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.

 

Schottlaender Receives ALA & Alumni Awards

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.

Categories: Library News, Staff News

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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