Archive for January, 2020

So…Question: What Are Digital Collections?

January 31st, 2020

As the Digital Collections Librarian at Gleeson Library, a question I’m asked from time to time is: “What are digital collections?”

Digital collections are online collections that consist of content digitized from an institution’s unique physical holdings. These online collections are resources that support the continuous learning, instruction, and research needs of those affiliated with the institution, as well as any and all curious minds far and wide, whether these info seekers are in San Francisco, the state of California, in the United States, or across the globe. Because these collections are online, anyone with internet access can use these resources. Access to library digital collections, such as the Gleeson Library Digital Collections, are unrestricted and free. One does not have to be affiliated with the University of San Francisco to access this great digital resource.

Content found in digital collections has been digitized from its physical counterpart in the institution’s onsite collections. This digital content can include digitized newspapers (e.g., The Foghorn – USF Student Newspaper Collection), digitized yearbooks (the USF Yearbooks Collection), digitized rare books (the Rare Book Collection, sourced from Special Collections & University Archives), and digitized photos, such as those in the Japanese American Confinement Sites digital collection, a special collaboration between Gleeson Library and the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS). Digitized content like that in Gleeson Library Digital Collections has significant historical, cultural, and educational importance.

Digitization of content for digital collections is ongoing, which means that a digital collection is a living database that is consistently added to, making the digital collection a dynamic and up-to-date online resource. Because the digitization of physical materials is ongoing, digital collections are routinely expanded upon and changing, bringing new and exciting content to users. For instance, The Foghorn student newspaper is routinely published and digitized, so the The Foghorn digital collection is refreshed with these new issues. The Rare Book Room always has breathtaking literary treasures to share beyond its physical space; hence, the Rare Book Collection features many one-of-a-kind books that users cannot always come in person to see.

Gleeson Library Digital Collections are a remarkable online resource that is comprised of individual digital collections that exist to meet instruction and research needs, and to satisfy the mind of any information seeker no matter where they are in the world. Each of the collections within Gleeson Library Digital Collections documents aspects of the University of San Francisco—its history; its faculty, staff, and student output; and its unique holdings—and in the case of the Japanese American Confinement Sites digital collection, the state of California and the United States as seen through the Japanese American experience during World War II. It is all free and completely accessible online in the way that only digital collections can be.

Take this opportunity to discover Gleeson Library Digital Collections today!

The 2019 Gleeson Library Scholarship Roundup

January 25th, 2020

As we welcome in the new year and reflect on all that was accomplished in 2019, we would like to highlight the amazing scholarly activities from Gleeson Library faculty and staff and share them with the USF community.

The 2019 Gleeson Library Scholarship Roundup includes conference presentations, articles, posters, and other creative endeavors produced by Gleeson Library faculty and staff, organized by scholarship category. Let’s take a moment to recognize and congratulate our colleagues on their inspiring scholarly work for 2019.

If you are interested in previous years of scholarship by Gleeson Library faculty and staff, please check out our collection in the USF Scholarship Repository. Perhaps you will discover an area of mutual interest or cause for collaboration.


Shawn Calhoun

Calhoun, S. P., Cribbins-Kulkin, K. A., & Favaloro, J. (2019, March 28). Throw out your books: Designing libraries for their new roles [Conference presentation]. Society for College and University Planning, Pacific Regional Conference, Boulder, CO, United States.

Calhoun, S. (2019, September 25). Presentation 01 [Symposium]. PechaKucha Challenge and Happy Hour, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Calhoun, S. (2019, October 19). Presentation 02 [Symposium]. CelebrateUSF PechaKucha Faculty Challenge, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Shelley Carr

Carr, S. (2019, September 13). Trying to make it free: Results from a national survey [Paper presentation]. The Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference, Portland, OR, United States.

Patrick Dunagan

Dunagan, P. J. (2019, June 14). O for some high blown language release: Lynn Lonidier’s Robert Duncan [Paper presentation]. “Passages”: The Robert Duncan Centennial Conference, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France.

Amy Gilgan

Gilgan, A. (2019, June 12-14). Transgender allyship in library instruction [Conference session]. Northern California & Nevada Medical Library Group and Medical Library Group of Southern California Joint Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Gilgan, A. (2019, October 4). Transgender allyship in libraries [Conference session]. Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley (LAUC-B) Conference, Berkeley, CA, United States. 

John Hawk

Hawk, J. (2019, May 6). Exhibition introduction [Presentation]. The Artistry of Mallette Dean: A Selection from the Sperisen Library, Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Hawk, J. (2019, December 17). Book introduction [Presentation]. Sporting Oregon: A Pictorial History of Early Oregon Sports by Brian S. Campf, Portland, OR, United States. 

Sherise Kimura

Kimura, S.S., & Lyons, A.G. (2019, March). Short on staff and time: An OpenAthens implementation [Paper presentation]. Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, Austin, TX, United States.

Anders Lyons

Kimura, S.S., & Lyons, A.G. (2019, March). Short on staff and time: An OpenAthens implementation [Paper presentation]. Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, Austin, TX, United States.

Annie Pho

Pho, A., Chou, R., & Moore, A. A. (2019, April 12). Making the connection: Invisible labor and radical self-care for women of color librarians [Conference session]. ACRL 2019, Cleveland, OH, United States.

Romero, R., Worsham, D., & Pho, A. (2019, May 10). Better together: Student-led collaborative media creation [Conference session]. LOEX Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Pho, A. (2019, October 4). We want more: Unpacking research in academic librarianship [Opening keynote]. Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley (LAUC-B) Conference, Berkeley, CA, United States.

Pho, A. (2019, November, 15). Creating space: Unpacking neutrality in research [Conference session]. Keeping it ReAL 2019 Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Claire Sharifi

Sharifi, C. (2019, June 13). Scholarly publishing, information dissemination, and doctor of nursing practice students [Paper presentation]. 2019 Northern California/Nevada Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California/Arizona Joint Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States.


Colette Hayes

Hayes, C. (2019, June). “Be Bold” and “Let’s Change That”: Wikipedia engagement as a critical librarianship practice [Poster presentation]. 2019 Northern California/Nevada Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California/Arizona Joint Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Sherise Kimura

Kimura, S.S. (2019, October). A Campus Collaboration: Working with the Asian Pacific American Studies Program [Poster presentation]. Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley (LAUC-B) Conference, Berkeley, CA, United States.


Claire Sharifi

Sharifi, C., & Buccheri, R. K. (2019). Selecting a journal for your manuscript: A 4-step process. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Barr-Walker, J., & Sharifi, C. (2019). Critical librarianship in health sciences libraries: An introduction. Journal of the Medical Library Association, (2), 258.

Purpora, C., Cooper, A., Sharifi, C., & Lieggi, M. (2019). Workplace bullying and risk of burnout in nurses: A systematic review protocol. JBI Database Of Systematic Reviews And Implementation Reports.

Rowniak, S., Bolt, L., & Sharifi, C. (2019). Effect of cross-sex hormones on the quality of life, depression and anxiety of transgender individuals: a quantitative systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 17(9), 1826.

Panel Discussions

Amy Gilgan

Bathrick, B., Bazelon, L., Brahinsky, R., Camangian, P., Gilgan, A., Johnson III, R. G., Joshi, A., & Meghani, D. (2019, March 19). Telling the stories of our teaching [Panel discussion]. Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence Event, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Erika Johnson

Allen, T., Copeland, J., Johnson, E., McClung, S., & Roll, A. (2019, November). For some of us are out of breath: A discussion for newly appointed leaders in collections and technical services [Panel discussion]. Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, United States.


Debbie Benrubi

Benrubi, D. (2019). Diversity, equity and inclusion in library catalogs. In V. Sipe (Ed.), Fundamentals of cataloging [Online course]. Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

Patrick Dunagan

Dunagan, P. J. (2018/2019). Sketch of the artist. FMSBW.

Dunagan, P. J. (2019, June 11). Take hold the crackling power. Open Space.

Dunagan, P. J. (2019, July 1). A portfolio of work in honour of David Meltzer. Dispatches from the Poetry Wars.

John Hawk

Hawk, J. (2019). Afterward [In the book Sporting Oregon: A pictorial history of early Oregon sports, by B. S. Campf]. Oregon State University Press. 

Colette Hayes

Hayes, C. (2019). Food for thought: Slow information principles and practices. In S. E. Morris (Ed.), ACRL cookbook: Critical thinking about sources [Forthcoming]. Academic College & Research Libraries Press.

Sherise Kimura

Kimura, S.S. (2019, February). Letter to my grandma [Reading]. University of San Francisco Day of Remembrance, San Francisco, CA.

Ava Koohbor

Duck, R. (Host). (2019, November 5). Sound wheels, featuring Ava Koohbor & Guillermo Galindo (S1E5) [Audio podcast]. The R Duck Show; KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. https://

Gina Murrell

Lemon, G. (2019, September 3). The Japanese American confinement sites collection: A conversation with Gina Murrell. The Open Stacks.

Charlotte Roh

Hathcock, A., Enimil, S., Roh, C., Lujano, I., Farb, S., del Rio Riande, G., & Wang, L. (2019, October 17). Feminist framework for radical knowledge collaboration. At The Intersection.

Eric Paul Ewen

January 21st, 2020

The Library Dean, Tyrone Cannon, announced the news:

“I am sad to let you know that after a courageous battle with cancer,  Emeritus Librarian and former Head of  Cataloging, Eric Ewen,  passed away Saturday evening, January 18th. Eric started work at Gleeson in September 1974 and retired in September 2014. During those 40 years of dedicated service, Eric was instrumental in many of the Library’s accomplishments and provided leadership within USFFA. He was the cataloger’s cataloger. He also was a member of the search committee that hired me.  Rest in Power Eric.  Services are pending. I know you join me in expressing sympathy to his family.”

eric ewnThose of us who knew Eric primarily at work knew a man dedicated to certain things: to Gleeson Library; librarianship and cataloging; the University; the Union; the Church. He was a gentleman in all the ways that don’t go out of style, always kind in word and deed even to those he might disagree with.

As a young librarian, I saw Eric as a little better than everyone else, or at least better than me: moderate, well-read, knowledgeable, personable, a good writer, a generous teacher (I spent some time on original cataloging under his watch, and he enjoyed congratulating me on the number of libraries that had used the records I created, even if it was only a small number).

In some ways, Eric’s spirit is best expressed in the annual Feast of St. Jerome celebration that he started with a few other librarians, and presided over for twenty years. The invitations he wrote for the event grew over time into witty personal essays, with regular themes: changes in the library; changes in world; St. Jerome, the patron saint of librarians (with a sub-theme of locating new portraits of St. Jerome); fine sherries; and camaraderie.

Eric ewen with portrait of st. jerome

A brief excerpt from 1998’s invitation:

“By all accounts St. Jerome was an irascible scholar-gentleman who thrived on controversy and loved to engage in literary jousts with his intellectual opponents (none of whom he ever acknowledged to be his equal). He ended his life in self-imposed exile in a cave near Bethlehem, with the creatures of the desert as his only regular companions. We modern librarians, fortunately, seem to be cut from a gentler bolt of cloth. Our mission is to help patrons, not to antagonize them. Yet on an extremely busy day, when everything appears to be either going wrong, or out of control, the image of the solitary cave beckons and we think we might actually prefer to deal with desert creatures rather than our normal patrons.

So, as we do every year at this time, let us take a little break from our overbooked schedules and whatever else may be burdensome about our routines. Let us all assemble to enjoy a few quiet moments together, to refresh our spirts, to exchange some lighthearted gossip, to acknowledge our many real achievements, and to look forward to the challenges (and surprises) that the forthcoming academic [year] will surely bring our way.”

St. Eric: patron saint of gleeson libraryRead consecutively, these invitation-essays provide a selective history of Gleeson Library and current events, and clearly show how much Eric loved us.

At Eric’s retirement, I created a mashup of a photograph of Eric with a St. Jerome portrait and titled it “St. Eric.” It was offered then in the spirit of fun; today it feels like it holds a fair bit of truth as well.