Reference Collection
Reference Collection is a series of 42 portraits of librarians and library staff by 42 artists produced on bookmarks. The making of each portrait unites visual artists and librarians for a session of personal contact, talking about and sharing their interests and experiences for an uninterrupted amount of time. The project draws together two disciplines that do not connect regularly. The portraits are printed on recycled paper with a brief biography of each librarian, along with special factoids, on the reverse of the bookmark.
During the course of Dewey Decimal Days, Reference Collection was available free at Columbus-area libraries, an independent bookstore, a coffee shop, and a local cinema. Don’t worry: if you missed it and would like to have a bookmark, please contact us.

View the entire collection. 

Thank you to all participating librarians and artists!
Alena Ábelová, Tess, Apperson, Kris Bell, John M. Bennett, Joe Branin, Julie Callahan, Irene Clark, Christiana Congelio, Tracy Davis, David, Canaan Faulkner, Melissa Fischer, Amanda Gluibizzi, Anthony Gullet, Erika Hauser, Anne Jubera, Ms. Kilroy, Norma Laubner, Deirdre Lawrence, Diana Mercer, Craig Neeley, Elizabeth Nihiser, Ann Ogg, Nate Oliver, Sara Peté, Tina Phillips, Buddy Reeve, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Summer Michelle Sherman, Erica Shott, Miriam K. Silver, Ratna Sinharoy, Brallory Stilson, Evalyn Stone, Gail Storer, Yulia Strizheus, Nick Tepe, Cassie Troyan, Tom Vince, Paul Wagenblast, Matthew Yake, Chilin Yu
Ryan Agnew, Jayne Akison, Eva Ball, Blair Beavers, Jennifer Bell, John Also Bennett, M.J. Bole, Andrew Caputo, Andrew Dittmar, Josh Duke, Matthew Flegle, Elizabeth Gerdeman, Katheryn Gilbert, Kim Glover, Sam Gould, Denny Griffith, Colter Jacobsen, Tom Kelly, Laura Lisbon, Tongsue Ly, Ian Magargee, Diana Matuszak, Donal Mosher, Zuzana Muranicová, Elizabeth Nihiser, Nate Padavick, Jennifer Reynolds, Tim Rietenbach, Stephanie Rond, Rob Roth, Abigail Santer, Daniel Shellenbarger, Dina Sherman, Tessa Shlonsky, Suzanne Silver, Salli S. Swindell, Aaron Troyer, Nereida Trujillo, Danny Tuss, Katie Tuss, Sarah Utter

Book Arts Today I

In this chat via SKYPE, artist and The Ohio State University professor Mary Jo Bole speaks with Joyce Guley and Jan Dirk de Wilde in The Netherlands about her experience making books at Knust, Extrapool.

Located in Nijmegen, east of Holland, Extrapool is an artist-run organization where sound, performance, film/video and visual art insect and fuel one another. Knust is Extrapool's printshop and publishing arm. Artists visit from around the world to make books with the unique stencilmachines at Knust. Somewhat comparable to the old mimeograph (ditto) machines once used in the United States, the stencilmachine at Knust uses soy-based inks of many colors with thick, rough paper in a color-over-color printing process, reversing "stencilprinting's bad reputation." Due to antiquated technology and obsolescence of the old stencilmachine, Knust was forced to invent their own stencilink. Today, Knust uses old and new stencilmachines and has three printmaking workshops: prepress, stencilprinting and bookbinding.

View SKYPE chat.

View photographs and work from Knust.

Recall Notices

This evening at Grandview Heights Public Library librarians and library staff from Central Ohio area share experience with and knowledge about various topics related to their profession. The discussions range from building collections, libraries as cultural entertainment centers, and crucial funding sources to heart-felt stories of assisting patrons, the benefits of new technologies, and the different kinds of political and social contributions librarians make in our world.

Special thanks to participants and to Jeni's Ice Creams for the generous treats!

Audio-Visual Materials

At Studio 35 Cinema participants watch Reading Aesop by Tongsue Ly, made especially for Dewey Decimal Days. Thank you Tongsue!
Following Reading Aesop is a special screening of Toute la Mémoire du Monde (1956) by Alain Resnais. The director’s camera trolls the Bibliothèque Nationale from depths of its basement archives to soaring rooftop views to discover an all-encompassing approach to collecting printed materials in France.
Discovery of a different sort is the subject of the cult librarian classic Party Girl (1995) in which Parker Posey finds her true calling as a librarian in the feature film of the evening. 

Book Arts Today II

In this conference call recording Suzanne Silver, assistant professor of art at The Ohio State University, and Bob Tauber, Director of Logan Elm Press, speak with Deirdre Lawrence, curator of artist books and chief librarian at Brooklyn Museum.

Click above to listen or here to read transcription.
Discussion topics include the impossible-to-define artist book, economic conditions affecting small presses, the tricky predicament of exhibiting while preserving artist books, and funding sources. They also discuss Suzanne’s book, Blacklists/Whitelists, currently in production with Bob at Logan Elm Press.
Blacklists/Whitelists is a handmade limited edition book printed on glassine with a dos-a-dos construction in which the two books it contains, Blacklists, Whitelists, are bound back-to-back, opening in opposite directions. Each book is an experiment with the associative and indexical properties of color and color naming through the use of various list modes.

View pages from Blacklists/Whitelists and works by Suzanne Silver.

Zine Summit Workshop

At Sporeprint Infoshop participants talk independently about their zines, read and peruse Sporeprint's collection of local zines, and work on books of their own.

Shush! It's a Dance Party

Participants, librarians, artists and organizers danced into the wee hours at Skylab to music by DJ Chewrocka (Anthony Peluso) and lighting by Sarah Weinstock.

Why I Love Libraries

This project records and brings together testimonials of visitors and participants at various Dewey Decimal Days events. They respond to the simple statement: "Why I Love Libraries." It is an opportunity  to leave a personal account of what the library has meant to them in the past and what it means to them today.

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