Archive for October, 2007

Opening Reception for Labor Archive Photo Exhibit

You are invited to attend an opening reception for Spanning the Gate an exhibit of photographs from the Labor Archives and Research Center on display at the J. Paul Leonard Library.

November 7, 2007
5 to 7 p.m.
J. Paul Leonard Library, 6th floor
San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Avenue

The reception will feature John van der Zee author of The Gate: The True Story of the Design and Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, a stupendous feat of engineering and design that has been called one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Spanning the Gate offers a behind-thescenes look at the complex construction process of this amazing landmark.

Add comment October 30th, 2007

New Book on the History of SF State

San Francisco State UniversityWould you like to know more about the history of San Francisco State University? Take a look at the new book, San Francisco State University by the Library’s own Meredith Eliassen. Just published by Arcadia Publishing, the new book documents how San Francisco State University has promoted educational excellence for more than a century.

Established as a vocational school for teachers, it became the first such institute in the United States to require a high school diploma. As the school expanded its curriculum, it became San Francisco State Teachers College (1921), San Francisco State College (1935), and San Francisco State University (1972). The school’s fascinating history includes complete destruction by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, as well as a five-month student/faculty strike during the late 1960s, which resulted in the founding of the first School of Ethnic Studies (1969) in the United States.

Meredith works in the archives and special collections department the Library. She describes the book project as a two month, “labor of love.” Using vintage imagery from the library’s archives, she presents San Francisco State University as an educational innovator, serving the diverse, multicultural communities of the San Francisco Bay region since 1899.

The book is available for purchase online and from SF State’s Bookstore, copies will soon be available for check-out from the Library as well.

3 comments October 24th, 2007

Library Archivist Publishes SF State History Book

History of San Francisco State University Cover Everyone is invited to celebrate the book release of Meredith Eliassen’s, Reference Specialist for Archives & Special Collections, San Francisco State University from Arcadia Publishing on Tuesday, October 23rd from 10 am to noon, in the 6th Floor Frank V. de Bellis Reading Room. Refreshments will be provided.

San Francisco State University is one of over 100 titles in Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series. Meredith Eliassen took on the project as a personal endeavor drawing upon the rich resources in our Archives, entirely on her own time and using her own personal resources to cover expenses. Meredith is also donating a portion of her royalties to a library fund specially earmarked for the Archives needs in the new library building.

Although this book was neither a University-sponsored project nor an authorized history, I think you will find it to be an engaging and professionally presented portrait of the University.

The book will be available for purchase and book-signing at the open house, courtesy of the SF State Bookstore. Also the book is available for purchase online and from SF State’s Bookstore, among other places.

Add comment October 23rd, 2007

Images of the Sea in Italian Literature – de Bellis Collection

Wednesday, October 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
in the Frank V. de Bellis Collection

Prof. Christopher Concolino, Coordinator of Italian Studies, SFSU, presents a reading of texts written by various Italian authors on the Italian language and the Sea. Presented in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco .

The reading will be in Italian.

All Library Faculty and Staff are invited.

Add comment October 11th, 2007

Spotlight Blog Live

The Library Spotlight blog has been live for about a week. We’ll be using it for all manner of Library news and information, including events, exhibits, highlighting new resources and providing updates regarding ongoing projects, such as the Library Renovation & Expansion project. As time goes on, other uses may surface. Let us know if you have any ideas.

Add comment October 8th, 2007

Exhibit: Blueprint for the Lake Merced Campus

Blueprint for the Lake Merced Campus

Courtesy Special Collections/Archives, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State UniversityOctober 4 – December 21, 2007. Frank V. de Bellis Reading Room display cases located on the Sixth floor of the library. Open to the public Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00.

A photographic exhibit depicting the building of the current campus using historic photographs from the library Archives Collection.

Add comment October 8th, 2007

Google Scholar Update

Use Google Scholar to do a broad search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Now it also automatically connects your searches with our Library resources.

After doing a search, click on the SFSU: Find Full Text link to quickly determine whether you can access the complete document through one of the electronic resources available in the Library. If you are off campus, you’ll have to login with your Library PIN.

Add comment October 5th, 2007

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

September 29–October 6, 2007

This is Banned Books Week. For some background information on what Banned Books Week is all about, when it started and who sponsors it, take a look at this American Library Association page. We don’t have any activities planned ourselves, although we have had in the past–and would love to do so again in the future if there was an upsurge of energy and interest on campus. In the meantime, we encourage you to read a banned book this week.

There are also a number of online activities in Second Life, MySpace, Facebook, and Flickr. Check-out additional American Library Association and Google Books BBW info.

Add comment October 2nd, 2007

Read a Banned Book This Week

Banned Books Week

September 29–October 6, 2007

Read a banned or challenged book this Banned Books Week. Below are the “10 Most Challenged Books of 2006″according to the American Library Association. Nine out of the ten titles are either available in our InvestiGator Catalog or through Link+ and can be borrowed by SF State students, faculty, staff and some affiliated users.

  • And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
  • Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
  • Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
  • The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.

For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at

1 comment October 2nd, 2007


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