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.
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 eventhere. For more information about the Annual Steampunk Tea Party, contact Scott Paulson at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Join futurists, adventurers, and writers for this lively event!
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, 2015from 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.
Bring your lunch for a virtual picnic in the Park with a vintage screening of the original opening ceremonies of Balboa Park!
Step back in time 100 years to relive the moment when San Diego commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal and launched the City as an international venue.
Join us in the Seuss room on Friday, June 19, 2015 for refreshing drinks starting at 12:30 p.m. Then grab a seat on a picnic blanket to enjoy your lunch while viewing two exquisite vintage silent films, A Glimpse of the San Diego Expo (1915) and Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1915). As a special treat, the Fatty Arbuckle film will be shown on a 16mm projector at the appropriate silent film speed of 16 frames per second. Both screenings will be accompanied by live music from the era and other sounds from the Library’s very own musical group, Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra (TTPO).
This special screening is in conjunction with San Diego Welcomes the World, an exhibition of materials from the Library’s Special Collections & Archives on display in Geisel Library (2nd Floor West). Sheet music found in this exhibit will also be performed at the event by TTPO.
Artistic depictions of zooplankton currently adorn the walls of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, as well as the entrance of the Biomedical Library, thanks to a showcase created by UC San Diego biology student and artist Elizabeth Stringer.
This project has allowed Stringer, a double major in human biology and studio arts, to combine her passion for science with the arts. “I use my art practice to express my own passion that I have for biology and to play and make sense of the biological facts swimming in my head,” said Stringer. Read more…
Want to draw out diagrams or work out equations visually? There are now multiple mobile whiteboards dispersed throughout the Geisel East Learning Commons area for student use while studying. Students may check out white board markers and erasers from the Circulation desk in the front lobby of Geisel Library.
Teaching Assistants and Teaching Apprentices have the opportunity schedule office hours or drop in review sessions in the Library. Reservations are still available for the consultation cubicles in the East Learning Commons are still available for Spring Quarter.
Students, if you would like your TA to meet you in the Library, let them know about this service.
The Geisel TA/Instructor Consultations Area currently offers a round table & 3 chairs in a semi-private area. Mobile whiteboards are available in the surrounding area that can be used, as needed. While no computer is available, wireless and powered outlets are available.
The BLB Consultations Area is in Room 201, beyond the book stacks on the 2nd floor. It offers a large table with chairs and a wall-mounted whiteboard in a small room. While no computer is available, wireless and powered outlets are available.
We welcome any suggestions about additional equipment that might be useful in the spaces.
A Scottish software engineer created this beautiful digital lego model of the Geisel Library. The model includes 117000 individual lego pieces (It’d cost tens of thousands of dollars to make in real life).
Check out the designer’s sites for videos and close-up interior pictures.