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/ )

 

And the prize for best completion of an unfinished work…

People working on the tapestry (Image from the BBC News)

This is my idea of a library program. These stitchers from the Alderney Tapestry Project have just completed a new final piece for the Bayeaux Tapestry. The work was done in the Alderney Library, and Librarian Kate Russell was among those working on the tapestry.

Some scholars believe the Bayeaux Tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of England, originally included – or was intended to include – a final panel showing the coronation of William the Conqueror. The Alderney Tapestry Project, working faithfully in the style of the original, has now provided that scene. Bayeaux Tapestry: The Islanders Who Finished the Final Scenes, by Ben Chapple of BBC News, details some of the important decisions the embroiderers had to make. Yes, embroiderers, because the Bayeaux Tapestry is not actually a tapestry at all.