Library services have been cut in the past few years at . The university will host its annual Dinner in the Library on Friday to raise funds for collections, resources and services at UC San Diego libraries. The evening will included dinner in Geisel Library, a silent auction and keynote talk on The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by writer and Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin.
Ulin’s essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Book Review, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.
In addition, the UC San Diego will present the 2012 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy to Don and Maryann Lyle. Don served as chair and longtime member of the University Librarian’s Advisory Board and in 2004, the couple established an endowment at the UC San Diego Library.
“We are very pleased to be hosting our ninth annual Dinner in the Library with David Ulin,” said Brian E.C. Schottlaender, UC San Diego’s Audrey Geisel University Librarian in an announcement. “The Library plays an essential role in supporting and advancing the university’s high-impact research, which leads to groundbreaking insights, discoveries, treatments, and cures that benefit us all. Given the State’s continuing budget difficulties, private support from members of the San Diego community is more critical than ever to preserving the Library’s knowledge resources and services.”
Silent auction items include a literary-themed vacation to New York City, art lover’s trip to San Francisco and stay at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Tickets for Dinner in the Library are available for $225 per person or $1,800 per table. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and Ulin’s talk following at 7 p.m. For more information or to register for the dinner, please visit: libraries.ucsd.edu/about/dinner.