We Make the Library by Being in It.

Hall, Kimberly Ellen ORCID: 0000-0002-5544-8764 (2023) We Make the Library by Being in It. In: BIG IDEAS, CHALLENGING QUESTIONS IFLA Satellite Conference – Art Libraries Section, 17-19 August 2023, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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My class of first-year BA (Hons) illustrators, working with our library at the Francis Close Hall campus of the University of Gloucestershire, were tasked to examine the structures around how libraries work and propose a plan to begin a zine collection in our art library. We first began this project because we felt the primary role of the art library is to acquire, store and provide access to materials, period, but in our practice several areas of disruption began to emerge: • Embodiment: Students planned for cosiness in their zine collection proposals • Joy: They wanted to emotionally move patrons in the library • Surprise: They attempted to make the library alive with unexpected surprises • Authorship: Students wanted to share a community of local zines rather than curate a collection of selected works • Sharing: Students proposed to swap zines with other university zine libraries Students’ experience of libraries throughout the pandemic was often strictly online, and the importance of digital scholarship during that time cannot be dismissed, but the focus on collections as data, accessible digital information, and creative computational development is missing many of the secondary functions of art libraries as creative space, living location, and physical experience. We would like to submit an illustrated, collaborative poster examining the importance of these functions of the library, in light of the digitization of materials in libraries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: Student participants: Will Andrews, Tom Arnold, Holly Barlow, Harriet Best, Eleanor Birch, Reagen Burnip, Jack Cantillion, Ellie Chaffey, Liv Clark, Jodie Dean, Mia Fowler, Salem Francis, Freya Gillies-Foers, Lan Kippen, Rose Kollar, Molly Pack, Julia Pora, Finn Tregenza, Sophie Tucker, Wilson Venables, Jake Wellington, Amelia Whateley
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Kimberly Hall
Date Deposited: 14 May 2024 15:53
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 09:15
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/14049

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