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Submit your stories of "Inclusive Creativity" to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

Submit your stories of “Inclusive Creativity” to the 2017 Library as Incubator Project

We at believe libraries are a place to connect and create. Since we launched in 2011, the Library as Incubator Project has worked to share inspiring stories of how libraries can bring communities together around the shared experience and practice of creativity– whether through formal arts or craft programs, makerspaces, or free exhibitions and performances. We...
Featuring: Aileen Bassis

Featuring: Aileen Bassis

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Aileen Bassis (AB): I’ve always made art. I remember fixing up other children’s pictures when I was in kindergarten and pleaded with my mother for extra art lessons when I...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of February 5th

Linkubator Roundup: Week of February 5th

Another shit week in the news! Hooray! [wild sarcasm]. On the upside, we have real stories of exciting programs, artists, and collections that are already helping us fulfill our promise to bring you stories about #InclusiveCreativity in 2017.  Use them to make your library better– it’s the last truly democratic space, and you can keep...
Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work  Alisa Ochoa (AO): I am a visual artist who occasionally hacks together printed objects. I am not trained as a book binder or printmaker, but I am an admirer of the craft. I learned on the job, when I was enlisted...
Linkubator Roundup, Week of January 29, 2017

Linkubator Roundup, Week of January 29, 2017

This week, I found that even when my Pennsylvania senators’ mailboxes were full (deliberately left full, it seemed), I could still fax their offices.  Conveniently, FaxZero has a link on their homepage for sending free faxes to your senators and representatives. A connection online assured me that in his experience working for a senator, every...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 22 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 22 2017

Being a librarian is a political act– one that takes as its identity radical inclusivity, and which strives to help everyone in a community meet their information needs. It values accurate information and free and open access for everyone. These values are under attack in the most blatant way we’ve seen in our lifetimes, but it’s facile...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in January 2016.  by Suzy Waldo After over a decade of working in libraries, I have embraced the idea that sometimes the best projects happen totally by accident. Early in January 2015, my friend and fellow South Side Community Council member Jennifer Holliman asked me if Carnegie Library of...
The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

  by Tara Goe The Music Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh celebrated its 75th anniversary a few years back. It’s recognized as one of the largest and most diverse music collections housed in a public library, offering everything from books and music scores, to sound recordings, periodicals, as well as numerous special collections...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 15 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 15 2017

Hello Hello.  This was a shit week, not gonna lie.  Things we care about are under fire.  We continue to do what we can with what we have– keep an eye out for new features that respond to our Inclusive Creativity call, and consider submitting your own. ~Erinn Top Features We are enthralled with the...
Featuring Book Artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva

Featuring Book Artist Ioulia Akhmadeeva

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Ioulia Akhmadeeva (IA): I was born in 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia. Now I live and work in Mexico as a visual artist, working in printmaking and artist’s books. My artistic production consists in 95 group exhibitions and 10 single shows. At...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 8, 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 8, 2017

Top Features Get your boogie on in Storytime!  This week’s Book to Boogie features Little Cloud. We fell in LOVE with Katie Hudnall’s work for the Public Collection. Think large-scale, sculptural Little Free Library.  Virtual reality certainly has great entertainment value, but its educational accessibility offers an even greater advantage for eager, experimenting minds.  Check...
VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

VR FOR ALL SEASONS!

by Ayra Sundbom and Ian Boucher Virtual reality (VR) certainly has great entertainment value, but its educational accessibility offers an even greater advantage for eager, experimenting minds. VR can enhance and deepen the learner’s experience by taking students on journeys to impossible places, like the Moon, the respiratory system, or the inside of a cell. Libraries,...