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RISD Archives Magnetic Media at Risk
RISD Archives Magnetic Media at Risk

RISD Archives Magnetic Media at Risk | LORI Grant Funded Digital Preservation Project

The RISD Archives, which is part of Fleet Library, owns more than 2000 time-based, magnetic media tapes (such as betamax, U-matic, and VHS) that are beginning to self-destruct and the recordings are at risk of being lost forever. Starting in Summer 2021, a cross-operational team from the library has been running a pilot with digitization specialists The MediaPreserve to digitize around 300 of these tapes. The process recovers the content and preserves it in a digital format that can be viewed online for years to come. This pilot batch of tapes includes 68 recordings of research studies and presentations related to the Universal Kitchen project (1990s), which had a major impact on how designers address accessibility and universal design issues. In addition, we are digitizing recordings of academic lectures and institutional events from the 1980s and 1990s that brought major artists, designers, writers, and thinkers of that period to campus. These recordings are being made widely available for the first time to the RISD community and to the world.Project Team:Emily Begin, Digital Production and Cataloging SpecialistSoul Brown, Director of ResearchDouglas Doe, Digital ArchivistMargaret Lindon, Project AssistantAndrew Martinez, ArchivistMargot McIlwain Nishimura, Dean of Libraries (Project Director)Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resources Librarian
<p>This digital preservation project was made possible in part by a <a href="https://olis.ri.gov/grants/lori/2021/lgp.php">Libraries of Rhode Island (LORI)</a> grant from the <a href="https://olis.ri.gov/index.php">RI Office of Library & Information Services</a> using funds from the <a href="https://www.imls.gov/">Institute of Museum and Library Services</a>. The project has also been made possible by the support of RISD's Office of Research & Strategic Partnerships.<br /><br /><a href="https://olis.ri.gov/index.php"><img src="https://olis.ri.gov/img/olislogo328.jpg" width="75" style="padding-right: 30px; float: left"/></a><a href="https://www.imls.gov/"><img src="https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/imls_logo_2c.jpg" width="200"></a></p>

By Hand | Women & Books
By Hand | Women & Books

By Hand | Women & Books

In 1900 Charles Meunier, a French bookbinder, cast a pewter and bronze plaquette of an anonymous woman at a bookbinding sewing frame.  In the 1960s Warja Lavater started making wordless accordion books filled with symbols that would later be described as artists' books.  This exhibit explores women's roles in bookmaking at the turn of the 20th century from papermaking to book cover design to women as book artists' at the turn of the 21st century.  

8th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Books Contest 2022
8th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Books Contest 2022

8th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Books Contest 2022

<p>Each year, Special Collections at RISD Library hosts a juried student artists' book contest to promote engagement with the book arts, investigation of the Library's artists' book collection, and creative production in the book form at RISD. The contest and accompanying exhibition attract between 30 to 60 submissions from RISD undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. All of the entries are displayed in the annual Library exhibit. A team of RISD faculty members and professional artists serves as jurors, selecting prize winners from the submissions. All prizes are purchase awards, and the selected student-made artists' books become part of the Library's permanent Artists' Book collection.</p>
<p>We acknowledge the long-term collaboration and friendship between the late <a href="http://our.risd.edu/post/173483014614/jan-baker-19502018"><strong>Jan Baker</strong></a>, former Graphic Design Professor and <strong>Laurie Whitehill</strong>, the former Special Collections Librarian.  Both have been dedicated to the research, teaching, and making of artists’ books at RISD.</p>
<p>To honor their legacy and their combined 60 years of dedication and passion in the field of Book Arts, we are implementing the Baker & Whitehill Student Artists’ Book Contest in their names with the <a href="https://digitalcommons.risd.edu/bookcontest5th2019/">5th contest</a>. The aim of this competition is to encourage faculty in all mediums at RISD to use the Artists’ Book Collection as inspiration for their classes; in addition, for students to be stimulated by the collection to create their own Artists’ Books.</p>