Archive for January, 2016

Tours of Gleeson Library

January 21st, 2016

Curious about Gleeson Library? Want to learn more about the library and all of the services we offer? Come on a library tour–there’s no need to sign up, just join us. We meet inside the library, in the lobby at the fountain. The tours last about 30 minutes, and a library staff member will take you around the building and show you how Gleeson can help you. They are scheduled for:

Friday  January 22nd @ 4:15pm

Monday January 25th @ 1pm

Tuesday January 26th @ 2pm

Wednesday January 27th @ 10am

Thursday January 28th @ 12 noon

Friday January 29th @ 3pm


The First State Library Associations

January 21st, 2016

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. It was one of the first state library associations created in the nation. However, there was a question about the exact order of the creation of these state library associations. I did some research on this topic and came up with the following information. The New Hampshire Library Association claims to be the first state library association, but a case can also be made that the New York Library Association was the first. New Hampshire’s claim rests on the fact that the New Hampshire state legislature passed a law on August 16, 1889 specifically authorizing the creation of a state library association. However, it was not until September 12, 1890, while meeting with the American Library Association in White Mountains, NH, that a group initiated the formation of the New Hampshire Library Association under the new law. Meanwhile under the leadership of Melvil Dewey, New York, with the knowledge of and based on the New Hampshire law, took action to create a state library association on July 11, 1890. Notwithstanding New Hampshire’s claim to be number one, I think from a technical/legal perspective New York has the edge. Iowa claims to be the second state library association created (after New York). It took actions in this regard on September 2, 1890. Based on Iowa's claim and date of establishment, New Hampshire would actually be the third state library association to be legally established. The Massachusetts Library Club was created on October 22, 1890, and the New Jersey Library Association was created on Dec. 29, 1890.  Wisconsin became the sixth state library association to be created on February 11, 1891 followed closely by Connecticut on February 23, 1891, and Maine on March 1, 1891. A flood of state library associations followed in the next decade under the encouragement of Melvil Dewey and the American Library Association.

Sources:

Adamovich, Shirley Gray, ed. The Road Taken, The New Hampshire Library Association 1889-1989 (The New Hampshire Library Association, 1989).

Wiegand, Wayne A. Irrepressible Reformer, A Biography of Melvil Dewey (Americal Library Association, 1996).

Iowa Library Association website.

Dewey, Melvil. “Notes on American and State Library Associations”, Library Journal (June, 1891) p. 169-170.

Fairchild, S.C. “Outline of Modern Library Movement in America With Most Important Foreign Events”, Library Journal (February, 1901) p. 73-75. 



The First State Library Associations

January 21st, 2016

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. It was one of the first state library associations created in the nation. However, there was a question about the exact order of the creation of these state library associations. I did some research on this topic and came up with the following information. The New Hampshire Library Association claims to be the first state library association, but a case can also be made that the New York Library Association was the first. New Hampshire’s claim rests on the fact that the New Hampshire state legislature passed a law on August 16, 1889 specifically authorizing the creation of a state library association. However, it was not until September 12, 1890, while meeting with the American Library Association in White Mountains, NH, that a group initiated the formation of the New Hampshire Library Association under the new law. Meanwhile under the leadership of Melvil Dewey, New York, with the knowledge of and based on the New Hampshire law, took action to create a state library association on July 11, 1890. Notwithstanding New Hampshire’s claim to be number one, I think from a technical/legal perspective New York has the edge. Iowa claims to be the second state library association created (after New York). It took actions in this regard on September 2, 1890. Based on Iowa's claim and date of establishment, New Hampshire would actually be the third state library association to be legally established. The Massachusetts Library Club was created on October 22, 1890, and the New Jersey Library Association was created on Dec. 29, 1890.  Wisconsin became the sixth state library association to be created on February 11, 1891 followed closely by Connecticut on February 23, 1891, and Maine on March 1, 1891. A flood of state library associations followed in the next decade under the encouragement of Melvil Dewey and the American Library Association.

Sources:

Adamovich, Shirley Gray, ed. The Road Taken, The New Hampshire Library Association 1889-1989 (The New Hampshire Library Association, 1989).

Wiegand, Wayne A. Irrepressible Reformer, A Biography of Melvil Dewey (Americal Library Association, 1996).

Iowa Library Association website.

Dewey, Melvil. “Notes on American and State Library Associations”, Library Journal (June, 1891) p. 169-170.

Fairchild, S.C. “Outline of Modern Library Movement in America With Most Important Foreign Events”, Library Journal (February, 1901) p. 73-75. 



MFA in Writing Department Library Showcases USF Authors

January 19th, 2016

To step into the University of San Francisco Master of Fine Arts in Writing office is to see immediate proof of the program’s success. The bookcases of the department library proudly display the most recent publications by USF MFAW alumni and faculty. Liz Iversen, program assistant, maintains the department library as a resource for students and faculty in the MFA program, providing the added benefit of promoting the program to prospective students.

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Liz Iversen, Program Assistant for Master of Fine Arts in Writing Department

Liz receives frequent updates from alumni and tracks faculty author readings to find new works with USF MFAW connections. She adds these to the collection along with works from authors who participate in the Emerging Writers Festival and MFA Reading Series. Rounding out the collection are journals, periodicals, indexes, and classic writing reference books.

Liz coordinates an active presence on Twitter and Facebook. Daily posts announce new acquisitions, free magazines, and USF literary events. She notes followers from on campus and around the world.

Liz’s strong connection with alumni is an important resource for Reference Librarian Colette Hayes as she develops Gleeson’s literature collection.

Future goals for the MFAW library include creating online access to the library’s list of titles to increase visibility. Liz also looks forward to partnering with Gleeson Library on events. And as always, the MFAW office will continue collecting works by faculty and alumni. So keep on writing!

Follow the USF MFAW program on Facebook and on Twitter.

Does your department have a library? We’d love to hear about it. Contact Justine Withers at jwithers2@usfca.edu.

Just the Facts
Started Early 2000s
Size Four bookcases
Open to MFA in Writing students, faculty and staff, and alumni
Circulation policy One month plus one renewal
Collection Works by current and recent MFA instructors; writers who have read on campus, including the Emerging Writers Festival and MFA Reading Series; journals and periodicals; writing reference

 


Library Systems Downtime on Saturday

January 15th, 2016

Library systems will experience necessary upgrades on Saturday, January 16 beginning after 10 AM and lasting an estimated 4 to 6 hours.

Systems that will be unavailable during this time include:

  • Library Databases from off-campus (on-campus access will still be available)
  • Library Catalog
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Your Library Record

Fusion will remain available for searching, but not for full-text retrieval.

Please contact us if you have questions.