Is there something about glass you’d like to know? Ask a Librarian!

Have you ever wondered what raw materials are combined to make a batch of glass? Are you looking for information on a certain glass artist? Is glass a liquid or a solid? Do you know where to look to try to figure out what company made that glass piece that was passed down to you from your great grandmother? These are all examples of the types of questions that the Rakow Research Librarians answer quite frequently. There are currently over 700 question and answer pairs viewable online and that number is constantly increasing as over 4,000 reference questions are asked each year. Ask us your questions through our customized online reference service, LibAnswers.

Screenshot of the Rakow LibAnswers landing page

tag cloud that allows for browsing by subject

Questioners can choose if they would like their question viewable by the public. Public answers show up as search results in Google and allow other researchers to further explore the topic. For those interested in browsing the questions, there is a tag cloud to allow topical browsing or a keyword search can be done.

The Rakow Library focuses on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. We have many topical bibliographies  to share ranging from glassmaking techniques to glass companies, types of glass, glass artists and beyond. Though our collection does not circulate, we are happy to loan second copies of books or send copies of articles to your local library through Interlibrary Loan.

The Rakow Research Library is open from 9-5, Monday – Friday | Telephone: 607.438.5300


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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