Rare books people of the world, unite and take over! Though Morrissey may not approve of our liberty with his lyrics, the collegiality of rare books folks was on display during our class trip to the Walters Art Museum. Digitization Specialist Ariel Tabritha and Dr. Lynley A. Herbert, Curatorial Associate in Manuscripts and Rare Books, graciously explained the technology employed by the Walters to digitize their amazing collection of manuscripts and gave us a private tour of some of the treasures in their library. The field trip was so classy we all but yearned to adorn ourselves with monocles and opera cloaks. Sartorial concerns aside, our students made connections between materials they saw at Peabody with those housed at the Walters.
Adventures in aviation! Yes, that was one of the theme’s of yesterday’s Intersession class. After gaining inspiration from storied balloonists and pilots of yore, our daring students conducted their own experiments in flight, attempting to fly paper airplanes across the library from the 6th floor. The competition was strong, the loss bitter. Only one plane was successful. To Georges goes the spoils of victory!
And, um, a quadcopter also made an appearance. Video will be forthcoming!
Awesome library programming.