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The Artist's Library : A Field Guide

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Creativity, like information, is free to everyone who steps into a library. The Artist's Library offers the idea that an artist is any person who uses creative tools to make new things, and the guidance and resources to make libraries of all sizes and shapes come alive as spaces for art-making and cultural engagement. Case studies included in the book range from the crafty (pop-up books) to the community-minded (library galleries) to documentary (photo projects) to the technically complex ("listening" to libraries via Dewey decimal frequencies). The Library as Incubator Project was created by Erinn Batykefer, Laura Damon-Moore, and Christina Endres. It highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships. By calling attention to one of the many reasons libraries are important to our communities and our culture, it provides a dynamic online forum for sharing ideas. Erinn Batykefer is a librarian, a writer, and a lifelong do-it-yourselfer. She earned an MFA in writing and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her first poetry collection, Allegheny, Monongahela, won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize. Laura Damon-Moore is a librarian, blogger, and avid art-maker in her spare time. Laura received her master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Jessica Pigza is the assistant curator in the New York Public Library's Rare Book Division. She also writes on handmade material culture, DIY, and handicrafts at Hand-Made Librarian.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 127 x 177 x 20.32mm | 297g
  • MN, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1566893534
  • 9781566893534
  • 670,745

Table of contents

Foreword by Jessica Pigza
Introduction
Exploring the Library as Subject
Finding Inspiration in Library Collections
Using the Library for Creative Project Research
Using the Library as a Space to Work
Using the Library as an Arts Venue
Creating Successful Programming Partnerships with Libraries
Using the Library to Start or Grow Your Art Organization or Business
Additional Library-based Creativity Exercises
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"Wisconsin authors and librarians Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer have a broader vision for what a library can be... The Artist's Library is designed to give readers an overview of the landscape they'll be exploring and share specific examples of how artists have used libraries in their work..." --Capitol Times "Librarians Damon-Moore and Batykefer (cofounders, with Christina -Endres, Librarian as Incubator Project [LaIP]) have succeeded in producing a guide that benefits artists, librarians, and all creative learners. Libraries and the people who work in and visit them can be an immense resource for building and inspiring creativity, no matter the media in which one works." --Library Journal "This quirky and imaginative book celebrates individuals' potential for creativity and libraries as vital and vibrant community resources." --Kirkus Reviews "The Artist's Library: A Field Guide is the best kind of self-help book--the library providing intellectual and artistic growth on a personal level." --NewPages "This is a fun and accessible guide, particularly for young readers who may not be aware of everything the library has to offer." --Publishers Weekly "In an overstimulated age, when inspired contemplative space can be challenging to secure--whether you live in a culturally rich city or a more remote locale--it can be easy to forget that libraries even exist, that there's a place full of literature, art, reliable resources, and unimpeded quiet available for free--often just a walk or short drive away. But Batykefer and her cohort, along with their creative contributors, are predicting an expansion of the idea of what a library is and does." --Poets & Writers "Like the generosity of the library itself, this little book is an inventive and highly accessible source book, sure to inspire new forms of art, engagement and learning." --The Journal Sentinel "The Artist's Library is brought to us by the inspired folks at The Library as Incubator Project and ... is a celebration of artists and their use of the library as a space, as a resource, and as a creative font."--MPL Mad Reads "[The Artist's Library] details unexpected (and easy) ways to use library resources to boost your creativity, whether you're a professional artist, writer, or performer--or simply have an itch to create something cool." --Book Riot "In [The Artist's Library], Laura and Erinn share some artistic projects that prove today's library isn't the shushing environment you may remember from first grade... Maybe that's not quite how you've always thought of libraries, but that's exactly what the Incubator Project hopes to change." --Midwest Living "While people are wondering about the future of libraries, this fabulous guide shows how the institution is an active, essential center of art and public life, how the creative community is engaging with it, and how we can, too. Required reading for anyone interested in art, books, society, creativity, and information. Namely, everyone." --Wendy MacNaughton "The Artist's Library: A Field Guide is an immeasurable delight in its entirety." --Brain Pickings
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About Erinn Batykefer

Erinn Batykefer is a librarian, a writer, and a lifelong do-it-yourselfer. She's worked in libraries almost constantly since she was fifteen--both as a staffer and as a writer scribbling away at the back of the 811s. She earned an MFA in Writing and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first poetry collection, Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press 2009) won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize. Laura Damon-Moore is a librarian, blogger, and avid art-maker in her spare time. Laura received her master's degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and graduated from Beloit College with a double major in Literary Studies and Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2008. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband James and her chinchilla Barnaby Jones.
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