How will your library celebrate National Library Week?

Two full weeks remain until the start of National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).  How do art and design school libraries celebrate this annual event?  Creatively, of course!

2017 LCAD Library National Library Week flyer by Lora Wanta (LCAD BFA Illustration, ’15)

At the Laguna College of Art + Design, we use National Library Week to celebrate our library and libraries in general. We also use it to celebrate and thank our library patrons and supporters. Some years we’ve had used book sales, other years we’ve had collaborative zine projects or book-making workshops, and sometimes we’ve done double-duty with National Poetry Month and hosted poetry events and readings.  This year we are delighted to be partnering with our local independent bookstore, Laguna Beach Books, to host New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, who will discuss her new novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, in LCAD’s beautiful Nina’s Park during National Library week.

Selected pages from the 2015 LCAD National Library Week MindMeld Zine

One year, we asked library patrons to fill out a small form, completing the phrase, “My favorite thing about the LCAD Library is…,” and we displayed them on our front door for all to see.  It was an easy, affordable and non-survey driven method to get our constituency to share their thoughts about what they like best about us.  Yes, there are replies about the great books, the compact shelving, and sleeping in the window seats, but it warms a librarian’s heart to see the “helpful and friendly” library staff frequently mentioned.

Since National Library Week typically takes place during the last few weeks of the spring semester, by then the students are wearing thin with end-of-year-projects and can use a little sugary pick-me-up. Thus, we decided to celebrate National Library Workers Day in earnest — with cupcakes!  Luckily, we have a bakery nearby that has a discounted rate on cupcakes on Tuesdays.  We hold the event just outside of the library, adjacent to the courtyard.  After I say a few words about National Library Week and why we celebrate libraries and those who work in them, everyone cheers and we all dig in.  Our library’s 7th annual cupcake celebration of those who work in the library will take place at 3pm on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017.

In my office hangs a Wayne Thiebaud-esque painting by a BFA painting alumna of one of our National Library Week cupcakes she picked up a few years ago and painted in the senior studios.  She titled it, “Library Day.”  Every day is a library day for me, but I hope our students and faculty find their library days to be as sweet and delectable as mine.

Amy Bergener (BFA Drawing and Painting, ’13), “Library Day,” oil on canvas, 12×12,” 2013

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How will YOUR library celebrate National Library Week this year?


New information literacy course available on

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The AICAD Library Directors Group is pleased to share the exciting news that our yearlong information literacy collaboration with has produced a marvelous one hour and forty-eight minute tutorial which went live last week (1,330 views as of this afternoon!).

For those of you with access, you can review the course today (search for Information Literacy and it will pop right up). For those of you who do not have access to, you can still see some free preview portions of the tutorial which are unlocked on site, or you can also activate a free trial.

We hope you will find ways to integrate this tutorial into your instructional programs at your respective colleges, and please share news of this course with your library staff, students and faculty. Our task force was committed to carrying an art and design theme throughout the course to make sure it was particularly relevant to art school students, even though the tutorial will reach a much wider audience.

Members of the task force:

– Elsa Loftis, Oregon College of Art and Craft
– Sue Maberry, OTIS
– Lauren MacDonald, formerly CCA but now at San Francisco Art Institute
– Tony White, formerly MICA but now at Metropolitan Museum of Art
– Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Laguna College of Art + Design

The task force would also like to express a special thank you to Lee Ann Adams and Deborah Obalil at AICAD for their support of this endeavor.

LCAD Library celebrates centennial of artist Rex Brandt

# 5074 Evening Rendezvous _ Rex BrandtBrandt seated at easel

For the first time, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is exhibiting sketchbooks, correspondence, photos, business records and more from The Rex Brandt Archives in celebration of the acclaimed watercolorist’s 100th birthday. Rex Brandt: Awash With Color opened June 18 and will run through the end of September 2014 in LCAD’s Dennis and Leslie Power Library.

Renown for his watercolor paintings of the Southern California coast, Rexford Elson Brandt (1914-2000) was born in San Diego, grew up in Riverside, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley prior to establishing his home and studio, “Blue Sky,” in Corona del Mar, California. The publication of his paintings of the California aqueduct in Fortune magazine in 1937 launched him to national fame early in his career. For decades, Brant was the quintessential teacher, operating classes out of his studio home, leading painting excursions and writing numerous books on watercolor technique. Brandt served as president of the California Water Color Society in the late 1940s, and along with his contemporaries Phil Dike, Emil Kosa Jr., Barse Miller, Phil Paradise, George Post, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes, Brandt was known as part of what has been variously called the California School, the White Paper Painters and the California Regionalists.

The exhibition also showcases art and drawings by Brandt’s wife and fellow artist, Joan Irving, as well as artifacts never before displayed to the public, including Brandt’s brushes, portable easel and an unfinished watercolor painting on board. Materials loaned to the exhibition are from the collections of Shelley and Sam Walker, Mimi Hansen, and Mark and Jan Hilbert of The Hilbert Collection. The Rex Brandt Archives were donated to LCAD in 2011 by Joan Scarboro and Shelley Walker, daughters of Brandt and his wife, Joan Irving Brandt.

Known for his landscapes and murals, Brandt was involved in designing the first two studios built for LCAD, then known as the Laguna Beach School of Art. Brandt taught for the College in the early 1960′s and, in 1978, served on its advisory board and its endowment fund campaign.

“The Rex Brandt Archives have not only expanded the range of offerings available through LCAD’s Library for inspiration and research, but also demonstrate the dynamic ways in which the artist’s personal records and correspondence can inspire students when they are incorporated into a class discussion,” Burke said. “Brandt’s legacy and contributions to 20th century art will be studied and preserved for generations to come.”

On Friday, September 12, a special program will take place at the college from 4-6pm to celebrate Rex Brandt¹s actual 100th birth date.