Highlights from our Open Education Program & Open Access Policy

January 23rd, 2019 by varelaariana No comments »

Here at Gleeson we have some amazing programs/initiatives surrounding Open Education and Open Access. Here are quick overviews of what these programs are and how faculty can best utilize them.

A Quick Overview of the Open Education Resources (OER) Program

In 2018, Gleeson Library | Geschke Center piloted a new program to increase the use of open (or free) educational materials in the classroom to alleviate the high cost of textbooks for students.

The need for a textbook costs solution was confirmed by a survey of students conducted by Deepshika Verma. Open Education Student Assistant. Over 400 students filled out the survey, and 83% of students answered “Yes� to the question, “Have you ever not purchased a textbook due to its cost?�


Students also recognized faculty who were making efforts in this area. These faculty were then invited to apply for funding to better address this issue in their classes.

picture1The first round of funding had three faculty participants: Bhavya Mohan from the School of Management, Giacomo Fiore from the Music program, and Jonathan Hunt from the Department of Rhetoric and Language. The report on their efforts can be found as a slide deck on the USF OER library guide website at https://guides.usfca.edu/c.php?g=817049&p=6418512.


We are now in our second round of funding for the 2019 calendar year. Many thanks to the faculty who engaged with this effort, the many OER supporters on campus, and the students who are passionate about their access to education.

A Quick Overview of the University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA) Open Access Policy

Last spring, the University of San Francisco Faculty Association Policy Board moved to pass an open access policy “so that faculty can deposit their work in the institutional repository hosted by the USF Gleeson Library | Geschke Center in order to make our work available to the campus and the world.� (USFFA Policy Board minutes, May 2, 2018)

We here at Gleeson Library are excited to implement the first open access to be passed by any Jesuit institution and further the USF social justice mission in bringing equitable access to research to all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What do I do?

A1: Simply submit your pre- or post-print author manuscript (i.e., final draft) to the Scholarship Repository at https://repository.usfca.edu/  or email it to repository@office.usfca.edu.

Q2: Do I have to publish with an open access journal?

A2: Nope! You can publish wherever you want.

Q3: Do I have to be a USFFA member to participate?

A3: No, but the process is different. Email repository@office.usfca.edu and we can help you look up your copyrights and the permissions around your work.

Q4: I don’t want to participate. What do I do?

A4: Let us know and we’ll give you a form waiving your rights and keep it on file. That’s it!

Q5: How does this work with copyright? Are you sure this is okay?

A5: The illustration below might be helpful in understanding how this works with copyright. Many other institutions have adopted similar policies. You can see the full list of United States institutions adoptees at http://roarmap.eprints.org/view/country/840.html.


Systems Spotlight

January 19th, 2019 by varelaariana No comments »

At Gleeson Library we’ve recently revamped our Systems department to support resource discovery and library operations. As part of this reconfiguration we hired two new librarians, Brian Schumacher and Anders Lyon. Please join us in welcoming them! I asked Brian and Anders a few questions to help the University community get to know them and the work that they do.

Brian Schumacher – Systems Librarian


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!img_0630

I began working as the Systems Librarian at Gleeson Library in October 2018. Before coming to USF, I was the Systems & Online Resources Librarian at the Academy of Art University here in San Francisco. And before becoming interested in library science and pursuing an MLIS, I completed undergrad degrees in visual arts and art history at the University of Minnesota, and later earned an MA in art history from UC San Diego and advanced to PhD candidacy in the same program.  

Outside of work, I have sought out projects that touch upon aspects of my past art history experience and some of the areas of librarianship that I am interested in such as digital archiving and preservation, visual resources, and artists books. I was the Digital Asset Management System intern at SFMOMA, and have been involved with digital archiving projects at Maximum Rocknroll, an internationally distributed music magazine based in San Francisco, and at Artists’ Television Access, a 35 year old film and art space located in the Mission.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I have done ceramics at the Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate park for the last few years. I mostly make functional objects such as cups, plates and bowls.

  1. What is your favorite place in the library?

I have two. The first is the newspapers and periodicals area on the second floor. Even though we can now get so much information immediately online, I think having access to all of these national and international newspapers in print is a great resource. The second is the stairwell towards the back of the library, which was part of the original Gleeson building. I am a fan of midcentury institutional architecture and the stairs have great handrails, terrazzo floors, and period appropriate paintings that you pass as you ascend/descend the stairs.

  1. What do you do at Gleeson?

I am the Systems Librarian. One of the central aspects of the my position is managing and configuring the integrated library system and making sure it works with other systems that we use in the library. I also troubleshoot access problems, oversee software upgrades, and work to improve discoverability of library resources for our patrons.

  1. What is one thing you would like faculty to takeaway?

Much of the work that we do in the Systems Department is behind the scenes, but we are always working to improve the experience for our library faculty and students!

Anders Lyon – User Experience Librarian


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself! IMG_0626.jpg

I’m a hoosier transplant. I have a BA in art history from Indiana University Bloomington and a MLIS from San Jose State University. I’ve worked in libraries in various capacities since 2004, starting with my first library job shelving, shifting, and searching for missing books in the research stacks at IU’s Herman B. Wells Library. In 2010, I moved to San Francisco and worked in access services and operations at Academy of Art University Library. I got back to my old stacks roots in 2015 when I joined Gleeson Library as stacks coordinator. I also worked briefly as a systems library assistant before becoming User Experience/Web Design Librarian in October 2018.

It was through my coursework at SJSU and my work experience at USF that I became interested in library technology and systems. My professional interests include information architecture, web design, service design, and critical librarianship.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

In addition to my work in the systems department, I work closely with fellow librarian Matthew Collins on the Gleeson Zine Library. It’s a small, but growing collection of zines on a variety of topics. There is some emphasis on social justice and critical theory. We host zine workshops and instructional sessions, so please let us know if you would like to bring in your class. And if you make zines yourself, consider donating a copy!

  1. What is your favorite place in the library?

My favorite place in the library is where the action is! And where there’s hardly any action at all. I like to see how people are using (and not using) the library websites and physical spaces. This information is crucial to understanding the needs of library users and identifying what improvements can be made to library services. In my new role, I look forward to engaging directly from library users about their experiences.

And I’ll always love the stacks. I’ve spent tons of time in the stacks here at Gleeson and many other libraries. Also a fav: the Gleeson Zine Library.

  1. What do you do at Gleeson?

As the User Experience/Web Design Librarian, I am responsible for the library’s various web interfaces. This includes the main library website, resource catalogs, room booking system, etc. I develop strategies for evaluating and assessing our websites, as well as implement methods for improving usability, accessibility, and inclusion.

As a member of the systems departement, I provide general troubleshooting support for library systems. I also support the implementation of new systems (such as our new authentication service, OpenAthens.)

  1. What is one thing you would like faculty to takeaway?

If you encounter an error, let us know!



Intersession and Spring 2019 Library Hours

January 3rd, 2019 by jmariconi No comments »

Gleeson Library | Geschke Center Hours

Intersession & Spring 2019

Intersession: Wednesday, January 2 – Monday, January 21

Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day Closed
Monday, January 21, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closed

Spring Semester: Tuesday, January 22 – Sunday, May 19

Sunday Open at 12:00 Noon
Monday – Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Close at 8:00 PM
Saturday  10:00 AM – 8:00 PM*

*The library will open at 8:00 AM on the following Saturdays for Teaching Weekend classes:
1/26; 2/9; 2/23; 3/2; 3/9; 3/23; 3/30; 4/6; 4/13 and 5/4.

Tuesday, January 22 Open at 8:00 AM

President’s Day
Sunday, February 17 12:00 Noon – 8:00 PM
Monday, February 18 Closed
Tuesday, February 19 Open at 8:00 AM

Spring Break
Sunday, March 10 12:00 Noon – 8:00 PM
Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, March 16 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, March 17 Open at 12:00 Noon

Easter Holiday
Thursday, April 18 Close at 4:00 PM
Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21 Closed
Monday, April 22 Open at 8:00 AM

Finals/End of Semester
Friday, May 10 – Wednesday, May 15 Open 24 Hours
Thursday, May 16 Close at 9:00 PM
Friday, May 17 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 18 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 19 Closed

Atrium Extended Hours

The Gleeson Library atrium is open for study 24/7 (valid student ID required) from the first week of the term through the end of finals.


Donohue Rare Book Room

Hours: Mon – Fri – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

usfca.edu/library/specialcollections or (415) 422-2036

Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.


Library Hours are also available at:

libcal.usfca.edu/hours or (415) 422-2044


Winter Break Book Recommendations

December 18th, 2018 by varelaariana No comments »

Here are some book recommendations for your Winter Break reading needs. Courtesy of Reference Student Assistants!

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

This book is an intimate and inspiring memoir by former First Lady, Michelle Obama. 9781524763138_p0_v6_s550x406She invites readers into her world, and chronicles the personal experiences that she’s had throughout her lifetime. Not only does she provide an open and honest insight about her roots, she also describes how she found her voice, her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and many other accomplishments. She even gives advice to her readers throughout the book! My favorite quote is, “Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there’s more growing to be done.” If you admire Michelle Obama like I do, you will love this book!

-Jacqueline Cao

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has traits from various literary genres, touching heavily 268x0won non-fiction, fantasy, and allegorical/metaphorical topics. The premise of the novel is on the pessimistic side. It tells the story of a young boy named Conor O’Malley and the monster that visits him every night in order to get the truth about Conor’s feelings regarding his mother’s terminal illness. The monster tells Conor stories every night, each story a lesson of how life can be unfair but full of rich experiences. The writing style of the book is intriguing as it sounds formal and elegant when the monster talks, but reverts back to a casual tone when Conor talks. Though at times it can be a painful read, it is an incredibly beautiful and thought-provoking one. Each story that the monster tells goes against a lot of popular beliefs or romanticized feelings towards well-known stories and instead offers some reality.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • “Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.â€� ‘
  • “You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.â€�
  • “To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.â€�

– Juliana Molina

You can also search for and request these books via Link+ if available.

Therapy Pups Return!

December 4th, 2018 by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto No comments »

Finals are upon us and that can only mean one thing…Furriends for Finals! The adorable therapy pups would like to help you de-stress as we close out the Fall Semester. Our SPCA AAT visits begin Wednesday, December 5th at 2PM.  Drop by Gleeson Lobby any time and stay as long as you’d like.

Visits will continue until the end of the week, concluding Monday of next week. Mark your calendars!

Gleeson Library Lobby

Wednesday, December 5  2PM-3:30PM
Thursday, December 6  2PM-3:30PM
Friday, December 7  2PM-3:30PM
Monday, December 10  2PM-3:30PM