Please Send a Library Love Note

You may have come across the Library As Incubator Project (LAIP) before this; it highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships. Created by Erinn Batykefer, Laura Damon-Moore, and Christina Endres, the Project was inspired by a discussion about creative advocacy for libraries in one of their courses at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies.

Now they’ve got a Love Notes for Libraries project underway. As the LAIP web site explains, National Library Week is April 8 ‚ 14, 2012. The Library as Incubator Project needs YOUR help to celebrate all of the ways that libraries and librarians impact your life. Here’s the plan: from today until April 6, we’re asking you to send us your love notes to libraries. In the interest of spreading the word for these brilliantly entrepreneurial new librarians, let me copy the whys and wherefores describing what you can do and what will come of it (in their voices from the LAIP site):

  • What will the end product be? A big gallery of all the love notes we get posted here on the Library as Incubator Project website throughout National Library Week (April 8 ‚ 14).
  • When can I submit my love note(s)? Any time between March 9 ‚ April 6, 2012.
  • How should I submit my love note(s)? You can send them to us via Twitter (@IArtLibraries) or via email to Please send .jpeg files.
  • What should the love note(s) look like? They can be as fancy or as simple as you like. Prefer handmade? Take a photo of your note and send it that way.
  • Do I have to be an artist to submit? Nope ‚ just a library fan!
  • Should I include my name? If you want to sign your note, feel free ‚ or we’ll caption your note with your Twitter handle.
  • How else can I help? Spread the word to your friends and family!

It would be great if everyone reading this would respond, and would send the word around your libraries asking your friends and colleagues to do so, too. Thanks much to my colleague, Susan Berstler, for putting me wise to this lovely project. And at the Credits and Acknowledgments page of the LAIP site, I see the site creators are tipping a nod to a former colleague of mine, the wonderfully knowledgeable art librarian Lynette Korenic, to whom I send a big hello and shout out for her delightful collegiality and professionalism.

More as it happens, lovingly and artfully, in libraries,

Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.