Postcard maker space at ARLIS/VRA Conference


SCIP is working on developing a maker space for the joint ARLIS/VRA conference in Seattle 2016.

The initial idea for the maker space was to allow conference goers the opportunity to take a break from conference activities and sessions in order to make a collage, quick sketch, or simple watercolor. This would allow us to reach out to ARLIS and the VRA membership, build our numbers, and create an awareness of the SIG. Through those discussions it was proposed that the emphasis of these creations be on handmade postcards, which we would then offer to send out direct from Seattle.

The Seattle planning committee will make a space available to us adjacent to the conference  registration area, so we can potentially be the first activity/event attendees will see. They will also supply power connections for us, should we need to use hot glue guns etc. in our creative processes. This means that we will need people to volunteer time at the maker space, and people to volunteer supplies for the maker space.

Contact Peter Klubek ( with questions, or reach out to the SCIP membership by contacting!


Peter Klubek
Peter Klubek

Hello SCIP members!

As your new coordinator I was asked to provide a brief introduction. I am a fairly recent librarian, having completed my MLIS in 2011. Since then I have been employed in Magnolia Library at Baton Rouge Community College in the capitol city of Louisiana. I am a reference librarian/fine arts liaison and sometimes department chair for the library.

Although I am a newish librarian I am not new to the library environment. I worked my way through college by being employed in one library or another all throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies. My background is in studio art, having completed both a  bachelor’s and master’s in drawing/painting. Being an artist and teaching art is what I always thought I wanted to do. However, after teaching at two different colleges for approximately five years, I began to realize that I really missed being in the library. I withdrew my teaching position, went to library school, and the rest is history.

I am still an active artist. I have my own website, and try to exhibit my work a few times per year. In fact, I am part of a group show coming up in June at the Polish Consulate in New York city. I am very exited to be a part of SCIP. There is a lot of god energy in this group, and I believe that we can really expand the role of artist/librarians and creativity in the library!


Hi all,

Welcome to the shiny new ARLIS/NA Stimulating Creativity in Practice Special Interest Group website, or SCIP SIG for short! Here you will find minutes from past ARLIS/NA meetings, ideas for conference sessions, online exhibitions from our members, and discussion posts on anything to do with how creativity shapes our profession and vice versa.

As of August 2014, we have over 100 SCIP members. Read all about our mission on the “About” page.

ARLIS/NA Online Art Exhibition, 2014



If you haven’t done so already, please check out the SCIP Exhibit!

This online exhibit was developed by the Stimulating Creativity In Practice group for the 2014 ARLIS/NA National Conference in D.C.

works by:

Annette Haines
Eric M. Wolf
Elizabeth Hollenbeck
Gabriella Solti
Marcie Farwell
Marianne Sade
Marta Chudolinska
Robert Lobe
Claire Dannenbaum
Hillary Veeder
Peter Klubek
Kai Alexis Smith
Rene Aranzamendez
Laura Graveline
Isabel Ayres
Greta Bahnemann
Cynthia Gregory

SCIP members Elizabeth Hollenbeck and Angela Weaver collaborated to showcase this amazing work in advance of the 2014 Annual Conference.  Visitors can browse by item, artist or medium (paintings, sculpture/3D, prints/mixed-media/collage, textiles, and photographs).

SCIP First Newsletter

When SCIP was formed back in 2013, we created a newsletter to publicize who we are and what we do. The newsletter has evolved into this very website.

Here’s the link:

The newsletter includes an opening greeting from Annette Haines, our SCIP facilitator, a membership list, and a couple of posts by our members about their work and research. You’ll also find the minutes from our first meeting at the 2013 ARLIS/NA Conference in Pasadena.