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Creative Communities Workshop: In Search of Inspiration

A reference services and strategies workshop focusing on patrons in the creative arts.

Inspiration can be found on the shelves of libraries


Strategies to enable patrons to use collections and other resources for inspiration

·         Give them the vocabulary to search library catalogs and call number ranges to browse

o   Identify useful LC subject headings and keywords to search:

§  Pictorial works

·         Keyword search in combination with a subject, such as horses

·         United States -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.

Will retrieve This Fabulous Century, a visual history of the US by decade from 1900-1970

§  Choreography

§  Acting and dialects/accents and sound recordings

§  Set designers

§  Description and travel

§  Appalachian Region, Southern

§  World War 2 or World War Two or Second World War or World War 1939

o   Using limiting/facets features to narrow down to material type

§  Dialects – limit to Sound Recordings/CD/audio

§  Choreography – limit to DVD

o   Browsing Call number ranges:

§  Costume and fashion: GT500-GT2370

§  Military uniforms:  UC480-UC485

§  Photography:  TR

§  Fashion periodicals:  TT

·         Freely-available and subscription digital databases

o   Images

§  ArtSTOR

§  Accunet

§  The Commons on Flickr

§  Google Images

o   What other types of digital collections can you think of for our various creative communities?  What do you have in your collections that you could use?

·         Who inspires them?

o   Search for books about and/or interviews

§  Google search on Wes Hempel, Fatherhood and Wikipedia Charity

o   YouTube

§  Search by names of individuals

·         Louis Bourgeois

·         Bill T. Jones

§  Art21org – Contemporary Artists discussion art