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Featuring: Bryan Voell

Featuring: Bryan Voell

Today we are pleased to welcome Bryan Voell to the Library as Incubator Project. Bryan is a librarian-artist who sees and lives the connection between libraries and the arts every day. Enjoy! ~ Laura Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): Please introduce yourself – who are you, where are you from, what type of work (creative, professional,...
Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

Librarian-Artists Celebrated With Unique Exhibit

by Bryan Voell Pique Gallery, an “open ended art experiment” located in Covington, Kentucky, recently exhibited work created by librarians that focused on the intersections between art, creativity, information and libraries. We spoke with Pique co-manager Annie Brown about the ideas and questions that helped shape this exhibit. Library as Incubator Project (LAIP): What was...
"A Place Free of Judgement": Youth Taking Over UK Libraries

“A Place Free of Judgement”: Youth Taking Over UK Libraries

by Bryan Voell On Saturday, October 29, 2016, something very cool happened in three British public libraries. Capping off several months of ambitious partnerships, teen-centered workshops and arts-based collaborations, the late October event was both a celebration of libraries and an affirmation of the power of teenagers to redefine these public spaces as “places free...
Book Images Collection from the Internet Archive

Book Images Collection from the Internet Archive

This post was originally published on December 11, 2014.  Sometimes you just need some eye candy, amiright? So today we’re pointing you to a fabulous Flickr collection of book images posted by the reliably-awesome Internet Archive. The Internet Archive has so much in their collection that finding an access point can be a tad overwhelming. Luckily...
Local Music Projects Survey: Digital Collections & Blogs

Local Music Projects Survey: Digital Collections & Blogs

This is Part 2 of a two-part series in our local music survey brought to us by LAIP writer Bryan Voell. Part 1 featured physical collections of local music in public libraries. by Bryan Voell What is ‘local music’? It’s being defined and redefined everyday by an increasing number of public libraries. From analog archives...
Local Music Projects Survey: Physical Collections

Local Music Projects Survey: Physical Collections

This is Part 1 of a two-part series in our local music survey brought to us by LAIP writer Bryan Voell. Check back next week for Part 2, which will feature digital music collections and other local music resources produced by libraries. by Bryan Voell What is ‘local music’? It’s being defined and redefined everyday...
The New Black & Veatch MakeSpace at the Johnson County Library

The New Black & Veatch MakeSpace at the Johnson County Library

By Bryan Voell The Johnson County (KS) Library opened its first Makerspace in 2013. At that time it was the size of a (very) small room, but with the economy of size came loads of creative potential. The demand for our two 3D printers, green screen and software-loaded Macs was so great that it quickly...
Featuring: Ebony Tusks

Featuring: Ebony Tusks

by Bryan Voell What happens when libraries and the hip-hop world intersect ?  In late 2015, Martinez Hillard, front-man for the Lawrence, Kansas, hardcore hip-hop trio Ebony Tusks, was asked to contribute an original poem for a video project promoting the role Kansas libraries play in the lives of those who use and are inspired...
Featuring: LoveJordan

Featuring: LoveJordan

by Bryan Voell LoveJordan is a collaboration between British artists Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan. Their work is beautifully intricate and provocative, existing in the realms between social commentary and personal revelation. Everything they do is fascinating, but it was their sculpture work that initiated this interview: complex, thought-provoking constructions inspired by questions about technology, collections,...
Johnson County Library’s Listen Local Project: An Update

Johnson County Library’s Listen Local Project: An Update

by Bryan Voell Since its inception in January 2015, Johnson County Library’s Listen Local project has featured more than fifty of the Kansas City area’s finest songwriters, composers and musical noisemakers. As I wrote back in March 2015, the overarching goal of Listen Local is to help educate our community on the breadth of talent...
Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Community Novel Project at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Bryan Voell is the Local Arts Librarian for the Johnson County Library in Johnson County, Kansas. He is a regular contributor to the LAIP, where he writes about innovative library arts programming and projects. Enjoy! ~ Laura by Bryan Voell Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Community Novel Project pretty much epitomizes library-initiated collaborative creativity. We...
Johnson County Library’s elementia: A Short History of Collaboration & Inspiration

Johnson County Library’s elementia: A Short History of Collaboration & Inspiration

by Bryan Voell Johnson County (Kansas) Library’s elementia publication showcases the artistic and poetic talents of local teens. Published annually since the fall of 2005, it was born from the original visions of Teen Librarian Angel Dew in conjunction with Johnson County Library’s Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC), Teen Poetry Café and other teen writing...