Copley Connects Fall 2023





Let Freedom Read artwork © American Library Association

Message From the Dean


Reflecting on the current surge of banned books in school libraries and attacks on public libraries, I have thought about my days in library school where the emphasis was on the expanse of published literature, not banning books. The faculty asserted that as an academic librarian, I needed to understand the breadth of collections and how to find information. Accordingly, I took various literature courses, such as humanities, sciences and government documents. Students in the public library track took children’s literature courses. I recall that one reference course assignment required us to name all the journals we could remember. The aim was to instill in us that there was a wide array of titles and that we needed to be familiar with as many as possible. Neither my classmates nor I came close to listing the infinite number of existing journal titles. I have never forgotten that assignment. It helped me realize that as a future librarian, I would manage a vast array of resources. I only knew that mastering Ms. Constance Winchell’s Guide to Reference Books would allow me to answer reference questions. I understood that access to information was everyone’s right, and my job was to assist students, faculty and patrons in gaining answers to their questions and directing them to books without fear of censorship. Moreover, I learned that a library collection should contain books on all perspectives of a subject. As a librarian, I reveled in the innovative changes that widened customers’ access to information. Innovations included the automated catalog, a national interlibrary loan network, OCLC and WorldCat, statewide and local consortia, digital databases and e-books. The San Diego County Public Library’s OverDrive Libby app is a popular e-book app that is available to all San Diego residents with a library card. The inventions of the last three decades have made it easier for libraries to provide information to the public and our users. Banning books is anathema to the American way of life. Libraries are a public good. Libraries bring about equity between the haves and have-nots by providing books, films and Internet access. In keeping with the university’s Catholic social justice spirit, the public can enter and use Copley Library’s resources. Libraries are unbiased and impartial. They provide free access to information and are necessary to educate the citizenry to participate in democracy. While in library school, I discovered how public libraries helped with immigrant literacy at the turn of the century. America’s values are synonymous with libraries and the freedom BOOK BANNING IS ANATHEMA IN AMERICA Celebrating Ten Years of Copley Connects: 2013-2023 Over the past ten years, Copley Library has thrived. The central focus of the library is collections, services, and space. Print remains vital, but Covid made digital-first in all formats popular. In 2013, students engaged with Reference Librarians in-person. However, today they work with librarians in-person and virtually through our chat reference service and Springshare’s 24/7 reference cooperative. The library initiated the Digital Initiatives Librarian position and joined the institutional repository (IR) and open movement. This year, we reached 2 million IR downloads of faculty’s and students’ research being accessed worldwide. In 2020, we began participating in JSTOR’s Open Communities Collections initiative featuring three of our marquee collections: Japanese Bookplates, Paris Exposition Postcards, and the San Diego Lowrider Archival project. Like many of the schools in USD, Copley Library has matured. In 2015, former President Lyons granted us our tenure process. The faculty holds its own elections. We became Faculty Senate members in 2018. The faculty taught 1,433 instruction sessions and 217 workshops. They gave 97 conference presentations and published 21 articles, 4 book chapters, 7 conference proceedings, 8 book reviews, 1 book and 3 short stories. The faculty has grown, and their expertise strengthened with embedded librarians located in the schools and liaison librarians in the College. Moreover, the library organization has benefitted from creating positions, such as the Associate Dean for the Library and the Associate Dean for Student Success and Diversity. Seminal Library Moments 2013-2023 • Purchased the JSTOR Alumni Databases, 2013 • Started the Digital Initiatives Symposium, 2014 • Offered $1,000 OER Stipends to Four Faculty, 2015 • Compiled the first Annual Report, 2016 • Joined USD’s Annual Senior Survey, 2017 • Launched the Copley Library Retreat, 2018 • Renovated the Building, Fall 2017-Spring 2020 • Impacted by Covid, March 2020-August 2021 • Assisted with the Faculty Research and Scholarship Recognition Reception, 2023 For additional highlights, see the timeline on p. 4-5. MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 8

2 | COPLEY CONNECTS Cindy Espineli , Executive Assistant Jordan Kobayashi , Library Assistant, Periodicals/Serials Jennifer Bidwell , Business Librarian Naomi Reeve , Archives/Digital Initiatives Assistant Wall murals by the artist Vlady at the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejeda . See Page 4 for more. Published twice a year by: Copley Library University of San Diego 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110 Copley Connects is also available on our website at Dr. Theresa S. Byrd Dean of the University Library Copley Connects Review Committee: Martha Adkins, Reference Librarian, Editor Hugh Burkhart, Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction and Undergraduate Learning Cindy Espineli, Executive Assistant Jordan Kobayashi, Library Assistant, Periodicals/Serials Jennifer Bidwell, Business Librarian 18 Faculty and Staff News 20 Save the Date: DIS 2024 C OPLEY CONNECTS Published twice a year by: Copley Library University of San Diego 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110 Copley Connects is also available on our web site at Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, Dean of the University Library Copley Connects Review Committee: Martha Adkins , Reference Librarian, Editor Hugh Burkhart , Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction and Undergraduate Learning Social Media Table of Contents Message From the Dean TABLE OF CONTENTS 2 Message From the Dean 3 Student Assistant Spotlight 4 Copley Connects Celebrates 10 Years with Highlights 6 Bookplate Tradition Honors Graduating Student Assistants 8 COPLEY READS: Book Recommendations 10 Immersive Global Reading 11 Faculty and Staff Retreat 12 Faculty Research and Scholarship Recognition Reception 14 The 9th Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium 16 Black and Women's History Month Event Copley Library Banned Books Read-Out 2023 Transformación in Mexico City: My ARLIS/NA Experience Heritage Months Habemus bibliotheca sorora! We have a Sister Library! ¡Tenemos biblioteca hermana! Copley Reads: Book Recommendations Staff Updates Save the Date: DIS 2024 Social Media

to read. We are free to read what we choose. I like reading autobiographies of famous people, black authors and history, historical

By Catherine Paolillo, Visiting Evening Access Librarian Raul Flores Torres (Class of 2023) has worked in Copley Library Access Services since Fall 2021. Throughout his 4 years at USD he’s been involved

Copley Library Banned Books Read-Out 2023 By Christopher Marcum , Head of Access and Outreach Services The Legal Research Center and L to R: Misty Jones , Director San Diego Public Library; Dr. Scott Walter , Dean University Library, San Diego State University; Judith Lihosit , Director of the USD Legal Research Center; Dani Cook , Associate University Librarian, Learning and User Experience, University of California San Diego; Dr. Theresa Byrd , Dean of the University Library, University of San Diego. in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A), Beta Theta Pi, and Student Support Services (SSS) while being employed at Copley Library, the One Stop Student Center, and operating as CEO of his family business. He’s a proud first-generation student and will be the first of his immediate and extended family to graduate from a 4-year institution. He served on the M.E.Ch.A e-board for 2 years as Programmer and External Representative where he helped organize multiple events such as General Body Meetings, Family Reveal, Virgen de Guadalupe Mass, Farmers Workers Mass, Fiesta Night, a Chicano Park tour, and social events, with the other M.E.Ch.A de San Diego chapters. Through his involvement in M.E.Ch.A, he’s been able to not only impact the USD and San Diego communities, but also his hometown by partnering with Santa Barbara City College and his high school AVID program. As a SSS mentor for the Class of 2024, Raul helped freshmen and transfer students transition to USD. He’s also been a member of Beta Theta Pi since the Spring of 2021 and has served as the Community Service Chair. He was awarded the Beta Award last semester for exemplifying the chapter’s commitment to mutual aid and assistance. Raul will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Accountancy. He has accepted a full-time position at Ernst & Young as a tax accountant in La Jolla, San Diego. In addition, he’s the CEO of his family business, Flores Hardware and Lighting Inc, in Santa Barbara, California, and will be working with his family to grow the business. For the past two semesters, Raul has served as our Social Media & Outreach Student Assistant, where he was able to use his interest in photography to create content for our social media platforms, newsletters, annual reports, website, and more. I recently caught up with Raul to ask about his creative process, his experience working in Copley Library, and what he’s looking forward to after graduation. YOU'RE AN ACCOUNTING MAJOR, HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY? Yes, I’m an Accounting and International Business major. I was in junior year of high school when I picked up my first camera. My cousin introduced me to the photography world; he was the first person out of the whole family that was a photographer. Seeing his posts on Instagram made me interested in photography, and pushed me to get a camera of my own. I haven’t stopped shooting since then. I’m self-taught, so YouTube is how I learned. Eventually I took a photography class at Santa Barbara City College in my hometown, but everything they taught I already learned from YouTube. Copley Library joined our San Diego Circuit partners at UCSD libraries, SDSU libraries, San Diego Public Libraries and San Diego County Libraries in sharing support for the freedom to read and highlighting the dangers of censorship during this year’s Annual Celebration of Banned Books Week sponsored by the American Library Association. Thank you to all the USD students, faculty members, and staff that took the time during Banned Books Week 2023 (October 1-7) to read from their favorite frequently challenged or banned book and to share inspiring words about the importance of making sure we all have the freedom to seek and express ideas through the written word. Dr. Theresa Byrd speaks at the event at the San Diego Public Library Central Branch.

fiction and non-fiction, and the occasional novel. Conversely, a colleague or neighbor may prefer to read science fiction, mysteries or poetry. We all should have the right to read what we desire regardless of the theme or content contained within. Every book has value, and the librarian must maintain strict confidentiality of patron checkout records. In California, we sometimes think we are immune to the country’s ills. Did you know that the movement to forbid certain books reached a San Diego Public Library’s LGBTQ book display during Pride Month? The public supported the library, which quelled the dissenters. The most frequently challenged books are by LGBTQ, BIPOC and indigenous people. Every day, I hear on the news or read about another attempt to suppress books, so there is a danger that a few could decide what the many read. Libraries provide books for the masses. Let’s keep it that way. Copley Library upholds intellectual freedom principles and fosters reading through KPBS’s One Book, One San Diego, a communitywide reading program, and several other literary events. In addition to our significant collections of print and e-books, we have a popular bestseller collection on the ground floor located next to the Access Services desk. Book banning is odious. It has no place in a civil society. Academic libraries may be the last guardians of intellectual freedom because of the academy’s commitment to academic freedom. Whether it’s Steinbeck, Angelou, Walker or Orwell, I invite you to read a banned book. Here’s a list: https://www.ala. org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/ decade2019. Professional development and connection to library professional organizations helped the library advance and deliver services to the university’s consitituencies. We are affiliated with SPARC, CRL, CNI, HathiTrust, NISO, and Lyrasis. The Artwork Committee assists with selecting art and installing exhibitions that create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. Our December AlumniWorks 2022 exhibition featured 13 alumni artists. Three of these diverse artists’ works now hang on the library’s walls. Copley closes the period from 2013-2023 by focusing on accessibility; a changing collection development model; fake news and misinformation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; affordable learning materials; and artificial intelligence. The library is meeting the needs of an evolving USD, and its faculty. Our scope is even bigger with the demands of the university’s R2 status. Dr. Theresa S. Byrd DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY Here’s to another ten years of Copley Connects informing the USD community of Copley’s milestones and services. Theresa S. Byrd, DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

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Transformación in Mexico City: My ARLIS/NA Experience By Amanda Makula , Digital Initiatives Librarian

Habemus bibliotheca sorora! We have a Sister Library! ¡Tenemos biblioteca hermana! By Dr. Alma Ortega , Reference Librarian

An academic sabbatical is a time for rest, renewal, research and rejuvenation. I was fortunate to take time for all of these things during my recent sabbatical period. But perhaps the most rewarding experience of all was attending the 51st Annual Conference of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), held over the course of one week in Mexico City, “a UNESCO world heritage city and the oldest capital in the Americas… with a vibrant, layered history marked by periods of growth and times of revolution” ( events/2023-annual-conference-). As part of the conference, I received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to attend the hands-on workshop “Introduction to Web Archive Data Analysis and Instruction,” taught by experts from the Internet Archive . Copley Library generously funded other travel expenses not covered by the grant. In addition to the workshop, the conference included a wide variety of interesting sessions relevant to my work as Digital Initiatives Librarian, such as: • “Digital Archives and Art Documentation in Latin American Art and Latinx Art” • “Photographs as Cultural Objects in Library Ecosystems” • “Transformative Assessment: Keeping Collections Relevant” • “Doing Things Differently: New Methods and Approaches for Library and Archival Work”

Even more interesting were the tours that were offered. The conference organizers planned numerous field trips to museums and other cultural heritage sites around the city. I had the immense pleasure of visiting institutions such as: • the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejeda , • the Museo Foro Valparaiso , where we received a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives of the Banco Nacional de México • the Museo Kaluz , a newer museum showcasing diverse Mexican art • the Museo Mural Diego Rivera , which features Rivera’s masterpiece Sueño de una Tarde Dominical en la Alameda Central , and • the Museo de Arte Popular a financial and newspaper archive with striking wall murals painted throughout the reading room

The University of San Diego’s Copley Library under the leadership of Theresa Byrd, Dean of the University Library, began an effort to establish its first Sister Library in Latin America in 2020 and tasked Dr. Alma Ortega with searching the American Library Association’s list of potential sister

A panel at the ARLIS/NA conference.

Liliana Araujo Briones , Library Director at the University of Monterrey, and Dr. Theresa Byrd , Dean of the University Library.

fascinating to see an example in another country and to observe how it was both similar and different. All in all, from the friendships formed to the fantastic food, it was a week that I will always remember. Prior to this conference, I had never before attended an ARLIS/NA event; in fact, I had never even heard of the organization. But now, having had such a wonderful learning experience at their conference, it’s definitely on my radar. I can’t wait to see what they offer next!

libraries. However, it was quickly realized that while COVID-19 was still a threat, most libraries worldwide were not seeking a connection to an American university. Fortunately, as vaccines became more readily available in 2021 and 2022, rendering COVID endemic, many libraries began to slowly open their doors to their users and later reinstated collaboration opportunities outside of their institutions. In spring 2023, a match was made! Dr. Ortega reached out to Library Director Liliana Araujo Briones at the University of Monterrey (UDEM) in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Director Araujo Briones was interested in working with USD because, like UDEM, it is a private Catholic university. Starting with a similar mission, the Sister Library relationship was off to a good start. After several Zoom meetings throughout the Spring 2023 semester, a lunch date was set for the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Meeting in Chicago in late June 2023. At the ALA lunch gathering after introductions, Dean Byrd, Director Araujo Briones and Dr. Ortega got to work and came up with multiple ideas to build a meaningful Sister Libraries relationship during the 2023-2024 year. The first gathering between these two libraries’ teams took place in fall 2023. This meeting will enable connections and a chance to plan collaborative projects, to not only learn from one another but to also develop mutually beneficial professional development opportunities such as cross-institutional trainings, resource sharing (interlibrary loan), and sharing with other institutions the value of establishing a Sister Library program at their library.

However, my favorite visit was to the Biblioteca de Mexico , also known as “José Vasconcelos.” This public library houses personal collections of leading historical writers and intellectuals, a section dedicated to books in Braille and resources for the visually impaired, a large bookstore and open, attractive seating and work areas for patrons. Having visited many public libraries across the United States, it was History Month with an event in the Mother Hill Reading Room with Dr. Jason Magabo Perez, the 2023-2024 San Diego Poet Laureate and Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at California State University San Marcos. Dr. Magabo Perez is the author of two hybrid collections of poetry and prose: Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and This is for the Mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Dr. Magabo Perez read poems from these two books, which chronicled his experiences as a second generation Filipino-American. His poems speak about the Filipino diaspora, the shared bonds of living as immigrants in the U.S. and the deep and enduring connection to family and community. On October 16, we marked the end of National Hispanic American Heritage Month with the help of Bayside Community Center’s Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio. These dancers put on a dazzling performance on Colachis Plaza at the foot of the steps of Copley Library. Free street tacos from Belinda’s Familia Food Truck were an added bonus for the first members of our community to arrive for this event. This event was the culmination of a month that saw a series of exhibits in the library celebrating Hispanic American histories, cultures and contributions.

Heritage Months By Martha Adkins , Reference Librarian; Regina Gong , Associate Dean for Student Success and Diversity; and Christopher Marcum , Head of Access and Outreach Services This fall, Copley Library joined the campus and San Diego communities in celebrating the heritage of Hispanic Americans, Filipino Americans and Native Americans in a series

Dancers from Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio

Dr. Jason Magabo Perez speaks to the audience of USD students, faculty, and staff, about in the Mother Rosalie Hill Reading Room October 3, 2023.

In the month of November, we celebrated Native American Heritage Month, first with an exhibit featuring books by and about Native American history and culture, and promoting events on campus for the same, including the N8V Lit Book Club meetings, the final of which was held in the Journals Reading Room of Copley Library on November 13. The exhibits were planned in collaboration with Sahmie Wytewa, Tribal Liaison at USD.

of events and exhibits. Our exhibit cases, located in the hallway between Copley and Camino on the upper level of the library, hosted vibrant displays featuring relevant titles from our collections, as well as artifacts from our special collections and from collaborators. Each month, we also hosted events to bring members of our community together in celebration. On October 3, Copley Library celebrated Filipino American



HELLO! Kendall Olson joined the Cataloging and Acquisitions staff of the Collections, Access, and Discovery Department as the new Copy Cataloger and Library Assistant III in July 2023.

Steve Staninger , Professor, Copley Library

The Tin Drum by Günter Grass Written by renowned German

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novelist Günter Grass, it is the story of Oskar Mazerath, a boy from Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland) who stopped growing because he didn’t want to become an adult in Nazi Germany. It explores themes of why the Nazi regime happened and the death and destruction it brought, not just to Europe but to Oskar and his family. It is narrated from the perspective of Oskar, who is in a mental hospital many years after the war. Little Oskar has a toy tin drum, and he gets new ones throughout his life after he destroys them after beating them so vigorously in reaction to his many frustrations, leaving one to ponder, “What is my Tin Drum?” I tried to read it in the original German ( Die Blechtrommel ) but gave up because it was way too complicated. Oskar’s narration drifts in and out of reality and time and it was

Welcome to Copley Reads. In this regular feature, we invite Copley librarians and staff members to share recommendations for books they have enjoyed. We hope you’ll have fun taking a peek into the books that have captivated us.

Kendall worked previously as a library technician at the Carlsbad City Library and as a student assistant at the Cal State San Marcos Library. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing from Cal State San Marcos.

Vincent Dang began his appointment as Copley

Maria Navarro , Student Assistant, Copley Library

Library’s new Evening Access Services Manager in August 2023. Vincent graduated in 2020 from the University of California San Diego (UCSD)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho tells the enchanting

The Secret History by Donna Tartt The Secret History is a psychological

GOODBYE! Chinese Historical Museum. Vincent has been with Copley Library for more than two years as a Weekend Supervisor and as a temporary Circulation and Technology Support Specialist. His education and experience have prepared him well for his new role as Copley’s Evening Access Services Manager. with a Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors), Linguistics and a Minor in Music. He is currently a graduate student at San Diego State University pursuing a Master of Arts in General Linguistics. He can communicate in English, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, Hakka Chinese and Spanish. Vincent has experience as an Event Producer for the San Diego Chinese New Year Fair and the San Diego Asian Film Festival. He also has experience as an Instructor at Mataguay Scout Ranch, UCSD and the San Diego

thriller novel by Donna Tartt. Set in a fictional New England college, it follows a closely knit group of Classics students led by their enigmatic and charismatic

story of Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd who embarks on a journey to discover his personal legend. Leaving behind his familiar life, Santiago

encounters a series of unexpected events and meaningful encounters that lead him to understand the importance of following one’s dreams and the wisdom of listening to one’s heart. This allegorical novel is rich with profound life lessons and inspirational insights. It encourages readers to reflect on their own aspirations and emphasizes the significance of perseverance, self discovery and the pursuit of one’s true purpose in life. It’s a compelling read for those seeking motivation and a deeper understanding of the journey of self-discovery. The Alchemist can provide students with a fresh perspective on their own life choices, goals and ambitions, inspiring them to navigate their academic journey with a sense of purpose and determination.

professor. As their studies progress, the students become entangled in a web of dark secrets, leading to a shocking and tragic event that changes their lives forever. The novel delves deeply into the persona of each character, revealing their vulnerabilities, ambitions and inner demons, making them highly relatable and intriguing. A good reason for a university student to read The Secret History is to delve into the exploration of moral ambiguity and the consequences of one’s actions. The novel raises thought-provoking questions about ethics, responsibility and the blurred lines between right and wrong, which can provoke deep contemplation and discussions relevant to a student’s own moral development and decision-making in their academic and personal life.

hard to follow in my non-native language. I read it for the first time while living in Germany in the early 1980s. The gloomy German winter weather and reminders of the war all over the city I was in — along with the story — put me in quite the contemplative mood. It was a pivotal time in my life, and this book and its lessons have stayed with me ever since. It is a long, intense book for which Günter Grass won a Nobel Prize in literature. It is considered one of the great novels of post-World War II literature. This book was also made into an award-winning film. This librarian highly recommends reading as many Nobel Prize in literature authors as possible. Doing this will introduce you to the stories and perspectives of people and cultures around the world. Reading these books will acquaint you with writers like Mo Yan (China), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) and many other outstanding writers. I look forward to reading books by Jon Fosse (Norway), the 2023 Nobel Laureate!

Copley Library marked the departure of Leslie Hovland , Interlibrary Loan/Reserves Assistant, with thanks and best wishes at the end of October 2023. Leslie has been a team player in the

Collections, Access, and Discovery Department since November 2014, including her recent efforts in the development and management of ereserves workflows to help the USD Learning Design Center with online graduate courses. Leslie will be missed by her library colleagues along with the USD faculty, staff and students that benefited from her cheerful interactions and responsive assistance.






April 29-30, 2024 University of San Diego Copley Library


informative workshops and presentations about digital projects, open access, and scholarly communication, all while enjoying USD’s gracious hospitality! OPENING KEYNOTE: Bryan Alexander , Georgetown University Senior Scholar CLOSING KEYNOTE: Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty , Director, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives


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