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Making Booxs: iSchool Students De/Construct the Book

  • Greta Golick (a1)

What can current students preparing for careers as librarians, archivists and museum curators learn from the book as object and the book as art? How can artists’ books and artisans engaged in bookmaking, conservation and curating books inform our ideas of the book as more than its text? How does bookmaking deepen the connection for students between content and form? This article describes a 6-week workshop conducted at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto that explores the book from its earliest forms to artists’ books and includes many descriptions of books constructed by iSchool students.

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1. Bagley, Caitlin A., Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects (Chicago: American Library Association, 2014), viii.

2. Course syllabi are available online. INF1005H Information Workshop, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto,

3. John Shoesmith, e-mail message to author, February 26, 2016.

4. Piper, Andrew, Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), ix.

5. Quotes are obtained from anonymous course evaluations completed by the students during the final class of the workshop.

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Art Libraries Journal
  • ISSN: 0307-4722
  • EISSN: 2059-7525
  • URL: /core/journals/art-libraries-journal
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