Archive for April, 2017

Wolfgang Lederer in the Rare Book Room

April 28th, 2017

Wolfgang Lederer was an influential designer, illustrator, and educator who shaped the future of design practice in the Bay Area. Gleeson’s Rare Book Room is lucky enough to hold Lederer’s personal archive and is beginning to catalog some of the items from the archive. Before the catalog records go live, I thought I’d give you some background and a sneak peak into the collection.

Lederer was born in Manneheim, Germany in 1912. He studied book design and graphic arts throughout various schools in Europe until 1939 when he was forced to flee Nazi Germany. According to a memo issued by the California College of Arts (formerly known as the California School of Arts and Crafts and the California College of Arts and Crafts), Lederer arrived in New York with only eight dollars in his pocket. In 1941 he became a professor at the California School of Arts and Crafts. He developed the design department and made it one of the major design programs in the country. He was also a book designer for the University of California Press.

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Designed by Lederer

The Rare Book Room here at Gleeson Library holds Lederer’s personal archive, which features awards he received for book design, original artwork from book illustrations, copies of journals he designed, wine bottle labels, and memorabilia from the retrospective of his work held at the San Francisco Center of the Book. This collection also features various Christmas and greeting cards that Lederer designed.

We also have various books featuring Lederer’s illustrations including African Figures, The Two Islands: A Tale, and The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable. Stop by the Rare Book Room to check out this collection! We’re open 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday.

Ignatian Literary Magazine Release Party

April 20th, 2017

We still have a bit over a week to celebrate National Poetry Month. One way you can do that is by joining us to celebrate the release of the new issue of the Ignatian Literary Magazine!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

5:30 – 7 pm

Del Santo Reading Room, Lone Mountain 270


The celebration will feature:

• Readings by contributors to the new issue: Emma Thomason, Eric Mueller, Miiraf Arefeainen, Preeti Vangani, and others

• Keep sake poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day

• Gleeson’s traveling library of books curated by the Ignatian staff and available for check out

• Refreshments

• Good people and good times!

Games in the Rare Book Room, Thursday 4/19!

April 17th, 2017

Have you been to our Rare Book Room lately??

This Wednesday come on out to the Donohue Rare Book Room in Gleeson Library and play some table top games!!

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Classics like….

  • Monopoly 

  • Chess

  • Backgammon

  • Apples to Apples

  • Battleship

                          and many more!!

11:30am – 1:30pm

April 19th, 2017

Gleeson Library, Donohue Rare Book Room


Autism Acceptance Month at the library

April 13th, 2017
Gleeson’s book display in honor of Autism Acceptance Month is up at the Circulation Desk the week of April 10.
Some may refer to April as Autism Awareness Month, but many argue what we need most in terms of autism is acceptance. After all, the majority of Americans already have some basic understanding of what autism is, so we are already aware of it. Most even know autistic people in their life, even if they are not aware of them.
Currently there is a lot of negative rhetoric around autism, because, as a whole, we do not fully understand it. Tons of money each year goes towards cure efforts, or towards making autistic people seem as neurotypical (non-autistic or having what is considered “normal” brain wiring) as they can be. Autism Acceptance Month was coined by the autism community, as “awareness” can come with negative associations.
With an emphasis solely on awareness, it is conveyed that there is something about autism that needs to be fixed. However, many studies suggest that autism is genetic rather than caused by something external, and autistic strengths are often sought after in some aspects of life. This is especially true in the tech world of San Francisco where it is beneficial to have a scrutinous eye for detail and less interest in socializing with colleagues.
Also, the traditional “Autism Awareness Month” has roots with Autism Speaks, a charity that is often despised in the autism community. One of the reasons that Autism Speaks is so controversial is, historically, they have been very pro-cure. Despite the challenges many autistic people face on a daily basis, many find that a cure is not only improbable, but would not be desirable, as their autism is a core part of their identity. Instead, many autistics advocate for tolerance and acceptance from neurotypical society.
The hashtag #REDinstead was created in opposition to Autism Speaks’ Light it Up Blue campaign to give autistic individuals a voice over those who try to speak over them. As autistic adults and adolescents it is hard to find resources on autism that are not ableist or geared towards the parents or educators of autistic children. Because of this, Autism Acceptance Month is crucial to let society know that autistic people exist outside of special education. It helps to normalize autistic culture and emphasize autistic strengths. Honor Autism Acceptance Month by listening to autistic voices and celebrating neurodiversity!

Sex Trafficking Exhibit

April 11th, 2017

USF students Chelsea Noack, Natalie Montoya, and Tracy Tran contribute to the Student Social Justice Exhibits with their installation on sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a modern day form of slavery that is worth billions of dollars. There are hundreds of thousands of victims, 98% of them being women and girls. The inner workings of the sex trade are insidious and subtle, as young girls who are lured into that world are promised love and money. Want to learn how to put an end to the enslavement of sex trafficking victims? Check out the display in Gleeson Library! The installation includes general information on sex trafficking, statistics, hotline numbers, and a documentary on the issue is also playing as well. The display also includes stories of trafficking survivors from around the world.


Gleeson Library invites USF students to create library displays on social justice issues near and dear to you. You come up with the idea and design your own signage. The library will supply the space and the books. Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Please email to collaborate on a student social justice exhibit.