Block Party: Colorado State University’s Morgan Library Gets “Cheesey” with the Past, Present and Future Aug. 28-29

Colorado State University’s Morgan Library is celebrating the past, present and future through tours, demonstrations, exhibits and Big Block of Cheese Day Aug. 28 and 29.

Held at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Morgan Library, Big Block of Cheese Day invites students, faculty and staff to visit with Pat Burns, dean of libraries and vice president for Information Technology at CSU, while munching on a piece of cheese from the 40 pound block. The concept for the event stems from the story of President Andrew Jackson serving a 1,400 pound block of cheese to attendees at his last public White House reception. According to the story, Jackson’s event symbolized the openness of the White House to the American people.

“In the time-honored tradition of our famous American presidents, CSU Libraries is hosting Big Block of Cheese Day to solicit input, comments and feedback from our constituents,” Burns said. “We look forward to a vibrant and exciting dialog.”

Additional events throughout the two-day celebration include:

Students: The Role the Library Plays in Your Life; 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, Morgan Library Events Hall
This session shows students how to best use the services and resources the library offers. It showcases recording studios and available study spaces as well as points out where students can check out laptops and other course materials.

Faculty: The Role the Library Plays in Your Life: Curriculum Development, Resources and Student Uses; 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, Morgan Library Events Hall
This session offers faculty the chance to see the renovated library as well as learn about consultation and instructional services offered by the Morgan Library to help support academic success.

Community Author Program: Nicholas Carr, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road
Author Nicholas Carr will speak about his new book, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Fort Collins. A book signing and sales will follow the program. Carr also wrote “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google” and “Does IT Matter?”

Morgan Library tours and demonstrations of Google Liquid Galaxy will occur both days beginning at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively.

Several exhibits will also be on display in the Morgan Library, including “The Morrill Act in Colorado: Research, Outreach and Education in Action,” “William Morgan: Campus Visionary,” “Morgan Library: Snapshot Chronology” and “Reptiles: The Art of Philip E. Sims.” Exhibits will be on display through September and are open to the public.

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