Wildcards and fugitives: staff exhibition at the State Library Victoria

Wildcards and fugitives: staff exhibition at the State Library Victoria

The State Library of Victoria has a significant model of supporting staff creativity, both through a Residency program, and through staff exhibitions as well! Enjoy! Erinn by Dominique Dunstan, Curator The State Library of Victoria is a great cultural institution and not surprisingly there are many talented people working here, including writers,...
The Seattle Public Library and Rabble Launch PlayBack

The Seattle Public Library and Rabble Launch PlayBack

by Andrew Harbison and Kelly Hiser The Seattle Public Library launched PlayBack just over a month ago with 50 incredible albums by Seattle’s musicians, joining libraries in Madison and Edmonton as the latest to build a local music collection using Rabble’s MUSICat platform. From the start, the Seattle community has...
The Labs @ CLP series: Making Room for Music Recording in the Library

The Labs @ CLP series: Making Room for Music Recording in the Library

The Labs @ CLP has been around for four years now, working to better integrate mentorship and maker-centered learning into our programs and services. If you read some of our early blog entries about the development of the program, you’ll know that programming was designed in a very prescribed way:...
Featuring: Ellen Ziegler

Featuring: Ellen Ziegler

Ellen Ziegler’s extraordinary book art was what made us reach out, but her wonderful collaborative projects truly embody the library-as-incubator philosophy. Enjoy! ~Erinn Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Ellen Ziegler (EZ): I went to Antioch College; some of my professors there...
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State Library of Queensland: Memory Squad!

State Library of Queensland: Memory Squad!

This year we have the distinct pleasure of hosting updates from Dr. Matt Finch, with whom we’ve worked on a number of LAIP features, as he serves as Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, Australia. This feature digs into history, memory, and what it means to explore the past in a library....
Local Music Projects Survey: Digital Collections & Blogs

Local Music Projects Survey: Digital Collections & Blogs

This is Part 2 of a two-part series in our local music survey brought to us by LAIP writer Bryan Voell. Part 1 featured physical collections of local music in public libraries. by Bryan Voell What is ‘local music’? It’s being defined and redefined everyday by an increasing number of public libraries. From analog archives...
Local Music Projects Survey: Physical Collections

Local Music Projects Survey: Physical Collections

This is Part 1 of a two-part series in our local music survey brought to us by LAIP writer Bryan Voell. Check back next week for Part 2, which will feature digital music collections and other local music resources produced by libraries. by Bryan Voell What is ‘local music’? It’s being defined and redefined everyday...
Book to Boogie: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

Book to Boogie: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

Book to Boogie is a monthly series that pairs picture books with dance and movement activities for preschool story time. The series is curated by Kerry Aradhya of Picture Books & Pirouettes and written by a different guest writer each month. We hope that children’s librarians, as well as classroom teachers and dance educators, will...
Audio Storytelling at DC Public Library

Audio Storytelling at DC Public Library

This feature was originally published on the Incubator on August 22, 2014. DC Public Library has a new space for digital projects and some incredible folks working to connect people with one another, information, and the tools to tell their own stories. Peter Timko reached out to share the workshop series he’s developed, drawing on the library’s resources...
Temple University Libraries’ Artist-in-Residence Series: An Introduction

Temple University Libraries’ Artist-in-Residence Series: An Introduction

by Nicole Restaino I’m delighted to share Temple University Libraries’ Artist-in-Residence Series as we prepare to launch the initiative’s third iteration. This month, I’ll be providing background on our libraries, our programming, and how the artist-in-residence project fits into our overall programming strategy here at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. First, a bit about who we...
The Idea Studio at Fond du Lac Public Library

The Idea Studio at Fond du Lac Public Library

Today we’re thrilled to host Mel Kolstad, artist and library lover, who tells us about the brand new Idea Studio at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Enjoy! by Mel Kolstad After nearly three years of planning, grant writing and building, Idea Studio is finally a reality, and Fond du Lac has its very own...
“The Wesleyan Critics:” A Film Analysis Program Premieres at North Carolina Wesleyan College

“The Wesleyan Critics:” A Film Analysis Program Premieres at North Carolina Wesleyan College

by Ian Boucher  While Web 2.0 has brought out more voices, many others nevertheless remain spectators against the vast theater of bloggers whose posts are gospel, where deciphering experts from laypeople and all the biases and emotions in between is an afterthought.  Creativity begins with voice, and, whether through individual research or discussion, a library...
Backyard Concert Series at Anythink

Backyard Concert Series at Anythink

One of our favorite summer-y library program series is back; out of the archives comes this conversation with Stacie Ledden from Anythink Libraries about their Backyard Concert Series. Enjoy! We’re thrilled to present a conversation with Stacie Ledden, Director of Innovations and Brand Strategy at Anythink Libraries. In today’s post she talks about the library’s Backyard...
The Tiny Book Show on Summer Tour

The Tiny Book Show on Summer Tour

by Laura Damon-Moore A couple of years ago, I wrote about Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, a creative duo who founded the Creativity Caravan (formerly known as Food for the Soul Train), with a mission to “build community through creative action, and to deliver creative experiences to people everywhere.” In the summer of 2014, Amy...
An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

An Introduction to the Yahara Music Library

This post was originally published on August 14, 2014. Many libraries are finding ways to share community-created content and provide their patrons with access to exciting new writing, music, and art.  Not only do these efforts support local artists, they also create unique collections, many of them digital.  I’m excited to introduce Kelly Hiser to the...
Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

Teen Bubbler: Showcasing Art Made by Young Adults

One of the most documented programs on the LAIP is the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. We not only have a personal investment in the maker and creativity programming (Laura, Holly, and Erinn have all worked for Madison Public Library at some point in our careers!); we also view the multifaceted, partnership-based program as an...