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
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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