The Artist’s Library

A field guide by Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer

A guide to libraries as creative spaces including exercises, best practices, and examples for artists, librarians, and community members.

Video from “Library as Material,” a salon hosted by the American Craft Council, featuring authors Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore.

May 2014
5 x 7 | 212 pages
Trade Cloth


ISBN: 978-1-56689-353-4.

$23.95

Description

Creativity, like information, is free to everyone who steps into a library. An offshoot of the Library as Incubator Project, The Artist’s Library offers that an artist is any person who uses creative tools to make new things, and provides the guidance and resources to make libraries come alive as spaces for art-making and cultural engagement. The book draws attention to the physical and digital collections and resources that may be of particular use to artists and writers, provides ideas for art education opportunities within libraries, and offers practical how-tos for artists and libraries alike. From the crafty (pop-up books) to the community-minded (library galleries); the documentary (photo projects) to the technically complex (“listening” to libraries via Dewey decimal frequencies), the case studies included in the book feature artists, writers, performers, and libraries that embody the “library as incubator” spirit.

Reviews

“Wisconsin authors and librarians Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer have a broader vision for what a library can be. . . The Artist’s Library is designed to give readers an overview of the landscape they’ll be exploring and share specific examples of how artists have used libraries in their work. . .”Capitol Times

“Librarians Damon-Moore and Batykefer (cofounders, with Christina ­Endres, Library as Incubator Project [LaIP]) have succeeded in producing a guide that benefits artists, librarians, and all creative learners. Libraries and the people who work in and visit them can be an immense resource for building and inspiring creativity, no matter the media in which one works.” Library Journal

“This quirky and imaginative book celebrates individuals’ potential for creativity and libraries as vital and vibrant community resources.” Kirkus Reviews

“The Artist’s Library: A Field Guide is the best kind of self-help book—the library providing intellectual and artistic growth on a personal level.” NewPages

“This is a fun and accessible guide, particularly for young readers who may not be aware of everything the library has to offer.” Publishers Weekly

“In an overstimulated age, when inspired contemplative space can be challenging to secure—whether you live in a culturally rich city or a more remote locale—it can be easy to forget that libraries even exist, that there’s a place full of literature, art, reliable resources, and unimpeded quiet available for free—often just a walk or short drive away. But Batykefer and her cohort, along with their creative contributors, are predicting an expansion of the idea of what a library is and does.” Poets & Writers

“Like the generosity of the library itself, this little book is an inventive and highly accessible source book, sure to inspire new forms of art, engagement and learning.” The Journal Sentinel

The Artist’s Library is brought to us by the inspired folks at The Library as Incubator Project and . . . is a celebration of artists and their use of the library as a space, as a resource, and as a creative font.”MPL Mad Reads

“[The Artist's Library] details unexpected (and easy) ways to use library resources to boost your creativity, whether you’re a professional artist, writer, or performer—or simply have an itch to create something cool.”Book Riot

“In [The Artist's Library], Laura and Erinn share some artistic projects that prove today’s library isn’t the shushing environment you may remember from first grade. . . . Maybe that’s not quite how you’ve always thought of libraries, but that’s exactly what the Incubator Project hopes to change.” Midwest Living

Praise for Library As Incubator Project

“In an overstimulated age, when inspired contemplative space can be challenging to secure—whether you live in a culturally rich city or a more remote locale—it can be easy to forget that libraries even exist, that there’s a place full of literature, art, reliable resources, and unimpeded quiet available for free—often just a walk or short drive away. But Batykefer and her cohort, along with their creative contributors, are predicting an expansion of the idea of what a library is and does.” —Poets & Writers

Excerpt

Click here to download a free program guide for The Artist’s Library: A Field Guide. The authors hope these exercises and program ideas will be used, reused, revised, and replicated in your communities!