Wednesday 21 July
Library Interventions: Reading Gendered Words and After That...Three Years of Critical Engagement with the Collection
Nick Norton, PhD candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University, freelance writer
Nick Norton was Senior Subject Librarian at Leeds Arts University library until 2020. In order to promote creative and critical library use, he designed and curated Library Interventions between 2013 & 2020, facilitating guest-curators, artists, and writers in a programme of forays into the library collections; an invite for creative practitioners to create an intervention. The brief always encouraged a research process that led to new work.
This session will contextualize Library Interventions, reflecting especially on the period 2017-2019 which saw three substantial interventions presented in the LAU gallery spaces.
Currently Nick is undertaking practice-based PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, researching the contemporary fable and creative writing.
Thursday 22 July
Making the Invisible Visible: Zines and Independent Initiative Files in Asia Art Archive’s Library Collections
Elaine Lin, Asia Art Archive
In 2019, Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive (AAA) created two new sections for its Library Collections—‘Zines’ and ‘Independent Initiative Files’. The former captures personal and unfiltered voices from creatives and art professionals that are less documented in art historical narratives; the latter collects ephemera generated from self-initiated and funded art spaces and events. They speak to a larger AAA mission as an independent non-profit art organisation: to make a more generous art history through documenting and making accessible research materials around contemporary arts in Asia.
This talk will discuss the evolution of the AAA Library Collections as a reflective journey. It will touch upon the urgencies, ethical challenges, and practices of introducing ‘Zines’ and ‘Independent Initiative Files’ to the Collections.
Friday 23 July
Pandemic Pedagogy Revisited: An Interdisciplinary Look at Library Teaching Post COVID-19
Coco Nijhoff, Senior Teaching Fellow, Library Services, Imperial College London
Rowan Williamson, Associate Director, Library Services and Support, University of the Arts London
In the aftermath of the rapid transformation that took place in our libraries during the first year of COVID-19 pandemic, where do we find ourselves now with our learning and teaching remit? With a focus on transitions, we will discuss moving from crisis management to planning and longer term strategy, moving from recognising barriers and opportunities presented by remote/hybrid learning to tackling and realising them, and maintaining compassionate approaches as we establish new practices. We present a cross-disciplinary snapshot of post-pandemic pedagogy.