New eBooks at Gleeson

December 12th, 2017 by Justine Withers No comments »

Read about multiculturalism, postcolonialism, Japanese music, content warnings in education, video games, and sports—then build a website about it—with these recently purchased eBooks:

For technical assistance in reading eBooks:

Unlimited users: An unlimited number of people can read or download the eBook at one time.
1 User: Only one person can read or download the eBook at a time.
3 User: Up to three people can read or download the eBook at a time.
Multiple copies: A certain number of loans are available each year. After a free browse period of ten minutes, downloading, copying or printing from the ebook is a loan.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Review

December 8th, 2017 by Jocelyn Esquivias No comments »

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of the womanHenriettawhose cells led a scientific revolution. Henrietta died from cervical cancer in 1951, but her cells are still used in many laboratories to this day. This book takes you through the life of Henrietta as well her children’s lives after her death. At the same time, in a parallel fashion, we learn about the many scientific advances that were made with the use of  Henrietta’s cells, which are known as HeLa cells. The ethical implications of this scientific practice are questioned throughout the book because her cells were taken without her consent. Many scientists profited and became famous in the scientific community by experimenting on Henrietta’s cells, while her family lived in poverty and suffered from health complications. Her descendants were unable to afford medical attention, yet many of the medical advances of the time traced back to Henrietta.


As biology student I think this book is fundamental to our education. I have been studying biology for the past three years, and I’ve had many lectures describing HeLa cells and the experiments they have been used for. I did not know that HeLa cells were named after Henrietta Lacks, a woman of color whose cells were taken without her consent.

This book is great for anyone who wants to know more about the ethics of science as well as the history of HeLa cells.

In addition to reading the book, you can watch a couple videos Gleeson Library owns. The library recently acquired HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey. The library also has a CBS news recording featuring the story of Henrietta Lacks called The Gift of Life by Jason Sacca. Both of these videos are available at the Circulation Desk of the library.

Heading image, “HeLa” by Sarah R

New Oxford Handbooks Online for December 2017

December 7th, 2017 by Justine Withers No comments »

New Oxford Handbooks are available. The scholarly review articles in Oxford Handbooks provide both a solid foundation and the latest research in a field.

Gleeson Library has access to the following collections:

Wednesday Wisdom

December 6th, 2017 by courtneycrother No comments »

“The freedom of any society varies proportionately with the volume of its laughter”

Rosenberg, M. S. (1978).(94). Quotations for the New Age. Secaucus, N.J: Citadel Press.

Image: Laughter by David Bergin

Furriends for Finals: SPCA Therapy Dogs are Visiting Gleeson!

December 4th, 2017 by Colette Hayes No comments »


Dog shaking hands with a human.
Photo by Shawn Calhoun

Are final papers, projects, and exams finding you a bit stressed? Gleeson has some friends visiting the library this week (and next!) to help with that. Take a study break and relax with some therapy dogs (and their super awesome humans) from the San Francisco SPCA!

Wrigley, Tessa Rose, Brixton, Ollie, and Callie will take turns visiting the library on:

  • Wednesday, December 6th, 1-3pm
  • Monday, December 11th, 1-3pm
  • and Tuesday, December 12th, 1-3pm

Stop by the first floor lobby of Gleeson to say hi and hang out with these amazing pups!