WVU Libraries will launch an Art in the Libraries' exhibit on library transformation with featured speaker Emily Drabinski, president of the American
Library Association, September 12 from 4-6 p.m. at WVU's Downtown Library.
The exhibit, titled “Hacking the Library”, was designed around the hacker ethos in the positive sense regarding the ability to deconstruct and reconstruct information systems. Hacking starts with reconceptualizing libraries beyond the book.
“’Hacking the Library’ invites us to think about our
institutions as places of engagement and transformation,” Drabinski said. “As
buildings and collections, they may look fixed in place. But as sites of
research and study, exploration and imagination, libraries are also always in
motion. From the classification structures that group like with like to the
copy machines that are always in need of repair, libraries are always subject
Drabinski is an associate professor at the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She publishes and presents widely on topics related to knowledge organization, information literacy, and critical perspectives in librarianship. Drabinski edits “Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies,” a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books. She is a contributing writer at “Truthout.”
the Library” presents artwork by 13 national artists that highlights the
intersecting values that shape our libraries, reflecting on challenges and
definitions of libraries past and as we move into the future.
The contributing artists engaged
with libraries creatively through artist residencies, installations, using
discarded library materials in their work, collaborative workshops, digital
collections remixing, performances and more. To provide personal context,
viewers will enjoy “Community Connections” from librarians across the nation
who responded to the artwork.
As libraries evolve
into a new sort of space – still a place for research, learning and study, but
also for community engagement and collaboration – library exhibits present a
unique opportunity for exhibitors, librarians, and library users.
“In short, choosing the artwork for the exhibit spurred a
conversation that we would like to keep going,” Christine Hoffmann, WVU
associate professor of English, said. “Librarians from across the nation, from
big and small institutions, academic, elementary and public, responded,
presenting a peek inside both librarians’ personal experiences and the state of
libraries in the past, present and into the future.”
· Jackie Andrews (Maryland, mixed media).
· Trudy Borenstein- Sugiura (New Jersey, book arts).
· Sally Jane Brown (West Virginia, drawing).
· Shan Cawley (West Virginia, painting).
· Matthew Conboy (Pennsylvania, digital).
· Chantel Foretich (New Mexico, sculpture).
· Xueer Gao (Pennsylvania, book arts).
· Ryan Lewis (Michigan, video).
· Robin Miller (West Virginia, mixed media).
· Irmari Nacht (New Jersey, book arts).
· Chris Revelle (Arkansas, sculpture).
· Erin Tapley (North Carolina, sculpture).
· Liuqing Ruth Yang (West Virginia, mixed media, honorary artwork).
The exhibit will
run through June 2024 when it will travel to Marshall University and Virginia
include the WVU Humanities Center, WVU Office of the Provost, Morgantown
Printing and Binding, Marshall University Libraries and Virginia Tech
Consultation Committee includes Karen Diaz, dean of WVU Libraries; Sarah
Palfrey, director of Morgantown Public Library System; Christine
Hoffmann, WVU associate professor of English; Lois Raimondo, WVU associate professor
of journalism; and members of the WVU Art in the Libraries Committee.