Conversation with Erinn Paige and Laura Damon-Moore of The Library as Incubator Project (Part 1)

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Erinn Paige (left) and Laura Damon-Moore (right) are at the helm of The Library as Incubator Project. I recently talked with them about LAIP and their other endeavors.

What is Library As Incubator Project and what motivated you to embark on this adventure?

Laura: At this point, the Library as Incubator Project is a multifaceted information sharing machine. We continue to exist online, through our primary website and in social media neighborhoods. We’ve been lucky enough to publish a book based on and extending the work we do online. We also exist in “real life” through public presentations, professional development workshops, and in-person programs that we do for libraries and other cultural institutions.

At the most basic level, the LAIP began as a way to explore the connection between libraries and creative people. Erinn and I came to Library and Information services with backgrounds in the humanities and creative arts. So the LAIP started as a way to explore the connection of creativity, information, and community, to see how it happens formally and informally in the library setting, and then, because we were hearing so many great stories, we knew we had to share them with a wider audience.

What were/are some challenges and rewards in running Library As Incubator Project?

Erinn: It is a constant challenge to juggle a full time job and the LAIP, which could easily be a full time job in and of itself.  We’re both also artists in our own right (hence our interest in the library-arts connection), and supporting a creative life while sharing stories of other people’s creative lives can be a challenge too!

But the place that the whole project sprang from is an elegant support– it’s that egalitarian, helpful library space, AND it’s that hands-on creative space that you find in a studio environment.  We’re very project oriented, and so Laura and I and our team will take on individual LAIP projects that interest us, and when we hit obstacles, we have a whole team who can offer critique, just like you get in a studio:  what’s working, what isn’t, techniques that could help, skills and resources to apply. By the same token, we also really support one another in our creative pursuits.

Laura: I wish we had more time and more resources to do more, more, more! It was definitely a challenge to settle into a routine as we all graduated and juggled job stuff plus the LAIP. For a while it felt like there were a lot of balls up in the air and we were sort of scrambling to sort out who would catch which one as they fell.

Rewards have got to be the community that has developed around the LAIP. This ranges from our teammates, Katie and Holly, to our awesome site post contributors (cough cough, Rebecca, cough) to the people that we connect with on social media and in person at programs and conferences. When we go visit institutions and talk with people, people are generally excited to talk with us, but WE get so much MORE excited hearing about the amazing programs and partnerships people have going on. It’s the best and absolutely why I keep working on this.

What are your “day jobs” and how do they integrate with managing Library As Incubator Project?

Erinn: I’m the Programing Librarian at New Canaan Library in New Canaan Connecticut, which is a relatively new position for me– I just started in 2014.

Although the actual work of running the Library as Incubator Project ( web building, editing, writing, social media, presentations and conferences, etc etc) all happens on my own time, the philosophical underpinnings that guide our work on the LAIP transfer directly to programming librarianship– namely, that information isn’t always something that you can collect and slap a barcode on in order to provide access.  There’s a very real body of “creative information” (for lack of a better term) that can only be accessed in real-world connections: conversations with experts, hands-on learning opportunities, etc. Learning by doing.  Apprenticeship.

Working on the Library as Incubator Project has proven, again and again, that Libraries are central to not just an information exchange (resource –> person), but an information life cycle— people learn, people use what they learn to make something new; that new thing sparks conversation and more learning and more making and more sharing.  Through the Incubator, I’ve seen proof that we can be the alpha and omega of that life cycle, and I bring that ideal to work every day.  That’s what I want my library to be.

Laura: I am the Assistant Director at a small public library in Evansville, Wisconsin, just outside of Madison. My position focuses on Programming and Outreach, mainly with families and youth. I do everything from facilitating early literacy programs to running after school activities to planning and hosting special community programs on weekends, inside and outside of the library.

From a practical standpoint, I am able to integrate LAIP work into my routine pretty easily – I am 80% in my position at the library, so I have one weekday off where I can focus on other things, and luckily, at this point, the LAIP has become a natural part of my weekly rhythm and routine.

Like Erinn, the LAIP has done a lot in terms of directing the way that I approach my job philosophically. It’s about making a space where people feel welcome to explore, learn something new, experiment, fail, try it again, share their work, help others. From another practical standpoint, the LAIP means that we hear about a lot of awesome new initiatives and program ideas. It’s like a smorgasboard of creative arts programming that I get to pick and choose from, depending on what will work best for my community.

Be sure to catch part two of our conversation here tomorrow!

Job Posting: Cape Dorset Archives Collections Assistants (paid internship), McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario

Cape Dorset Archives Collections Assistant (internship)
5-month contract, with possibility of extension

February – June 30, 2015

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection ranks among Canada’s top public galleries in size and significance…. Over 6,000 distinctively Canadian works of art comprise the permanent collection, and the gallery welcomes on average more than 110,000 visitors annually.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection also houses the Cape Dorset Archive of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, which forms an important visual record of Inuit life, including folklore, material culture, and personal accounts. The McMichael has housed the Archive since 1990, but it has been primarily accessible only through occasional exhibitions, loans, and on-site research.

As part of an ongoing Aboriginal Internship program, Making Culture Visible, the McMichael is recruiting for a 5-month Intern in our Collections departments, with the possibility of extension. The Intern will focus on  making the Cape Dorset Archives collection more accessible by undertaking research, and supervising the cataloguing, digitization and housing of works on paper according to museological standards.

The position of Cape Dorset Archives Collections Assistant is funded under an ongoing Museums Assistant Project (MAP) initiated in 2014.

Under the supervision of the McMichael Head of Collections/Registrar, the Cape Dorset Archives Collection Assistant will be responsible for the overall documentation, care and development of the Archive, including the following:
• ensuring individual artworks within the Archive are catalogued, digitized and housed according to standard museum practices, and supervising student workers assigned to execute these tasks;
• researching individual artworks in order to update existing records or create new ones;
• tracking individual works as they are used for exhibitions, loans, or publications;
• researching individual artists with the goal of creating a “family tree” that clearly demonstrates the artistic and familial relationships amongst various artists within and across generations in the Cape Dorset community;
• corresponding with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative and other community stakeholders for the purposes of developing a program to make the Archive available remotely;
• organizing the addition to the Archive of print drawings and print proofs on an ongoing basis as they become available, and addressing existing gaps from recent decades so that the Archive can become a true reserve
• working with researchers and other content users accessing the Archive on site or remotely;
• with the McMichael Head of Collections, identifying other McMichael resources that would enrich—and in turn be enriched by—the Archive, and developing a program to access and link these resources and include them within the overall program of the planned Centre for Inuit Art at the McMichael.

Qualified candidates will have minimum three years experience in registration /collections management,  with the completion of post-secondary Education in museum studies and/or collections management.. As a condition of MAP funding for the position, applicants must be of aboriginal decent and possess a strong understanding of Aboriginal traditional knowledge.  Experience using collection databases, particularly The Museum System (TMS), and PhotoShop and other imaging software are an asset.

Application Process:
If you are interested in applying for this position, please email, mail or fax your resume along with a covering letter to Human Resources by January 31, 2015.
Fax: 905.893.2588

Job Posting: Programming Coordinator, InterAccess, Toronto

Organization Description


InterAccess is a public gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture.

Our programs support art forms that integrate new technologies from conception and development to exhibition and discussion. We explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life, and encourage audiences to see anew their relationships with interactive artworks.

Job Description

InterAccess seeks a motivated arts professional to step into the role of Programming Coordinator. This is a renewable 1-year contract.

The Programming Coordinator reports to the Manager, Education and Outreach and the GM. The Programming Coordinator is responsible for coordinating year-round exhibition programming, art events, and special projects. This is a full-time position.

Public Programs (50%)

  • Develop and communicate a dynamic vision for the annual exhibitions program to support and enhance InterAccess’ strategic priorities and goals
  • Implement all aspects of the art program, including but not limited to:
  • producing a schedule of exhibitions from local, national and international artists
  • conducting artist studio visits
  • facilitating annual and special calls for submissions
  • coordinating public events and receptions; talks, tours and screenings
  • coordinating installation and shipment of artworks
  • ensuring adherence to technical rider specifications and health and safety regulations
  • producing written materials for web and print related to art programs
  • Under GM direction, seek sponsorship opportunities for exhibitions and related programming, in-kind donations, and special programs
  • Contract artists, curators, writers, designers and technicians (with approval of GM)
  • Maintain communication with artists and programming partners

Publicity and Design (25%)

  • Develop and implement a web and social media strategy to promote exhibitions and related programming
  • Coordinate production of exhibition signage, didactic materials, and publications (web and print)
  • Coordinate seasonal calendar of activities for publication; generate copy and images, work with designer
  • Responsible for visual branding of organization (with GM approval)
  • Produce press releases and maintain up-to-date media list for exhibition promotion

Financial and Administration (20%)

  • Track exhibition and event attendance
  • Maintain up-to-date statistical records
  • Keep files on past programming and publicity
  • Assist with the programming portion of funding applications
  • Track and monitor budget components related to program expenditures

Facilities (5%)

  • Maintain gallery and office in good state of cleanliness and repair
  • Track gallery equipment and supply inventory

Other duties as assigned.


General Qualifications:

  • BA/BFA/BDes sought, MA/MFA/MDes an asset, commensurate experience considered
  • Understanding of contemporary art practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (knowledge of a second language an asset)
  • Strong organizational skills; detail oriented
  • Brings a high level of self-direction and initiative with strong time-management abilities
  • Ability to provide direction and work with a diverse staff, board and membership
  • High capacity to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • A clear understanding of contemporary art practices, galleries, and the public and non-profit sector
  • Knowledge of managing publications and print projects
  • Basic graphic design abilities
  • Experience installing a variety of exhibitions
  • Experience making or presenting new media art

Technical Qualifications:

A technician will support activities. Professional development and on-site training is provided. An ability in at least some of the following is required:

  • Good working knowledge of web languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (PHP an asset)
  • Experience with MySQL and FTP programs
  • Knowledge of common CMS systems, Drupal, WordPress
  • Knowledge of Internet Protocols, setting up local networks, setting up Internet connections for artworks
  • Working knowledge of common programs such as Arduino, Processing, Pure Data, and Max/MSP
  • Basic understanding of electronics and electronic fabrication
  • Advanced experience in Mac OSX and Windows (Linux an asset)
  • Experience with Adobe CS
  • Understanding of video codecs, resolutions, and projector/monitor requirements
  • Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, FFMPEG (Other conversion and production programs an asset)
  • Experience installing and routing cabling
  • Basic construction and fabrication abilities
  • Experience working with sound and P.A. systems

Additional Info:

Hours of Work:
This position is based on a standard 35-hour work week, Tuesday – Saturday. Some evenings and overtime may be required.

This position is salaried. The salary range is $30,000-35,000 commensurate with experience. The Programming Coordinator may be requested to take on additional hours to support special projects and compensation for this work is to be negotiated separately from this contract.

Holidays and Benefits:
The Programming Coordinator is entitled to a basic health and dental package.

How to Apply:

Apply with cover letter, resume, and 3 references (as a single PDF) to with the job title as the subject heading.

Internship: Arts Administration Intern, Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto

Organization Description

Canadian Art Foundation

Established in 1991, the Canadian Art Foundation has grown to deliver numerous educational programs in addition to publishing Canadian Art magazine and This diversity now makes the Canadian Art Foundation the ultimate portal for the exposure of the visual arts in Canada. All our efforts are dedicated to providing a destination for artists and art enthusiasts to connect to and be inspired by art, in turn creating greater local, national and global visibility for the extraordinary artistic talent in Canada. Our mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in Canada by providing an informative, provocative and lively forum for audiences to engage with artists and their works.

Job Description

The Canadian Art Foundation Internship Program this winter provides four months (from January to May) of mentorship and practical experience in arts administration to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students and beginning professionals. As a foundation intern, you will work closely with members of our foundation team on various long- and short-term projects, including public programming, event planning and communications and marketing. You will assist in research, coordinate event details, contribute to program brochures and marketing materials, liaise with program participants, maintain databases and spreadsheets, help develop programs and collaborate on future program development.

The foundation intern will predominantly assist with the development and administration of key foundation programs, including the Reel Artists Film Festival as well as the Gallery Hop events in Vancouver and Montreal, gaining experience and developing practical skills from within programming, communications and events.


The ideal candidate is organized, has the ability to multi-task, displays a high attention to detail and is able to successfully execute both administrative and research-oriented projects. The intern should be motivated, self-directed and able to collaborate. In addition, solid writing, research and computer skills are preferred.

Additional Info:

The internship will run for four months, with two full days per week. A $2,000 honorarium is provided.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resumé attached as a PDF by 12 noon on January 14, 2015, by email only to (Note: At this time, we do not accept submissions via cloud-hosting or file-sharing programs.)

Internship: Artist in Residence Intern, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is one of the most distinguished art museums in North America. The AGO is a centre of exhibition production, art-based education, exhibitions, gallery tours, dining, and retail that is committed to delivering an incredible experience to our visitors. If you are seeking a dynamic, multi-faceted work environment and would like to contribute to the Gallery’s success then bring your skills and experience to the position of

Artist in Residence Intern
February 2, 2015 – April 17, 2015
10 hours per week

Under the direction of the Manager, Artist in Residence and Adult Programs this position will research art fairs, past and present feminist organizing strategies, alternative cultural economies, local and national feminist events taking place in 2015, and will identify potential collaborators, curators, spaces and artists to participate in a an event planned by Feminist Art Gallery late 2015.

Learning Objectives
* Provide a comprehensive research report that includes a timeline, mapping and summary of fairs and events and individuals in development of new artwork by the spring’s artists in residence;
* Draft a new model for an art fair informed by feminist practices;
* Attend relevant meetings to learn about the collaborative working processes of the AGO, and its institutional history of public programming.


Our Ideal Candidate:
* Currently enrolled in a post-secondary fine art studies, curatorial or museums program
* Demonstrated organizational skills
* Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art practice and theory
* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
* Attention to detail, research and writing skills
* Knowledge of MS Office, especially MS WORD and MS EXCEL.
* Experience using a CMS (Content Management System) an asset

* All applicants will be required to be enrolled in a post-secondary or graduate educational program in order to be considered;
* The successful applicant will be required to coordinate the approval of a completed Work / Education Agreement Form provided by the Ministry of Education from their educational institution.
* The learning objectives of this position relate to the school program you are currently registered for.
* You will not be paid for your time.

Application deadline:

Jan 14 2015

CFP: Smithsonian Archives of American Art Symposium on Mixed-media Archives and Contemporary Art History

Call for Proposals for Symposium on Mixed-media Archives and Contemporary Art History

Released: 12/17/14

The Archives of American Art announces an upcoming symposium, “The Multi-Media Archive: Stewardship and Use of Audiovisual Media Documenting Contemporary Art History,” to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, in Washington D.C., on Friday, March 27.

This symposium is a culminating event for the Archives of American Art’s 3-year project Uncovering Hidden Audiovisual Media Documenting Postmodern Art. The project collections document a period of contemporary American art when ephemeral and dynamic new art forms and means for documenting art were emerging in art communities and spaces across the country. The audiovisual materials in these collections are rare archival resources that uniquely document this recent art history, but gaps in archival standards and best practices for documenting audiovisual media found in archival repositories have often left this material hidden and unavailable to Archives users.

The symposium will bring together the two sides of the archival repository’s community — archivists and people who use archives — to consider the complexities and possibilities of audiovisual recordings that form part of the archival record of contemporary American art history.

We seek proposals for participation in two roundtable discussions:

  • an archivists’ roundtable, discussing strategies for providing access to mixed-media archival collections
  • a researchers’ roundtable, featuring voices from a variety of disciplines – art or cultural history, fine art, journalism, conservation, or higher education, to name a few possibilities – on the significance of historical sound, video, and film to their work

Roundtable participants will present brief remarks individually to introduce their work and thinking on this subject, to be followed by a moderated discussion. How do the keepers of mixed-media archives ensure their obsolete audiovisual recordings are discoverable and accessible to those who want to use them? What is the potential impact of reliable access to these unique archival sound recordings and moving images for researchers?

The roundtables will be followed by a reception and a special screening of film and video works discovered in the project collections.

More details of the event will be announced on a forthcoming symposium website. See theproject website for more information about the Archives’ “Hidden Collections” project, including descriptions of project collections. A small stipend and travel reimbursement is available for accepted speakers.

Please send a proposal relating this subject matter to your own work in an abstract no longer than 250 words to The deadline for submissions is January 23, 2015. Questions can be sent via e-mail to project archivist Megan McShea

This symposium is generously funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Hidden Collections” grant program.

A Bit of Holiday Reading

If you’re like me, you’re working over the holidays. Beyond my few in-office days this week, I’ve got a handful of volunteer projects to complete or plan before the new year, some conference presentations to start on (hello pie charts!), and multiple folders of PDFs to read on my desktop. I might even spend a few hours tweaking the ArLiSNAP redesign! (More about this later.)

If you’re not like me, you’re probably visiting with family and friends, flipping the channels on the TV, sleeping in, and otherwise loafing. Lucky you. But you might still want to catch up on your reading, do something professional-development-related, or polish off a personal project. With most regularly-publishing websites on a hiatus until the end of the year, allow me to recommend some media archives to check out if you want to keep your head in librarian-land:


The Digitization Age: Mass Culture is Quality Culture. An overview of EU digitization initiatives and their impact on cultural access. (PDF)

A Season of Life in the LAC. A speech by the relatively new head of cultural heritage in Canada, Guy Berthiaume, discussing the pitiful state of our priorities challenges and opportunities we face.

An interview with Sarah Thornton, author of a new book of collected interviews with artists. Full disclosure: I got both of her books from the library and couldn’t get into either of them. But you might succeed where I have failed!

A history of the war between Amazon and the book industry.

Do we really need a Whole Foods of contemporary art? And does commercialization ever equate to democratization?


Circulating Ideas: A podcast series interviewing librarians, including a DAM expert and the director of the DPLA.

You can use your ARLIS/NA membership to access the webinar recording on library advocacy from a few weeks back.


Librarian Twitter Chats

VRA / ARLIS members on Twitter

I’ve only recently become a convert to Twitter, and have found it surprisingly great for networking. I didn’t take my LIS in Toronto, although I work here now, so it’s been pretty good for meeting colleagues and filling the support gap where my classmates might’ve been. I’ve been following public chats like #critlib, #SLAtalk, and #snapRT, and looking for good art-related conversations as well. (Feel free to suggest some if you know of any.) Most of these chats will be suspended over the holidays, but it’s a good time to go back and read older discussions on topics of interest (especially if someone was nice enough to storify them!).

Eye Candy

The Tate put a ton of artists’ archival content online.

The Public Domain Class of 2015. Several artists entering the public domain, including Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Munch.

And, when you’re in the midst of holiday-related stress, don’t forget you can punch a Monet.

Job Post: AV Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, Washington

This position is located in Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. The employee applies current archival principles, concepts, standards, best practices, and methodologies to identify and assess the Archives’ archival audiovisual recordings….

Must have knowledge of American art and cultural history, particularly contemporary art and artists that employed audiovisual technologies into their artwork or documented contemporary art events, happenings, exhibitions, and artists’ interviews.

Job Posts in Canada

This isn’t a great time of year for art-librarianship jobs, but there are always ongoing opportunities in research, publishing, curation, and administration:

Curator, Historic O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC

The position will involve all aspects of the curatorial function at this heritage site, including accepting, documenting and accessioning artifact donations; researching, developing and installing exhibits; monitoring and recording conditions in living history exhibits, museum displays and storage areas; monitoring heritage buildings and other structures and advising on programs of conservation and restoration; researching and preparing publications, signage and interpretive information on the history of ranching in British Columbia and on the O’Keefe family occupancy of the O’Keefe Ranch (1867-1977); overseeing the heritage interpretation program at the O’Keefe Ranch; and other aspects of the care, conservation, presentation and documentation of the O’Keefe Ranch collection.

Editorial Assistant, Historica Canada, Toronto

The Editorial Assistant for The Canadian Encyclopedia will be an individual who is passionate about Historica Canada’s work, has had experience working with a team to achieve deliverables in a timely fashion and is enthusiastic about creating a legacy for all Canadians. The successful candidate is creative, driven and connected with like-minded organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The responsibilities of the Editorial Assistant include:

– Providing support to Managing Editor and Subject Editors, researching topics, anniversaries and commemorations, and gathering information.
– Coordinating the editorial calendar.
– Coordinating and reviewing all translation; assisting with minor translations.
– Coordinating copy-editing and fact-checking.
– Assisting Subject Editors in inputting changes and updates to articles.
– Running reports, under direction of Managing Editor, to create lists of articles needing update, missing translations, etc.
– Selecting, obtaining and uploading Maclean’s articles for inclusion.
– Monitoring news media and adding entries to Encyclopedia timelines.
– Other duties as assigned.

Festival Curator, Subtle Technologies, Toronto

(Disclosure: I volunteered for this festival last year, and they have some great workshops and presentations, including librarians discussing open-access and privacy, and other humanities-meet-science endeavours.)

The Festival Curator is responsible for implementing events that are already planned (Collide event with Continuum Contemporary Music) as well as developing a speakers’ series and other potential programming (such as workshops) within the limits of the budget, keeping to the Festival’s mission and objectives.

The Festival Curator will work with the outgoing Founding Director of Programs whenever appropriate to ensure a smooth artistic transition and continuation. In addition, the Curator will work closely with the General manager and Festival assistant who are responsible for budgeting, planning, marketing, administration and logistical coordination.

Curatorial Research Assistant, the Gardiner Museum, Toronto

The Museum seeks a part-time curatorial research assistant with strong research and writing skills to contribute to the reinstallation of the 18th  and 19th-century porcelain galleries display and to assist with research related to upcoming temporary exhibitions.

Reporting to the Chief Curator, the curatorial research assistant is a key member of the curatorial team, and works closely with the Collections Manager, the Curatorial Installations Manager.

More job posts in Canada this week

Librarian, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

This position is seven hours a week, one year in length with possibility of extension.

The Museum is initiating a project to provide web access to the library’s catalogue. The Librarian’s primary responsibility will be to lead this project, working with museum staff and library volunteers to plan and implement the migration of the catalogue to a new software system. This will include reviewing and selecting appropriate software, working with the vendor on customizations, and coordinating data migration, volunteer training and other aspects of the project. Once the migration project is completed, the librarian will be responsible for maintaining the catalogue and may also take on a variety of supervisory responsibilities such as volunteer staffing and scheduling, library policy development, management of journal subscriptions, and other tasks as needed.

Registrar & Curatorial Assistant, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON

The Registrar & Curatorial Assistant is accountable to the Director of the Gallery for the management of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s permanent collection of 1600+ pieces of work by contemporary Aboriginal artists and artists from Northwestern Ontario. The Registrar works with the Curator in the development of the collection and provides support to the Curator in the organization, development and presentation of the exhibition program and extension services. Occasionally, s/he also supports the Gallery’s fundraising activities.

Also, this job search has been extended until October 14th (that or they’re hiring multiple temp librarians this term):