Message from the University Librarian:
Main Library Renamed Langson Library
Langson Library, previously the Main Library,
was dedicated in a joyous celebration on 16
October. The library was renamed in recognition
of a generous gift from Jack Langson of Newport
Beach, who believes strong libraries are critical
to great universities. Mr. Langson sees his
gift as extending support to the entire campus.
“It seems to me that improving the library
is strengthening the intellectual heart of the
university,” he said. “A great university
library provides the lifeblood to nourish the
capabilities of its students and to support
the advancement of knowledge by its researchers.”
We began using the new name, Langson Library,
at the beginning of the fall quarter and have
been changing to the new name whenever possible
on the web and in print. However, it will take
time before the change to Langson Library is
The library is receiving significantly increased
use from the campus and the community. Jack’s
gift will greatly enhance the library’s
ability to make substantial building improvements
to provide better services and accommodate new
technologies in a building that was not designed
to anticipate our current needs.
The Langson Library was designed by William
Pereira and was one of the original buildings
completed for the opening of the campus in 1965.
A major addition (nearly invisible to the observer)
was made in 1970, and a seismic upgrade was
completed in 1996. While the building has served
the campus well, the gift comes at a time when
the Libraries are beginning to plan extensive
reconfiguration and renovation of the interior
space to accommodate the growing numbers of
students and faculty using the library.
major improvement already completed is our Compact
Shelving Project, which created an attractive,
comfortable, and functional space that relieved
overcrowded stacks and provides storage capacity
for nearly 500,000 volumes in the Langson Library
The Langson Library is the second of the UCI
Libraries to be named in the last few years.
In 2001, the library at the Medical Center in
Orange was named in honor of Forrest J. Grunigen,
We will keep you advised as we progress with
our plans for Langson Library as part of the
UCI Libraries Master Space Plan.
Above left: Jack Langson
Above right: Langson Library
Fall Exhibit Features
Art Inspired by Poetry
fall exhibit explores artists’ interpretations
of an influential poem by Stéphane Mallarmé.
Titled A Throw of the Dice: Artists Inspired
By a Visual Text, the exhibit opened in
Langson Library on November 17th.
Mallarmé is considered one of France’s
greatest writers, and by many sophisticated
critics, the poet who comes closest to perfection.
His influence on modern poetry is great, and
his work foreshadowed the typographical experimentation
of later poets. With publication of the experimental
poem Un Coup de dés (translated
as A Throw of the Dice) in 1897, he
inaugurated a typography and page design capable
of expressing movement in space and time. Un
Coup de dés can be said to have
led directly to the development of the 20th-century
phenomenon known as the artists’ book.
This exhibit explores the visual and textual
interpretations of Mallarmé’s poem
that have been created from the 1960s to the
present. Five types of editions are highlighted:
limited edition artists’ books, early
and scholarly editions, parodies, translations,
and recent artists’ books influenced by
Un Coup de dés. Taken as a whole,
they illustrate the extraordinary life and influence
of Mallarmé’s poetic and typographic
Artists’ books generally fall into two
categories: limited edition livres de peintres
illustrated by famous artists, and modest works
that intertwine text and image. The limited
editions are elaborate and expensive. The inexpensive
variety depends on bookwork, including typography,
conceived by a single artist. In ordinary illustrated
books, the images convey the meaning of text
without relating to the typography. In livres
de peintres, however, while focusing mainly
on the graphics, readers appreciate the beauty
of the printing and the handmade paper. In contrast,
the reader cannot separate image from text in
contemporary artists’ books.
A Throw of the Dice was curated by
UCI Professors Emeriti Renée Riese Hubert
and Judd Hubert, who have published extensively
on both artists’ books and Mallarmé.
They co-authored The Cutting Edge of Reading:
Artists’ Books, published by Granary
Books (New York, 1999).
For more information about the exhibit, contact
Jackie Dooley (firstname.lastname@example.org
Above right: Exhibit poster
Langson Library Collections
As part of our comprehensive space planning
efforts, the UCI Libraries embarked in 2001
on a project to install moveable compact shelving
in the basement of Langson Library in order
to add shelf space needed for our growing collections.
This project was just one aspect of the Libraries’
efforts to better maximize existing space, both
to ensure that needed research collections are
conveniently available and to provide more computer
workstations and reader seats to meet the needs
of our growing campus. We also took this opportunity
to assess and rearrange the collections layout
based on consultation with faculty.
The stacks had reached over 100% capacity,
so this high-density shelving provides critically
needed space for new materials. The project
has increased the capacity of Langson by nearly
500,000 volumes. The new shelving also helps
us house more materials on campus which would
otherwise have been sent to off-campus storage
in the Southern Regional Library Facility.
The electronic compact shelves are easy to
use and have built-in sensor safety features.
Library staff are eager to assist with any questions
about operating the units.
Here are some of the benefits that we have
gained in terms of services and collections:
- The basement level is now comfortable, attractive,
and functional. It has been totally renovated
with new carpet, paint, lighting, ventilation,
furniture, and electronic compact shelving.
It is now one of the floors most conducive
for research and study.
- The book collection has been rearranged
to create a linear call number flow from the
4th floor down to the basement.
- All bound serials are in compact shelving
to enable centralized ease of use. In addition,
the nature of serials use lends itself to
compact shelving: with citations in hand,
users can retrieve materials fairly quickly,
whereas books demand browsing. Finally, online
availability of an increasing number of journals
is gradually leading to lower use of print
- The government information and Langson Library
reference collections have been consolidated.
- Publications of international governmental
organizations have been integrated with the
rest of the general collection.
- All other government information collections
have been relocated to the basement to provide
sufficient growth space and in recognition
that an increasing percentage of federal and
state documents are now being distributed
online. As with serials, the need to access
print collections will decrease over time.
- The East Asian Collection is located on
the 1st floor for ease of browsing and to
provide proximity to specialized reference
- The entire collection and shelves were dusted
We encourage you to visit Langson Library,
and we appreciate your continued support as
we explore other ways to maximize our existing
space in order to provide a high level of service
to the campus community. For more information,
contact Lorelei Tanji, Assistant University
Librarian for Collections (email@example.com
Libraries Acquire Rare Thomas
An exciting addition to Special Collections
and Archives should prove of interest to scholars
and students of German literature: a very early
edition of Thomas Mann’s great novella
Der Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice).
UCI’s copy of the “Hundertdruck”
edition was purchased at auction and is number
51 of 100 copies printed. It was published in
Leipzig by Hans Walter von Weber and his firm,
Herbert Lehnert, Research Professor of German,
explains the differences between this and the
first edition. The “Hundertdruck”
was intended to be the first edition, but the
publisher’s work was proceeding slowly.
After having given the manuscript to Weber,
Mann became impatient and sent a copy with revisions
to chapters 1-4 to his usual publisher, S. Fischer,
who published it in 1912. The “Hundertdruck”
also carries a publication date of 1912, but
in fact did not appear until 1913. Thus it is
the earliest published version of Mann’s
text, yet is not the first edition, an anomaly
in publishing history.
This acquisition is an important complement
to the Hans Waldmueller Collection on Thomas
Mann in Special Collections and Archives, which
has been an important scholarly resource for
the campus since its acquisition in 1987. The
collection was amassed by Mann scholar Hans
Waldmueller beginning in 1929 and grew to include
over 9,000 volumes. The collection provides
a comprehensive survey of Mann’s work.
It includes most first editions of his books,
many of his publications in the original literary
journals, and some correspondence and family
materials. Also included are essays, works edited
by Mann, translations of his works, biographical
and critical studies, and voluminous German-language
periodicals and articles related to Mann and
his work. Treasures include first and later
editions of important books such as Buddenbrooks,
Der Zauberberg, Joseph und seine Brueder,
Tonio Kroeger, and Der Tod in Venedig.
All are welcome to visit Special Collections
and Archives to use our new Der Tod in Venedig
or the Waldmueller Collection. For more information,
please contact the department at (firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Dr. Lehnert for his invaluable
input and to the UCI German Department for encouraging
Create Your Own Multimedia
Works in Library Computer Labs
New multmedia workstations in the Langson Library
Multimedia Resources Center (MRC) and the Science
Library Interactive Learning Center (ILC) enable
UCI students, faculty, and staff to create and
edit digital files, incorporate them into presentations
or web pages, or transfer them to CDs or DVDs.
Assistance will be provided to both novice and
skilled users who wish to use professional quality
authoring/editing software on either PC or Macintosh
computers for teaching and learning.
Why provide this service? Students and faculty
are increasingly interested in moving scholarly
communication and instruction beyond the limits
of printed or digital text. Creation of Web
pages for scholarly and instructional use has
become routine. Use of personal digital cameras
and camcorders is becoming pervasive. To provide
necessary digital content, UC libraries are
expanding online resources by licensing digital
image collections and by digitizing selected
rare and archival materials in their print collections.
The UCI Libraries are eager to assist by making
available these workstations with professional
digitizing and editing tools, as well as any
needed assistance in using the workstations.
The ILC and MRC provide access to specialized
digital resources, whether bibliographic, textual,
statistical, graphic, audio or video, in the
Libraries’ collections, and assist users
in digitizing resources from our rich print
collections as needed. Some specific capabilities
of the workstations include:
- Images can be transferred from digital
cameras, most common disk formats, and online
collections. Photographs and other printed
images, including materials from the libraries’
collections, can be scanned. Users can manipulate
these images or create original digital files
- Video files can be transferred from camcorders,
VCRs, most common disk formats, and the Internet.
Users can edit and enhance these video segments
and create soundtracks by adding narration,
music, or sounds from a variety of sources.
- Image, video, and sound files can be incorporated
into Web pages or multimedia programs. Completed
files can be transferred to Zip disks, burned
onto CDs or DVDs, or moved over the Internet.
- The workstations also have enhanced text
capabilities and standard productivity tools.
Text from printed sources can be scanned and
converted to editable text. The scanners have
optional document feeders so that multiple
loose pages can be scanned automatically.
- Library staff developed these workstations
to meet existing and anticipated needs of
our users. We are always interested in adapting
and enhancing our services to meet creative
and unanticipated needs, and we encourage
For more information or to suggest enhancements,
please contact Jeff Schneidewind in the Science
or x47099) or Collette Ford in Langson Library
New Electronic Resources!
Digital Image Collections
Digital images have become a valuable supplement
to the use of analog images—such as slides,
photographs, and film—in research, preparation
of lectures, and development of instructional
materials for students. The Libraries now offer
two new collections of such images to the UCI
community for educational use, adding significant
content to our campus visual resources and greatly
- The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO)
Library is a digital resource of over 100,000
images, with supporting documentation and
related multimedia contributed by North American
and British art collections. AMICO images
represent a broad range of cultures, time
periods, and object types. Cultures represented
include ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian;
Native American and Inuit; Chinese and Japanese.
Coverage of time periods is comprehensive,
from prehistory to the present. Objects range
from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary
- Saskia Ltd. Cultural Documentation’s
entire collection of 26,000 professional quality
digital reproductions covers the history of
Western art from the Neolithic period to the
20th century. Many works are from major European
museums such as the Louvre and the Prado.
Holdings of painting and sculpture are particularly
strong. Architectural views and drawings,
urban views, minor arts, tapestries, and frescoes
are also represented, as are Asiatic works
Each individual work of art is described in
a complete catalog record. To access either
collection, perform a title search on “amico”
or “saskia” in either ANTPAC or
the Melvyl online catalog. Both collections
can be searched using a web browser or the downloadable
Insight® Java client marketed by Luna Imaging,
both of which offer sophisticated searching
features. After downloading Insight® users
can develop cross-collection searches of Saskia,
AMICO, and other image databases offered by
Luna; view the digital images fully or zoom
in on details; manipulate images in various
ways; and create presentations and export them
as either HTML or PowerPoint files.
Access to digital images for UCI users will
continue to expand, such as with the expected
future addition of 30,000 images from Hartill
Art Associates. Contact Rina Vecchiola, Research
Librarian for Art History and Studio Art (email@example.com
or x49872), for more information.
Libraries Acquire Records
of Schonfeld Deanship
the time Willie Schonfeld retired as Dean of
the School of Social Sciences in 2002, he had
accumulated twenty years of significant documentation.
Upon being contacted by University Archivist
Jennifer Jacobs, he quickly assented to the
transfer of these records to the University
Archives for permanent preservation and availability
for historical research and administrative use.
The School of Social Sciences Records are the
first records of an academic Dean transferred
to the Archives since UCI was founded. The University
Archives seeks to similarly document all of
UCI’s schools, as well as academic departments,
major administrative offices, the Academic Senate
and other important groups, and student life.
All records of UCI’s former Chancellors
and many other materials are already in the
The records had been kept in a small room near
the Dean’s office in six file cabinets.
With the help of executive assistant Carole
Nightengale, they were boxed and moved to Langson
Library, where they are stored in a secure,
climate-controlled room. They document decision
making, accomplishments, and events of the School
during the past twenty years, and, in some cases,
even earlier. Most materials are correspondence
and topical files recording daily activities
of the Dean and his staff. In the Archives,
they are available for the benefit of the institutional
memory of the whole of UCI, as well as for continued
access by the School itself. Any materials containing
confidential information will be restricted
from use for an appropriate period of time.
Academic planning is an important topic covered
in such records. For example, when Schonfeld
became Dean, the School had no academic departments.
This was workable while the School was small,
but as enrollment increased, departmentalization
was necessary. The records concerning each department
speak to the energy Schonfeld and his colleagues
put into this structural overhaul in the mid-1980s.
The origination and development of research
centers such as the Center for Global Peace
and Conflict Studies and the Center for the
Study of Democracy also are represented. Other
topics covered include budget, faculty recruitment,
student affairs, and the administration of two
related campus units, the Department of Education
and the former Program in Comparative Culture.
For more information, or to learn more about
donating your program’s records, contact
University Archivist Jennifer Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org
Above left: Schonfeld in a 1982 photo
Libraries Assess Students'
Information Literacy Skills
In our efforts to improve library instruction,
the UCI Libraries will participate with forty
other academic libraries in a standardized assessment
of students' ability to find, evaluate, and
use information effectively, i.e. information
literacy skills. Such abilities are essential
to the acquisition of disciplinary knowledge,
critical thinking, and life-long learning skills.
In Spring 2004 the Libraries will participate
SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information
Literacy Skills), a national effort to measure
and document the relationship between the acquisition
of information literacy skills and student acheivement.
With such a tool, academic libraries will be
able to measure skills, gather national data,
provide norms, compare information literacy
measures with other indicators of student achievement,
and determine what role, if any, information
literacy plays in student success and retention.
As a bonus, participants will receive reports
that document the level of information literacy
skills in relation to student achievement levels
at their institutions.
In recent years there has been an emphasis
on assessment in higher education. Approaches
range from familiar practices (test performance
and external program reviews), to ambitious
projects such as UC’s undergraduate academic
experience survey, “Student Experiences
in the Research University—21st Century”
Our goal in participating in SAILS is that
the outcomes will help us meet the challenge
that all academic libraries face in attempting
to measure the value they add to a student's
For more information on SAILS, go to (www.projectsails.org)
or contact Cathy Palmer, Head of Education and
Did You Know?
You can request checkout of new library materials
that are on order or have not yet been cataloged
and shelved. Simply click on Request uncataloged
material at the bottom of the Antpac home page
and complete the required form. You will need
your library barcode and Antpac pin number.
The library will "rush" catalog this
item and notify you when it is ready for pickup.
Library Users "Grade"
chief goal of the UCI Libraries is to provide
excellent service to our primary clientele:
UCI’s faculty, students, and staff. To
help us evaluate our level of success, we are
using a nationally-endorsed survey instrument
to obtain direct feedback.
During April 2003 we conducted a web-based
survey of 2,700 randomly selected faculty, students,
and staff to evaluate perceptions of library
service quality, as announced in the Winter
2003 issue of UCI Libraries Update. The survey
instrument uses 25 core questions to measure
library users’ minimum, perceived, and
desired levels of service. We would like to
thank all who took the time to participate in
the survey; we value your input highly. The
response average for such a survey is about
15%, and the respondents were well representative
of the overall campus population, particularly
for faculty and graduate students.
Overall, respondents greatly value and appreciate
library services at UCI and the people who deliver
those services. Preliminary findings highlighted
several particular areas of strength. Timely
and efficient document delivery and interlibrary
loan services are appreciated. Librarians and
career staff are highly regarded for their expertise
and willingness to help users. Electronic and
print information resources are highly valued.
Library users, especially faculty and graduate
students, clearly desire more of these resources,
Other desired improvements include easier access
from home or office to electronic resources,
better tools for finding resources independently,
including improvements to the website, and enhancements
to our buildings as a study environment, including
We have almost completed our analysis of the
data gathered and will share both the results
and our response to the survey with the University
community very soon.
For additional information, contact Steve MacLeod,
the project manager (email@example.com
or x44967) or Carol Ann Hughes, Associate University
Librarian for Public Services (hughes
@uci.edu or x49753).