Library Interventions. The Agents Respond: Katya Robin

Library Interventions : Sharon Kivland

Katya Robin

I propose to act as your Trustee, to work in a self-directed manner for the stated benefit of the project (your Library Intervention).

I will commence by investigating the Photo Books and Artists’ Books collections at the two library sites. I plan to review books and other sources relating to the furnishing and practical arrangements in buildings, and also luggage and other personal items. Thereafter I will follow the threads.

This research is to be evidenced by a report of pertinent information, to include relevant details of such interesting interactions with people, as well as the buildings. This record would take the form of typed notes (appropriately referenced), photographs (where permitted), and visual notes (such as drawings, diagrams, and directions).

My research method is to seek knowledge diligently and methodically meanwhile remaining alert to happy accidents, and being open to intuition and the potluck of shelf browsing, looking through the recently returned stacks, less-visited corners, and apparently unrelated subjects. I use indices and catalogues systematically but also repeatedly, because sometimes a divergent route appears. I value rolling by the shelves, to take a(n) (g)amble through the stock for the change to seize upon something new, or to see something old in a new light. I have a track record of dogged information retrieval, determinedly digging for an unexpected nugget or forgotten bone that might be pivotal, or just to gather more detail to be sifted later on.

Library staff are charged with the foresight to amass and store material in anticipation of visitors and enquiries. The past is shelved, in the hope of meeting unknown future researches. This seems an apt time to take note of the collection per se.

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