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“Creativity” is not easily definable, but as librarians, we are familiar with the term, especially as we are all asked to think more creatively in order to enhance our libraries or to meet our continued challenges. It is understood that creativity is not limited to new inventions, products, or firms, but can also include revisions, enhancements, or new processes. An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Let’s Gets Serious About Cultivating Creativity” by Steven Tepper and George Kuh states that creative people:
- approach problems in non routine ways using analogy and metaphor;
- pose “what if” question;
- see new or unexpected patterns;
- face ambiguity and uncertainty;
- use feedback to revise and improve an idea; and
- bring people, power, and resources together to implement or communicate novel ideas.
Cultivate your own creativity at the OLA annual conference. Don't just hear about it, do it! In the exhibitors' hall will be spaces and materials for you to make origami, decorate your name badge, create a button, and much, much more. Take a picture of your creation and post it to the conference's social media sites (#OrLib15). Or just create for the simple joy of creating. However you engage your creative side, you'll be able to do more than just hear about creativity at the OLA conference. Come. Create. See you in Eugene.
Keynote Speaker Dr. David Krakauer
Living at the Edge of Mystery: Creativity, Information & the Experimental Life
“ We Study the Information Supporting Life." -- Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Mission Statement.
“To boldly go where no one has gone before.” -- The Captain's Oath. Star Trek Universe.
J. Robert Oppenheimer wrote that “both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.” The greatest of our creative institutions have sought to confront the singular mysteries of their time: the fundamental elements of life, the nature of gravity and light, and the atomic structure of matter. Ours is an age of overwhelming information that we seek to transform into comprehensible knowledge. I shall discuss several examples of creative institutions, all of which seek to make sense of the challenges of our age -- the Media Lab at MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. These all question the boundaries, boxes and constraints we place on thought and seek to render comprehensible our mysterious informational universe.
President's Banquet Speaker - Douglas Wolk
Cartoonists and the Chemistry of Scenius
The musician Brian Eno coined the term "scenius": the creative power that arises from "ecologies of talent" rather than from lone masterminds. A lot of the best and most interesting comic books, graphic novels and comic strips of the past 75 years have emerged from sceniuses-- they're the work of artists who've been associated with shared studios and other creative collectives. I'll discuss some fascinating examples, including DeWitt Clinton High School, Will Eisner's American Visuals studio, the original Marvel Bullpen, the Crusty Bunkers, and Oregon's own Periscope Studio. I'll also talk about what seems to create the conditions for scenius to flourish in comics, and what stifles or disperses it.
Follow Douglas Wolk on Twitter @douglaswolk
PLD Banquet Speaker - Mark Shapiro, Laika Studios
Creativity with Mark Shapiro & The Art of Animation
Oregon-based LAIKA is a renowned animation studio that has inspired audiences with an unprecedented visual artistry. Animators breathe life into meticulously hand-crafted puppets on handmade sets. Visual effects artists seamlessly enhance performances with cutting-edge technologies. This unparalleled fusion of stop-motion and computer graphics has garnered the studio two Oscar nominations and worldwide acclaim. In this session, Mark Shapiro will discuss the feature The Boxtrolls, using rarely seen images and timelapses. Production puppets will be on display.