Posts by Laura

Friends often ask what ignited my #bookface passion. I used to work as a design librarian at a fashion company. On top of the creative workplace and the great employee discount, a very special perk was baked right into my job description: Access to thousands of books on art, culture and design. One day I came across a book on Jean Paul Gaultier featuring his face on the cover. I grabbed a friend walking through the library and asked him to pose with it. I was so charmed by the outcome that I instantly wanted to do more. Since then, I’ve produced over 80 bookface portraits featuring friends and family. I’ve had my images shared in a few places, like Flow magazine and the instagram accounts of the New York Public Library and my former employer, Fossil. I think people enjoy the forced perspective and the cheeky humor behind it. See more of my bookfaces in my first Shuffle collection!

I’m a librarian by trade who has spent most of my post-MLS career working as a librarian in a design/corporate environment. The biggest change was moving from the title of “Archivist/Librarian” when I worked at a fashion company to “Knowledge Manager” now that I work at an architecture firm. Losing that “Librarian” title was hard. I was really pleased when my coworker gave a shout-out to to me and all corporate librarians at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference. He pointed out that no one knows how to find information better than a trained librarian. It was so nice to know that my professional evangelism is paying off. For those librarians considering moving out of government or academia, or other “traditional” settings, I encourage you to consider what your skills could bring to a variety of industries.

I’m currently reading “Miss Anne in Harlem," a book that examines white women active in the Harlem Renaissance ("Miss Anne” was a somewhat pejorative term given to white women at that time). My first thought upon reading the title was “Why do we care about centering white women an experience that was so profound for the black community in America?" But author Carla Kaplan manages to focus on recovering the sometimes problematic contributions of white women to the movement, warts and all, while providing excellent context on race relations and racial identity in the early decades of the twentieth century. Highly recommend for anyone interested in popular or cultural history, or the history of race and gender in American culture.

I was talking with a friend about decisions and self-compassion. I told him that I may regret times I’ve been unkind to others, but I never regret decisions I’ve made. This is rooted in compassion for who I was yesterday, who I am today and who I will be tomorrow. I may not understand some of the choices I’ve made in the past, but I have to trust who I was in that moment and have compassion for her point of view. Likewise, I have to trust and have compassion for who I will be in the future. She will be contending with the decisions I make today, and I choose to believe in her wisdom.

Do you find it easy to have compassion for yourself? Which version of yourself are you the hardest on- your past, current or future self?

New bookface!

Technology hasn’t killed public libraries – it’s inspired them to transform and stay relevant.

Dale Leorke
In the digital age, libraries got creative about how to translate services they've always offered into new formats. And they've transformed their spaces to have a variety of community uses.

Everlane is one of my favorite ethical fashion brands, mostly because of the accessible price point and transparency. They’ve always been outspoken about social responsibility, but I was excited to learn of their newly published commitment to sustainable materials.

Whitney Bauck
And gave us a peek inside its new green factory partner in Nanchong, China.