Archive for August, 2018

Reference Students’ Summer Reading List

August 27th, 2018

At our yearly Student Assistant Orientation held this past Sunday, August 26th, one of the “ice breaker” activities for the Reference Student Assistants was to discuss a book read over the summer. Here’s a list of the books we read and some of our thoughts on them.

1. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ariana: “This novel definitely creates a whirlwind of emotions as you navigate the complexities of this love story.”

2. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan

Alana C: “I love reading books about food and health. This is definitely a great book!”

3. What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons

Alana B: “This book deals with loss and grieving over a close family member. Each chapter is a short story, and the book does not follow a linear trajectory.”

4. The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo

Juliana: “I learned a lot from all the lessons that unfold throughout the journey.”

5. Half a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ashlie: “I love Chimamanda as a writer and public speaker.”

6. Anne of Green Gables Series – Lucy Maude Montgomery

Tatum: “I dove back in to classic feminist literature. I would recommend this series.”

7. The Hate U Give  – Angie Thomas

Molly: “This was such a great book!” *Everyone chimed in to agree*

Gleeson Library Book Club reads “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

August 24th, 2018

The Gleeson Library book club is a friendly group of USF Students, Staff, and Faculty, who come together in Gleeson Library on the first Friday of each month to talk about a book they have all read in common.   Everyone in our USF Community is welcome (even if you haven’t quite finished the book yet.)

Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng is the current book.  The Book Club will meet on September 7th in Gleeson Room 315 to talk about the book.


If you want to get the book through the library, request it through Link+, which is free! It will be delivered to Gleeson Library in about 4 business days. (the Gleeson Library copy of the book is already checked out.

Please Join us!



Active Engagement in the Electronic Classroom

August 21st, 2018

This summer the Library’s electronic classroom underwent a complete renovation. The new space allows for increased group collaboration and active learning. Some of the new features include:

  • New PCs operating on Windows 10
  • Four mobile tables that promote active learning and engagement
  • Space for laptop use
  • 5 LCD monitors equipped with AirPlay and HDMI connection

All of our PCs are equipped with Faronics Insight, a software that allows instructors to take over student’s screens and display what is on the lectern’s screen. This feature is useful when guiding students through navigating the library’s databases and various other resources. The 5 LCD screens allow students to display their solo or group projects to the table, thus promoting collaboration and group feedback.  For more information on active learning, check out this article published in the Journal of Learning Spaces. Faculty are able to schedule instruction sessions in the e-classroom. More information on how to do that can be found here. 

Here are some photos depicting the upgrades and renovations.


Billy Wong and Shelley Carr join the Library and direct some awesome services.

August 20th, 2018

Welcome Billy Wong to his new role as Reserves Coordinator for the Gleeson Library and welcome Shelley Carr as Interlibrary Loan coordinator.

Billy Wong has worked with USF for 18 years and we are excited to have him working with us in Gleeson.  Billy has had several roles here at USF.  He started out with the Graduation Center, later he became a Degree Audit Coordinator,  then transferred over to Student Disability Services where for the past 9 years, he was the Assistive Technology Coordinator where he helped introduce students to alternative ways to improve on their academics by using assistive technology.  I asked Billy a few questions about himself and about Course Reserves, here are his insights.

Photo of Billy Wong

What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t expect when they meet you? 

I have two daughters.  A four-year-old just started kindergarten and wants to be a veterinarian and animal walker when she grows up.  The younger two-year-old is going to start pre-school.  She’s yet to determine what she wants to be, although she might a demolition worker, since she likes to destroy everything in sight.

What is your favorite place in the Library?

Photo of small boy in study podMy favorite place are the study pods.  I think it is awesome to be able to study and be as comfortable as being home.

What is your role at Gleeson?

As the Course Reserves Coordinator, I help put course materials on Reserve for Faculty and let students have access to them.  I started in July and have learned a great amount within the short time. I look forward to working with the students, staff, and faculty that will be coming in.

How can faculty get the course reserve process started?

There are two ways to submit a request.  If they come into the library, there is a hard copy form that they can fill out.  If they are not able to come in person, they can access the online submission form through the Gleeson Library website.  With each request, the information must be clear and accurate so that we can make sure that we have the right course material.  The process can be as soon as the day of to five days.  It all depends on where each request is in the queue.

How do students find reserves?

Students can find the reserves through the Gleeson Library webpage.  If they know the material they are looking for, they can simply do a search and if it is part of the course reserve, the system will let them know.

Is there anything that Faculty should always keep in mind to get the most out of Reserves?

The most important things to remember is to make sure that the requests are complete and all information are accurate, that pdfs are clear and legible, and that if there is any questions/concerns/adjustments to let me know as soon as possible.  I am here to help the faculty the best way I can.


Photo of Shelley CarrShelley Carr says: “I was born and raised all over California.â€� She has a BFA (painting, design, and textiles) and a MA  in curatorial practice  (curating contemporary art) both from the California College of the Arts.  She is in her final year of library school at San Jose State. She has worked in a variety of roles. “I’ve worked as a graphic designer, curator, worked in a jewelry store, researcher, program manager, pastry chef, proofreader, editor and barista over the years, but libraries are the best.â€� I asked Shelley a few questions about herself and Interlibrary loan and this is what she had to say:

What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t expect when they meet you?

picture of fossilized dinosaurI think the big one is that I LOVE natural history & biology! I love learning about marine biology (especially octopuses), aquatic animals, plants, botany, and fossils! It’s sort of my side hobby.

What were you doing before you joined the Gleeson Library team?

I was a program manager at the California Institute of Integral Studies (in Soma) managing their Anthropology & Social Change dept and the MFA departments (due to my experiences, they had me manage both). I also did some part time work at the San Francisco Opera Archive and SFMOMA Collections departments.

What is your favorite place in the Library?

I think the Monihan Atrium is the best place to read, sitting by the window, but the rare books room is also really cool! There is a really great woodcut collection, as well as some original John Muir notebooks. I love going up there.

What is your role at Gleeson?

I am the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator in Access Services.

What is Inter Library Loan?

Interlibrary loan is what it sounds like, borrowing books from other libraries. Interlibrary loan allows students, faculty, and staff to borrow books and articles from other libraries who have them. It is often abbreviated as ILL.

That’s awesome!  So if I wanted a book that wasn’t at the Library how would I ask for it?

So if the USF library doesn’t have a book you want, then first you want to see if we can borrow it through Link+, which is a consortium of California & Nevada Universities and public libraries, which loans books and DVDs fairly quickly and for free! Usually there is a link to the link+ search from the search results page in the Library’s catalog “Ignacioâ€�.  Feel free to email with any questions.

If there isn’t a Link+ library who has it, then you can try an interlibrary loan request. These requests are made online through a web-portal called Illiad. You access this through the main library home page> services drop down > interlibrary loan > click the interlibrary loan banner at the top of the page.

How long does it take?

Link + usually takes just three business days.  If we need to use traditional Interlibrary loan (ILL) borrowing books can take up to two weeks, it really depends on the lending institution. Articles are usually much faster, usually just a couple days sometimes as much as a week.

How do I request articles?

From within most of our databases, Interlibrary loan is an option in the full text finder.  You can also request articles directly in Illiad. Login to Illiad, and select “article” when making a new request.  Please enter as much information as possible, including journal title, journal volume and issue, year, author name, article name, and ISBN or Pubmed ID if available. That helps me find you the right article. 

What about other types of materials can I get them too?

Link+ lends CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes (old school, I know), and books, sometimes video games. Interlibrary loan sends books, articles, and sometimes DVDs.

Is there anything that Faculty should always keep in mind to get the most out of Interlibrary Loan?

The best thing for faculty to keep in mind is that interlibrary loan sometimes has a cost, depending on the lending institution but we always try to get it for free first. Additionally, if you have a ISBN for the journal or book, or a PubMed ID for an article, please supply it! Some journals or books have very similar titles, and it can be difficult to source the right thing if I am working with an incomplete citation.

Thank you









Fall 2018 Library Tours

August 17th, 2018

Get to know Gleeson Library|Geschke Center better by joining us on a library tour! A library staff member will show you around our beautiful building, and all that it has to offer. Tours are about 30 minutes long. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time – just meet us in the lobby of the library!

This fall, we are offering beginning-of-the-semester tours:

  • Tuesday 8/21/18 12:00noon
  • Wednesday /22/18 10:00am
  • Thursday 8/23/18 3:00pm
  • Friday 8/24/18 12:00noon
  • Saturday 8/25/18 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8/26/18 3:00pm
  • Monday 8/27/18 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 8/28/18 7:00pm

Stay tuned for additional information about library tours throughout the semester.  Hope to see you at Gleeson soon!

Photo: Randy Souther