Essays
Stage Fright: an essay by David Graham

Stage Fright: an essay by David Graham

I am pleased to welcome David Graham to the Library as Incubator Project. In this essay, David tackles a problem that many arts-incubating librarians and information professionals face: balancing the personal with the professional when it comes to involvement with local arts organizations and institutions. ~ Laura by David Graham I was in a library when I...
Words and Music: an essay

Words and Music: an essay

This post originally appeared on the Library as Incubator Project in the fall of 2011. by Amy White Late in 1989, I became the director of a small public library in Lisbon, Iowa, current population 2,011. The library is housed in one of the oldest storefront buildings in the town (built in 1875) and at the...
Orphan Photos to Inspire the Arts

Orphan Photos to Inspire the Arts

On the heels of the success of Ransom Riggs’ YA novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, lots of people are interested in old photographs. Our friend Melissa Mannon– the mastermind behind the Archives Info blog– shares her perspective on orphan images as an important inspiration point for writers and artists that librarians and archivists...
Recipe for a Thriving Performing Arts Series: Part 1

Recipe for a Thriving Performing Arts Series: Part 1

We’re delighted to welcome Nick Demske back to the Library as Incubator Project for the next installment in his series of posts focusing on process and strategy librarians can use to implement excellent performing arts programs for their communities using a principle we call “Programming as Collection Development.” Nick’s work at Racine Public Library is...
The Peoples' Library: By the People, For the People

The Peoples’ Library: By the People, For the People

by Ryan Claringbole What if you not only could write the books that are checked out in a library by members of your community, but also participate in the construction of that book? The People’s Library, a collaborative project started by Mark Strandquist with Courtney Bowles and Riley Duncan, is allowing the city of Richmond, Virginia...
Librarians and community involvement as a professional competence

Librarians and community involvement as a professional competence

We’re delighted to welcome Nick Demske back to the Library as Incubator Project for the first in a series of posts focusing on process and strategy librarians can use to implement excellent performing arts programs for their communities using a principle we call “Programming as Collection Development.” Nick’s work at Racine Public Library is an...
Out of the Archives: Nappanee Public Library Fine Art Series

Out of the Archives: Nappanee Public Library Fine Art Series

This article first appeared on the Library as Incubator Project on March 15, 2012. We’re delighted to host this essay about Nappanee Public Library’s Fine Art Series by Jessica Flores, the multi-talented Nappanee Communications Specialist who is also a professional artist working in watercolor and mixed media.  Jessica often finds inspiration for her work at...
Reading, Talking, and Learning in a Prison Library

Reading, Talking, and Learning in a Prison Library

by Loesja Vigour A prison library is a strange space. It is trapped in a bubble, capable of inspiring inspiration as quickly as frustration. Sometimes a prisoners’ sense of time is warped–stretched–dragged out. What seems to them like a month waiting for a book they ordered has only been, in reality, a few days. Every...
Essay: Why You Should Pay Attention to Fandoms

Essay: Why You Should Pay Attention to Fandoms

by Katie Behrens Disclaimer: this is a HUGE topic.  I’m only barely scratching the surface.   Remember that Teen Read Week™ art contest we hosted a month ago?  Since I’m the one who coordinated it, I won’t be forgetting anytime soon! What I didn’t realize when we began was that we were unwittingly embarking on...
What we mean by "incubator"

What we mean by “incubator”

by Laura Damon-Moore This weekend, I had the opportunity to hear Sir Kenneth Robinson give the keynote lecture for the Wisconsin Science Festival. Although I had written the following essay prior to hearing his talk, I wanted to highlight a few points from his talk that I think provide context for the way we’re talking...
“A Contest of Sunbeams”: the Literary Annuals

“A Contest of Sunbeams”: the Literary Annuals

by Andrea Reithmayr I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to write a monthly column for the Incubator Project.  My goal is to expand on the information in Beauty for Commerce: Publishers’ Bindings 1830-1910 and to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful period in the history of the book. This first entry will be a...
The Library as Platypus: On the Dual Nature of the Reanimation Library

The Library as Platypus: On the Dual Nature of the Reanimation Library

by Andrew Beccone In January of this year I was invited to write a piece about the Reanimation Library for Library as Incubator. In the course of events, time got away from me and I wasn’t able to begin working on it until recently. But I encountered a problem as soon as I read the...