Archive for August, 2019

Welcome Gina Murrell and Annie Reid!

August 26th, 2019

Over at Gleeson we have had two recent hires, Gina Murrell – Digital Collections Librarian and Annie Reid – University Archivist. We asked them a few questions to get at some of their interests in the library world and the Bay Area.

Gina Murrell

Image from left to right of Michael Lambert, Raymund Pun, Gina Murrell, and Anders Lyon at the Collective Mindset of our Future: BayNet Annual Event at the San Francisco Public Library on May 17, 2019
From left to right: Michael Lambert, Raymund Pun, Gina Murrell, and Anders Lyon at the Collective Mindset of our Future: BayNet Annual Event at the San Francisco Public Library on May 17, 2019
  1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself before coming to Gleeson?

    Before Gleeson, I worked on contract with digital collections and archives at Gap Inc. headquarters in San Francisco, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Oregon in Eugene. I earned my master’s in library science in May 2014 from Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and moved to the West Coast soon after.

  2. What drew you to your position here at USF? 

    I was attracted to the position of Digital Collections Librarian at USF because of the university’s reputation as a good place to work (during the interview process, I was somewhat jokingly told that “USF” stands for “U Stay Forever”), and I appreciated the university’s strong focus on social justice, which is very important to me. Because of my interest in social justice, and the inclusiveness of the library and campus community, I feel that USF is the first place I’ve worked where I can bring my whole self to work.
  3. What do you do here at Gleeson and when did you start?

    At Gleeson Library, I manage the digital collections – their maintenance and curation – and I do marketing and outreach for the collections. It’s also my job to stay current on developments in digital collection management, which involves professional development and a lot of networking. I also supervise a very capable digital library assistant. I started as Digital Collections Librarian at Gleeson on April 1, 2019.
  4. What are some topics in librarianship you are passionate about? What about topics outside of librarianship?

    Topics in librarianship that I’m passionate about are anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, representation, and passing the mic (or megaphone) to underrepresented groups. Outside of libraries, I’m very much into zines and other alternative media, social media, grassroots movements, plants, and decorating my apartment.
  5. What is your favorite place in the library?

    It’s a two-way tie between my favorite place in Gleeson Library, and both are on the 2nd Floor: Gleeson Zine Library and the Black Resource Center.
  6. What about your favorite Bay Area find?

    Recently, I stumbled upon 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square, a street fair that happens the third Thursday of every month in the summer at the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and 15th Street in Oakland. The vibe was super relaxed and celebratory, there were music and vendors, and everyone seemed to feel so free. 
  7. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

    In my free time, I enjoy attending cultural events in the city and the East Bay, seeing rock bands in small venues, shopping at thrift and resale stores, and meeting up with friends for doughnuts or brunch. At home, I’m trying to lessen my screen time, so I’ve got back into reading physical books and crocheting.
  8. What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

    I think many people would be surprised to know a lot of things about me, so it’s difficult choosing just one thing. I’m a fan of vintage sports cars, especially Ford Mustangs from 1966 through 1969, especially the convertible and Shelby Mustang. I’ll watch any movie starring Barbara Stanwyck. I can draw. I make awesome guacamole.
  9. What is one thing you would like faculty to know?

    I look forward to collaborating with you to grow the digital collections in an inclusive way so that our increasingly diverse campus community can see themselves reflected in what we have to offer.

Annie Reid

Selfie of archivist Annie Reid
  1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself before coming to Gleeson?

    Prior to coming to the Gleeson Library, I was the University Archivist and Head of Special Collections, as well as a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Dominican University of California in San Rafael for 12 years. 
  2. What drew you to your position here at USF? 

    What initially drew me to USF was its long standing history as an institution in my native San Francisco and the applied social justice mission of the university. After meeting the faculty and staff of Gleeson Library, I knew this would be a welcoming, innovative and collegial place of work. As the new University Archivist, I am excited for the opportunity to bring more visibility to the archival collections through classroom instruction and collaborative research projects.
  3. What do you do here at Gleeson and when did you start?

    I am the University Archivist in the department of Special Collections & University Archives. I manage the acquisition, arrangement, description, preservation, reference, and outreach of archival records. I started at Gleeson on August, 8th 2019.
  4. What are some topics in librarianship you are passionate about? What about topics outside of librarianship?

    Library topics include: archives and society/culture, instruction using primary sources, serving multicultural and minority populations, intellectual freedom and censorship, and digital libraries. Outside of librarianship I am interested in social justice, music, theater, and dance.
  5. What is your favorite place in the library?

    The Special Collections Reading Room
  6. What about your favorite Bay Area find?

     The Presidio as well as the Headlands and Fort Baker.
  7. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

    Attending theater and dance performances, hiking, and star-gazing. 
  8. What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

    I have a bachelor’s degree in Physics.
  9. What is one thing you would like faculty to know?

    Part of the mission of the University Archives is to foster student learning and scholarship through instruction and interaction with the collections. 

Top Five Library Resources from Gleeson’s Student Assistants

August 16th, 2019

We asked some of our student assistants what they think are the top five resources offered at Gleeson Library. Check out their awesome food recommendations and favorite viewpoints in San Francisco!

Delia – Access Service Student Assistant

  1. Hidden gem – the seed library! ‘Check out’ different seeds, plant them, and write down where! Help yourself to seeds, and help out the bees! (Or pick out some herbs to add a freshness to meals).
  2. Too much noise in the city? Roommate facetiming constantly and need to study? The silent study areas of the library are a sanctuary of quiet from busses and other distracting noises, for when you need to super focus on your test the next morning. 
  3. We all have so much to do, between school, work, a social life, trying to check out every boba place within a few miles…Sometimes, we just need a nap. The atrium’s red couches, or the study pods placed on every floor, are the perfect places to curl up when you just need a quiet place to rest.
  4. Hate studying alone? Have a group project due soon? Book a study room and get your friends together, order some delivery, and get the work done with plenty of space for everyone.
  5. My personal favorite place in the library is in the stacks! Drifting through from the basement to the third floor, tracing the dusty bindings with my fingers, I feel a connection to the past. Take a peek at our Library of Congress card to find out where your favorite genres are, take some time to explore the titles, and come on down to the front desk to check a book out!

    Favorite Spot to Eat in San Francisco: Veganburg
    Favorite View in San Francisco: Lands End

Zoe – Access Service Student Assistant

Alana Cree – Reference Student Assistant


Heidi Warde – Cataloging Student Assistant

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Library Staff Spotlight- Meet Katlyn!

August 15th, 2019

To familiarize the USF community with library staff, we interviewed one of our awesome Access Services staff members, Katlyn Murphy.

Get to know this friendly face and don’t forget to say hi!

Image of Library Assistant, Katlyn.

What is your role here at Gleeson? 

Library Assistant IV: I work evenings and weekends part time at the Access Services/ Circulation desk.

What inspired you to work at a library?

I love love love books.  I’ve always loved them and would always read during school. 

After college I was jumping between different internships and jobs, but nothing really was enjoyable.  I rethought where I wanted to be and the first thing that came to mind was to work in a place so familiar to me.  At first I only wanted to try it out to see if I liked it. But two years later I definitely found what I was looking for.

You’re a San Francisco local! Can you tell us about some hidden gems in SF that you can recommend? 

Go to Sutro Baths! That area is always so pretty, but I definitely recommend the labyrinth there. It’s also such close access to the beach and the Great Highway. Also, I recommend riding the J Church train to Mission Dolores.  The view is incredible, and it’s always good weather in that part of town.

What are your favorite places to eat in SF?

I don’t eat out too often, but if I do these are some places I usually go for a quick bite:

  • El Burrito Express– a staple burrito place on Taraval St. and there’s always a line out the door.  I love their veggie burrito because it includes different types of veggies and not just the standard lettuce and salsa. 
  • Devil’s Teeth– the breakfast sandwich, YUM.
  • El Farolito-if you haven’t heard of this place, just go.  I don’t even need to explain. 
  • Tennessee Grill– basic food options but the restaurant has been there for years and you get the food super quick

Thank you Katlyn!



Systems Department Updates

August 14th, 2019

The USF Library’s Systems Department has had a busy summer working on projects to improve services for students, faculty, and staff! Here are a few of our recent updates.

New Systems Library Assistant

The Systems Department has a new Library Assistant to help work on systems-related projects, troubleshooting, and technical documentation.  Find out more about Elisa and her work at the library! And please join us in welcoming her!

Single Sign-On for the Library Catalog

Single-sign on (SSO) is now available for the library catalog! The Systems Department has been working closing with our library software vendor and the USF ITS Department to implement SSO for the library interfaces. What this means for our students, faculty, and staff is that when you log in to your library account to view the items you have checked out or to place a request, you will not be required to enter your credentials again as you navigate to other systems that use the USF SSO, such as myUSF and your university email account. This works the same way if you first go to myUSF and then navigate to the library catalog. Adding the catalog to the USF SSO system will help provide a more seamless experience for the USF community as they navigate between the web interfaces they use on a daily basis.

Streamlining Communication with the University Community

A new ticketing system has been implemented to improve how the library communicates with and tracks questions from the University community. The system is currently setup to answer reference questions and field reports related to technical issues. Managing this communication will give the library a better idea of what questions and technical issues come up most frequently. This is valuable because it helps the library assess current services and identify potential improvements. It also helps identify knowledge gaps on our website.

Open Access Week 2019!

August 13th, 2019

Save the date for our fall events for Open Access Week 2019: Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.

CTE and Gleeson Library: Addressing the Cost of Textbooks: USF Grant Recipients Talk about the Open Education Resources (OER) Pilot Program

When: October 22, 2019 at Noon
Gleeson Library 239

Grant recipients Jonathan Hunt, Julie Sullivan, and Giacomo Fiore will discuss their experience with the OER pilot program, including what worked, what didn’t, and how their teaching been impacted.

CRASE and Gleeson Library: Controversies in Academic Publishing

When: October 30, 2019 from 3:30-5pm
Zief Law Library, Terrace Room

This discussion will focus on recent changes in academic publishing and how they impact faculty. Facilitated by Scholarly Communications Librarian Charlotte Roh, this event will cover the cancellation between the University of California and Elsevier, open access efforts, and how the USF faculty’s open access policy operates in this context.

Speakers will include Anneliese Taylor, Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of California, San Francisco, and Richard Schneider, member of the UC System-wide Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) of the Academic Senate.

Where Oh Where is the Public Domain? Webinar with Peter Hirtle

November 1, 2019 at Noon
Gleeson Library Electronic Classroom (GL 139)

Peter Hirtle, the author of the frequently cited resource, “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States“, will provide an overview of the public domain: what it is, how works rise into it, what is copyright renewal, and some of the common mistakes he has made when trying to determine the public domain status of a work.

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