This talk will detail a current project partnering an academic library, an MFA candidate and ceramic artists from both the local community and across North America. The collection started with 18 handcrafted cups, each by a different artist, and is growing in size as interest grows from makers and patrons. In its semester the collection logged 129 individual check-outs and there were rarely more than 2 or 3 cups available on the shelf. Project goals are to provide an opportunity for experiential learning and to increase personal experience and exposure to handcrafted objects for an audience perhaps not so immersed in the sometimes insular culture of art or craft. The library provides an accessible venue for handling and viewing the cups. This environment can seem less “threatening” than a retail, gallery, or art show booth environment that is perceived as more about commerce than experience.
The talk will include images of artworks from the collection, examples of feedback from borrowers, and details about packaging, workflow, and circulation policy and procedures developed to facilitate access for these not-so-usual library materials.
Meeting Type: Ignite Session
Interests: Adult Services, Community Engagement, Marketing, Outreach Services, Popular Culture
Type of Library: Academic, Research Library, Special, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.