Archive for December, 2019

From the Vault 1(01)

December 18th, 2019

From the Vault is a new series highlighting recent projects, research, and interesting finds from the Special Collections & University Archives department at Gleeson Library. Our first post features the ongoing digitization project of the library’s Woman Suffrage Collection.

Two thousand twenty marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting voting rights to American white women. For decades prior, women across the nation organized, lectured, protested, and petitioned Congress for their constitutional right to vote. This movement, known as the Woman Suffrage Movement, also advocated for social and political equality issues, such as equal pay for equal work, women’s education, and legalities around marriage and divorce.

collection box and finding aid
Gleeson Library’s Woman Suffrage Collection & Finding Aid

The Special Collections & University Archives department at Gleeson Library maintains the Woman Suffrage Collection as part of our manuscript collections. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and ephemera belonging to Dr. Clara W. MacNaughton (1854 – 1948) and her daughter, Marie MacNaughton Davis. It also includes a scrapbook created by Marietta Stow (? – 1902). Dr. MacNaughton, a practicing dentist, was heavily involved in the organizations of the Suffrage Movement, including the Woman’s Suffrage Association of the District of Columbia, the Federal Woman’s Equality Association, the National Woman’s Equality Association, and the Federal Suffrage Association. Correspondence in the collection is mainly between prominent suffragists Olympia Brown (1835 – 1926), Clara Bewick Colby (1846 – 1916), Belva Lockwood (1830 – 1917), and Dr. MacNaughton.

handwritten letters to Clara NacNaughton
Correspondence with Dr. Clara MacNaughton

The collection was donated to the Gleeson Library in the early 1970s by Dorothy and Mervyn Eidenmuller, who owned the Bonanza Inn Book Shop in downtown San Francisco from 1947 to 1987. The Eidenmullers became members of the Gleeson Library Associates in 1962.

Upon her hire in April 2019, Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections Librarian, Gina Murrell, discovered that Special Collections & University Archives had the Woman Suffrage Collection and suggested it be digitized for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Since then, Special Collections & University Archives have worked with Digital Collections to create an item-level index and digitize the collection. With the help of staff–especially Digital Collections Assistant Marina Cuneo–and student workers, the Woman Suffrage Collection will be available online through the Gleeson Library Digital Collections site for research and instruction starting in the spring semester. 

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(L) Student Assistant, Olivia Indexing the Collection & (R) Digital Collections Assistant, Marina Cuneo Digitizing the Collection

We envision working with faculty and students across the disciplines on digital humanities projects such as interactive timelines, text mining and analysis, and online exhibitions, to name a few. There will be opportunities for student internships or independent study involving the collection.

If you would like to learn more about our Woman Suffrage Collection, or are interested in using the collection in your course, please contact University Archivist, Annie Reid or Head of the Donohue Rare Book Room, John Hawk.

Click to learn more about our University Archives and Special Collections

Olympia Brown portrait
Olympia Brown Portrait

Olympia Brown’s book, Acquaintances, Old and New, Among Reformers and Marietta Sow’s book, Probate Chaff: Or, Beautiful Probate; Or, Three Years Probating in San Francisco are both held by The Donahue Rare Book Room.

Reflection and Direction from Gleeson|Geschke’s Program Review

December 13th, 2019

Written by Erika Johnson and Shawn Calhoun, Associate Deans of Gleeson Library|Geschke Center.

The Gleeson Library | Geschke Center staff completed our most recent program review in 2017. From that process, we not only gained important insights into our educational project and how it best fits into USF’s larger educational mission, we also experienced firsthand how critical it is to have organization-wide engagement from both faculty and staff.

While our program review helped us begin the process of thinking about learning outcomes across our curriculum as well as the various business and technology units within the library, our biggest challenge post-program review was answering the “what next” question. From the program review we had solid insights into our collective work, but finding a clear, practical path from the general nature of our program review to specific actionable steps was challenging. For example, our program review called for a reevaluation of our internal technology systems as well as how we assess learning outcomes. Great. But how?

The path Gleeson chose was to engage in a rigorous strategic planning process, wherein we would craft specific tactics linked to what we learned from our program review. The library is now beginning to focus on specific tactics and work needed to accomplish the objectives set out in our strategic plan.

While we have learned many important lessons from the program review and strategic planning process, one of the most important takeaways is that we have strived to address the critical nature of staff engagement and building their contributions into our process. Library faculty and staff are now working more closely and collaboratively across some of the traditional silos found in academic libraries. We have teams working toward concrete solutions to challenges such as how we can better measure educational outcomes related to student research skills. 

Like every academic and cocurricular area on campus, Gleeson Library has a busy year ahead. We are excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie before us as we navigate building and implementing impactful responses to our program review and subsequent strategic plan.

Additional Funding for the Open Education Resource Initiative!

December 11th, 2019

Apply for the next round of open education resources grants to make your courses more affordable and accessible!

Open education is a movement to address the rising costs of textbooks, which directly impacts student learning. Gleeson Library has budgeted approximately $8,000 annually for scholarly communications and this project will use a subset of that total, including expected costs associated with potential expenses of this grant (i.e., benefits). Go to “OER for Faculty” or contact Charlotte Roh for more information about the program and the application form.

Here are some highlights from previous OER grant recipients.

Top 10 Downloaded Articles from the Scholarship Repository

December 11th, 2019

Gleeson’s Scholarship Repository collects, preserves, and provides access to the scholarly output of the University of San Francisco.

Here are the top ten downloaded articles of all time:

The repository provides an excellent means for students, staff, and faculty to increase access to their research by the USF and global community. Don’t forget to submit your research to!

Map of the world with circular graphics that illustrate how many articles were downloaded from the scholarship repository by each country from 2007-2019.
Here is a screenshot of the number of articles from the Scholarship Repository that have been downloaded by each country from 2007-2019. Screenshot was captured on December 10th, 2019.

*Special thanks to Marina Cuneo for her help in compiling repository data.

Furriends for Finals Fall ’19

December 5th, 2019

Come relax and pet some lovable pups.

Prior to, in between or post your finals exams join us at Gleeson Library for some much needed Animal Assisted Interactions to help melt away the stress. Are you a student, staff or faculty? These trained therapy dogs along with their human owners will be here for you.

Brixton the Golden Retriever getting pets during Furriends for Midterms

Scheduled visits:
Monday December 9, 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday December 10, 2 PM – 3: 30 PM

Gleeson Library Lobby, First floor

Accessibility Information:

First floor is wheelchair accessible with gender binary restrooms. Gender neutral single-stall restrooms on second floor with wheelchair accessible single-stall on lower level by elevator. For additional information please contact Fabiola Hernandez at x5673