There is always someone available in Crystal Bridges’ Library to help guests find whatever they are looking for. Recently we have added a new Archive Librarian, Elizabeth Bradshaw, whom you met in an earlier post. We’d also like to introduce Suzanne Osborne, the new Reference Assistant in the library, give her an opportunity to recommend a good read to you, and give a shout-out to our terrific Library Volunteers, as well. –LD
I was born and raised in Fayetteville, attended college and graduate school in Nashville, TN, and I’ve returned to Northwest Arkansas because I love it and my family is here. I earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science and Information Technology following my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. My mother had encouraged the library degree. I am thrilled to be at the Crystal Bridges Library. The positive impact the museum has brought to the cultural landscape of Northwest Arkansas is incredible and it is a joy to be a part of the institution.
An interesting book in the Crystal Bridges Library collection is The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game. The book is authored by Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, and Matt Lamoth, and is a “modified version of Exquisite Corpse,” a game played by Surrealists in the 1920’s (Rothman, et al., 2010). I appreciate the book because of its historical significance and the collaborative efforts of all the artists involved. One hundred artists participated, each having been assigned a two-week period to complete a one page drawing that followed a continued concept. The authors offered guidelines to streamline the drawings, but artists’ interpretations of the guidelines positively affected the creative outcome. I recommend the book as a gift for others during the holidays, It would make an excellent “coffee table book.” Please call on me if I may be of assistance to help you find something great to read!
Hooray for Volunteers! Our library guide reference volunteers are some of our most favorite “neighbors”! They are in residence “next door” to our library staff offices five days a week from 11 am to 6 pm. We share coffee, chat over the “bushes” (books), and learn a lot about the Museum and works of art together. We truly enjoy our time with the volunteers. There are so many wonderful people who volunteer for us that it is difficult to single out any one or two or even several of them. They are all different and bring various interests and talents to the position. Some do double-volunteering for the Museum and work not only in the library but also as Gallery Guides so it makes perfect sense for these individuals to enjoy their time in the library by reading about the artists in our collection during slow hours. Others who are trained as reference guides move beyond that to help with the Museum archives, labeling and filing, and covering books with protective mylar. It is an understatement to say our volunteers are a tremendous help, because in truth we simply could not have a library without them. Whether manning the reference desk, shelving books, tacking administrative tasks, or helping out in other areas, the library guides allow us to get the behind the scenes library work done!