Chef Spotlight #3: Read/Write Library

Meet the third competitor in this year’s Hashbrown: Read/Write Library.┬áThe Read/Write Library is a new model for open, location-specific archiving of independent and small press media.

In what ways does your chili recipe embody your organization?

Like the Read/Write Library’s highly inclusive collection, this chili collects a diverse array of ingredients, from the simple bean to the sophisticated red pepper, from home-grown oregano to specialty mushrooms and blends them all into a spicy and delicious resource on Chicago history, literature, and culture.

Which celebrity would you most like to share a bowl a chili with and why?

Studs Terkel! You just know he’d get around to telling some great stories over a bowl of chili.

If you were going to catalog pot of chili, what would be your methodology?

Well, following the Read/Write Library cataloging conventions, I’d not only note the author, subject, and add some keywords, but I’d be sure to note the location and any other contributors associated with the chili, to better map its connections to the Chicago literary community.

Do you have any words of warning for your competitors?

I know how to boil a mean bean!

What does Spudnik Press love about the Read/Write Library?

One of my absolutely favorite aspects of the Read/Write Library is the work they do out in the community. While their brick and mortar location serves as an amazing archive of local talent and histories, through collaboration with events like Printers Ball and The Chicago Zine Fest bring their work to a larger audience. Their currently raising funds on IndieGoGo to increase this type of work by replacing a stolen library on wheels.

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