The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

The Labs @ CLP: New Mentors and Training with Badges

In the last few months we’ve experienced a complete turnover of our team of Labs Mentors. Two have moved on to full-time Teen Specialist gigs at weekly Labs locations (Jesse as a Teen Specialist at CLP – Main, Teen Department and Sienna as a Teen Librarian at CLP – Allegheny)...
Library Tips in Movie Clips

Library Tips in Movie Clips

by Ian Boucher I became a librarian to apply my knowledge and skills in media studies and production toward information literacy education. This semester, at a time when the importance of reliable information is more apparent than ever, I took a cue from popular online culture in the tradition of...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of March 4 - 10

Linkubator Roundup: Week of March 4 – 10

Welp, the NEA and the NEH are on the chopping block in the current budget bill in Congress.  Did we mention the utter idiocy of cutting necessary, creative economy-generating programs in order to salvage LITERALLY A FRACTION OF A PERCENT OF THE BUDGET? LIKE, .02%? That’s 46 cents per capita. And...
Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

Libraries are for everyone: featuring Rebecca McCorkindale

We first spoke with Rebecca a couple years ago about her artistic and creative endeavors, but we knew that we had to talk to her again once we saw her AMAZING Libraries are for Everyone images! Enjoy! -Holly LAIP: What has changed in your artistic or library life since the last...
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Linkubator Roundup: Week of February 5th

Linkubator Roundup: Week of February 5th

Another shit week in the news! Hooray! [wild sarcasm]. On the upside, we have real stories of exciting programs, artists, and collections that are already helping us fulfill our promise to bring you stories about #InclusiveCreativity in 2017.  Use them to make your library better– it’s the last truly democratic space, and you can keep...
Featuring: The Free Instrument Lending Library (FRILL)

Featuring: The Free Instrument Lending Library (FRILL)

Today we are super thrilled to host Patty Conway from Girls Rock! RVA (Richmond, Virginia) to give us the scoop on FRILL (The Free Instrument Lending Library, which is a very cool collaboration between Girls Rock! RVA and the Richmond Public Library. Enjoy! ~Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please give us a rundown of FRILL and...
CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

CHP in the Stacks: The Givens Collection

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in February 2016. Today’s feature is brought to us by Jay Peterson from Coffee House Press’ CHP in the Stacks, the publishing company’s creative-in-residence program. One of their most recent residencies is with the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota. Part of the...
Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Featuring visual artist Alisa Ochoa

Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work  Alisa Ochoa (AO): I am a visual artist who occasionally hacks together printed objects. I am not trained as a book binder or printmaker, but I am an admirer of the craft. I learned on the job, when I was enlisted...
Linkubator Roundup, Week of January 29, 2017

Linkubator Roundup, Week of January 29, 2017

This week, I found that even when my Pennsylvania senators’ mailboxes were full (deliberately left full, it seemed), I could still fax their offices.  Conveniently, FaxZero has a link on their homepage for sending free faxes to your senators and representatives. A connection online assured me that in his experience working for a senator, every...
Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Archive / Improv by Paul Sunday at Mid-Manhattan Library

Today’s feature comes to us from visual artist Paul Sunday, whose exhibition titled Archive / Improv is installed in The Picture Collection at the NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library. Thanks to Mid-Manhattan Library’s Curator and Art Librarian Arezoo Moseni for her help in assembling this feature. ~Laura A visit to the library, a solo exhibition by Paul Sunday...
Book to Boogie: "Bunny Slopes"

Book to Boogie: “Bunny Slopes”

Book to Boogie is a monthly series that pairs picture books with dance and movement activities for preschool story time. The series is curated by Kerry Aradhya of Picture Books & Pirouettes and written by a different guest writer each month. We hope that children’s librarians, as well as classroom teachers and dance educators, will...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 22 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 22 2017

Being a librarian is a political act– one that takes as its identity radical inclusivity, and which strives to help everyone in a community meet their information needs. It values accurate information and free and open access for everyone. These values are under attack in the most blatant way we’ve seen in our lifetimes, but it’s facile...
Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pop des Fleurs Winter Pop-up Garden with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

This post originally appeared on the LAIP in January 2016.  by Suzy Waldo After over a decade of working in libraries, I have embraced the idea that sometimes the best projects happen totally by accident. Early in January 2015, my friend and fellow South Side Community Council member Jennifer Holliman asked me if Carnegie Library of...
The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

The Labs @ CLP: The Music Department Gets Seriously Synthesized

The Labs program launched in 2012 with a focus on a teen audience and while teens are still the focus of The Labs we’ve been looking for opportunities to engage other age groups across the Library. While Tara’s project is not a Labs project it is certainly in keeping with the experiential and experimental nature...
Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 15 2017

Linkubator Roundup: Week of January 15 2017

Hello Hello.  This was a shit week, not gonna lie.  Things we care about are under fire.  We continue to do what we can with what we have– keep an eye out for new features that respond to our Inclusive Creativity call, and consider submitting your own. ~Erinn Top Features We are enthralled with the...
The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library

The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library

We’ve chatted with the crew at Mid-Continent Public Library before, particularly for a series about their serial fiction project, “The Timely Adventures of Rachel Evans”. Today we’re talking with Andie Paloutzian, Story Center Program Manager, who fills us in on the fantastic suite of resources and programs for writers known as the Story Center. Thank...