Have you wondered if much happens in an academic library before Spring mid-terms? Copley Library would answer with a resounding “YES”! Copley has already been partnering with others on campus and showcasing important resources to the university community.
For instance, what do books and craft beer have in common? One might suggest that an afternoon spent enjoying one and/or the other is time well-spent. On February 13, 2016, the University of San Diego supported the value of both pursuits with its first Brew Classic, held at The Brew Project in Hillcrest with owners Beau Schmitt ’08 and Mike Sill ’09. Hosted by the Alumni Office with proceeds shared with Copley Library, the Saturday afternoon event attracted 175 alumni, friends, faculty, and staff of USD. Attendees enjoyed a variety of local craft beer, including sweet stouts like Monkey Paw Great Ape Nectar as well as aromatic brews like Rip Current Hazardous Hazelnut Porter. Dean of the Library Theresa Byrd indicated that the event efforts will continue to be enjoyed by USD alumni, with the proceeds earmarked for alumni access to another library database.
Later in the month, in a special event for USD faculty and administrators, Copley hosted its first ever Salon. Following the example of French literary salons from earlier centuries, Copley offered an intellectual experience in the Mother Hill Reading Room on February 23rd, with beautiful music performed by USD student cellists and afternoon refreshments. Folks from across campus enjoyed informal conversations with colleagues as well as inspiring discussions with Copley librarians, who showcased several key library resources, like ArtSTOR, Ancestry.com, and the Center for Research Libraries. The interest in and success of the Salon ensured that it would be an ongoing event at Copley Library.
Last week, Copley Library hosted its second Game Night in the Mother Hill Reading Room. A dozen gamers, including students and Copley Library faculty and staff, put their tabletop gaming skills to the test, with games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, and Copley’s newest game acquisition, Lanterns.
In a final note, Copley Library supports the university’s annual celebration of the Kyoto Prize Laureate by offering library resources and a library exhibit focused on the specialization of the winner. This year’s winner, John Neumeier, is a world-leading choreographer and the Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet. Samples of the library’s resources on Mr. Neumeier, including books and DVDs, as well as other ballet material in the collection are on display in the exhibit area on the Copley main level. The library also provides a link to online resources about the Kyoto Laureate Symposium and its winners.
So, is the library a dynamic place throughout the year? You bet! Come on in and join the fun!