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 & Managing 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 now 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 library administration and outreach; joint-use libraries; and the role of libraries in the development and promotion of the fine and creative arts. 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 & Managing 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 works at Madison Public Library. 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 ebooks and electronic access, social media marketing, community programming and engagement, and library makerspaces. You can visit her professional portfolio at erinnbatykeferlibraryportfolio.wordpress.com.
Christina Endres: Co-founder & Contributor. 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. Katie received her master’s degree from UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies in May 2013. She also spent her undergraduate career at UW-Madison and graduated in 2009 as an English major. Currently on the job market, Katie’s favorite past workplaces include the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge. Her library interests are largely focused on services to children and young adults in the public library, as well as collection development, information literacy, technology integration, and, of course, creative arts programming. Katie is rediscovering her enjoyment of sewing, cooking, biking, learning to play the ukulele, and hashing out the finer points of Doctor Who with friends now that grad school is over.
Holly Storck-Post: Social Media Manager. Holly is a student at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, with a focus on public librarianship and youth services. She is especially interested in early literacy and teen programming. Holly is a member of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish-speaking. She is bilingual, and hopes to work in a public library providing services to Spanish speakers and immigrants. In addition to reading, Holly enjoys teaching kickboxing and exploring beginner photography.
Ryan Claringbole – Feature Writer. 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, most recently as the Digital Services Librarian at Chesapeake Public Library. His features focus on library innovations and emerging technology. Site appearances: Welcoming Ryan Claringbole to the LaIP!
André Costello is a mentor at The Labs@ CLP, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s digital media learning lab. He graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design in 2009. As a self-promoted designer and musician, he shares his applied knowledge of both worlds in The Labs.
Molly Dickerson is a mentor at The Labs@ CLP, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s digital media learning lab. Site appearances: Life After the Launch, Part One: Filmmaking at The Labs.
Rebecca Zarazan Dunn is a Youth Services Librarian Assistant for the Lawrence Public Library. When she’s not at the library or running after her 2-year old daughter, she is most often found at her blog home, Sturdy for Common Things. Rebecca was named a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. Site appearances: Pages to Projects: Outside the Box. Pages to Projects: Taking Art for a Spin. Pages to Projects: Fine Art Through Story. Pages to Projects: Winter Fun.
Emily Fear is the Teen Librarian of Sewickley Public Library in Sewickley, PA. Site appearances: The Labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, The Labs: Hip-Hop on L.O.C.K Workshops, Developing Policies & Ordering Equipment, QuickFlix Workshops & Contest, & Stop-Motion Animation at Summer Dreamers’ Academy.
Sarah Hemm, an artist and curator from the Janesville, WI area. Site appearances: Featuring: Sarah Hemm, Introducing Guest Blogger Sarah Hemm: Embroider the Day, Embroider the Day: January, Embroider the Day: February, Embroider the Day: March, Embroider the Day: April
Melissa Kolstad, a collagist/ephemeralist who works in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Site appearances: Featuring: Melissa Kolstad, Library Kit: Perfectly Repurposed Periodicals, The Detritus Project, Parts 1 – 7
Brandon Monokian, a theatre artist who works in the New York City and New Jersey area. Site appearances: Featuring: Brandon Monokian, “Einstein’s Dreams” at the Princeton Public Library, Introducing the Page to Stage guest blog series, Page to Stage: an intro to “Freak”, Page to Stage: where are we headed?
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.
Andrea G. Reithmayr 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).
Rebecca Rubenstein – Feature Writer. 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.
Christi Weindorf – Feature Writer, August-September 2012. Christi completed the MLIS program at San José State University in August 2012 and launched into the wider world of libraries and archives. Over the last two years she has worked and interned with the Museum of Performance and Design, Dance Heritage Coalition, King Library at San José State University and Stanford University Libraries. Before pursuing an MLIS, Christi worked in arts education and earned an MA from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
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.