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We like to think that our patrons come to the SDSU Library to study, to explore intellectual avenues, to view and discuss the artwork or attend one of our many cultural or literary events. And many do. But we don’t kid ourselves, at least those of us who periodically plug “sdsu library” into Twitter seach. Here’s a sampling from the week of September 20-24:

    @SDSU making love in the love library 🙂

    The SDSU library security enforcer is always dressed nicely in uniform.

    I just checked in at SDSU Love Library on #Yelp and earned the Rookie badge!

    spending so much time in the SDSU library is making me miss the awesomeness of ISU’s…there is no place to nap here

    The only barrier between the SDSU library and the Open Air Theatre is window. Cannot wait to hear @wearephoenix perform tonight!

    doing hw in the chamber of secrets (aka the sdsu library)

And thank you, I’ll let the security guard know that he’s a spiffy dresser!


Luci TapahonsoWe have a special treat for poetry lovers this Thursday night. Luci Tapahonso, professor of American Indian Studies and English at the University of Arizona, Tucson, will be the featured author at the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading. The reading will be held at 7 p.m. in Room LL108 of the SDSU Library.

Tapahonso’s book Blue Horses Rush In was awarded the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association’s 1998 Award for Poetry. She was also awarded the “1999 Storyteller of the Year” by The Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers. In 1998, she was awarded the Kansas Governor’s Art Award, and Distinguished Woman awards from the National Association of Women in Education and the Girl Scout Council of America. She was featured in Rhino Records’ CD “In Their Own Voices: A Century of American Poetry” and in the films The Desert is No Lady, Art of the Wild, and Woven by the Grandmothers: An Exhibition of 19th Century Navajo Textiles, which were all released on PBS stations. She also authored Sáanii Dahataal: The Women Are Singing, Songs of Shiprock Fair, and A Radiant Curve.

Professor Gregg Camfield

Gregg Camfield

Tomorrow is the day a lot of us have been looking forward to: the day Gregg Camfield will be at the SDSU Library to discuss “The Provincial Cosmopolitan: Mark Twain as Californian.” His lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Room LL430.

Camfield is a professor of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at UC Merced. He 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 (1994), Necessary Madness: The Humor of Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (1997), and The Oxford Companion to Mark Twain (2003).

Come early so you can get a good seat. Stay late so you can join us for a reception following the talk.

    I’m at SDSU Library (555 Campanile Drive, San Diego) w/ 4 others.
    1:41 PM Sep 9th via foursquare

    Getting better acquainted with this lovely auditing textbook (@ SDSU Library w/ 2 others)
    11:06 AM Sep 9th via foursquare

    Study time… (@ SDSU Library)
    10:59 AM Sep 7th via foursquare from SDSU Malcom A. Love Library, San Diego

    I just ousted Timothy P. as the mayor of SDSU Library on @foursquare!
    12:41 PM Sep 7th via foursquare

What do these four Twitter tweets about the SDSU Library have in common? The posters all announced they were at the library via Foursquare.

Foursquare is a growing location-based social network that helps people connect with friends using GPS via their mobile device. Say you arrive at your favorite coffee shop and want some company. You “check in” on your cellphone, and your friends can see where you are on a Foursquare map. And by the way, you earn points for checking in from various locales, so being mobile and adventurous are pluses.

One of the cool things about Foursquare is you can integrate it with Twitter. When you check in on Foursquare, you have the option to tweet it out on Twitter (say that fast five times!).

And no, as far as I know, we have no elected officials in the library, mayors or otherwise. What Timothy P.’s vanquisher is referring to is, when you check in at the same location often, you become the “mayor” of that spot, and you have to defend your title as part of the game.

Foursquare isn’t the only location-based app; Loopt, Brightkite, Whrrl, and now even Facebook offer similar services. If you’d like to learn more, I’ve included a couple of links to articles on Mashable that can explain location-based social networking far better than I can. So the next time you tell someone you’re “going to the library” instead of helping them move or do the laundry, you can prove it!

More information on located-based social networking:

Beyond Foursquare
Foursquare: Why It May Be the Next Twitter

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SDSU Library on Twitter

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