Adminibrary Project

“administration” + “miniature” + “library”
An interventionist arts-based research project

In grad school, I took a course on arts-based research methodology, and I was immediately drawn to it as an alternative lens through which to look at research in this field. The possibilities of being creative were endlessly exciting, and before I knew it, research projects I had never even dreamed of suddenly began to feel real and tangible. My first assignment was to design an arts-based research project in my field, and I created an interventionist arts-based research project called the Adminibrary (a new word I created from combining the words “administration”, “miniature”, and “library”).

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About This Project

The Adminibrary is a mini library full of books and articles on educational administration + leadership topics that co-workers (other administrators) can borrow. It is an ongoing interventionist art-based research project that has the potential to bring educational administration theory into the university where administration is practiced, and can spark meaningful conversations about our roles as administrators.

Process

As a creative means of achieving this project's objectives, I decided to create a postcard (pictured above) that communicates the purpose of the Adminibrary in a unique way. Anyone who picks up this card is encouraged to borrow any of the materials in the library and/or to fill out the back of the postcard with their own book or article recommendations.

The Adminibrary is an ongoing interventionist art project that is also a functioning lending library system that brings educational administration & leadership research into the university where administration is practiced.
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The postcard stands up on a miniature easel to make it immediately noticeable to anyone passing by the bookshelf. Because of its distinctive name, the Adminibrary has been successful at drawing the interest of my co-workers to the bookshelf and sparking spontanous discussions around why I started the project, the applicability of arts-based research methods to the field of educational administration + leadership, and what is working well in our practices as administrators.

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Objectives

This project has three main objectives:

  1. To SHARE educational administration books and articles with practicing administrators to bring awareness to administrative theory in a place where administration is practices.

  2. To SPARK spontaneous conversations with other educational administrators that allow them to reflect on what they are doing right in their practice.

  3. To CREATE a space in which to imagine new possibilities for the future of the field of educational administration + leadership.

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Recommendations

Send me your article & book suggestions for the Adminibrary!

Author's Info
Author's Info

Want to chat with me about this project? Send me a message at hello@valentineacademia.com!