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Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Bryan Voell is the Local Arts Librarian for the Johnson County Library in Johnson County, Kansas. He is a regular contributor to the LAIP, where he writes about innovative library arts programming and projects. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Bryan Voell Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Community Novel Project pretty much epitomizes library-initiated collaborative creativity. We...
Elisa Lee & Adam Hinshaw in Residence at University of Technology Sydney Library

Elisa Lee & Adam Hinshaw in Residence at University of Technology Sydney Library

We are very pleased to welcome artists Elisa Lee and Adam Hinshaw to the site today. Elisa and Adam were the 2014 artists-in-residence at the University of Technology Sydney Library (check out our writeup on Chris Gaul, UTS Library’s 2012 artist-in-residence), where the duo’s work investigates the Library Retrieval System. ~Laura From the UTS Library...
All Hands on Tech: Exploring Technology in Kids Library Programming

All Hands on Tech: Exploring Technology in Kids Library Programming

We’ve been documenting the evolution of The Labs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2012, when Digital Learning Librarian Corey Wittig had just secured a pilot grant. It’s all grown up now, and has evolved into a thoughtful and responsive makerspace model that adds real value to conversations about connected learning and community involvement. Check out the whole...
“The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books” in the Rare Books & Manuscript Library, Columbia University

“The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books” in the Rare Books & Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Today, Rebecca Rubenstein interviews the co-curators behind of a new exhibition at Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library.  Don’t miss Rebecca’s other posts on library-as-incubator happenings in the NYC area! ~Erinn by Rebecca Rubenstein “The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books” exhibition celebrates thirty years of creativity and innovation in book publishing. Steve Clay and the artists and writers who work with him...
Library Takeover: Plans become reality for youth-led cultural programs

Library Takeover: Plans become reality for youth-led cultural programs

Today we are so pleased to present this article (the second of two – read part one here) on the Library Takeover program, organized by Apples and Snakes, a performance poetry group based in the UK (check out their awesome library-based SPINE Festival work in our previous series). This program pairs youth who are interested in producing events...
The Grand Intimate: Public Art at Chapel Hill Public Library

The Grand Intimate: Public Art at Chapel Hill Public Library

A town with a public art mandate on town-financed building projects. A library with a big renovation. And an artist with a vision that drew on favorite childhood stories.  This fantastic project is one to bookmark! Enjoy– Erinn.  by Daniel Siler, Marketing and Communications Manager, Chapel Hill Public Library There’s an interesting wrinkle to living in Chapel...
Innisfil Public Library Resident Tinker

Innisfil Public Library Resident Tinker

This post originally appeared in October 2013. When we heard that there was a library with a “resident tinker,” we knew we had to get in touch!  Read on to learn how Innisfil Public Library in Canada is bringing the creativity of the maker movement into the library space by hosting an Artist in Residence...
Capital City Records Update: The first few months of EPL’s local music project

Capital City Records Update: The first few months of EPL’s local music project

More today from Rabble, the killer new startup that is working with libraries to create a software-as-service model for local music collections.  Follow the whole series on this exciting development with the Rabble tag.  ~Erinn by Alex Carruthers On August 5th, 2015, Edmonton Public Library (EPL) launched Capital City Records – and you can go check it...
Hatchery Highlights: Lanark Sculpture

Hatchery Highlights: Lanark Sculpture

The Glasgow School of Art Library has a wonderful website, called The Hatchery, where staff document the artists and artworks that have been inspired by physical and digital library resources. Once a month we’ll repost a Hatchery Highlight from the GSA website. Special thanks to Duncan Chappell at the GSA Library for working with us on...
Art in the Library: We’re not an Art gallery, we’re a Library...and that’s a good thing

Art in the Library: We’re not an Art gallery, we’re a Library…and that’s a good thing

This article originally appeared in September 2013. We were delighted when Laura Doggett got in touch recently– not only is she pioneering a series of arts programs at her home library in England, she’s also writing a dissertation about the phenomenon!  She will be sharing her experience at Woodley Library on the LAIP site as...
Launch Pad Makerspace at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Launch Pad Makerspace at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Today we’re pleased to welcome staff from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, who tell us about their new community resource: the Launch Pad Makerspace located at their Central Library branch. Thanks to Joy Testa Cinquino for coordinating this article! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): What was the impetus for incorporating the Launch...
Poetry Path at Worthington Libraries

Poetry Path at Worthington Libraries

Today we hear from Lisa Fuller, director of community engagement at Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio, about a wonderful public art project she developed– a poetry path!  Combining green space, libraries, and the arts, it hits all my favorite things. Enjoy! ~Erinn   Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about the...