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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Can 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.
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!
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.
Here are a few things I’ve been reading from around the web:
- May 2014 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter (via LOC’s The Signal)
- National Film Archives – realizing a long awaited dream (in Sri Lanka, via The Island)
- 271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book (via thisiscolossal.com) – also check out this beautiful cyanometer
- ALA Cognotes: May preview issue (time to start planning my ALA 2014 schedule!)
- Archivists, not exorcists (a common mix-up)
On my nightstand:
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!)
Here are a few things I’ve been reading and watching from around the web:
- Made with the British Library (short video series via the British Library)
- The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929 (via the Library of Congress)
- Five Things a Wikipedian in Residence can do (via WikiStrategies.net)
- Primary Sources and Research Part III: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence (via the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog; read part 1 and part 2 of this series)
- The Secrets of Hybrid Fruit (v. important)
On my nightstand: