We are thrilled to announce that the Library as Incubator Project will have a presence at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago this June. Library friends, we’d love to see you there. Special thank you to the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) and ALA for sponsoring BOTH of these programs. 

Here’s where you can find us:

Spotlight on: Artist Residencies – Saturday June 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Palmer House (Water Tower Room)

Libraries and arts organizations are often the first things to be cut when budgets get tight. They’re also often on the same page: exposing people to creative ideas in a public space where synergy and exciting accidents can happen. Library Artist Residencies combine the best of both worlds, bringing expert artists, writers, and creators into the library space as living resources that can help showcase the artistic process. 

The Library as Incubator Project’s co-founders will moderate a panel discussion featuring representatives from three successful creative Residency programs around the country: the Artist in Residence program at The Bubbler at Madison Public Library, the Children’s Writer in Residence program through the Associates of Boston Public Library, and the Temple University Libraries Artist in Residence Program. This session will highlighting the programs and partnerships that result from the library residency pairing, as well some of the exciting projects produced by artists and makers in the library space. The LAIP will also share progress on a new resource for identifying Library Residency programs that librarians and artists can use.

Add it to your Scheduler: https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=264932 

Library Takeover: Or, How Madison Public Library Relinquished Control of Community Programming – Sunday June 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m., McCormick Place (W187b)

In this session, Madison Public Library Community Engagement Team members share their experiences coordinating an event planning boot camp that offers up significant library resources, spaces, and money to community members in order to support events that directly reflect what is important to the participants and their networks. Participant teams were made up of individual, non-affiliated community members; applications from non-profit organizations, other city agencies, and institutions were not accepted.  

Adapted from an original idea by UK performance poetry group Apples & Snakes and Half-Moon Theatre, Library Takeover @ MPL engaged teams of adult learners in a six-week long event-planning bootcamp, resulting in large-scale community events at the Central Library. Racial equity was a key objective in the program plan.

Add it to your Scheduler: https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=264933

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