How to Succeed in (the Public Library Online Local Music Collection) Business: Care  

How to Succeed in (the Public Library Online Local Music Collection) Business: Care  

by Kelly Hiser Rabble is a startup based in Madison, Wisconsin that builds online local music collections with public libraries. Our open-source platform, MUSICat, helps librarians connect with local musicians to collect, curate, license, and publish music. We work with an amazing group of library partners, in Edmonton, Madison, Nashville,...
Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

by Amelia Foster Founded in 2013, the Minneapolis Art Lending Library is a collection of about 110 pieces of original artwork that are available to the public for free, three-month loan periods. We aim to provide a new model for artists to showcase their work and build a following, while...
Featuring: Peter Erskine

Featuring: Peter Erskine

Today I’m happy to introduce Peter Erskine, an American installation artist who specializes in creating Solar Spectrum Environmental Artworks made from pure sunlight. Several of Peter’s works are installed at libraries in California and Oregon. Beyond his projects for libraries, and across the US, Erskine has installed artworks in the...
The Labs @ CLP: The Further Electrified Adventures of the CLP Music Department

The Labs @ CLP: The Further Electrified Adventures of the CLP Music Department

The Labs program launched in 2012 with a focus on a teen audience and while teens are still the focus of The Labs we’ve been looking for opportunities to engage other age groups across the Library. While Tara’s project is not a Labs project it is certainly in keeping with...
Curious and Curiouser: The Challenges and Benefits of a Two-Year Exhibition

Curious and Curiouser: The Challenges and Benefits of a Two-Year Exhibition

by Rebecca Hopman Last month I wrote about the Rakow Research Library’s new exhibition, Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library. Curious will be open for 22 months, almost a year longer than past Library exhibitions. The longer length offers its own challenges and benefits. Challenges Many of you may...
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Featuring: Danielle Bonney

Featuring: Danielle Bonney

Today we welcome library-inspired fiber artist Danielle Bonney to the site! Danielle went to the library looking for a hobby and ended up embarking on a new adventure that involves not only hand-making items for her online shop, but also teaching her craft in libraries! Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself!...
Camp Mad Media: Expanding the Digital Literacy Toolkit for Educators

Camp Mad Media: Expanding the Digital Literacy Toolkit for Educators

Today I’m excited to share a program that just wrapped up its second year at Madison Public Library. Camp Mad Media is a quick-and-dirty workshop series that introduces educators, including teachers and librarians, to different digital literacy tools and concepts, while also providing hands-on play time ideas that they can easily incorporate into their classrooms during...
Book to Boogie: "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean"

Book to Boogie: “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean”

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...
Featuring: FORGE at Kenton County Public Library

Featuring: FORGE at Kenton County Public Library

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Ann Schoenenberger, Digital Branch Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky. Ann is part of the visioning and implementing team for FORGE, a community makerspace and embedded library. Today Ann fills us in on the idea behind FORGE and shares some tips for librarians looking to facilitate responsive...
Discovering Austen: a One Woman Show

Discovering Austen: a One Woman Show

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in 2012. We revisit our interview with Kristin Hammargren this week, 200 years after Austen’s death. Kristin is still performing Discovering Austen in the Midwest! Check out the upcoming performance dates. The Library as Incubator Project is pleased to welcome Kristin Hammargren for an interview on...
Featuring: Clare Qualmann

Featuring: Clare Qualmann

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Clare Qualmann, an artist and researcher based in the UK. Clare’s work came to my attention after I saw reference to an article of hers, The Artist in the Library, published in Performance Research: Vol. 22, No. 1. Today we ask Clare questions about her own library-incubated...
PAGES TO PROJECTS: Color Tamer Face Drawing

PAGES TO PROJECTS: Color Tamer Face Drawing

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in July 2017. In a place where colors ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer. She was small, but she was not afraid. by Rebecca Dunn Open Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia...
The Tiny House Festival at Lawrence Public Library

The Tiny House Festival at Lawrence Public Library

Last fall, some colleagues of mine at the Madison Public Library put together a housing resource fair to extend on themes discussed in Matthew Desmond’s book, Evicted, which was the Go Big Read book for the UW-Madison and wider Madison community. One of the coolest things they highlighted during the resource fair was a Tiny House...
Book to Boogie: "So Many Feet"

Book to Boogie: “So Many Feet”

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 find these activities useful...
Featuring: LA Made at Los Angeles Public Library

Featuring: LA Made at Los Angeles Public Library

We are super thrilled to share LA Made on the Library as Incubator Project blog today! This large-scale series of cultural programming leverages the wealth of interesting and diverse local talent in the Los Angeles area. Thanks to Wendy Westgate from the Exploration & Creativity Department, Engagement & Learning Division, Los Angeles Public Library, for...
Brisbane Pride Choir finds a home in libraries

Brisbane Pride Choir finds a home in libraries

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in June 2016. Lots of libraries provide a “home” for many types of arts organizations, from quilters’ guilds to writers’ groups, who do not have a permanent space for gathering. As a librarian with a performance background, I’m always personally interested when a performing arts group takes advantage...
Creative leadership, building a future: Interview with Vicki McDonald, CEO State Library of Queensland

Creative leadership, building a future: Interview with Vicki McDonald, CEO State Library of Queensland

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. Today’s post is an interview with the State Librarian of Queensland (Australia), Vicki McDonald. She and Matt...