Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship

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Scarecrow Press, 2007 - Architecture - 312 pages
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Although most art museums possess a library of some kind, these facilities are often hidden from the public and seldom discussed in library schools despite the important role they play as substantial research venues. Co-published with the Art Libraries Society of North America, Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship serves as an introduction to the field of art museum librarianship and its diverse settings. Editor Joan Benedetti has compiled contributions from practicing art museum librarians to present sixteen chapters that address the topics of leadership, reader services, automation, security, cataloging, space planning, collection development, visual resources, ephemera, special collections, archives, fundraising, public relations, volunteers and interns, professional development, and solo librarianship. Each chapter consists of several essays that deal with the distinct environment of art museum libraries: from the largest research collections that serve many curatorial departments and multiple administrative layers to the smallest solo librarian venues whose unsung staff work in relative isolation. The book concludes with a collection of brief institutional profiles, which include statistical and descriptive information on fifteen diverse art museum libraries in the U.S., Canada, and Europe; appendixes that describe academic programs offering dual degrees in librarianship and art, list international professional associations for art museum librarians, and provide sample policies and procedures in use today in art museum libraries; a bibliography; and an index. Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship, the first publication of its kind, is illustrated with over 90 black and white images of art museums, their libraries, and items from their collections.
 

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Contents

The Dallas Museum of Art Archives
159
The Vancouver Art Gallery Archives
163
Fundamentals of FundRaising for the Art Museum Library
169
Three Experiences in Museum Library Development and FundRaising
170
FundRaising for the Library at the Museum of Modern Art
172
The National Museum of Women in the Arts Library Fellows Program
175
Marketing Public Relations and Advocacy in the Art Museum Library
177
Demonstrating the Librarys Value at the National Gallery of Australia Research Library
181

Automating the Art Museum Library in the TwentyFirst Century
33
A Primer for Small Art Museum Library Automation
37
Automating with ASPs
41
A Delicate Balance Access and Security in the Art Museum Library
44
Access and Security in MediumSized Museum Libraries
48
The Hillwood Museum Gardens Experience
50
An Overview
53
Cataloging and Technical Services in the Art Museum Library
61
The Lone Cataloger
65
Cataloging at the Research Library Getty Research Institute
68
Object Cataloging in Art Museum Libraries
72
Cataloging in a Merged Library and Museum Environment
76
Space Planning in the Art Museum Library
81
The Challenges of Renovation
85
Misadventures of an Accidental Library Mover
87
Collection Development and the Acquisition Process The Art Museum Librarian as Curator
93
Acquisition Strategies for the Small Art Museum Library
96
Serials Collecting in Art Museum Libraries
98
Exhibition Catalog Exchanges as Part of the Collection Development Program at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Research Library
102
Auction Catalogs in Art Museum Libraries
105
Curating Images Visual Resources in the Art Museum Library
114
The View from the Cleveland Museum of Art
118
The Vancouver Art Gallerys Audiovisual Collections
124
Teacher Resources Join the Slide Library
126
The Invisible Made Visible Collecting Ephemera in the Art Museum Library
131
Ephemera in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Research Library
134
The Archives on Women Artists at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
137
Special Collections in the Art Museum Library
140
Special Collections at the Art Gallery of Ontarios E P Taylor Research Library and Archives
143
Special Collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art
146
Special Collections at the Ryerson Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago
147
Institutional Archives The Art Museums Memory
152
The Institutional Archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
153
Traces of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles
156
Public Relations Every Day in the Library at the Dallas Museum of Art
184
Art Museum Libraries at the Crossroads
187
Working with Volunteers and Interns in the Art Museum Library
192
Volunteers in the Library of the National Gallery of Australia
196
The Whitney Museum of American Art Librarys Volunteer Program
199
Internships in Art Museum Libraries
201
An Exchange Partnership
204
Professional Development Investing in Art Museum Librarianship
208
The Most Important Resource
211
Professional Development at the Dallas Museum of Art
214
Solo Librarianship in the Art Museum Library
217
Three Years as the Solo Librarian at the Currier Museum of Art
220
Millwood Museum Gardens Library
223
Profiles of Fifteen Art Museum Libraries
229
Art Institute of Chicago
231
California African American Museum
232
Centre Canadien dArchitectureCanadian Centre for Architecture
233
Corning Museum of Glass
234
Frederik Meijer Gardens Sculpture Park
236
Galleria degli Uffizi
237
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
238
Museum of International Folk Art
240
The National Gallery London
241
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
242
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
243
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
244
Yale University Art Gallery
245
Academic Programs of Interest
247
Relevant Professional Associations
249
Sample Art Museum Library Documents
255
Bibliography
281
Index
291
About the Contributors
307
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Joan M. Benedetti was a Librarian-Cataloger at the L.A. County Museum of Art Research Library until she retired in 2002. Before that, she was the Museum Librarian (a solo position) at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) for 21 years, also serving as Director of CAFAM's Center for the Study of Art and Culture, 1989-1994. She has been an active member of the Art Libraries Society of North America. Michael Brand has been director of the J. Paul Getty Museum since December 2005, after having served as director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond since 2000. Ann B. Abid was the head librarian at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1985 until her retirement in 2004. Before that she worked for 22 years at the St. Louis Art Museum. She has been an active member of ARLIS/NA, serving as president in 1988.