The Library as Incubator Project is a collaborative effort that involves the time, skill, and dedication of many individuals and organizations. We rely on a long list of partners, guest writers, and volunteers to do what we do, as well as an army of creative makers and librarians who share their work and ideas with us.
Laura Damon-Moore: Co-founder & Editor. Laura received her master’s degree from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies in 2012. In 2008 she received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and Literary Studies from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Laura has worked in public and academic libraries in Wisconsin, and is currently the Assistant Director for the Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, WI. Laura is a member of the ALA’s America’s Libraries in the 21st Century Committee and serves on the Educator Advisory Panel for Filament Games. Her library interests include programming, particularly for children and young adults; community outreach and engagement; and the development and support of strong library + arts partnerships and projects. Laura’s other interests include yoga, reading, movies, NPR, and art-making. Check out Laura in the Library, her professional website.
Erinn Batykefer: Co-founder & Editor. Erinn earned her MFA in Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012; she is currently the Programs Coordinator at New Canaan Library in New Canaan Connecticut. Her first poetry collection, Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press 2009) won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize and the poem “Pittsburgh as Self-Portrait” was featured on the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project broadsides, which were displayed in coffee shops, libraries, and public transit around the state. Erinn focused on public librarianship during her MLIS and is particularly interested in social media, community programming and engagement, and library artist residencies and makerspaces. You can visit her professional portfolio at Erinn Batykefer | Writer & Librarian.
Christina Jones: Co-founder & Editor (2010-2012). Christina received her master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies in 2012. In 2008, she received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English from UW-Madison. Christina is currently the director of Altoona Public Library in Altoona, Wisconsin. Her library interests include creative programming, community engagement, and the intersections between libraries and technology. When she’s not working, Christina enjoys running, knitting, reading YA lit and playing ultimate frisbee.
Katie Behrens: Project Manager & Associate Editor. Katie received her master’s degree from UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies in May 2013 but has turned her attention to teaching English at a private 6-12 school in Madison. A librarian by training, a creative maker by birth, and a fangirl of many flavors. You can find her on any given Sunday afternoon drinking tea while listening to an audiobook and cross-stitching.
Holly Storck-Post: Project Manager & Associate Editor. Holly received her Master’s Degree from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies in 2014 and is the Youth Services Coordinator at Monroe Public Library in Monroe, WI. She loves everything about youth services, especially early literacy work, art/maker/STEAM programming, and reading teen books. Holly speaks Spanish fluently, advocates for library services to Spanish-speakers, and loves doing bilingual family storytime! Holly blogs about her adventures at adventuresofachildrenslibrarian.com.
Ryan Claringbole. Ryan earned his MLS and a Master’s in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has worked in a variety of libraries and archives, and is now the Public Library Technology Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. His features focus on library innovations and emerging technology.
Rebecca Rubenstein. Rebecca is an artist who earned her MFA from from Pratt Institute before earning an MSLIS student at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University. She recently completed an internship with the Librarian for Fine Art at New York University’s Bobst Library. Visit her website at www.rebeccaprojects.com.
Abby Wanserski. Abby received her BFA in Photography from the University Wisconsin Milwaukee. She currently works at the Alicia Ashman Library in Madison Wisconsin and is the co-founder and manager of the Russian folk music group White Birch Ensemble, where she plays the domra, a Russian folk instrument, and sings. Abby is also a photographer and visual artist, and she hopes to apply her creative experience and expertise to a career in Art Librarianship. Visit Abby online at abbyroseart.com.
Bryan Voell. Bryan is currently the Local Arts Librarian for the Johnson County (KS) Library. He received his MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and has worked for public, academic and research libraries in various capacities since 1997. He is also a collage artist and you can see more of his art here<http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?s=voell>.
Kerry Aradhya. Kerry is a children’s poet and aspiring picture book author. She curates the Book to Boogie series for the LAIP. Kerry has danced with the Houston Grand Opera, the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, and several other small dance companies. She shares her passion for picture books and her love of dance at Picture Books & Pirouettes, where she blogs regularly about integrating children’s literature and movement.
Heather Dickerson. Heather is the Teen Services Librarian at Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. In her life before libraries, she spent most of her time working at summer camp and leading trips in the great outdoors. She writes the Loading the Cannons series for the LAIP.
Rebecca Zarazan Dunn. Rebecca is a children’s librarian for the Chattanooga Public Library, and a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. When she’s not having fun at the library or wrangling her own kiddos, she can be found at her blog home, Sturdy for Common Things. Check out her popular Pages to Projects series.
Kelly Hiser. Kelly is co-founder and CEO of Rabble, a startup dedicated to empowering libraries to support and sustain their local creative communities. Check out her series on building the Yahara Music Library here.
Melissa Kolstad. Mel is a collagist/ephemeralist and library gallery curator who works in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She writes about library galleries, library-inspired artworks, and more for the LAIP.
Rebecca Light – Logo Design. Rebecca is a master’s student in Library and Information Studies at the UW-Madison. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Drake University and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Carleton College. She is co-founder of Vintage Madison, a group supporting local vintage clothing events and pop-up shops. You can also find her “Picture Day” restyled sweaters at several Madison-area stores.
Brandon Monokian. Brandon is a theatre artist who works in the New York City and New Jersey area. He writes about performance and libraries for the LAIP.
Sean Ottosen. Sean earned his master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies and is currently an employee of the Madison Public Library (Central) in both Reference & User Services and Digital/Web Services. His volunteer work with downtown Madison music festivals has led to a seat on the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center’s board of directors. Sean is a cinephile, a frequent concert-goer, and an enthusiastic reader.
Andrea G. Reithmayr. Andrea is a Special Collections Librarian and the Rare Book Conservator at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries. Site appearances: Featuring: the Beauty for Commerce Exhibition, A Contest of Sunbeams: the Literary Annuals, The Case for Cloth, The Creation of Beauty is Art, Sentiments and Rules, Owen Jones’ ‘Book Beautiful’ (Part 1).
Lucas Schneider. Lucas is studying Japanese and Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been working in libraries for over five years and is currently a desk page at Madison Public Library. Lucas is fascinated by computer networking and security and would love to have a career bridging the gap between libraries and electronic resources.
Madison Public Library (WI)
American Library Association (America’s Libraries in the 21st Century Committee)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA)
Westport Library (CT)
Chesapeake Library (VA)
Queens Library/Queens Museum (NY)
Little Free Library Project
Designers & Books
Teen Librarian’s Toolbox
In addition to our partners, guest bloggers and volunteers, we would not exist without the valuable guidance and advice of a few key people as we began this project:
Louise Robbins, the Project’s first academic adviser, provided much-needed support during the early days of the Project and we are grateful that she continues to offer her input in an informal capacity.
Stephen Paling, the Project’s second academic adviser, who guided us during the official launch of the project.
Lee Konrad, Director of Technology for the UW-Madison General Library System
Dorothea Salo, Instructor for SLIS at UW-Madison
Lisa Strand, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Library Association
Laurie-Beth Clark, Professor of Art at UW-Madison
Lynette Korenic, Director of Kohler Art Library at UW-Madison
Linda Duychak, Librarian at Kohler Art Library at UW-Madison
Martha Glowacki, Artist and Curator for the Wisconsin Academy’s James Watrous Gallery
A very special thank you to all of the artists, writers, and librarians who answered our original survey and contributed their wonderful work to the site. Without you, this project would not be possible.