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Overview

Art museums are among the most glamorous workplaces, and their libraries are often substantial research venues with a spectrum of users with high expectations. Although most art museums have a library of some kind, these facilities are often hidden from the public and seldom discussed in library schools. Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship serves as an introduction to the field of art museum librarianship and its diverse settings.

Sixteen chapters address-from the point of view of practicing art museum librarians-leadership, reader, services, automation, security, cataloging, space planning, collection development, visual resources, ephemera, special collections, archives, fund-raising, public relations, volunteers and interns, professional development, and solo librarianship. Each chapter includes essays written by librarians in the field that deal with the unique environment of art museum libraries, from the largest research collections that serve many curatorial departments and multiple administrative layers to the smallest solo-librarian settings where staff work in relative isolation.

Following the essays is collection of thumbnail sketches-brief institutional profiles that allow readers to compare statistical and descriptive information on fifteen diverse art museum libraries in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Appendixes 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 bibliographic section provides further reading on all of the chapter topics, and an index cross-references the manysituations addressed within each essay. Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship, the first publication of its kind, is illustrated with more than ninety images of art museums, their libraries, and items from their collections.

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Editorial Reviews

Art Libraries Journal
An excellent history and overview of the art museum scene. ...a major achievement. ...It will effectively inform those outside the sector of the riches and value of art museum libraries and provide valuable professional reinforcement for those within it.
— Beth Houghton, Former Head of Tate Library & Archive, London
Reference and User Services Quarterly
All entries have been written by librarians with vast experience in art museum libraries, and together they present a full picture of current practice and theory....This book will be useful to art librarians, whether in art museums or other art libraries. It will also serve as a wonderful picture of this world for any aspiring art museum librarians and would be a helpful addition to reading lists for any art librarianship courses currently offered by library schools.
— Spring 2008, Vol 47, issue 3
Australian Library Journal
The author has extensive experience in art museum libraries....This volume is a comprehensive guide that covers every conceivable aspect of art museum librarianship. It is highly recommended, and while the main audience of the volume is limited as it is aimed directly at art librarians, the book includes a wealth of interesting facts and information useful to other specialist libraries, general libraries and students interested in a career in art museum libraries or managing unusual collections.
— Kay Neville
Library Quarterly
Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship provides well-thought-out case studies of how some of the leading museum libraries in this country have reached solutions. A wide range of institutions are represented, both public and private. Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship almost becomes a how-to primer for anyone setting up or organizing a special collections library connected with a museum. The information provided by these essays about art museum libraries is broad enough to transcend any one type of museum library, and the philosophy presented in the essays can be applied in any number of similar situations.

Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship is both a practical guide for organizing a research library as an adjunct to any museum and a study of how special collections work in large and small museums. A handy reference guide, it should be required reading for anyone setting up or reorganizing a special collections library or a research library who strives to have that library well organized and optimally accessible to its researchers. Do not allow the title to mislead you: while all the libraries included are connected with art museums, the discussions and solutions are applicable to any type of museum and its associated research library.

If you have any association with a special collections library, this book should be on your shelves.

August 2007 Reference and Research Book News
This attractive volume contains a wealth of thought-provoking material on the many sides and changing circumstances of art museum libraries. The 16 sections define topics such as reader services, access and security, institutional archives, working with volunteers, and solo librarianship, with numerous individual articles on each topic, often based on the author's personal experience. A separate section contains a survey of 15 art museum libraries, each with a small photo, a description, and statistics on such facts as the number of workers, the number of visitors, who the librarian reports to, special collections, the collections management system, and cataloging utilities, creating a handy resource for current trends for this specialized library type. Appendices provide lists of professional associations and sample documents. Benedetti served as a librarian at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library and the Craft and Folk Art Museum Library, Los Angeles.
College & Research Libraries News
...this volume is a treasure house of information....
March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
This reference book is an excellent choice...
Art Libraries Journal - Beth Houghton
An excellent history and overview of the art museum scene. ...a major achievement. ...It will effectively inform those outside the sector of the riches and value of art museum libraries and provide valuable professional reinforcement for those within it.
Renata Guttman
...content-wise it's beyond impressive. I am thinking back to when I was in library school, digging around for any and all art/architecture library information I could find, and I know this will be a fantastic resource for all those future art and architecture librarians!
Sherman Clarke
I am delighted to hear that [the] book is out. We'll ALL want one!! Or two! One for home and [one for the] office. I'd think even those of us [catalogers] in academic or independent research libraries would want to have one. Some things cross type-of-library lines pretty readily; certainly cataloging does.
Reference and Research Book News
This attractive volume contains a wealth of thought-provoking material on the many sides and changing circumstances of art museum libraries. The 16 sections define topics such as reader services, access and security, institutional archives, working with volunteers, and solo librarianship, with numerous individual articles on each topic, often based on the author's personal experience. A separate section contains a survey of 15 art museum libraries, each with a small photo, a description, and statistics on such facts as the number of workers, the number of visitors, who the librarian reports to, special collections, the collections management system, and cataloging utilities, creating a handy resource for current trends for this specialized library type. Appendices provide lists of professional associations and sample documents. Benedetti served as a librarian at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library and the Craft and Folk Art Museum Library, Los Angeles.
Museum News
...addresses the myriad challenges and accomplishments of museum libraries in the United States, Canada, and Europe and reveals how they help fulfill the missions of their institutions.
Kathy Wellington
I am a library student hoping to work in museum and/or art libraries. I have found your book, Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship very helpful as a resource in several of my classes. In fact, we call it the art museum library "Bible" in our special libraries class. I highly recommend it for other students.
The Library Quarterly
Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship provides well-thought-out case studies of how some of the leading museum libraries in this country have reached solutions. A wide range of institutions are represented, both public and private. Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship almost becomes a how-to primer for anyone setting up or organizing a special collections library connected with a museum. The information provided by these essays about art museum libraries is broad enough to transcend any one type of museum library, and the philosophy presented in the essays can be applied in any number of similar situations.

Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship is both a practical guide for organizing a research library as an adjunct to any museum and a study of how special collections work in large and small museums. A handy reference guide, it should be required reading for anyone setting up or reorganizing a special collections library or a research library who strives to have that library well organized and optimally accessible to its researchers. Do not allow the title to mislead you: while all the libraries included are connected with art museums, the discussions and solutions are applicable to any type of museum and its associated research library.

If you have any association with a special collections library, this book should be on your shelves.

Reference and User Services Quarterly - Spring 2008
All entries have been written by librarians with vast experience in art museum libraries, and together they present a full picture of current practice and theory....This book will be useful to art librarians, whether in art museums or other art libraries. It will also serve as a wonderful picture of this world for any aspiring art museum librarians and would be a helpful addition to reading lists for any art librarianship courses currently offered by library schools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810859210
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Michael Brand     ix
Preface and Acknowledgments   Joan M. Benedetti     xi
Introduction   Ann B. Abid     xv
The Many Facets of Art Museum Librarianship
Outside In: Leading and Managing the Art Museum Library     3
Collaborative Leadership of Art Museum Libraries and Archives   Janice Lea Lurie     3
Library and Imaging Services Management at the Dallas Museum of Art   Jacqueline Allen     7
Heading an Art Museum Library in Mexico: The Museo Franz Mayer Library   Martha Escobar Palacios     9
Managing an Art Museum Library within a Collections Division   Barbara Rominski     13
Reader Services, Reference, and the Art Museum Library's Clientele     17
Reader Services and Reference in Large Art Museum Libraries   Linda Seckelson     17
Assisting Students Assigned to Write a Visual Analysis   John Hagood     22
Serving an Art Museum and School: Museum Staff, Faculty, Artists, and Students   Dennis Kreps     25
Interlibrary Loan in the Art Museum Library Setting   Lilah J. Mittelstaedt     28
Automating the Art Museum Library in the Twenty-First Century     33
Google and Other Challenges: Adding Value to the Catalog of a Large ArtMuseum Library   Jonathan Franklin     33
Joining the Revolution: A Primer for Small Art Museum Library Automation   Kraig A. Binkowski     37
Automating with ASPs   Linda Tompkins-Baldwin     41
A Delicate Balance: Access and Security in the Art Museum Library     44
"Reasonable Access" in a Large Urban Art Museum Library: The Art Institute of Chicago   Peter Blank     44
Access and Security in Medium-Sized Museum Libraries   Lilah J. Mittelstaedt     48
The Hillwood Museum & Gardens Experience   Kristen A. Regina     50
Copyright and Fair Use in the Art Museum Library: An Overview   Roger Lawson     53
Cataloging and Technical Services in the Art Museum Library     61
Cataloging in the Art Museum Library   Daniel A. Starr     61
The Lone Cataloger   Lynda Bunting     65
A Mountain of Art Books: Cataloging at the Research Library, Getty Research Institute   Billie Hackney     68
Object Cataloging in Art Museum Libraries   Maria Oldal     72
Cataloging in a Merged Library and Museum Environment   Cheryl H. Toyama     76
Space Planning in the Art Museum Library     81
A Primer on Space Planning Based on Experiences at the Amon Carter Museum and the Museum of Modern Art   Milan R. Hughston     81
Artful Architecture: The Challenges of Renovation   Margaret Culbertson     85
Misadventures of an Accidental Library Mover   Kraig A. Binkowski     87
Building Collections: The Intellectual Content of the Art Museum Library
Collection Development and the Acquisition Process: The Art Museum Librarian as Curator     93
Art Museum Library Collections and Collection Development   Deborah Barlow Smedstad     93
Actually Acquiring: Acquisition Strategies for the Small Art Museum Library   Linda Tompkins-Baldwin     96
Serials Collecting in Art Museum Libraries   Lilah J. Mittelstaedt     98
Exhibition Catalog Exchanges as Part of the Collection Development Program at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Research Library   Barbara Rominski     102
Auction Catalogs in Art Museum Libraries   Jeffrey Weidman     105
Curating Images: Visual Resources in the Art Museum Library     114
The Imaging Department at the Dallas Museum of Art   Jacqueline Allen     114
From Lantern Slides to Slide Libraries to Image Collections: The View from the Cleveland Museum of Art   Sara Jane Pearman     118
The Vancouver Art Gallery's Audiovisual Collections   Cheryl Siegel     124
The Evolution and Merging of Museum Education Collections: Teacher Resources Join the Slide Library   Jane Ferger     126
The Invisible Made Visible: Collecting Ephemera in the Art Museum Library     131
Capturing Ephemera   Margaret Crocker Ford     131
Ephemera in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Research Library   Barbara Rominski     134
The Archives on Women Artists at the National Museum of Women in the Arts   Sharon Wasserman     137
Special Collections in the Art Museum Library     140
Re/Discovery: Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Library Recognition   Karen McKenzie     140
Special Collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario's E. P. Taylor Research Library and Archives   Amy Marshall     143
Special Collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art   Carol Rusk     146
Special Collections at the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago   Amy Ballmer   Peter Blank     147
Institutional Archives: The Art Museum's Memory     152
The Institutional Archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts   Stacey Flatt   Sharon Wasserman     153
Traces of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles   Lynda Bunting     156
The Dallas Museum of Art Archives   Jacqueline Allen     159
The Vancouver Art Gallery Archives   Cheryl Siege     163
Promoting, Sustaining, and Developing Support for the Art Museum Library
Fundamentals of Fund-Raising for the Art Museum Library     169
Three Experiences in Museum Library Development and Fund-Raising   Allen Townsend     170
Fund-Raising for the Library at the Museum of Modern Art   Milan R. Hughston     172
The National Museum of Women in the Arts Library Fellows Program   Sharon Wasserman     175
Marketing, Public Relations, and Advocacy in the Art Museum Library     177
Planning for Outreach   Regan Brumagen     177
Demonstrating the Library's Value at the National Gallery of Australia Research Library   Gillian Currie     181
Public Relations Every Day in the Library at the Dallas Museum of Art   Jacqueline Allen     184
Programming as Advocacy: Art Museum Libraries at the Crossroads   Deirdre E. Lawrence     187
Working with Volunteers and Interns in the Art Museum Library     192
Of Mutual Benefit: Volunteers in the Hirsch Library, Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston   Jonathan W. Evans      192
Volunteers in the Library of the National Gallery of Australia   Gillian Currie     196
The Whitney Museum of American Art Library's Volunteer Program   Carol Rusk     199
Internships in Art Museum Libraries   V. Heidi Hass     201
The Intern and the Art Museum Library: An Exchange Partnership   Artis Wick     204
Professional Development: Investing in Art Museum Librarianship     208
Professional Development at The Corning Museum of Glass   Aprille Nace     208
The Most Important Resource   Gillian Currie     211
Professional Development at the Dallas Museum of Art   Jacqueline Allen     214
Solo Librarianship in the Art Museum Library     217
The Vancouver Art Gallery Library   Cheryl Siegel     217
Three Years as the Solo Librarian at the Currier Museum of Art   Michele J. Turner     220
Hillwood Museum & Gardens Library   Kristen A. Regina     223
Thumbnail Sketches: Profiles of Fifteen Art Museum Libraries
Arizona State Museum Library     229
Art Institute of Chicago     231
California African American Museum     232
Centre Canadien d'Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture     233
Corning Museum of Glass     234
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park     236
Galleria degli Uffizi     237
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum     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
Appendixes
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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