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We had a water main break on campus. Obviously. It’s hard to miss that.

Mediascape group study in the 24/7 Study Area
But here in the library, we also had some more pleasant changes that took place over the summer. The 24/7 Study Area had some new carpeting installed, and since all the furniture had to be moved around anyway, we used the opportunity to move all the service points (printers, copy machines, coin changers, etc.) to one wall. Better yet, two of the group study rooms became mediascape rooms. These include large monitors for viewing, say, PowerPoint presentations; plugins for six laptops; and adaptors for Macs (you can check these out at the 24/7 help desk). Once you plug into and turn on the equipment, it will give you instructions on how to operate the system.

So welcome back! We hope to see a lot of you this semester.


Mark TwainAfter a summer hiatus, the library’s yearlong “The Adventures of Mark Twain: A Centenary Celebration” picks up again on August 27. Below is the schedule:

August 27–December 17: “Mark Twain: An American Original.” Vanderbilt University traveling exhibit in Special Collections. Features first editions and original materials.
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm

September 13–December 17: “Laughing Matters: Researching American Humor in Special Collections.” The exhibit will be located in the 4th floor foyer of the Library Addition.

September 14: Lecture by Gregg Camfield, professor of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at UC Merced, “The Provincial Cosmopolitan: Mark Twain as Californian,” at 3:30 p.m. in Room LL430.

Professor Camfield has published widely on American literature and culture—from 18th century poet Joel Barlow to the television cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head. Mostly he has worked on the ethical and esthetic debates of the nineteenth-century, concentrating on the works of Mark Twain, American literary humor, literary sentimentalism and domesticity. These perspectives inform his three books: Sentimental Twain: Mark Twain in the Maze of Moral Philosophy (Pennsylvania, 1994), Necessary Madness: The Humor of Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Oxford, 1997), and The Oxford Companion to Mark Twain (2003).

A reception will follow the lecture.

Fall 2010: The library will be presenting a series of films related to Mark Twain during the fall term. The movies will be shown in Student Services Room 1500 at 7 pm, and they’re free!

October 13Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
October 20Mark Twain, a Ken Burns documentary (Part 1)
October 27Mark Twain, a Ken Burns documentary (Part 2)
November 3Mark Twain Tonight! (Hal Holbrook one-man show)

Women's Studies
The fact that many universities have a Women’s Studies department doesn’t raise an eyebrow today, but in 1970, it was a pretty radical idea. Feminism was still in its infancy when faculty, students, and community activists at San Diego State College (now SDSU) came up with the bold idea that there should be a department—and a curriculum—that focused entirely on issues affecting women. In fall 1970, the SDSU Senate approved the formal beginning of the Women’s Studies Department, which became the first program of its kind in the world. The rest, as they say, is herstory.

To commemorate its 40th anniversary this year, the department is presenting “Sustaining a Revolution: Women’s Studies Turns 40.” The exhibit will run from August 24 to December 20 in the SDSU Library’s Donor Hall. The exhibit focuses on the issues facing women in the 1970s and on the development of Women’s Studies departments both at SDSU and nationwide. The exhibit features original materials, including departmental records, photographs, news clippings, brochures, correspondence, two quilts, and more. The Women’s Studies Department organized the exhibit with materials housed in the library’s Special Collections and University Archives Department, including many from the Bonnie Zimmerman Papers collection.

samsung mobile charging stationThose electronic gadgets we love so well–cell phones, camcorders, laptops–all have one frustrating flaw: their batteries run out of juice, usually when we need them the most. While it’s generally no problem to find an electrical outlet in the library, around finals, free outlets are as scarce as hen’s teeth.

The 24/7 Study Area in the Library Addition contains a solution: the tower of power. The Samsung Mobile Charging Station is equiped with four outlets dedicated to recharging batteries. There’s no fee to use it, but you do need to provide your own charger. Just think of it as the library’s way of giving power to the people!

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