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The 2019 Gleeson Library Scholarship Roundup

January 25th, 2020

As we welcome in the new year and reflect on all that was accomplished in 2019, we would like to highlight the amazing scholarly activities from Gleeson Library faculty and staff and share them with the USF community.

The 2019 Gleeson Library Scholarship Roundup includes conference presentations, articles, posters, and other creative endeavors produced by Gleeson Library faculty and staff, organized by scholarship category. Let’s take a moment to recognize and congratulate our colleagues on their inspiring scholarly work for 2019.

If you are interested in previous years of scholarship by Gleeson Library faculty and staff, please check out our collection in the USF Scholarship Repository. Perhaps you will discover an area of mutual interest or cause for collaboration.


Shawn Calhoun

Calhoun, S. P., Cribbins-Kulkin, K. A., & Favaloro, J. (2019, March 28). Throw out your books: Designing libraries for their new roles [Conference presentation]. Society for College and University Planning, Pacific Regional Conference, Boulder, CO, United States.

Calhoun, S. (2019, September 25). Presentation 01 [Symposium]. PechaKucha Challenge and Happy Hour, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Calhoun, S. (2019, October 19). Presentation 02 [Symposium]. CelebrateUSF PechaKucha Faculty Challenge, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Shelley Carr

Carr, S. (2019, September 13). Trying to make it free: Results from a national survey [Paper presentation]. The Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference, Portland, OR, United States.

Patrick Dunagan

Dunagan, P. J. (2019, June 14). O for some high blown language release: Lynn Lonidier’s Robert Duncan [Paper presentation]. “Passages”: The Robert Duncan Centennial Conference, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France.

Amy Gilgan

Gilgan, A. (2019, June 12-14). Transgender allyship in library instruction [Conference session]. Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group and Medical Library Group of Southern California Joint Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Gilgan, A. (2019, October 4). Transgender allyship in libraries [Conference session]. Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley (LAUC-B) Conference, Berkeley, CA, United States. 

John Hawk

Hawk, J. (2019, May 6). Exhibition introduction [Presentation]. The Artistry of Mallette Dean: A Selection from the Sperisen Library, Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Hawk, J. (2019, December 17). Book introduction [Presentation]. Sporting Oregon: A Pictorial History of Early Oregon Sports by Brian S. Campf, Portland, OR, United States. 

Sherise Kimura

Kimura, S.S., & Lyons, A.G. (2019, March). Short on staff and time: An OpenAthens implementation [Paper presentation]. Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, Austin, TX, United States.

Anders Lyons

Kimura, S.S., & Lyons, A.G. (2019, March). Short on staff and time: An OpenAthens implementation [Paper presentation]. Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, Austin, TX, United States.

Annie Pho

Pho, A., Chou, R., & Moore, A. A. (2019, April 12). Making the connection: Invisible labor and radical self-care for women of color librarians [Conference session]. ACRL 2019, Cleveland, OH, United States.

Romero, R., Worsham, D., & Pho, A. (2019, May 10). Better together: Student-led collaborative media creation [Conference session]. LOEX Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Pho, A. (2019, October 4). We want more: Unpacking research in academic librarianship [Opening keynote]. Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley (LAUC-B) Conference, Berkeley, CA, United States.

Pho, A. (2019, November, 15). Creating space: Unpacking neutrality in research [Conference session]. Keeping it ReAL 2019 Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Claire Sharifi

Sharifi, C. (2019, June 13). Scholarly publishing, information dissemination, and doctor of nursing practice students [Paper presentation]. 2019 Northern California/Nevada Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California/Arizona Joint Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States.


Colette Hayes

Hayes, C. (2019, June). “Be Bold” and “Let’s Change That”: Wikipedia engagement as a critical librarianship practice [Poster presentation]. 2019 Northern California/Nevada Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California/Arizona Joint Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Sherise Kimura

Kimura, S.S. (2019, October). A Campus Collaboration: Working with the Asian Pacific American Studies Program [Poster presentation]. Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley (LAUC-B) Conference, Berkeley, CA, United States.


Claire Sharifi

Sharifi, C., & Buccheri, R. K. (2019). Selecting a journal for your manuscript: A 4-step process. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Barr-Walker, J., & Sharifi, C. (2019). Critical librarianship in health sciences libraries: An introduction. Journal of the Medical Library Association, (2), 258.

Purpora, C., Cooper, A., Sharifi, C., & Lieggi, M. (2019). Workplace bullying and risk of burnout in nurses: A systematic review protocol. JBI Database Of Systematic Reviews And Implementation Reports.

Rowniak, S., Bolt, L., & Sharifi, C. (2019). Effect of cross-sex hormones on the quality of life, depression and anxiety of transgender individuals: a quantitative systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 17(9), 1826.

Panel Discussions

Amy Gilgan

Bathrick, B., Bazelon, L., Brahinsky, R., Camangian, P., Gilgan, A., Johnson III, R. G., Joshi, A., & Meghani, D. (2019, March 19). Telling the stories of our teaching [Panel discussion]. Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence Event, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Erika Johnson

Allen, T., Copeland, J., Johnson, E., McClung, S., & Roll, A. (2019, November). For some of us are out of breath: A discussion for newly appointed leaders in collections and technical services [Panel discussion]. Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, United States.


Debbie Benrubi

Benrubi, D. (2019). Diversity, equity and inclusion in library catalogs. In V. Sipe (Ed.), Fundamentals of cataloging [Online course]. Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

Patrick Dunagan

Dunagan, P. J. (2018/2019). Sketch of the artist. FMSBW.

Dunagan, P. J. (2019, June 11). Take hold the crackling power. Open Space.

Dunagan, P. J. (2019, July 1). A portfolio of work in honour of David Meltzer. Dispatches from the Poetry Wars.

John Hawk

Hawk, J. (2019). Afterward [In the book Sporting Oregon: A pictorial history of early Oregon sports, by B. S. Campf]. Oregon State University Press. 

Colette Hayes

Hayes, C. (2019). Food for thought: Slow information principles and practices. In S. E. Morris (Ed.), ACRL cookbook: Critical thinking about sources [Forthcoming]. Academic College & Research Libraries Press.

Sherise Kimura

Kimura, S.S. (2019, February). Letter to my grandma [Reading]. University of San Francisco Day of Remembrance, San Francisco, CA.

Ava Koohbor

Duck, R. (Host). (2019, November 5). Sound wheels, featuring Ava Koohbor & Guillermo Galindo (S1E5) [Audio podcast]. The R Duck Show; KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. https://

Gina Murrell

Lemon, G. (2019, September 3). The Japanese American confinement sites collection: A conversation with Gina Murrell. The Open Stacks.

Charlotte Roh

Hathcock, A., Enimil, S., Roh, C., Lujano, I., Farb, S., del Rio Riande, G., & Wang, L. (2019, October 17). Feminist framework for radical knowledge collaboration. At The Intersection.

Eric Paul Ewen

January 21st, 2020

The Library Dean, Tyrone Cannon, announced the news:

“I am sad to let you know that after a courageous battle with cancer,  Emeritus Librarian and former Head of  Cataloging, Eric Ewen,  passed away Saturday evening, January 18th. Eric started work at Gleeson in September 1974 and retired in September 2014. During those 40 years of dedicated service, Eric was instrumental in many of the Library’s accomplishments and provided leadership within USFFA. He was the cataloger’s cataloger. He also was a member of the search committee that hired me.  Rest in Power Eric.  Services are pending. I know you join me in expressing sympathy to his family.”

eric ewnThose of us who knew Eric primarily at work knew a man dedicated to certain things: to Gleeson Library; librarianship and cataloging; the University; the Union; the Church. He was a gentleman in all the ways that don’t go out of style, always kind in word and deed even to those he might disagree with.

As a young librarian, I saw Eric as a little better than everyone else, or at least better than me: moderate, well-read, knowledgeable, personable, a good writer, a generous teacher (I spent some time on original cataloging under his watch, and he enjoyed congratulating me on the number of libraries that had used the records I created, even if it was only a small number).

In some ways, Eric’s spirit is best expressed in the annual Feast of St. Jerome celebration that he started with a few other librarians, and presided over for twenty years. The invitations he wrote for the event grew over time into witty personal essays, with regular themes: changes in the library; changes in world; St. Jerome, the patron saint of librarians (with a sub-theme of locating new portraits of St. Jerome); fine sherries; and camaraderie.

Eric ewen with portrait of st. jerome

A brief excerpt from 1998’s invitation:

“By all accounts St. Jerome was an irascible scholar-gentleman who thrived on controversy and loved to engage in literary jousts with his intellectual opponents (none of whom he ever acknowledged to be his equal). He ended his life in self-imposed exile in a cave near Bethlehem, with the creatures of the desert as his only regular companions. We modern librarians, fortunately, seem to be cut from a gentler bolt of cloth. Our mission is to help patrons, not to antagonize them. Yet on an extremely busy day, when everything appears to be either going wrong, or out of control, the image of the solitary cave beckons and we think we might actually prefer to deal with desert creatures rather than our normal patrons.

So, as we do every year at this time, let us take a little break from our overbooked schedules and whatever else may be burdensome about our routines. Let us all assemble to enjoy a few quiet moments together, to refresh our spirts, to exchange some lighthearted gossip, to acknowledge our many real achievements, and to look forward to the challenges (and surprises) that the forthcoming academic [year] will surely bring our way.”

St. Eric: patron saint of gleeson libraryRead consecutively, these invitation-essays provide a selective history of Gleeson Library and current events, and clearly show how much Eric loved us.

At Eric’s retirement, I created a mashup of a photograph of Eric with a St. Jerome portrait and titled it “St. Eric.” It was offered then in the spirit of fun; today it feels like it holds a fair bit of truth as well.

From the Vault 1(01)

December 18th, 2019

From the Vault is a new series highlighting recent projects, research, and interesting finds from the Special Collections & University Archives department at Gleeson Library. Our first post features the ongoing digitization project of the library’s Woman Suffrage Collection.

Two thousand twenty marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting voting rights to American white women. For decades prior, women across the nation organized, lectured, protested, and petitioned Congress for their constitutional right to vote. This movement, known as the Woman Suffrage Movement, also advocated for social and political equality issues, such as equal pay for equal work, women’s education, and legalities around marriage and divorce.

collection box and finding aid
Gleeson Library’s Woman Suffrage Collection & Finding Aid

The Special Collections & University Archives department at Gleeson Library maintains the Woman Suffrage Collection as part of our manuscript collections. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and ephemera belonging to Dr. Clara W. MacNaughton (1854 – 1948) and her daughter, Marie MacNaughton Davis. It also includes a scrapbook created by Marietta Stow (? – 1902). Dr. MacNaughton, a practicing dentist, was heavily involved in the organizations of the Suffrage Movement, including the Woman’s Suffrage Association of the District of Columbia, the Federal Woman’s Equality Association, the National Woman’s Equality Association, and the Federal Suffrage Association. Correspondence in the collection is mainly between prominent suffragists Olympia Brown (1835 – 1926), Clara Bewick Colby (1846 – 1916), Belva Lockwood (1830 – 1917), and Dr. MacNaughton.

handwritten letters to Clara NacNaughton
Correspondence with Dr. Clara MacNaughton

The collection was donated to the Gleeson Library in the early 1970s by Dorothy and Mervyn Eidenmuller, who owned the Bonanza Inn Book Shop in downtown San Francisco from 1947 to 1987. The Eidenmullers became members of the Gleeson Library Associates in 1962.

Upon her hire in April 2019, Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections Librarian, Gina Murrell, discovered that Special Collections & University Archives had the Woman Suffrage Collection and suggested it be digitized for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Since then, Special Collections & University Archives have worked with Digital Collections to create an item-level index and digitize the collection. With the help of staff–especially Digital Collections Assistant Marina Cuneo–and student workers, the Woman Suffrage Collection will be available online through the Gleeson Library Digital Collections site for research and instruction starting in the spring semester. 

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(L) Student Assistant, Olivia Indexing the Collection & (R) Digital Collections Assistant, Marina Cuneo Digitizing the Collection

We envision working with faculty and students across the disciplines on digital humanities projects such as interactive timelines, text mining and analysis, and online exhibitions, to name a few. There will be opportunities for student internships or independent study involving the collection.

If you would like to learn more about our Woman Suffrage Collection, or are interested in using the collection in your course, please contact University Archivist, Annie Reid or Head of the Donohue Rare Book Room, John Hawk.

Click to learn more about our University Archives and Special Collections

Olympia Brown portrait
Olympia Brown Portrait

Olympia Brown’s book, Acquaintances, Old and New, Among Reformers and Marietta Sow’s book, Probate Chaff: Or, Beautiful Probate; Or, Three Years Probating in San Francisco are both held by The Donahue Rare Book Room.

Reflection and Direction from Gleeson|Geschke’s Program Review

December 13th, 2019

Written by Erika Johnson and Shawn Calhoun, Associate Deans of Gleeson Library|Geschke Center.

The Gleeson Library | Geschke Center staff completed our most recent program review in 2017. From that process, we not only gained important insights into our educational project and how it best fits into USF’s larger educational mission, we also experienced firsthand how critical it is to have organization-wide engagement from both faculty and staff.

While our program review helped us begin the process of thinking about learning outcomes across our curriculum as well as the various business and technology units within the library, our biggest challenge post-program review was answering the “what next” question. From the program review we had solid insights into our collective work, but finding a clear, practical path from the general nature of our program review to specific actionable steps was challenging. For example, our program review called for a reevaluation of our internal technology systems as well as how we assess learning outcomes. Great. But how?

The path Gleeson chose was to engage in a rigorous strategic planning process, wherein we would craft specific tactics linked to what we learned from our program review. The library is now beginning to focus on specific tactics and work needed to accomplish the objectives set out in our strategic plan.

While we have learned many important lessons from the program review and strategic planning process, one of the most important takeaways is that we have strived to address the critical nature of staff engagement and building their contributions into our process. Library faculty and staff are now working more closely and collaboratively across some of the traditional silos found in academic libraries. We have teams working toward concrete solutions to challenges such as how we can better measure educational outcomes related to student research skills. 

Like every academic and cocurricular area on campus, Gleeson Library has a busy year ahead. We are excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie before us as we navigate building and implementing impactful responses to our program review and subsequent strategic plan.

Additional Funding for the Open Education Resource Initiative!

December 11th, 2019

Apply for the next round of open education resources grants to make your courses more affordable and accessible!

Open education is a movement to address the rising costs of textbooks, which directly impacts student learning. Gleeson Library has budgeted approximately $8,000 annually for scholarly communications and this project will use a subset of that total, including expected costs associated with potential expenses of this grant (i.e., benefits). Go to “OER for Faculty” or contact Charlotte Roh for more information about the program and the application form.

Here are some highlights from previous OER grant recipients.