WAYNE JONES, UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN, INVITES YOU TO…
COME SEE THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE MACODRUM LIBRARY
TOURS, REMARKS, AND REFRESHMENTS
NOVEMBER 19, 2019
BOOK ARTS LAB
SECOND FLOOR, MAIN LEVEL, MACODRUM LIBRARY
PARKING AVAILABLE IN LOT P1
5 TO 7 P.M.
In its next 100 years, our Chandler and Price press will become the centrepiece of a living book arts laboratory within MacOdrum Library. Teamed with a nineteenth-century iron press and a twentieth-century flatbed press, we will demonstrate document production throughout the course of Canadian history. In addition, we will exhibit the creation of medieval manuscripts to explain how scribes sewed, ruled, wrote, and illuminated books for over a thousand years. We will also display bookbinding tools, early printed books from Carleton’s rare books collection, and even a tool that many students have never used: the typewriter.
This unique initiative has already begun to build community. Plans for the book arts laboratory have been a collaborative effort on the part of alumni, staff, and faculty, and have captured the imagination of professors from Canadian Studies, Journalism and Communication, History, Industrial Design, and especially English, which houses a unique doctoral program in the Production of Literature. Our team has been reaching out to institutions in Ottawa such as the Canada Science and Technology Museum, to the local book arts community, to individual printers and artists, and to other universities with thriving book arts laboratories across North America. Carleton students will have an opportunity for experiential learning in their classes; students and members of the community at large will look on with curiosity through the laboratory’s glass walls; and printers and artists from the Ottawa area will enliven the arts on campus and beyond.
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