Digital Collections Highlight: Practicing Ignatian Pedagogy; Ignatian Colleagues Program

January 23rd, 2019 by Reimi Akin No comments »

Here at Gleeson Library we have a wealth of resources that are readily available in our Digital Collections. Our Digital Collections include materials from our own community including many academic works from our students and faculty. Thanks to the great work of two past Gleeson Library Librarians, Vicki Rosen and Jessica Lu, Practicing Ignatian Pedagogy is a wonderful digital collection that provides a vast array of resources that highlight important Jesuit values for faculty and staff to internalize in all of their work. This is a space where faculty can access ideas on how best to implement Jesuit values into the core of their position. As the start of the Spring semester rolls in, faculty can utilize this collection as a framework and can apply the context of these Ignatian values that are at the core of USF’s mission to their everyday practices.

The Ignatian Colleagues Program Repository (ICP) is another great space that highlights resources for faculty who are looking for professional development in embodying the Jesuit values and traditions of our campus. The ICP is a program that formed under the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in which they strive in “exploring the intersections between Jesuit catholic identity, Ignatian spirituality and the complex issues we face as a community around diversity, equity and inclusion.� This repository of information supports the research and interest of USF faculty who are looking to further their knowledge and take advantage of opportunities incorporating the Jesuit mission of USF.

Black Student Union’s 50th Anniversary

January 23rd, 2019 by Reimi Akin No comments »

This past fall, University of San Francisco celebrated the Black Student Union’s 50th anniversary!  At Gleeson Library, we have a multitude of resources highlighting events/ documents that took place during the early years of BSU. Our online scholarship repository provides digitized archival materials that provide access to these unique events. We are able to look back at the stories and happenings during the most formative years of BSU, including newsletters, flyers, minutes from meetings, and much more.

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Brown, Daphyne and Barconey, Linda, “Three Phases of the Black Man” (1972). Black Student Union. 4. 

Black Student Union, “Black Student Union Meeting Minutes and Notes, April 1970” (1970). Black Student Union. 9. 

The repository allows you to navigate archives starting from the year 1968, as well as explore the campus climate at that time.  This repository continues to be a platform to expand the rhetoric and mission of the Black Student Union and promote diversity/ representation throughout the our campus.

Recently Added Collections

January 23rd, 2019 by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto No comments »

Highlighting new additions to our collections in the new year of 2019. Here is an assorted selection for all your various reading preferences. Check out their neighbors, to the right and left on the book shelves.


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Top Fives of 2018

January 23rd, 2019 by Justine Withers No comments »

Take a look back at 2018 with a selection of top 5 lists.

When you need a break from journal articles and data sets or want to keep current with long-form writing, peruse Gleeson’s Popular Reading collection. Titles go out for 30 days at a time to ensure everyone gets a crack at them. Last year’s most popular of the popular were:

  1. Bloodstains with Brontë by Katherine Bolger Hyde
  2. Happiness in this life : a passionate meditation on earthly existence by Pope Francis translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky AND Circe : a novel by Madeline Miller (tie)
  3. The female persuasion by Meg Wolitzer AND Calypso by David Sedaris AND The power : a novel by Naomi Alderman AND I’ll be gone in the dark : one woman’s obsessive search for the Golden State killer by Michelle McNamara (tie)

What was on the mind of USF last year? (Or on the syllabi?) The top five search terms in Fusion from October through December 2018:

  1. climate change
  2. social media
  3. globalization
  4. clinical nurse leader
  5. global warming

You searched for these journals most frequently in Journal Finder:

  1. Harvard Business Review
  2. Case Studies in Sports Management
  3. The New York Times
  4. Journal of Nursing Education
  5. Human Relations

You clicked on search results in Fusion most frequently from these resources:

  1. UWIRE Text (collected content from over 600 college newspapers)
  2. Journal of Business Investing
  3. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association
  4. The New York Times
  5. The Washington Post

The most accessed databases in 2017:

  1. ProQuest Ebook Central
  2. CINAHL Complete
  3. PsycINFO
  4. EBSCO Ebook Collection
  5. Academic Search Complete

*Due to the way our system is set up, statistics for 2018 are not yet available.

Highlights from our Open Education Program & Open Access Policy

January 23rd, 2019 by varelaariana No comments »

Here at Gleeson we have some amazing programs/initiatives surrounding Open Education and Open Access. Here are quick overviews of what these programs are and how faculty can best utilize them.

A Quick Overview of the Open Education Resources (OER) Program

In 2018, Gleeson Library | Geschke Center piloted a new program to increase the use of open (or free) educational materials in the classroom to alleviate the high cost of textbooks for students.

The need for a textbook costs solution was confirmed by a survey of students conducted by Deepshika Verma. Open Education Student Assistant. Over 400 students filled out the survey, and 83% of students answered “Yes� to the question, “Have you ever not purchased a textbook due to its cost?�


Students also recognized faculty who were making efforts in this area. These faculty were then invited to apply for funding to better address this issue in their classes.

picture1The first round of funding had three faculty participants: Bhavya Mohan from the School of Management, Giacomo Fiore from the Music program, and Jonathan Hunt from the Department of Rhetoric and Language. The report on their efforts can be found as a slide deck on the USF OER library guide website at


We are now in our second round of funding for the 2019 calendar year. Many thanks to the faculty who engaged with this effort, the many OER supporters on campus, and the students who are passionate about their access to education.

A Quick Overview of the University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA) Open Access Policy

Last spring, the University of San Francisco Faculty Association Policy Board moved to pass an open access policy “so that faculty can deposit their work in the institutional repository hosted by the USF Gleeson Library | Geschke Center in order to make our work available to the campus and the world.� (USFFA Policy Board minutes, May 2, 2018)

We here at Gleeson Library are excited to implement the first open access to be passed by any Jesuit institution and further the USF social justice mission in bringing equitable access to research to all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What do I do?

A1: Simply submit your pre- or post-print author manuscript (i.e., final draft) to the Scholarship Repository at  or email it to

Q2: Do I have to publish with an open access journal?

A2: Nope! You can publish wherever you want.

Q3: Do I have to be a USFFA member to participate?

A3: No, but the process is different. Email and we can help you look up your copyrights and the permissions around your work.

Q4: I don’t want to participate. What do I do?

A4: Let us know and we’ll give you a form waiving your rights and keep it on file. That’s it!

Q5: How does this work with copyright? Are you sure this is okay?

A5: The illustration below might be helpful in understanding how this works with copyright. Many other institutions have adopted similar policies. You can see the full list of United States institutions adoptees at