley Library is helping students successfully close the book on finals week.


Need a healthy snack to boost your brain during your late night studies? Stop by our Access Services Desk and grab a snack courtesy of Associated Students.


Need some last minute tips on citing a paper or locating a scholarly article? Stop by our reference desk or click the”Ask a Librarian”icon on our homepage.


Need a charger to keep your laptop humming and your phone buzzing? Our friendly Access Services Staff can hook you up.


Need a quiet place to nap, err, study? We have you covered 24/7 until  12/20/16 and we have group study space too.

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Accessing Copley Library Resources During Your Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break is only a week away! Whether you are traveling for the break or staying in San Diego, you may feel like you have major work to accomplish over your holiday. Research papers, take-home tests, and lots of reading – but at least it will be according to your schedule.

How can Copley Library help you with your schoolwork when you are away from campus? Try using our many resources that are available to you online with your USDOne login. From the library homepage, you can access ejournals, databases, and search our catalog for ebooks that might help you with your work during break.

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What else can you do from our website? Check out our Research Guides – these guides are often subject specific or task-related, so you can find helpful research tips on everything from Anthropology to Citing Sources. You can even search across all of our guides to see if you are missing something crucial to your work.


The library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 23. If you find that you just need to get to the library before classes begin again after Thanksgiving, we re-open at noon on Sunday, November 27 and return to our regular open hours until our 24-hour open building schedule begins closer to finals.

Safe travels and have a great break!

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