October 24-27 is Trojan Family Weekend at USC, and Trojan families are invited to see first-hand how the USC Libraries are partners in the academic achievements of USC students. Librarians will lead two guided tours of USC's historic Doheny Memorial Library on Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, and the USC Libraries host an open house in the library's Nazarian Pavilion on Friday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trojan families are also invited to audit Los Angeles: A Polymathic Inquiry Guided by the Writings of Lewis Mumford, a special class at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study taught by renowned California historian Kevin Starr. Click through for a full listing of events, including dates, times, and locations.
Integration with Our Community
Students: the USC Libraries are adding at least 300 Spanish-language e-books to their permanent collection and need your help making the selections. The first 15 USC students who recommend ten or more titles from the Digitalia Hispanica collection that are added to the libraries' permanent e-book collection will receive a USC Libraries t-shirt or tote bag. Contact librarian Barbara Robinson of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies for more information. Keep reading for instructions on how to participate.
In today's edition of the Daily Trojan student newspaper, Deena Khattab profiles Michaela Ullmann, exile studies librarian at the USC Libraries. For Ullmann, Khattab writes, "every day is an adventure into the lives of World War II era German exiles." In her story, Khattab highlights Ullmann's efforts to bring undergraduate students and Special Collections materials together, including her leadership in creating a Primary Sources Research Award. “Many undergraduate students don’t know that they are more than welcome to come and work with these materials," Ullmann tells Khattab. “We’re trying to get rid of their fear of the unknown.”
This week, the Legatum Institute and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study at the USC Libraries present Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity in a New Cultural Frontier. The three-day symposium explores the legacy of German artists and intellectuals who fled Europe for the sanctuary of Los Angeles in the years before and during World War II. Twenty core participants, selected through a competitive process open to students and accomplished young professionals, will explore issues of liberty and responsibility, creativity and commerce through the lens of history, focusing on the experiences of filmmaker Billy Wilder, author Thomas Mann, and composer Arnold Schoenberg. Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles takes place August 28-30 on the USC University Park Campus and at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. Keep reading to learn more about the symposium.
The USC Libraries are seeking incoming freshmen to serve as ambassadors to their respective residence halls. Library ambassadors develop leadership skills and promote the USC Libraries to the university's undergraduate community while earning a stipend. The application deadline is August 26, 2013. Refer to this LibGuide or contact Jade Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more more information about the program and application process.
Over the past academic year, the USC Libraries have added 216 book and e-book titles in library science. The new acquisitions support USC's new online master of management in library and information science (MMLIS) program, which the USC Libraries developed in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business. Some of the new titles are still being processed, but you can discover many of them—and a wealth of other resources related to library and information science—through this LibGuide.
A ceremony on Thursday, May 16, honored the academic achievements of more than five-dozen exceptional USC students whose names will be added to the Wall of Scholars in Leavey Library. Keep reading to learn more about the ceremony and the honorees.
In an instant, Doheny Library's Nazarian Pavilion courtyard became the scene today of the first in a series of live, pop-up plays staged by the USC Libraries and USC School of Dramatic Arts Professor Oliver Mayer. Directed by USC School of Dramatic Arts graduate Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, the performance featured USC student actors and captured the essential role of libraries in creative and intellectual discovery. Guest star David Zayas (also known by television viewers as Sgt. Angel Batista) played himself, touting the wealth of resources available at the USC Libraries. "Aren't you on TV," a student actor asked him in the flash play. "Aren't you on Dexter?" Click through for photos from the flash play.
The USC Libraries have begun a collaboration with USC School of Dramatic Arts professor Oliver Mayer to showcase the essential role of libraries in discovery and the creative arts through an upcoming series of flash plays. The original plays—short, one-act pieces written by Dramatic Arts students, faculty, and alumni—will appear spontaneously across campus beginning this spring and continuing throughout the fall 2013 semester. The first flash play in the series, which will be performed at a specific time and location to be announced through Twitter (@USCLibraries) and other social media, will take place near Doheny Memorial Library during the week of April 22. Keep reading to learn more about the flash play series.
The USC Writers Conference returns to Doheny Memorial Library this Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19. The two-day conference brings together writers, editors, illustrators, and others for an exploration of writing and the creative process. Renowned writing coach Ivory Madison, founder of the Red Room online writers studio, will lead two hands-on instructional sessions. Fees for the conference — hosted by the USC Libraries and the USC Office of Continuing Education and Summer Programs—are $125 for the general public and $75 for USC students, alumni, and Friends of the USC Libraries and include lunch each day. RSVP online, or contact Eileen Kohan at email@example.com or (213) 740-5679 for more information. Click through for the full conference program.