The USC Libraries are accepting submissions for the USC Libraries Primary Sources Research Award through Tuesday, January 21. Designed to encourage the use of primary source materials from library collections, the award recognizes excellence in an undergraduate USC student paper written as coursework during the 2013 calendar year. An award reception on April 24 will honor the author of the winning paper, who will receive a $500 prize, and the author of the honorable mention, who will receive a $200 prize. For full rules and guidelines, please see this LibGuide.
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Opening Friday, January 24, in USC's Doheny Memorial Library, a new exhibition showcases creative ways to visualize and conceptualize the heavens. Collecting the Cosmos features several unique and innovative creations, along with rare items from the USC Libraries' Special Collections. RSVP for the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on January 24 at 5:30 p.m., or keep reading to learn more about the exhibition.
USC librarian Shahla Bahavar was honored today with the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Bahavar, a director within the USC Libraries' public services division and head of USC's Science & Engineering Library, was one of ten librarians to receive the national award this year—and the only honoree from California. Professor Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering nominated Bahavar for the award. Keep reading to learn more about the honor.
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.
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.