Welcome, and bring on your news!

sather_tower_and_campanile_-_michael_pihulic_02     Welcome, many new followers from the Mountain West Chapter!

I hope you will all begin to share ideas and news here in the new year. A wide variety of submissions would be welcome: information about new projects at your library, exciting new additions to your collections, useful tools you’ve heard about, and your own accomplishments and awards. If you’re interested in it, chances are that some other chapter members will be as well. Let’s get to know each other better!

Over on the right you’ll see a link to email your news to the editor. That’s the easiest way to share your stories here.

In the meantime, in celebration of this festive season (and the gorgeous snowstorm now settled over Santa Fe, where I write), here’s some news about a very cool competition. Hack the Bells, the first international carillon remix competition, has chosen its winners. The competition was the brainchild of Sarah Stierch, during her time as Susan B. Miller Fellow at the Berkeley Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She reports that “All works submitted were required to be released under a Creative Commons Share-Alike 4.0 license ” and cites this as proof that contemporary art and open licenses can coexist, if incentives are offered to artists. In this case the winner was promised a cash prize of $700 plus acquisition of their work by the University of California Berkeley and Anton Brees Carillon Library. Submissions ranged from musical works to knitted scarves, poetry, paintings, installation works, and theatre pieces.

While this isn’t specifically a “library” project, I thought it shed interesting light on current discussions in library-land, such as the evolution of intellectual property rights, and the trend toward libraries creating (in this case inspiring) rather than simply acquiring content.

(photo from http://theculturefeed.com/2014/12/13/hack-the-bells-first-international-carillon-remix-competition-selects-winner/ )


Art in the Library

Jose Damasceno Holborn Artangel

Plot by José Damasceno at Holborn library. Photograph: William Eckersley/Artangel. Photo retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/oct/01/jose-damasceno-plot-review-holborn-library-london.

British public art agency Artangel has commissioned Brazilian artist José Damasceno to create an installation entitled Plot in the Holborn Library in Camden, England. The Guardian offers a good description of the project here, with photos of some of the elements scattered throughout the library.

I’ve seen the gallery-in-a-library idea often, but never seen an art project that permeates a library as this one apparently does. If I worked in a library with open space, I’d be jealous. As it is, our library is too stuffed with volumes about art to become art itself. How about yours?