Outside the Lines
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, September 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
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The University of Texas Libraries is participating in a national campaign to raise awareness of how libraries are being transformed from the stuffy book warehouses of yore into modern centers of community that provide unexpected opportunities to each and every user.
“Outside the Lines” is a week-long national celebration taking place Sept. 14-20 intended to reintroduce and reconnect communities to libraries through a series of events and activities that highlight their creative, technological and inclusive qualities.
The campaign was organized by a consortium of Colorado library organizations and marketers to move beyond popular preconceptions of what libraries have been, and to focus on the benefits that technological advance has brought to bear on the modern transformation of institutions steeped in tradition.
During “Outside the Lines,” organizations from across the U.S. and Canada will host various events and campaigns designed to help people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement and how they are more relevant than ever to people’s lives.
For its part, the Libraries will hold events that highlight both ongoing and possible future efforts to engage users through unexpected means: as spaces for hands-on creativity, as places structured to serve diverse populations, as community cultural centers and as repositories of human creation.
All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events is listed below.
“Outside the Lines” Events at the University of Texas Libraries
Build It In the Library
Monday, September 15, 11:00am-2pm
Perry-Castañeda Library, PCL Media Lab
Learn how to solder, make music with a robot or animate your own cartoon as the PCL Media Lab hosts a creativity workshop. Attendees can learn the basics of wiring by creating a “Blinken Bat” LED pin provided by ATX Hackerspace, hear about automated musical instruments from musician Michael Steinke or produce a stop-motion animation cartoon with the Edge of Imagination Station.
Open House for Chinese-Speaking Students
Tuesday, September 16, 2-4pm
Perry-Castañeda Library, PCL 6.106
This Open House event is a chance for Chinese-speaking students to explore what the UT Libraries can offer them, and learn about Chinese-language books, movies, and other materials that are available. Library staff with Chinese language skills will be on hand to answer questions and give a short tour around the PCL.
Slam Poets at the UT Poetry Center: Spitshine Poetry
Wednesday, September 17, 8-10pm
Perry-Castañeda Library, UT Poetry Center in the UFCU Student Learning Commons (PCL 2.500)
Poets of UT Spitshine Poetry Slam Ariana Brown, Adam Hamze, Joshua Nguyen, and Arati Warrier weave words together to witness, take down institutionalized oppression, and create literary justice. Co-sponsored by the departments of English and Molecular Biology. Join us for slam poetry and writing at the UT Poetry Center.
KUT CDs Unleashed
Thursday, September 18, 11am-1pm.
Friday, September 19, 11am-1pm.
Last November, The Libraries acquired the KUT Radio Collection. The collection of some 60,000 CDs illustrate the breadth and depth of KUT’s playlist and its listening audience over a nearly 40-year history. Almost every genre and type of music is represented in the expanse of the beloved local station’s existence. Listen as our DJs spin sounds from some very special recordings on the PCL Plaza.
5th Annual LLILAS Benson Student Photo Exhibition
Thursday, September 18, 5:30-9pm.
Benson Latin American Collection, SRH 1
An exhibition featuring photographs taken by University of Texas at Austin graduate and undergraduate students highlighting the expansive research, fieldwork and volunteer activities done by graduate and undergraduate students who are studying topics related to Latin America and U.S. Latino communities. The event will feature the Benson’s own T-Kay (KOOP Radio / dublab) spinning records from the Benson Collection and Michael Crockett (Horizontes, KUTX) DJ’ing Latin American sounds in the Benson Collection’s main reading room. All exhibition spaces will be open to the public and will feature “Inside the Baroque: The Legacy of Mexican Viceregal Arts and Culture” and “Octavio Paz: Centenario.”