“turning the pages” into a working vacation…

It’s a rainy day in Portland. I’m ready to head back to sunny San Miguel de Allende for a working vacation…

Instead, I’m spending my evening looking at books online. Have you had the opportunity to use “Turn the Pages” technology? I stumbled on it while browsing the British Library website. Illuminated manuscripts? Yes, please!

I studied calligraphy for a few years and book arts, briefly. calligraphy exampleI imagined a future for myself creating hand-scribed books but talked myself out of the life of a starving artist and into a career in librarianship. In this blog I’ve written about repurposing books, but I’m also a proponent of preserving books based on their historical, cultural, or artistic value.

Amazed is all I can say. This technology links user with book and from what I can tell, the books were likely those chained to a bookcase or encased in glass, never to leave the safety of the library. Now, the information contained within these rare books is available to anyone with an internet connection. Speaking of which, my connection is pretty decent, but I did have a hard time getting the books to load in the Windows Vista format–it inexplicably opened tab after tab–I put away a load of laundry and it was still opening tabs! I started over. Had great success using Silverlight (option 2). I only looked at a few selections from the British Library website. I can only imagine what other libraries, museums, universities, and even private collectors are using this technology.

I am proud to be part of a profession that values history, art, and knowledge. This is a brief post on a vast subject; I plan to revisit the subject of digitization and conservation soon. And, just maybe, I’ll head back down to SMA and help them digitize a few of their more valuable books…I could use a working vacation. Thank
you for reading.

Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

gift tags: instruction!

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

I’ve got a gig! Well, it’s more of a volunteer effort, but it’s in the works!

A couple of years ago I was a volunteer at Rockwood Library in Gresham, Oregon. I have BIG LOVE for this library–I was a Homework Helper for a year and a half, every Tuesday night. I enjoyed working with the kids in the neighborhood and I thought the staff were awesome! I’ve always wanted to go back and volunteer just a little bit more.

What to do?

How about teaching a class?

What to teach?

Well, if you’ve read my blog you’ll know I like to make gift tags.

basket of bags of gift tags

Gift tag examples

The holidays are approaching…

So, I contacted MCL and asked if I could come teach Rockwood Library patrons how to make gift tags.

examples of gift tags

50's ladies

I was a little freaked out about asking.

They responded.


Big excitement! Anticipation! Planning! Writing!

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

So, I’m in the process of creating a “how-to-make-gift-tags” lesson plan and a handout for my attendees. I’m carrying around a notebook so I can jot down reminders to prepare for the class. I’m organizing my art supplies and am making sure I have plenty of everything so more than one person can make tags at a time.

I’ve got my daughter Jinjer interested in volunteering her time to help me run the class. I’m hoping I can talk her friend Tangereen into volunteering that day as well. Jinj & Tang. Awesome kids.

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

My motives are not completely altruistic. I completed my education to become a librarian nearly two years ago. I’ve yet to secure employment as a librarian. Teaching a class now helps me practice the process of planning programming I would like to present once I do land my dream job.

Examples of gift tags

Children's gift tags

Here’s the details:

I’ll be teaching ‘gift tag construction’ in three separate (yet equally awesome) sessions:

1) Sunday, November 14th from 1-2 pm at Rockwood Library

2) Wednesday, December 8th from 6-7:30 pm at Holgate Library

3) Sunday, December 12th from 1-2 pm at Rockwood Library

So…if you’re interested in learning how to make gift tags, feel free to sign up. Go here…do it now! http://events.multcolib.org/events/cfml/ and look for “gift tag construction”. Sign up! Join me!

Examples of gift tags

Bird gift tags

I make gift tags out of discarded books and magazines I pick up at yard and estate sales. I love colorful, vintage imagery. I sell my gift tags through Trillium Artisans, a wonderful organization dedicated to supporting local artists that use sustainable practices in their creation of art. Check them out for wonderful, handmade art made by some pretty talented people! I am constantly inspired by what I see created and hope to someday open up a functioning Etsy shop!

Examples of gift tags

50's ladies

Time for me to get back to ‘lesson planning’. I hope to see you there! Thanks for reading!

Published in: on October 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm  Comments (2)