14th Annual Paper Theatre Festival

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For the 14th year, the UC San Diego Library will celebrate the history, wonder and awe of Paper Theatre, a popular Victorian era theatrical souvenir and educational toy. Our weekend-long exhibit on August 7, 8 and 9 from noon – 3:oo p.m. in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library will include a large collection of colorful scale model theatres. Special Paper Theatre performances will also be held on Friday, August 7 at 12:30 p.m., and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9.

About Paper Theatre

Paper theatre, also called “Table Top Theatre” or “Toy Theatre”, dates back to the Victorian Era. At that time, theatrical playhouses printed fine souvenir posters showing architectural elements of their theatre. Aspects of set design were shown on the posters along with drawings of actual actors of the company (shown in costume from a specific production).  Condensed scripts were included in these poster kits and paper doll players were soon seen in lively productions on a table top at home.

Families and hobbyists would cut out the proscenium, the curtain, etc., to create a scale model of that specific theatre. These paper theatre hobbyists ended up learning much about scenic design, lighting effects, sound effects, music, acting, directing, choreography—all through this paper theatre toy, and many aspects of theatre were introduced to producers and performers of all ages.

Theatre-goers often bought these paper theatre posters as souvenirs promoting an actual production they saw.  Those living far from the theatre district ordered paper theatres from a catalog and had them delivered to their small town as an educational toy for the household. A lot of cutting and pasting was involved but hours of educational fun and artistic exploration would follow. The many two-dimensional layers of a paper theatre add up to something with surprising depth and charm.

For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu.

Scientific American Archive – New Resource

The UC San Diego Library recently acquired the Scientific American Archive and Scientific American Supplement and Builders Edition Archive collections, so we now have the complete run of the magazine going back to 1845. You can browse the issues or search the full text. Note: if you end up with search results from all of the Nature journals, select the Scientific American link to the right of the results list to narrow.

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Steampunk Tea Draws Time-travelers, Explorers, and Victorians to Geisel Library

More than 100 time-travelers, explorers, and Victorians gathered at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library on Sunday, June 28, 2015 to revel in all things Steampunk. Guests–dressed in a wide range of Victorian-era-meets-modern-technology garb–sipped exotic teas, watched a Magic lantern show, and enjoyed chamber music performed on steampunk-inspired instruments.

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Special guests at this year’s party included science writers from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination’s Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and Anastasia Hunter, leader of Gaslight Gathering, who read samplings of steampunk literature. Steampunkers also participated in a variety of hands-on activity booths, where they could curate a paper theatre display by selecting characters and scenery; assemble exotic take-home teabags; and design a ‘Cornell Box.’

The inventors among the group completed a patent application for their next Steampunk invention (hopefully some of which will come to fruition in time for next year’s gathering), while the brave and adventurous got a stamp in their passports so they could travel back in time via the magnificent Steampunk time machine. Steampunk first-timers were invited to stop by the milliner’s to have their heads measured for a traditional hat to be made in their honor, before visiting the ‘Mustard Bar’ where they taste-tested and submitted formal culinary reviews of the various curiosities.

Take a step back in time and view the photos from the event here. For more information about the Annual Steampunk Tea Party, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu.

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University Librarian Brian Schottlaender Awarded For Outstanding Contributions

20150627_190931University Librarian Brian Schottlaender was recognized for his stellar contributions to the library and information science professions at this year’s recent American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Schottlaender was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University’s Department of Information and Library Science (ILS), where he received his M.L.I.S. degree. The ILS Distinguished Alumni Award honors the exceptional skills exhibited by the alumnus, the noteworthy contributions they have made to society, and the significant influence they have made on their place of employment, community and profession.

Earlier this year, Schottlaender was named as the winner of the ALA’s  Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, for his exceptional leadership and many achievements in the library world and at UC San Diego, and the University of California. Schottlaender was presented with the Atkinson award at the  ALA conference.

At the time of the announcement, Nancy J. Gibbs, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair for ALA and former head of the Acquisitions Department at Duke University, lauded Schottlaender for his vision, collaboration, and willingness to take risks to achieve transformational goals:

“Brian is a visionary giant… He has eloquently articulated a vision for the 21st century academic library while finding balance with the need for physical resources, services, staff, and space. He understands we must work collaboratively in order to address the most challenging concerns facing libraries today…. Brian has demonstrated taking calculated risks that have proven transformational for libraries. This is evident in just a few of the initiatives he has shepherded: the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST); HathiTrust, Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance, and Chronopolis, an effort in extensible digital preservation.”

Read the full ALA release here.

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Netflix for Checkout!

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Need to view a movie we don’t have in our normal collection? Want to binge watch House of Cards without buying a Netflix subscription? The Library now offers two Roku media streaming devices with attached Netflix accounts. They are available for 3 day checkouts at the Geisel 1st floor Media Desk. Rokus can be used with and HDMI display, and are configured to work anywhere on campus where the UCSD_Guest wifi network is available. You can also connect to your own home wifi through the device’s settings menu.

This service is not intended for classroom use.

Please send questions and comments to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu

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New Popular Science Books – June 2015

Start your summer break with some new books in our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned.

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Visit the East Learning Commons, Geisel Floor 2 for the Finals Week Stress Free Zone

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Dual Monitors in Geisel East Learning Commons

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The Library now offers four dual monitor workstations to support users working on complex tasks and projects. The workstations are located in Geisel’s 2nd Floor Learning Commons, just in front of the Active Learning Lab.

Send questions and feedback to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu

Keep Hydrated and Stay Alert

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Geisel Library has several hydration station where you can fill you water bottles with freshly filtered water. Bring you water bottle and refill it in the Geisel East Learning Commons, Geisel West, Floor 2 and on Floor 1 near the MAC workstations as well as on Geisel 6th and 8th floors. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will help to energize you by helping to prevent muscle fatigue due to lack of adequate fluids, according to WebMD.

Geisel Steampunk Tea Party Set for June 28

Join futurists, adventurers, and writers  for this lively event!

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Back by popular demand, the Library is once again hosting a Steampunk Tea Party and all are welcome to attend this free, wild and whimsical event. Join fellow futurists, explorers and adventurers on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Geisel Library West (1st floor) for light refreshments and lively chamber music performed on steampunk-inspired instruments.

Steampunk refers to a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Besides gazing at the creative props and costumes worn by fellow guests, there will be plenty of steampunk-friendly and Victoriana-chic curiosities on display. Guest speaker Anastasia Hunter, leader of Gaslight Gathering, will also highlight a sampling of steampunk literature.

Special guests include writers from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination‘s Clarion Writers’ Workshop, which is being held on the UC San Diego campus June 21 – August 20, 2015. Established in 1968, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.

For more information about the 2015 Steampunk Tea event, contact spaulson@ucsd.edu.

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