January 13, 2022

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To: Faculty & Lecturers
From: Hannah Rael, UCSB Library Communications & Marketing Manager
Subject: Faculty Focus, Winter 2022

Welcome to Winter Quarter at the Library! We have adjusted our hours and services through Jan. 30 in light of the remote instruction period. Please see more information here, including how we can help you request streaming media licenses for instructional purposes.

UCSB Library now has access to BrowZine, a service that lets you browse the complete issues of e-journals that the Library subscribes to, just as if you were flipping through the pages of a physical copy. View our guide for instructions on how to get started.

We are excited to kick off UCSB Reads 2022 this quarter. Thanks to the many of you who are using Ted Chiang’s Exhalation as part of your classes this winter. If you wish to teach the book in spring, contact Alex Regan at UCSBReads@library.ucsb.edu

Check out the Library’s upcoming events and exhibitions below. 


Exhibit Opening: Beyond The Wall: The Prison Art Resistance
January 19, 4PM | Virtual event
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UCSB Library invites the campus and community to a panel discussion about the new exhibition Beyond The Wall: The Prison Art Resistance, which features creative works by incarcerated individuals. Exhibition curators and Underground Scholars Ryan “Flaco” Rising, Juan Bran-Gudiel, and Gilbert Murillo will talk about the inspiration for this exhibition and their work with the UC Underground Scholars “Behind the Wall” program. Moderated by Prof. Vickie Vértiz (UCSB Writing Program). 

Co-sponsored with Underground Scholars Santa Barbara.

Pacific Views Speaker Series: What is Responsible AI?
January 25, 4 PM | Virtual event
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As artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning technologies continue to shape our future, it is critical that we understand the opportunities ahead of us, and avoid the perils. Prof. William Wang (Computer Science) will describe the key advances of AI in recent history, and outline the new challenges for building human-centered AI technologies, focusing on the issues of fairness, bias, transparency, and energy efficiency of AI algorithms.

Wang’s talk is presented in conjunction with UCSB Reads 2022. This year’s book is Exhalation by Ted Chiang, a collection of science fiction short stories that addresses essential questions about humanity and alternative realities.

UCSB Reads Book Giveaway
February 1, starting 10 AM | Outside Library Paseo West entrance
UCSB Library will hand out free copies of the UCSB Reads 2022 book to UCSB students while supplies last. The 2022 selection is Exhalation: Stories, a collection of science fiction short stories by Ted Chiang. 

UCSB Reads 2022: Faculty Panel Discusses "Exhalation: Stories" by Ted Chiang
February 8, 4PM | Virtual event
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Join UCSB Library for an interdisciplinary discussion of the UCSB Reads 2022 book Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Panelists include UCSB faculty Rudy Busto (Religious Studies), Misha Sra (Computer Science), and Sharon Tettegah (Black Studies). Moderated by David Weld (Physics). 

This event is co-sponsored with Santa Barbara City College.

Teaching the UCSB Reads Book
February 16, Noon | Virtual event

UCSB Library and the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL) invite you to a moderated discussion about incorporating the UCSB Reads book into a course. Hear from UCSB faculty across the disciplines who have done this successfully and learn how the UCSB Reads program can support your instruction.



Explore our exhibitions with a rich variety of topics, images, and materials that feature items both from our own collections as well as treasures from outside of the Library.

Beyond The Wall: The Prison Art Resistance
Mountain Gallery (1st Floor, Mountain Side) | On display through June 2022

These creative works were donated by currently imprisoned persons who participate in UC’s Underground Scholars “Behind the Wall” program. The program creates a pathway for incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted individuals to enter higher education.

A Call to Action: Documenting Santa Barbara’s Art & Activism
Special Research Collections (3rd Floor, Mountain Side) | On display through 6/24/2022 

Building on the COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Community Archives Projects, UCSB Library faculty and staff are documenting art and activism in the now in the form of an exhibition showcasing the variety of works submitted to these projects.

Documenting Chicano/o and Latinx Art & Activism in Los Angeles
Learning Commons (1st Floor, Mountain Side) | On display through 6/24/2022 

View materials from the Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) archive. SHG is a community-based artist collective that fosters creative expression within the Los Angeles Chicana/o and Latinx community.

Shadow & Light
Art & Architecture Collection (1st Floor, Mountain Side) | On display through 3/30/2022

These photographs and artists’ statements are part of a project launched by poet Beau Beausoleil to honor Iraqi academics who were killed in Iraq between 2003-2012. 

Postcards from Salinas
Ocean Gallery (1st Floor, Ocean Side)| On display through 6/20/2022

A collection of restored photographs of Filipinas/os in the Salinas Valley from 1920-1940, taken by photographer Narciso Bulosan Caliva.

9/11 Renewal/Rebirth: An Eyewitness Account
Virtual exhibit only | Currently live

Photos from artist RT Livingston's eyewitness account of the year following the tragic events of September 11, 2001.