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Wednesday, February 28 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Stimulating Creativity in Practice: Incorporating Creative Practice into the Academic Library

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Beyond their traditional offerings, contemporary art libraries often act as incubators of new ideas and creative energy. This session is an open dialog with the audience that consists of six panelists presenting on and discussing art making, creativity, and how these processes can be brought into art librarianship practices and how they can re-energize and invigorate creative thinking and learning. Panelists represent a variety of perspectives and work at a range of institutions: art and design school libraries, a liberal arts college library, a large university, and a research center. Projects and processes we will discuss include collaborations with art classes and other groups outside the library, zine workshops, book displays, altered book events and exhibits, and holding art-making events in the traditionally academic setting of a library space.

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Ellen Petraits

Research & Instruction Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
Thematic Book Displays are a great way to engage our arts community with the circulating collection in new and exciting ways; they highlight and support topics being discussed on campus, and create novel associations between titles in the collection which do not sit together on the... Read More →


Emily Coxe (she/her)

Research & Instruction Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design

Alex Chappell

Arts and Humanities Librarian and Team Leader, Claremont Colleges Library
Alexandra Chappell is Arts and Humanities Team Leader and Art Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library. Alex has led several recent projects that encourage and support creative practice within the library. Her presentation will focus on two projects:  1) a collaboration between... Read More →
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Marta Chudolinska

Learning Zone Librarian, Ontario College of Art and Design University
Marta Chudolinska manages the OCAD University Learning Zone, a collaborative, studio-based Library space with a Zine Library and various projects that provide opportunities for creative, community engagement for students and staff. She leads the Zine Collective, a student group that... Read More →
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Jane Darcovich

Art and Architecture Liaison Librarian, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
Jane Darcovich is Art and Architecture Liaison Librarian at The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). The university offers BFA and MFA programs in Studio Arts, Moving Image, New Media Arts, Photography, Graphic Design and Industrial Design. Among her many activities, she is involved... Read More →
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Heather Topcik

Library Director, Bard Graduate Center
The Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute in New York City, offering MA and PhD degrees in the History of Design, Decorative Arts and Material Culture. While the academic programs are strictly scholarly, the library offers several events each year to students, faculty... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST
Hilton: Nassau