Yesterday I went to my favorite bookstore, Half Price Books. It's so close to home, I've walked to it. I always check out their $2 sale section.
This time I found something unique. BiblioCraft: A Modern Crafter's Guide to Jumpstart Creative Projects, by Jessica Pigza. I bought it just for giggles, without looking it over. Was I surprised.
As a SCAdian and a scribe, I'm well aware there's amazing wealth in libraries. I thought I'd become an expert in searching them and online. This book's author is a librarian and she beats my ability hands down.
Pigza's book tells how to develop projects based on library resources, just like we do in the SCA. It's intended for all creatives whether hobbyist or professional, basicly anyone in the SCA.
For us Part I may be the most important. In it Pigza tells how to find and use what libraries' have to offer, online or in person. From the library's branch, research, or special collections; to how to find the right library for you; to how to plan a library visit the proper way; and how to search. There's amazing information there.
Part II includes 20 projects inspired by library resources. While these projects are not historic recreations, the resource information within them is relevant. I was excited to read Pigza even includes stuff on illuminated manuscripts, penmanship, the history of type design, bookplates, decorative book bindings and the art of heraldry. Topics a scribe might enjoy.
This book is a great way to learn what today's librarians know about libraries and research, in a way normal people can understand. I see it particularly useful for a newcomer or Chatelaine. I can't wait to access the scribal related details.
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