Please join us for Open Access Week!

October 19th, 2018 by charlotterock No comments »

Next week we’ll be holding three events for international Open Access Week: Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.

How to publish in open access venues with CRASE
Tuesday, October 23 at 2:30pm
Gleeson Library Electronic Classroom Room 139
This interactive workshop will address the fear and uncertainty around open access to demystify the new publishing landscape. We will cover traditional publishing models, why open access exists, and how to publish in open access journals and make your work available to the world. Please bring your laptops!

“Paywall� Documentary Screening and Donuts
Wednesday, October 24 at 4pm
Gleeson Library Active Learning Classroom Room 213
Have you ever clicked on an article, seen a request for payment, and just closed the whole thing? This documentary “focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.�

OpenStax and Open Education Resources Webinar with CTE
Tuesday, October 30 at 2:30pm
Gleeson Library Electronic Classroom Room 139
OpenStax is a nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University that has created 29 textbooks for AP and college courses that are freely and openly available for anyone to use. Please attend to learn more about their resources.

RSVP appreciated at  Or email Charlotte Roh at

Campus FrankenFest Begins Today at Gleeson Library | Geschke Center

October 18th, 2018 by Colette Hayes No comments »

According to the Shelley-Godwin archive, Mary Shelley conceived of her famous novel, Frankenstein, during a summer stay in Geneva that sounds like the summers we know in San Francisco: cold.

A year and a half later, in January of 1818, Shelley anonymously published the novel, and the rest is history — a rich history, of Frankenstein scholarship and artistic interpretations including books, films, and recently even a ballet, proving that Shelley’s masterpiece is as relevant as ever to audiences today.

FrankenFest: A Campus-Wide Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of  the novel — organized by USF’s English Department — begins this week with the opening of a Student/Faculty curated exhibit “On the Bicentenary of Frankenstein: Mary Shelley and her Contemporaries” in the  Donahue Rare Book Room of Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center.

This opening will be immediately followed by a Science and Social Science Faculty Panel (Dissecting the Modern Man) at 5 pm in the Berman Room in Fromm, as well as several other events over the next two weeks.

I’m particularly excited about Franken-Reads, a campus-wide reading of the ENTIRE novel on Oct. 31st in the K-Hall Amphitheater starting at 9am. We’ll be in good company; the Library of Congress is also reading the novel aloud on Halloween (and live-streaming it!).

Frankenstein_3 copy

“On the Bicentenary of Frankenstein: Mary Shelley and her Contemporaries” will run in the Rare Book Room through December 14th. For more information about the exhibit, visit: Gleeson has also pulled out our print copy of Mary Shelley’s letters, some books about her life, and other material related to the 200th anniversary of the novel — you can find that display on the first floor.

Fall Break Media Recommendations

October 15th, 2018 by varelaariana No comments »

Hey All,

Here are some media recommendations from the students over at the Reference Desk. The students recommended two books and a movie suitable for a long weekend with some extra lounging time.

1. Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

This book is proof that it’s definitely possible to like and dislike a book at the same time. 81cAi-RIjcLTurtles All the Way Down is a hard book to read because the emotions in it are so raw and you feel for Aza, the main character, when things don’t go right. It’s not a happy book, but it’s consuming, interesting, and a book that people should read for mental health awareness.  – Molly Creagar


2. Grave of the Fireflies – Isao Takahata

p158931_v_v8_aaThis movie is a touching story about a boy who lives with his mother and little sister during WWII and how he must take care of his sister after the heart wrenching death of his mother and father. This story will play on your heart like it’s the world’s saddest violin. I highly recommend it for its ability to not only grab your attention emotionally but also mentally. The film makes you appreciate the things that you have, no matter what size they come in.  – Danni McCorkle


3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

This is a coming of age novel that centers around Charlie, a high school freshman in the 61pzzHtaTPL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_90’s. It is written in a letter format as if Charlie is writing to you, which makes the novel feel a lot more as if you’re talking to a friend. It consists of a lot of ups and downs, but they’re well worth it by the end. It’s been one of my favorite novels since I was 12 years old. A book that’ll touch your heart, hope you enjoy!  – Juliana Molina


Therapy Dogs Are Here to Help With Midterms

October 1st, 2018 by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto No comments »

Take a break from midterms and come meet some adorable pups, shake some paws and snuggle up. Join us on Wednesday, October 10th at the Gleeson Library lobby, any time between 1PM-2:30PM.

We have been partnering with SPCA for the past 5 years bringing you Furriends for Finals. Our first SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) outreach event began December in the Fall of 2013! During finals week, we have welcomed SPCA volunteers and their friendly adorable pups at Gleeson library. AAT volunteers and canine companions go through training and a certification program that evaluates and affirms that the team meets all Animal Assisted Therapy requirements. Goals of the AAT program are to facilitate communication, healing and motivation through animal companionship and interaction.

Coming into our 5 year mark we bring you Furriends for Midterms! We could all use a little more love and animal therapy this year, and Gleeson has you covered.




Feast of St. Jerome

October 1st, 2018 by Anders Lyon No comments »

The feast day of St. Jerome – Sunday, September 30th – is upon us! Gleeson Library celebrates St. Jerome because he is the patron saint of libraries, librarians, and scholars. Born in 347 and died circa 419, Jerome devoted his life to asceticism, monastic studies, and biblical scholarship. His most notable work is a Latin translation of the Bible, the Vulgate. He is also known for his many Scripture commentaries and historical writings.

Painting of St. Jerome with skull and lion
Jacopo Palma il Giovane’s Francesco St. Jerome (c.1590-1595).The Albertine Collection/Public Domain

St. Jerome has made numerous appearances in Christian art. Jacopo Palma il Giovane’s 16th century painting features many of the stories and motifs associated with Jerome. Here, he is seated outside of the grotto, or cave, where he spent the last several years of his life studying and writing. He was a member of the clergy, so he is draped in a cardinal’s red cloth. The lion at his feet is a reference to the belief that Jerome tamed a lion by removing a thorn from its paw. Finally, the skull, a popular motif in Christian art, is a reminder that life is transient and death is certain.

We at Gleeson Library have a long tradition of honoring St. Jerome. A display has been setup in the lobby of the library and features several books about the saint from our collection. We have also constructed a cave entrance and provided some saintly costume accessories. Help us celebrate Jerome’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge and truth by browsing the display and posting photos of yourself at Jerome’s cave! If you post a photo, be sure to select Gleeson Library as your location and #stjerome2018 as your hashtag.