Consider the underpants gnomes and libraries

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These little gnomes steal your underpants when you are asleep. www.southparkstudios.com
These little gnomes steal your underpants when you are asleep.
www.southparkstudios.com

Solving the Underpants Gnomes Problem: Towards an Evidence-Based Arts Policy

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July 10, 2014

This is a re-run of some thinking about arts policy and support that occurred during 2013 which just came to my attention. The video of the talk by Ian David Moss at the The University of Chicago is worth some of your time. Almost everything he has to say about research and policy efforts in the arts applies to libraries.

How could you not follow a link invoking the underpants gnomes? The very nice thing about this post is that the video is supplemented by new notes and observations from Moss summarizing the issues with ‘research’ in the arts. The description of the grant-making processes in which he’s been involved in Issue #6 Allocating Resources will make you cringe in its familiarity. (Michalko)

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