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Chicago's Read/Write Library

Chicago’s Read/Write Library

This post was originally published May 2013.  Today we are so pleased to welcome Amanda Meeks to the Library as Incubator Project. Amanda is the outreach coordinator for the Read/Write Library, located in Chicago, Illinois. A big thank you to Amanda for providing us with a fantastic overview of this community resource. Enjoy! ~ Laura by...
Musings on "The Artist's Library" by Nor Hall

Musings on “The Artist’s Library” by Nor Hall

Nor Hall muses on the library as an incubator, with a nod to the Library as Incubator Project and The Artist’s Library: A Field Guide, by Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer. Hall is a Minneapolis-based psychotherapist, author, and playwright. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Opus Archives & Research Center in Santa Barbara, CA. She will return to...
DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

DC Punk Archive: Basement Shows & Community Archivists

…the best part is that this archive is not to remember how great punk was; it is to remember how great punk is. FROM BASEMENT SHOWS TO COMMUNITY ARCHIVISTS:   ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN THE DC PUNK ARCHIVE by Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty Community engagement through programs, concerts, outreach and volunteer involvement has been a...
Framing Fraktur: An Expanding Celebration of Art and Culture

Framing Fraktur: An Expanding Celebration of Art and Culture

Today we welcome back Rachel Karasick, who wrote the preview post for the Framing Fraktur exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Rachel fills us in on the exhibition and larger fraktur celebration since it opened in early March. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Rachel Karasick Framing Fraktur opened at the Free Library on March 2nd, and...
DC Punk Archive: Origins

DC Punk Archive: Origins

Check out this awesome “origin story” from two Washington, DC (DCPL) librarians about the community-planned local music archive that aims to capture the past and present DC punk scene. Yet another fab local music library initiative! by Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty DC Public Library (DCPL) librarians Michele Casto and Bobbie Dougherty have dreamt of building...
Framing Fraktur: The Public Library as a Contemporary Art Space

Framing Fraktur: The Public Library as a Contemporary Art Space

Today we welcome Rachel Karasick, who works as a grant writer for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Rachel shares a fabulous exhibition and community celebration of fraktur, a historic Pennsylvania German art form. Framing Fraktur presents history and contemporary artwork in a unique and exciting format and it is accessible to all at the library. Today’s post...
Exploring Coverbrowser.com

Exploring Coverbrowser.com

This article originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in winter 2013. Our feature articles on libraries and artists have been going positively gangbusters this winter (which I love, don’t get me wrong) so I thought it might be nice to highlight one of the many eye candy-heavy (not to mention ridiculously valuable to students...
Rabble: Working with Libraries to Share Local Music

Rabble: Working with Libraries to Share Local Music

Kelly Hiser is already killing 2015. Her work on the Yahara Music Library has bloomed into a new startup called Rabble that will create a software-as-service model for libraries to create their own local music collections! AND IT’S AWESOME. Check out all of Kelly’s posts for us HERE. ~Erinn by Kelly Hiser I’m extremely happy to introduce LAIP readers to...
Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library

by Laura Damon-Moore Licking County (OH) Library card holders can now check out a guitar from the library! The new guitar collection launched in mid-December, Barbary Sanderson tells us, and there’s already a waitlist forming on the six guitars. Barbary, who is a Teen Services Assistant at the library, is a guitar player herself who...
Book Images Collection from the Internet Archive

Book Images Collection from the Internet Archive

Sometimes you just need some eye candy, amiright? So today we’re pointing you to a fabulous Flickr collection of book images posted by the reliably-awesome Internet Archive. The Internet Archive has so much in their collection that finding an access point can be a tad overwhelming. Luckily they do a great job making the wealth of...
Historic Radio Ads in the Internet Archive

Historic Radio Ads in the Internet Archive

At the beginning of the fall, I was in a short play that featured vintage radio advertisements during scene changes. While we moved to our places in the dim light, the sounds of announcers hawking Lowenbrau’s Beer, Lifebuoy Soap, and more crackled across the theater. The Internet Archive has two collections of vintage radio advertisements,...
Featuring: Carrie Ida Edinger

Featuring: Carrie Ida Edinger

Today we present an exhibition by Carrie Ida Edinger, which is a “restaging” of an online collection project, exploring the space between the physical and digital via that most basic of ephemera – the newsprint coupon. Enjoy this exploration! ~ Laura The restaging of the Internet-based Collection Project artifactual object, The Coupon Collection, was exhibited at the Newark...