Handcrafted Book Art from Cuba’s Ediciones Vigia

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In 1985, a Cuban poet Alfredo Zaldivar and an artist Rolando Estevez established a literary forum for a group of Cuban artists in Matanzas, Cuba and called it Ediciones Vigía. For over twenty years now the goal for these artists has been to create beautiful handmade books. Through all of the social and political shifts, and even a severe paper shortage the artists have found ways to create works of enormous artistry, imagination, and creativity, by using found and recycled materials, such as leaves, sand, broken glass, and plastic.

Although a specific artist creates each edition, a team of artists in a publishing house in Matanzas works to create multiple copies of the book.  On every book, a drawing of a lantern or oil lamp is placed as a logo for the Ediciones Vigía publications. Perhaps, this is synonymous with their missions to light the way for artists and readers to be inspired by the world around them, as well as bringing into light many important Cuban artists and authors.

Dartmouth first began to acquire these books in 2003 as a result of faculty’s growing interest in them and since then has acquired more than 100 volumes, located in the Art Special Collection of the Sherman Art  Library.  A selection of books will be on display in the Sherman Art Library reference room July 29 through November 30, 2015, and the whole collection can be browsed in Artstor, http://library.artstor.org/library/#3|collections|36183||Ediciones20Vigia20Artists20Books|||

This exhibit was curated by Stacey Lee ’17.

Dartmouth College Library: Strategic Thinking 2015-2020

Baker TowerOver this past year the Dartmouth College Library staff have thought critically and creatively about the Library’s future and produced a document we would like to share:
Dartmouth College Library: Strategic Thinking 2015-2020. Our goals are to describe these ideas broadly, provide ongoing updates to specific intentions and plans in the document, and to welcome responses to our overall directions. We are building on our strong commitment to service, and creating more opportunities for collaboration and partnership across campus. As research, teaching, and scholarship change, we continue to evolve. We are always reshaping our services, programs, and expertise to align with research and learning at Dartmouth. Every individual and role in the Library contributes to this effort.

The document articulates the broad scope of our work going forward with some specifics in the near-term. It is not a strategic plan with particular time frames and deliverables. The Library’s annual goal and initiative setting process addresses the latter. There are five areas covered in the document:

• Partnering to create innovative research services
• Supporting excellence in teaching and learning
• Sustaining the scholarly record
• Developing collections at a network level
• Enhancing discoverability of library resources

These topics are not comprehensive, but reflect what we believe are priority themes and activities at Dartmouth.

In developing the document, we have engaged members of Council on the Libraries, the Information Technology Services leadership, the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, and the Provost. The Dartmouth College Library plays a central role in the intellectual life of Dartmouth. The vision for our future is anchored to a collective vision for Dartmouth. We look ahead.

Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College