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Gleeson’s April Action

April 25th, 2016

In living the mission of the University of San Francisco,  living, learning and social justice is part of what April Action embodies. It is a time of giving back to the community. April Action is a hands-on volunteering opportunity available to the USF community and its Alumni, organized by USF Ministry and Office of Alumni Engagement. This year we wanted to take our service beyond the walls of Gleeson.

With the help of University Ministry, your Gleeson Staff Development Committee partnered with San Francisco – Marin Food Bank for a two day volunteering event. The days that lay ahead would turn out to be both a cause of anxiety and rewarding in more ways than one.

Situated on the 900 block of Pennsylvania Ave. and 23rd St. the San Francisco – Marin Food Bank is a spacious warehouse temporarily housing produce, fruit, canned goods and various assorted healthy snacks that are distributed throughout the city of San Francisco and Marin. The friendly staff work along side thousands of volunteers to sort, pack and distribute the daily shipments that are both donated by a wide range of sources and also purchased by the food bank. Staff begin work at 3 AM, volunteers at 9 AM and work runs until 8 PM.

The Monday group, groggily filled with coffee, took to their task at hand. Monday’s items on the list were corn kernels and fruit strips; we were assigned the fruit strips. Not a strenuous task but it proved to require organization, problem-solving skills and an effective collaborating team.

On day one an estimated total of about 2,200 bags containing 24 fruit strips were sorted, bagged and tied. The snack bags would be shipped to schools to support the city’s Morning Snack Program working to provide students with healthy snacks that will help them focus on their school activities.  In the short time that Gleeson’s Monday group hustled and bustled,  we were able to contribute approximately  200+ bags. I’d say not too shabby for four ladies.

Before Monday could come to an end, some recon work had to be done to get a feel for what the second group would except on their afternoon shift on Tuesday. Instead of fruit strips, there was cabbage…32,256 lbs of cabbage. Group #2 did not back down at the sight of an intimidating mound of leafy greens. With sweat, tears, and hopefully no blood, Tuesday’s volunteers packed approximately 30 pallets.

April 18th and 19th marked Gleeson’s first April Action, and hopefully it will not be the last. Thank you to those who were able to join us. Thank to you University Ministry and to San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for the amazing community work that they do.


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“I had a great time working at the food bank! My group was able to put our well-honed librarian skills of efficiency and organization to process hundreds of snacks for local organizations. It was great to volunteer with Gleeson coworkers who I don’t see often or don’t work beside each day. And I was really grateful for the opportunity to help my SF community for a couple of hours on a Monday.  It started the week off perfectly.” – Colette

“I left the Food Bank feeling happy.  We worked hard, had a good time and left knowing we had made a difference. A lot of people will have healthy food to eat because of the work we did.  I will volunteer again and I plan on bringing my daughter for one of the shifts that they allow kids to participate” -Matt

“It’s always a wonderful experience volunteering at SF-Marin Food Bank. The staff are very sweet and they really care about the work they are doing. It means a lot to be able to help our community, to give back to those who need that extra help and to make a positive difference. This experience not only makes me love this city more, it has also created a stronger camaraderie among our Gleeson family.” – Fabiola

Pop-Up Exhibition

December 8th, 2015


Did you know that the Gleeson Library has a collection of miniature books housed in the Donohue Rare Book Room? Have you ever read or handled a miniature book? Books are classified as miniature books when they are 10 cm. or smaller. Ones in the Rare Book Room range from under a half an inch to nearly four inches in height. The books in the collection represent a range of subjects, including literature, history, religion, bibliography, and book arts.

Please visit this pop-up exhibition of miniature books on Wednesday, December 9th, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Circulation Lobby of the Library. The selection of books has been thoughtfully curated by Louisa Maria Baj, a graduate student in the Museum Studies Program and Student Assistant in the Donohue Rare Book Room.

For further information, please visit or call the Donohue Rare Book Room at (415) 422-2036.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Illuminated Graduals in the Rare Book Room

November 23rd, 2015





On exhibition in the Donohue Rare Book Room through January 15th is Notes of Beauty, a selection of illuminated gradual leaves from the rare book collection. Graduals are liturgical works that were used by choirs during Mass. The vellum leaves are manuscripts; the notes, text, and decorations were all done by hand. The works on display date from the fifteenth to the sixteenth century.

The exhibition is curated by Fahimeh Rahravan, a Library Student Assistant and graduate student in the University’s Museum Studies program. Please consider attending a gallery talk at which the Guest Curator will be available to introduce the exhibition:

Wednesday, December 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections & University Archives

Donohue Rare Book Room Reopening Celebration

August 26th, 2014
The Thomas Jefferson Collection at the Library of Congress

The Thomas Jefferson Collection at the Library of Congress

Please join the Gleeson Library on September 8 as it celebrates the reopening of the Donohue Rare Book Room following a fifteen-month renovation. The University will welcome Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, who will give an illustrated talk on “Jefferson’s Enlightenment: Reconstructing the Thomas Jefferson Collection at the Library of Congress.” Mark Dimunation is responsible for the development and management of the largest collection of rare books in North America. At the Library of Congress he acquires materials, develops programs, and oversees the operations of the Division. Prior to arriving at the Library of Congress he was Curator of Rare Books and Associate Director for Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University. He specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth-century English and American printing history and is featured often on National Public Radio.

The program will take place on Monday, September 8, at 4:00 p.m. in Fromm Hall and will be followed by an open house in the Donohue Rare Book Room. For further information, please call (415) 422-2036.

John Hawk
Head Librarian, Special Collections and University Archives

Tours of the Library

August 12th, 2014

Curious about Gleeson Library? Want to learn more about us?

Join us on a library tour!  A library staff member will take you around the library and tell about the building and the services we have that can help you here at USF. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes.

Library tours are offered:

Tuesday  August 19th @ 12 noon  
Wednesday August 20th @ 4pm  
Thursday August 21st @ 11am  
Friday August 22nd @ 3:30pm  
Saturday August 23rd @ 1pm
There is no need to sign up–just come into the library, past the turnstiles, and we’ll meet in the lobby.