Long after they doff their robes and mortarboards, 65 members of USC’s class of 2015 will be able to return to Leavey Library and find their academic achievements inscribed on the Wall of Scholars. A May 14 ceremony inside the library’s Weingart Reading Room honored these exceptional graduates. Surrounded by the names of past honorees, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan, and Skull and Dagger Society President Jerry Papazian ’77 joined hundreds of family members, friends, faculty, and staff in congratulating the students. Keep reading to learn more about the ceremony and this year's honorees.
The University of Southern California holds its 132nd annual commencement ceremony this Friday, May 15, and this week the USC Libraries host several events to celebrate the academic achievements of USC's students:
- Phi Kappa Phi initiates. Commencement season kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, with the Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) initiation ceremony at the Bing Theater. Provost Michael Quick will deliver the keynote address. The USC Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which makes its administrative home at the USC Libraries, is the university's oldest fully interdisciplinary honor society.
- Academy for Polymathic Study fellows. The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducts 35 new fellows—its largest class yet—on Thursday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony takes place in the academy's quarters in Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241.
- Wall of Scholars honorees. A ceremony inside Leavey Library at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, recognizes the USC graduates whose names will be etched onto the Wall of Scholars in the library's Weingart Reading Room. Created by the Skull and Dagger society in 1995, the Wall of Scholars honors students who have been awarded a national or international scholarship or have earned certain USC academic accolades.
- Master of Management in Library and Information Science graduates. The USC Libraries toast the first graduates of USC's Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program on Friday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. The reception features remarks from Valerie Sugar, who earned a master's in library science from USC and now serves on the USC Libraries Board of Councilors. The libraries partnered with the USC Marshall School of Business to launch the MMLIS program in 2013. USC Marshall will host a second reception for MMLIS graduates at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Marshall graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Galen Center.
In addition, later this month the libraries—in partnership with PKP, the USC School of Social Work, and the Undergraduate Writers Conference—are publishing USC's 2015 Outstanding Academic Papers by Students (OAPS) anthology. And as always, the historic Doheny Memorial Library provides the backdrop for the university's main commencement ceremony, which begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, in Alumni Park.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries recently completed Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archives Cataloging Project, an ambitious collaboration with San Francisco's GLBT Historical Society. Support from the Council on Library and Information Resources enabled archivists at ONE and GLBTHS to make available 111 previously hidden collections tracing LGBTQ history--and daily life--in California communities. Keep reading for more details and images of unique items uncovered through the Out West project.
Archivists at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries recently completed an ambitious 2-year cataloging project. Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), they processed 225 archival collections on many facets of U.S. LGBTQ life from the 1940s to the present. The collections document the work of early activists and visual artists as well as the daily lives of ordinary people who broke new ground for LGBTQ communities throughout the U.S. Keep reading for more details about the project and photos from the newly processed collections.
The 2015 Summer Kambun Workshop, held in the USC East Asian Library from June 15 to July 10, 2015, will focus on the later Heian-period courtier journal, Chuyuki, by Fujiwara no Munetada (1062-1141). This year's workshop will be led by Professor Sanae Yoshida from the University of Tokyo’s renowned Historiographical Institute and Professor Joan Piggott of USC Dornsife College. Keep reading for more on this year's workshop and video of Professor Hideo Yamaguchi of the Historiographical Insitute at the 2014 workshop.
Two new interactive tutorials on the USC Libraries website help USC faculty teach their students how to avoid plagiarism and correctly cite sources. Librarians Elizabeth Galoozis, Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, and Rebecca Halpern partnered with the USC Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards office to produce the updated tutorials. Both include printable certificates of completion.
Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the USC Libraries recently made available a wealth of archival materials documenting the prodigious creative efforts of mid-century L.A. architect Edward H. Fickett, FAIA. Fickett's residential projects -- including single-family homes and apartment buildings like the Sunset Lanai -- dot the Southland, and he is also well-known for his design projects at Dodger Stadium, Edwards Air Force Base, and the Port of Los Angeles. You can now find a selection of photographs and drawings of his buildings via the USC Digital Library and Historypin. Keep reading for more details about the project and the USC Libraries' Fickett collection.
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.
Thanks to a generous grant from The GRAMMY Foundation®, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries recently preserved and digitized nearly 200 hours of audio recordings from early LGBTQ activists, researchers, and other pioneers. The recordings are now available via the USC Digital Library. Keep reading for more details about the project and links to the recordings.