What happens when an artist and a librarian re-imagine a library reference desk?Part library reference desk, part fortune-teller booth, part performance, the Library Machine mashes up intuition, play, accident, and artmaking with the expert research skills of a librarian. Participants are invited to submit a question to the Library Machine by writing it on a slip of paper and dropping it into the machine’s questions slot. A librarian/artist collaboration inside the machine will produce a one-of-a-kind “answer” on the spot.The Library Machine made its debut at the IACRL Conference, March 16, 2012.
Library Machine FAQWhat is a library machine?
your participation (thank you!) we are exploring parts of the research
process that tend to be undervalued or dismissed, like intuition, play,
subjectivity, randomness, failure, and creativity.
+ Vicki, a typewriter, a record player, a laptop, an iPad, scissors,
paper, paint, stickers, labels, books, colored pencils, glue sticks,
yarn, envelopes, needle and thread, cardboard, index cards, and a bunch
of 35mm slides.
What can I ask?
No need to restrict yourself to questions with a right answer, or even
questions asked via words. Get weird. Draw us something if you like.
What will my answer look like?
We don’t know yet, but it will be handmade, and we will put it in an envelope with your name on it.