Donohue, N. (2011). The act of creating. Library Journal,
This article is about collection development in public libraries which focuses on the craft section development. It provides some good suggestions on weeding out and building the collection. Crafting is still a popular pastime and will be for many years, I don’t see the trend slowing. Nanette Donohue suggests not only focusing on beginner’s section, but building the collection to include intermediate or advanced materials as well.
Some of the popular crafts are knitting, crocheting, and quilting as well as green crafting and up-cycling by revamping, embellishing, or reusing materials in unexpected ways. I believe that fiber arts and crafts are blossoming and with websites like Etsy I don’t see the trend slowing. I would go one step further in regards to collection development and suggest beading books and incorporating foreign language books like Japanese craft books, which offer array of crafting ideas which can be easily utilized by English language speakers by using the international charts and symbols provided by most crafting books.
Nanette also suggests websites such as Craftsy and FatQuarterly. I would like to add some of my own suggestions which are free as follows:
- Raverly a community for knitters, spinners, and crocheters
- Knitty Magazine a free web magazine for knitters and spinners
- Project Gutenberg for books and materials no longer copyrighted
- Internet Archive for books and materials no longer copyrighted
- Antiques Pattern Library for all types of needlework, crochet, and knitting no longer copyrighted
- The Bleu Door doll clothes patterns no longer copyrighted
Comments: I liked this article it is fun to read,
although it did not offer an in-depth review the author provided good tips when
developing the crafting and hobby portion of collection development, as well as
tips for patrons interested in outside sources. I know we talked about
implementing a web/internet/website advisory which provided tips such as safety
tips, links to great websites, and free resources, and I believe that would be
something I would be interested in developing for patrons, regardless of
subject matter. Providing advice regarding OSS platforms, and free courses,
would be just as helpful as a reader’s advisory. I believe that it would be
useful and is needed in the WWW due to the Wild West type pitfalls of
surfing the internet.