Monsters take many forms, from vampires to serial killers and from viruses to black holes. A new USC Libraries exhibition asks, What Makes a Monster?, through one central exhibition in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room and satellite exhibitions in four other library locations. After visiting the central exhibition in Doheny Library, explore the meaning of monsters across the academic disciplines at the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts, Norris Medical, Science and Engineering, and VKC libraries. What Makes a Monster? is on display through May 31, 2015.
What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films profiles four L.A. as Subject collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history. Produced by the USC Libraries with generous support from Cal Humanities, Monomania L.A. is directed by Joris Debeij and hosted by David Kipen, who also serves as humanities advisor. The first three films were introduced at the October 25 Archives Bazaar (the fourth is currently in production) and the entire series will air later this year on public television station KCET. In the meantime, you can watch the videos online on the L.A. as Subject website.
USC's Doheny Memorial Library hosts the 9th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar this Saturday, October 25. As in past years, some 80 libraries, museums, official archives, private collectors, and other L.A. as Subject members are expected to participate, exhibiting rare materials from their collections. The event, organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, runs from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For details and programming highlights, please visit the L.A. as Subject website or download this PDF poster.
Discover the photography of George Hurrell—the legendary photographer who both captured and crafted the classic look associated with Hollywood glamour—in a new exhibition on the ground floor of USC Doheny Memorial Library. Open through December 19, George Hurrell and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour features photographic prints selected by historian Mark A. Vieira, author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925–1992. Keep reading to learn about the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on Thursday, October 9.
One might have to look especially close to view a new exhibit on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library. Stephanie Cipres, Mario Machorro, and Darlyn Zenteno Aguilar—students working in the Libraries' Special Collections department–have selected for display a number of small items that can comfortably fit in the palm of your hand.
To encourage incoming students to explore library spaces across the campus, the USC Libraries recently sponsored a #myusclibraries Orientation Passport challenge in conjunction with USC's Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government. Click through for a list of the four winners.
Summer renovations have added fresh paint and carpeting, more collaborative workspaces, new outdoor seating, and 115 new indoor seats for studying to USC's Leavey Library. The Daily Trojan recently highlighted the renovations, which follow a USG-led student campaign for updates to the university's most-heavily trafficked library.
See the renovations yourself at two special events: a meet-and-greet with Leavey's librarians on Thursday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m. to noon; and a tour of the renovations beginning on Friday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. on the library's terrace.
[UPDATE, Aug. 26: Doheny and Leavey libraries will remain open for their normal operating hours during game days.]
Doheny and Leavey libraries will be closed on five Saturdays during the fall 2014 semester when the USC football team plays its home games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Science and Engineering Library will remain open for students seeking a place to study. Click through for a list of the affected dates.
The current issue of Frontiers magazine highlights the role of on the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries in preserving the history of Los Angeles' LGBT artists and activists. As part of an extensive cover package on L.A.'s LGBT history, the magazine featured eleven photos from the ONE Archives' collections. Find the photos on pages 30 and 31 of Frontiers' August 7-20, 2014, issue or in this online slideshow.