Outreach at the 2016 Glass Art Society conference

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.

Conference attendees watch a demo by Raven Skyriver.

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

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#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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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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Librarians and archivists in pop culture

Buffy, Barbara Gordon, and Marian the Librarian, oh my! There are plenty of librarians and a fair number of archivists in pop culture, and I put together a bunch of examples for a National Library Week ice cream social at my job. Here are just a few of them:

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 culture

Who is your favorite librarian/archivist in pop culture?

 

What Did You Do Today?

Check out my post on Librarian Design Share!

Librarian Design Share

Often we create a single design to promote a library event, but every now and then an event is so important that it deserves an entire marketing campaign.  This was the case for Maryland Day.

Rebecca Hopman, Special Collections Coordinator and Instruction & Outreach Team Member at the University of Maryland, says:

Each year our university hosts Maryland Day, an annual open house for the community, prospective students, and current students, faculty, and staff. The event is a chance for academic departments, campus offices, and local community organizations to connect with visitors. The UMD Libraries ran several events, most of which were held in Hornbake Library and McKeldin Library. Our team created promotional materials to advertise the UMD Libraries’ events and our “What did you do today?” social media campaign, including posters, a library website ad, TV monitor slides, and postcards for people to take with them or mail to…

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