Holiday Greetings from the USC Libraries

Wishing you joyful holidays from Dean Melissa Just and the faculty and staff of the USC Libraries!

Find more about the programs highlighted in the video and many other library people, collections, and services below. In order of appearance, we featured:


Engaging USC students

  •  Our 2023 Doheny After Dark event in USC Libraries Special Collections, “Ghosts and Ghouls,” taught primary source literacy skills to USC students through ghostly riddles and challenges designed by USC librarians Ariana Varela and Derek Christian Quezada Meneses and USC Dornsife College history professor Lindsay O’Neill. 
  • The inaugural Summer Instruction Symposium created by the USC Libraries Teaching, Learning, and Research Engagement Department featured lightning talks and activities to promote best practices for teaching and learning. 
  • The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study held its annual ceremony for Academy Fellows as part of USC’s Commencement activities in May of 2023.


Enhancements to Library Spaces

  • We completed the restoration of the stained-glass windows created by Judson Studios at Hoose Library of Philosophy.


Public Events in Library Spaces


Making Our Collections Accessible

  • We completed a multiyear project to create archival descriptions for 960 archival collections representing more than 40,000 linear feet of unique cultural heritage materials.


Cultural Programs at the USC Libraries

  • The Vanishing Worlds of Audubon exhibition and suite of programs with USC’s Visions and Voices initiative.
  • The Visualizing Medicine exhibition and programs on graphic medicine with USC’s Visions and Voices initiative and the USC Keck School of Medicine’s HEAL Program.
  • The ONE Magazine at Seventy exhibition at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to launch One Institute’s inaugural Circa Queer Histories festival.
  • The Encountering Alice in Japan conference, which was presented in conjunction with our annual USC Libraries Wonderland Award.
  • The “How German Exiles Shaped Hollywood” episode from our Lost LA television series, which won a L.A.-area Emmy Award under the Entertainment category in 2023.


USC Libraries Fellowships 

  • Historian of science and comparative literature scholar Franziska Kohlt of the University of Leeds joined us as our inaugural Carrollian Fellow.
  • We named USC Dornsife College graduate student Amber Santoro as our inaugural sustainability fellow after launching the program with the USC Van Hunnick History Department and USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability.
  • Gender and sexuality studies and writing professor Atia Sattar of USC Dornsife College was recognized as our Floyd Covington Fellow.


Scholarly Programs with USC Partners

  • The Ahmanson Lab at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosted the Immersive Technologies and Cultural Heritage Symposium with the USC Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Program.
  • The USC Digital Repository worked with the Charlotta Bass Journalism and Justice Lab at USC Annenberg on the Second Draft Project, which employs AI tools to create interactive interviews for a Black oral history archive that includes Lora King, Ilyasah Shabazz, and firsthand witnesses to social change movements.