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Library closed for police drill

From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. today, Love Library was closed for the university’s annual summer emergency drill. Love Library floors 1-5 were the training grounds for SDSU Police and law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County to practice their response to a violent intruder incident. The exercise also included a test of SDSU’s emergency notification methods, including the SDSU Home page, Urgent page, Emergency Information Line, SDSU Alert (text messaging), and social media sites.

In the photo above, one of our security officers is stationed at the end of Donor Hall to redirect people wanting to access Love Library. The Library Addition was not used in the drill and was open throughout the morning.

He's back! Everyone's favorite therapy dog, Baxter, will be visiting the library again, along with his pal Andie from the SPCA. Drop by and get some puppy love!

He’s back! Everyone’s favorite therapy dog, Baxter, will be visiting the library again, along with his pal Andie from the SPCA. Drop by and get some puppy love!

Give us your tired, your stressed, your weary souls in need of relaxation, coping strategies, or a comforting sloppy dog kiss!

It’s finals time again, and the SDSU Library is offering a slate of stress relief programs to help you manage the pressure:

Monday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m., in Room LA2203 — Meditation

Tuesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m., in Room LA2203. — Meditation

Tuesday, May 6, 9 a.m.–11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., Reference Services area — Baxter the therapy dog (courtesy of SDSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services)

Wednesday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m., in the Reference Services Area — Biofeedback

Friday, May 9, 9 a.m.–11:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., in the Reference Services area — Baxter the therapy dog

Friday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., in the Tutoring Center — Stress Management

Monday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in the Reference Services area — Andie the therapy dog (courtesy of the San Diego SPCA)

Tuesday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m., in the Tutoring Center — Stress Management

Tuesday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., in the Reference Services area — Baxter the therapy dog

Wednesday, May 14, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., in the Reference Services area — Baxter the therapy dog

Pastries also will be served on several evenings. Coffee will be available at Peabody’s Coffee in the 24/7 Study Area, which will stay open until 2:00 a.m.

The library will also be offering extended study space/hours by keeping the entire library dome open 24 hours from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Grab your books and burn the midnight oil with us!

3rd floor lounge in Love Library
New furniture, fresh paint, more electrical outlets, and other amenities will make studying in the newly renovated 3rd floor study area in Love Library a better experience. The area is still food friendly and includes a couple of vending machines.3rd floor lounge in Love Library

Nice, huh?

What are you waiting for…grab your books and your laptop and pull up a chair!3rd floor lounge in Love Library

3rd floor study areaNow you see it…soon you won’t.

The renovation process has already begun in the 3rd floor study lounge. Cabinets of Government Publications materials have already been moved to Current Periodicals and Microforms Center. Plastic sheeting is being hung. Soon, the furniture will be removed, and the area will be closed to the public so the heavy-duty work can get underway.

We think you’ll be pleased with what you see when the area reopens around the end of April. The walls will be freshly painted, and new lighting and upgraded electrical amenities will have been installed (during spring break). You’ll find new tables, new seating, and new study carrels, as well as electronic recharging stations. The area will still be food friendly, so we’re installing paper towel and wet-wipe dispensers so you can help us to keep the area clean.

3rd floor study area

In the meantime, study space is available in Rooms 2203 and 108 (Library Addition and Donor Hall), the 24/7 Study Area, Library Addition basement, and the 5th floor of Love Library. In fact, comfortable chairs, carrels, and tables are scattered throughout Love Library.

Photos of the renovated study area will be posted when the work is finished. Let us know what you think!

therapy dogThe SDSU Library is again offering extended space and hours during the peak study time this semester. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, the entire library dome area will be open 24 hours, offering additional space and time for students to prepare for finals. The 24/7 Study Area will continue to be open 24 hours during this period as well. For the safety of our students, a RED ID will be required for admittance after the main library closes. The expanded study space will end at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17.

This year, we’re throwing in some extras. Like biofeedback sessions. And stress management workshops. And an alpha chamber, which is an egg-shaped chair with built-in speakers and a TV that plays videos promoting growth and relaxation. We’ll also have someone here to teach meditation. Oh, and last but not least, THERAPY DOGS! There’s nothing like soft fur and sloppy kisses to melt away stress and fatigue. Keep an eye out for signs posted around the library and on our Website listing where and when these events/perks take place.

The library has entered into an exciting partnership with the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts to integrate visual and performance arts in the library. “Art Under the Dome” begins today (Nov. 8) at 12:15 p.m. with two performances by SDSU student chamber music ensembles—a string quintet and harp and violin duo (sponsored by the School of Music and Dance). Each performance will last around 10 minutes and are samples of the pieces the students will perform in concerts later in the semester.

“Art Under the Dome” will include performances of music ensembles, theater, and art exhibits. We hope you can join us for these performances and exhibits over the course of the semester!

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For more than 20 years, the “Hanging Discus” sculpture in Love Library had been, well, hanging…silently…motionlessly…collecting dust. However, if you worked or attended school here in the 1970s or 1980s, you might remember that the sculpture actually moved. That’s right, some of the 17 aluminum discs that compose the sculpture rotate. And now they do again.

“Hanging Discus” was created by George Baker of Altadena, California. It was designed for Love Library and was installed in the central staircase in November 1973. The sculpture hangs 50 feet down the stairwell, and some of its discs are 8 feet in diameter. A single motor mounted above spins the main shaft,discus5 while various discs mounted on ball bearings are free to spin independently.

Thanks to some recent repair work, the sculpture moves again! “Hanging Discus” does its thing between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Watch a short video of it in action on the library’s Facebook page.

New Media room

Can you picture yourself and your friends using this to create presentations?

Picture this…pretty soon you can!

Demonstrations of the newly updated media rooms will be held in the library’s Media Center on Wednesday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Room 63 in the Media Center underwent upgrades and the addition of other amenities over the summer. It now contains a MediaScape system and an in-room camera/audio system for recording personal presentations.

Media group study room

Three additional rooms in the Media Center also have been outfitted as large-screen group study rooms. During the demonstrations, Michael Lapins, Media Center supervisor, will speak about some of the upcoming changes, such as new equipment loan rules and cables and adaptors for use by students with their mobile devices and Media Center equipment. Michael also will discuss how the Media Center is evolving to serve students’ technical needs.

In case you’ve never visited the Media Center, it’s in the basement of the Library Addition near the Laptop Lounge. While you’re there, take a look at the many movies and CDs you can checkout. The Media Center also loans Nooks and video cameras.

We all know what Comic-Con International is today: a mega pop culture event that serves as a dizzying gathering and show place for TV series producers, cosplayers, gamers, anime fans, graphic novelists, artists, movie industry wannabes, and, oh, yes…comic book dealers and readers. For it was a love for comic books that inspired the original Comic-Con, created and held together with hope and enthusiasm by a group of San Diego teenagers in 1970.

Comic-Con Kids WebsiteLest the modest origins of this four-day extravaganza become lost beneath the layers of glitz and time, the SDSU Library began an oral history project several years ago to collect the stories of Comic-Con’s remaining founders and early participants. The “Comic-Con Kids” project was funded through the Community Stories Grant Program from the California council for the Humanities. Funds from the grant made possible the new interactive Website that features the videos of the founders’ oral histories. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and block off a couple hours of time…you’ll want to explore and enjoy this site fully. In addition to the fascinating tales of early Comic-Cons told by Mike Towry, Greg Bear, and Scott Shaw!, additional resources are featured, including a page on “Comic Convention Memories.” Check it out!

To learn more about our “Comic-Con Kids” project, I’ve included links to recent news videos and articles at the end of this post. To get a quick taste of the interviews features on the Website, watch the video embedded below.

Fox 5 San Diego Report on the Comic-Con Kids Project

Daily Aztec

San Diego State NewsCenter

Terl
Let me introduce you to Terl. He’s around 9 ft. tall and comes from a planet far away. For anyone who has seen “Battlefield Earth,” you’ll remember Terl as the alien portrayed by John Travolta.

Terl will be visiting us for a while, as he is on loan from Edward Marsh, the gentleman who donated our newest science fiction collection. Drop by the 2nd floor Love Library display case (just outside of the SCC) and make his acquaintance!

While you’re here, visit the extraordinary science fiction exhibit on display right now in the Donor Hall (1st floor of Love Library). Be here today at 2 p.m. and meet writer Greg Bear, an SDSU alumnus who happens to be a superstar in the world of science fiction! Greg will give a talk about sci fi and sign copies of his latest book, Halo: Silentium.

Here’s Terl, in all his glory: