On Exhibit: For the People, By the People: Government at Work in Santa Barbara County 1850-1950

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UCSB is involved in a project to digitize, preserve, and store historic minute books of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors dating back to 1850.

On Exhibit: For the People, By the People: Government at Work in Santa Barbara County 1850-1950

Minutes of SB Supervisors from early 1940sUCSB is involved in a project to digitize, preserve, and store historic minute books of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors dating back to 1850. Once the handwritten ledgers are digitized, they will be housed in UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections, where they will be publicly available.

Library Closed July 3rd & 4th for Independence Day

The Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

This includes both Davidson Library and the Arts Library.  In addition, there will be no late-night study those days.

Davidson Library will reopen on Sunday at noon and the Arts Library will reopen on Sunday at 4 pm.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

What We're Reading This Summer

"The Library is a wilderness of books," wrote Henry David Thoreau, whose Walden made it onto the summer reading lists of two UCSB Library staff members. The full list reveals a wide — and even wild — range of literary tastes:

Walden coverMarcos Aguilar, Evening Information Supervisor

Travel Channel Features Flag from Library's Collection

UFW Huelga FlagA flag in UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections associated with the United Farm Workers (UFW) movement has been featured in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.

UCSB Acquires Major Chicano/Latino Graphic Art Collections

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The Library has acquired two art collections from the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA), nearly doubling its holdings of Chicano/Latino graphic prints.

Upcoming Collection Moves -- Impact for Library Users

We are eagerly anticipating the completion of the Library Addition and Renovation project, and with that, the move of various collections into their new, respective areas.  The collections are art, sciences, engineering, government publications, reference, current serials, and Special Collections.  The collection moves will begin July 27 and will continue until completed, which is expected in mid-October.  During this time period, materials in the specified collections will be accessible only through paging by library s

UCSB Contributes to Audio Preservation Guide

"ARSC  Guide to Audio Preservation" coverHeat, humidity, fingerprints, ink, dust, time, and compression are all enemies of audio preservation, whether the recording is in the form of a wax cylinder, LP, cassette tape, compact disc, or digital file.

A new guidebook will be a friend to all audio preservationists, especially individuals or institutions who have recorded sound collections but lack specialized expertise to preserve them.

Upcoming Collection Moves -- Impact on Library Users

We are eagerly anticipating the completion of the Library Addition and Renovation project, and with that, the move of various collections into their new, respective areas. The collections are art, sciences, engineering, government publications, reference, current serials, and Special Collections. The collection moves will begin July 27 and continue until completed, which is expected in the middle of the fall quarter. During this time , materials in the specified collections will be accessible only through paging by Library staff.

June Crossroads E-newsletter Available

The June issue of Crossroads, UCSB Library's electronic newsletter, contains news about the Library joining the Digital Library Federation, a graduating student Library employee who wants to become a librarian, and a graduate student's perspective on "Reinventing the Library."

Read the issue here.