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Library Addition and Renovation Planned

Posted by UCSB Library on June 30, 2011

We are excited for an upcoming renovation of the current two-story section of Davidson Library, as well as a new addition. This endeavor will allow us to upgrade and expand study spaces and services.

Some of the new features include:

  • An expanded 24-hour study room
  • Dedicate group work and quiet reading spaces
  • More power outlets
  • More computers
  • A new Art Library
  • A new Special Collections Facility

Construction is scheduled to begin January 2012. You’ll start seeing many changes around the building over the next few months as we prepare for construction.

For more information please visit our construction website.

No student fees are being used for this project.

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UCSB Launches New Digital Collections Site

Posted by UCSB Library on June 30, 2011

With more than 500,000 volumes, photographs, and early sound recordings –– not to mention 16,000 linear feet of manuscripts –– many of the holdings in the Special Collections Department of UC Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library date back to periods well in advance of modern technology. A few thousand of those items have been brought into the 21st century thanks to the new Digital Library, which makes the images and audio recordings available to anyone with an Internet connection.

The UCSB Digital Collections features thousands of digitized items from the library’s unique and rare collections, including:

  • Original photographs
  • Music and images
  • Personal archives
  • Historic audio recordings
  • Artistic posters
  • Original scores
  • And more!

The digital collections is a resource allowing scholars and users to explore these materials anywhere they have an internet collection, and teachers to bring the archives into their classrooms. The Digital Library is available at:  http://digital.library.ucsb.edu.

For more information on the exhibit, see the campus press release.

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Free Massages Will Return in the Fall!

Posted by UCSB Libraries on June 6, 2011

Due to popular demand, the Wellness Center’s free chair massages will be back Fall Quarter, every Tuesday from 12-1pm in the front lobby of Davidson Library.

Our masseuse is taking a much-needed break over the summer.

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Exhibit in Special Collections: Framing the Word: The Making of the Modern Bible, c. 1250-1611

Posted by UCSB Library on May 30, 2011

Twenty-seven rare books and manuscripts from the 13th through 17th centuries are on display in the special collections department of Davidson Library at UC Santa Barbara. Together they trace the history of the modern Bible, from its beginnings as a series of partial manuscripts to the single volume format that exists today.

The exhibit, titled “Framing the Word: The Making of the Modern Bible, c. 1250-1611,” is curated by Sharon Farmer, professor of history at UCSB, and a group of six UCSB undergraduate students, all of whom are majoring in history. Despite their historical significance, the special collections exhibit marks the first time most of these books have been presented to the public.

A conference relating to the exhibit will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 27, in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building at UCSB. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit, see the campus press release.

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Students Speak About Making the Library More Eco-friendly (Tuesday, May 17)

Posted by UCSB Library on May 10, 2011

The Program for the Assessment and Certification for the Environment and Sustainability (PACES) has concluded their building assessment of UCSB’s Davidson Library and will be presenting their results to the public. This presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. in classroom 1575 of Davidson Library.

All are welcome to attend this presentation to learn about Davidson Library’s current building practices (such as waste diversion, purchasing, and energy use), new recycling system, and ways that building patrons may help increase the library’s sustainability.

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Poetry Reading in the Library

Posted by UCSB Library on March 25, 2011

Ahhhh, take an hour, sit back, and listen to poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. A reading by three local published poets (back by popular demand):   Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Bob Krut, and Teddy Macker.  They will be joined by two UCSB student poets — Alyssa Ogi and Elizabeth Powers.

Tuesday, April 26th, 12-1:00pm
Group Commons Room
Davidson Library, 1st floor

They’ll discuss their craft of poetry writing as well as read selections from their works.

Sojourner Kincaid Rolle’s poetry includes six chapbooks, inclusion in various anthologies and literary journals, and a body of uncollected work, some of which has been choreographed for dance presentation and performed as theater. She has been a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence, and a California Arts in Corrections teacher, and has served as the community outreach coordinator for the UCSB Center for Black Studies. She was appointed Poet Laureate for AfriGeneas and has inspired young poets in Santa Barbara and throughout the country as a speaker and writing workshop teacher.

Bob Krut teaches in UCSB’s Writing Program, and also teaches creative writing and literature with the College of Creative Studies. He is the author of The Spider Sermons (BlazeVOX Books, 2009) and of the chapbook Theory of the Walking Big Bang, and his poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Mid-American Review, among others, as well as the online journals 42opus, Tarpaulin Sky, and Blackbird.  His work was anthologized in Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin.

Teddy Macker teaches in the Writing Program and the College of Creative Studies. The recipient of a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine, he has published his work—poems, translations, essays, and short stories—in the Antioch Review, New Letters, Orion, Poetry East, the Seneca Review, the Southern Humanities Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Sun, and elsewhere. Among his honors is the Reginald S. Tickner Fellowship of the Gilman School in Baltimore.

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UCSB Reads Author, Rebecca Skloot, to Speak on Campus

Posted by UCSB Library on March 24, 2011

Rebecca Skloot, author of this years UCSB Reads book

There are still tickets available for this year’s UCSB Reads author’s lecture.  Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be speaking on Monday, April 11, at 8 pm in Campbell Hall.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and $10 for the general public.  To purchase tickets by phone, call the Arts & Lectures Office at (805) 893-3535.  Tickets can also be purchased online through the Arts & Lectures website.  If tickets are purchased in person in advance at the Arts & Lectures Ticket Office the service fee is waved.

Join us for a fascinating lecture about this year’s UCSB Reads book.

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Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads: A Panel Discussion

Posted by UCSB Library on March 24, 2011

Join us for a panel discussion on scholarly publishing.

Thursday, April 28 / 3:30–5:00pm
Mary Cheadle Room
3rd Floor
Davidson Library

  • To what extent do interdisciplinary approaches to research allow scholars and librarians to capitalize on new opportunities in creative ways?
  • How do we prepare for a new future of circulating and sharing knowledge?
  • What should graduate student scholars expect of their publishing future?
  • What questions should we be asking?

CISM (The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music) invites the UCSB community of scholars, students, and librarians to explore the significant crossroads we now reach as the world of publishing (and how we document, publicize, and share research) changes rapidly before us.

This sponsored discussion presents an opportunity for dialogue with representatives from the UCSB Library who will share their knowledge, experiences, and perspectives on how changes in scholarly publishing impact UCSB and the entire academic community.

A joint CISM/Library event

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Exhibition: “Roots of Community: African American Activism in Santa Barbara”

Posted by UCSB Library on February 1, 2011

Check out  “Roots of Community: African American Activism in Santa Barbara” at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 21 W. Anapamu St.  This new exhibition focuses on the African-American leaders of Santa Barbara and their legacy of activism for civic improvement, equity, and social justice.

Materials for the exhibition were organized by the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives in the UCSB Library

An opening reception will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 18.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library and Museum is open 12-4pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

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What’s Your Opinion? The Ethics of Human Cell Research

Posted by UCSB Library on January 30, 2011

Share your opinions, thoughts, and questions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or issues related to identity, genetic research and ethics, medical access and poverty, or other related topics.

Read what the experts on campus say and respond with your thoughts.

Dr. Michael Witherell, Vice Chancellor for Research, writes about the ethics of using human cells in research.  Go to the UCSB Reads site to read Dr. Witherell’s essay, and use the “comments” link at the bottom of that page to join in the conversation.

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