Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Bringing the Arts into the Library

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Bringing the Arts into the Library

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Bringing the Arts into the Library. Ed. by Carol Smallwood. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 248 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 9780-8389-1175-4).

This anthology presents a treasure trove of ideas from beyond the library world. Cultural institutions of all kinds, including libraries, museums, academic institutions, and performing arts centers, will glean programming ideas that are presented in succinct chapters scanning a broad realm of possibilities. Seasoned editor Carol Smallwood divides the book into five parts, and the book as a whole gives insight into the entire programming process.

The book's five parts are titled "Literary Arts," "Visual Arts," "Performing Arts," "Mixed Arts," and "Management and Administration." Each chapter within these sections highlights a real-world example, and the topics covered range from writing (an outreach event for all writers at the University of Florida's library, from the novice writer to the seasoned author) to music (a performance of rarely heard music in Chicago, a collaborative effort put forth by the Grant Park Festival Orchestra and the Music Library of Northwestern University) and everything in between. Some of the projects and programs discussed had no budget or very low budgets, and the book provides tips on how to manage within such financial constraints. Other chapters discuss how various projects obtained funding and succeeded through collaboration. …

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