Outreach at the 2016 Glass Art Society conference

Conference attendees watch a demo by Raven Skyriver.

Conference attendees watch a demo by Raven Skyriver. (Photo via Karol Wight)

Earlier this month, the Glass Art Society held their annual conference in town. The museum was one of the major spots for lectures, glassmaking demonstrations, and events, and we (the library) wanted to position ourselves as a key location for conference attendees. We decided to raise awareness of our space, services, and collections through a number of on- and offline outreach efforts, including film screenings, a giveaway for library donors, and advice to glass artists for preserving their legacy. Continue reading

#ColorOurCollections Week 2016

Last week the New York Academy of Medicine’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health invited libraries, archives, and museums to participate in #ColorOurCollections week, or, as they described it, “a week-long special collections coloring fest.”

We have a collection of cut glass pattern patents that make for perfect coloring pages! They remind me of the complicated designs popping up in adult coloring books.

We have a collection of cut glass pattern patents that make for perfect coloring pages. They remind me of the complicated designs popping up in adult coloring books.

My library has a wealth of materials that make for excellent coloring pages, so I jumped at the chance to participate. Thanks to a flood of suggestions from my colleagues, I put together a Pinterest board and a series of tweets sharing design drawings, stained glass cartoons, cut glass pattern patents, woodcuts, engravings, and more.

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15 ways to contribute to Wikipedia

By Outstandy (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Outstandy [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Happy birthday, Wikipedia! The project turns 15 today. I’m an active Wikipedian, and I encourage all gallery, library, archives, and museum professionals to join me in editing this free online encyclopedia.

If you’re asking “Why should we edit Wikipedia?” here are a few reasons. If you’re shouting “Wikipedia is evil!!!!” stop that! If you’d like to learn more about Wikipedia and how to get started, check out this beginner’s guide for information professionals. And if you want a few ideas of what to do on Wikipedia, read the rest of this post.

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Why archivists and librarians should edit Wikipedia

By Stefan Schlageter [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wikipedia turns 15 today! With over 5,000,000 articles in its brain, Wikipedia is much smarter than I was at that age. But like any teenager, there’s still room for improvement. I’m an active Wikipedian, and I encourage all gallery, library, archives, and museum professionals to join me in editing this free online encyclopedia.

I expect some of you have questions (or possibly a very strong reaction) to that last statement. Why should we edit Wikipedia? What’s in it for us? Have you lost your mind? Let me answer the first two questions, and leave that last one up for interpretation.

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Some thoughts about this mass of odds and ends

I couldn't help myselfCan I take a minute to talk about this blog? Or should I say this space I’ve been neglecting? Over the past two years I have posted a total of seven blog posts: two photo-heavy posts, three link roundups, a reblog of a post I wrote for my organization’s blog, and a post telling you where to look for more recent content. Before that I had two years of semi-regular blogging (I averaged a bit over a post per month). There are plenty of archivists and librarians who average my total number of posts in just one month. Ouch.

Honestly, this is rather embarrassing. I’ve been the “social media person” at most of my jobs, and blogs are pretty standard when it comes to libraries and archives. To be fair, I have written regularly for each place I’ve worked at, both on blogs and other outlets (Facebook, tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, newsletters, etc.). I have also guest-blogged for a couple of sites and written quite a bit on my own tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. I have no doubts about my social media knowledge and abilities, blogs included. Still, I feel like this site deserves a little more of my attention.

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The case of the missing blog posts

I wanted to post a quick note about where I’m doing most of my blogging these days. I currently manage and coordinate my library’s social media content, including our blog posts. My posts on the blog are mostly about library collections, acquisitions, and events.

This past January, Library as Incubator Project co-founders Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Paige were nice enough to ask me to write a series of posts about my library as an arts incubator. This series is currently ongoing, with a focus on the benefits of a library-museum connection.

Look for more posts in both places, and the occasional post here as well!

Libraries inspiring artists: Kiln Allegories

Lyndy Delian reads to the class during their second visit to the Rakow Library.

Lyndy Delian reads to the class during their second visit to the Rakow Library.

This past summer, seven emerging and established glass artists came to The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass to participate in Mel George’s Kiln Allegories class. When teaching a class, George takes her surroundings into account. “[I] try to give the students special experiences that the individual places can offer,” she explained in a letter. For this class, she was influenced by the mission and collections of the Rakow Research Library. “I have always known the Rakow Research Library is the best for glass in the world, and did use this as the inspiration for the first project.”

Each week while Studio classes are in session, Library staff members give students an introduction to Library services and collections. The introduction includes a tour of the collections, which incorporates a look behind the scenes in the room where rare and special collections are stored. George and her students came to one of these tours, and were inspired by some of the books they saw. They arranged to come back a second time to look at the books in the Library’s collection which incorporate glass.

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Link roundup | May 21

Here are a few things I’ve been reading from around the web:

On my nightstand:

Murder in the First-Class Carriage

Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing by Kate Colquhoun (find it on WorldCat, Goodreads)

Happy Wednesday!

Librarians and archivists in pop culture

These are some of the images I used in a slideshow last month for the National Library Week ice cream social at my library. Thanks to all the librarians and archivists who suggested characters/libraries on Twitter and tumblr! Here are some of their favorites:

(Sorry the text is tiny – click to zoom!)

Librarians and archivists in pop cultureWho is your favorite librarian/archivist in pop culture?

 

Link roundup | May 14

Here are a few things I’ve been reading and watching from around the web:

On my nightstand:

BiblioCraft

 BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects by Jessica Pigza (find it on WorldCat, Goodreads)

Happy Wednesday!