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Curious and Curiouser: Eye-Popping Exhibition Demos

Curious and Curiouser: Eye-Popping Exhibition Demos

by Rebecca Hopman One of the most popular cases in the Curious and Curiouser exhibition at the Rakow Library revolves around glass eyes, and it’s easy to see why. People are fascinated by eyes – real or fake. Our case includes several eye-catching advertisements and a box with samples of glass eyes at each stage...
Curious and Curiouser: Romance in the Glasshouse

Curious and Curiouser: Romance in the Glasshouse

by Rebecca Hopman The Rakow Research Library’s current exhibition, Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library, explores themes of surprise, curiosity, and inspiration in the library. One of our main goals for the exhibition was to show the many ways the Rakow Library has been used as an incubator, and to inspire visitors...
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, and Seattle, and we’re excited...
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 also cultivating a new audience...
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...
Reel Misfits: The First Annual Student Film Festival at North Carolina Wesleyan College

Reel Misfits: The First Annual Student Film Festival at North Carolina Wesleyan College

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in June 2016. by Ian Boucher Hello everyone! My name is Ian Boucher, and I’m currently the Emerging Technologies and Outreach Librarian at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Every now and again I will be sharing my experiences supporting student and faculty inspiration through the college’s library. A great...
Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

Showing Off: The Making of an Exhibit

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in May 2016. by Sharon Wolff It seems to me that one of the most frustrating things about working in an institution like a museum or a library is having to coax people into your institution. It can be like pulling teeth, but the best ways to do...
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 the experiential and experimental nature...
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 be able to guess our...
Kids' Art Salon at Pasadena Central Library: Kente Cloth

Kids’ Art Salon at Pasadena Central Library: Kente Cloth

The Program by Marie Plug Leela Perea and I are colleagues in Youth Services at Pasadena Central Library. We are both passionate about art, libraries and working with children. We wanted to create a library program that would engage the minds and imaginations of children ages 7-12, while introducing them to art history, art, and...
PAGES TO PROJECTS: Shadow Play

PAGES TO PROJECTS: Shadow Play

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016.   by Rebecca Dunn  With spring comes more daylight hours, which means we get to see our shadows more often over the next several weeks! There are many entertaining children’s books that explore light and shadows (see list below), but one standout storytime winner is...
Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

Public Demesne: Using Public Domain Images to raise funds

This post and series originally appeared on the LAIP in April 2016. by Allana Mayer The Concept In early January 2016, I started a fundraiser for the Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship, which was made to encourage diverse entrants into the field. I wanted to contribute, but didn’t have money to spare. Instead, I created...