The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship

May 2010 | 352pp

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The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship

Edited by Amanda Gluibizzi and Paul Glassman

While much attention has been paid to art librarianship as it exists in museum settings, comparatively less notice has been taken of academic and art-and-design-school art librarianship as a distinct focus. However, the skills of subject specialists in the arts and their advocacy on behalf of their users are fundamental elements in vital art libraries that fully support and anticipate the needs of artists, designers, architects, and the historians who study these disciplines. 
Put together by an international team of contributors, this essential handbook examines methods of innovative librarianship in academic and art school libraries throughout the world. With a focus on the intersection of best practice and best opportunities, the book brings together the philosophies and realities of the most creative librarians working in the field of art librarianship today and serves as a field guide to academic art libraries in the twenty-first century.
Key discussions include:
  • the role of liaison to the visual arts
  • visual literacy for highly literate viewers
  • art history pedagogy and special collections
  • technology in an art and design library
  • collection management, renewal, and de-accession
  • new forms of scholarly communication and their impact on art librarianship
  • the making of the 21st century art library.  
Readership: This timely book is essential reading for all information professionals working in art and design environments. It will also be of interest to students of librarianship interested in the challenges currently facing professionals working in this specialized area.

Foreword - Thomas F. Schutte
Introduction - Amanda Gluibizzi
1. Governance and administration of the art and design library - Paul Glassman
2. Surveying trends in art librarianship: evolving roles - Cathy Carpenter and Catherine Essinger, with Laurel Bliss and Alyssa Resnick
3. Liaison for the visual arts: responding to the needs of diverse demands - Alessia Zanin-Yost
4. Accreditation and visual arts libraries - Judy Dyki
5. Teaching by the book: art history pedagogy and special collections - Sandra Ludig Brooke
6. Currency and continuity: collection management, renewal and de-accession - Lindsay King
7. Swimming with the tides of technology in an art and design library: from AMICO to Delicious to YouTube - Sonja Staum
8. Beyond the monograph? Transformations in scholarly communication and their impact on art librarianship - Patrick Tomlin
9. Cataloguing and classification for art and design school libraries: challenges and considerations - Rachel Clarke
10. Visual literacy for highly literate viewers - Amanda Gluibizzi
11. Embedding information literacy into a studio art course - Jennifer Mayer
12. Incorporating image databases into teaching and learning - Rose V. Roberto and Rachel Robinson
13. Cultural differences and information literacy competencies - Nancy Fawley
14. Touch, see, find: serving multiple literacies in the art and design library - Holly Wilson and Laena McCarthy
15. The art of evidence: a method for instructing students in art history research - Catherine Haras
16. Why is that column in the middle of the room? Success in creating classrooms for library instruction - Paul Glassman
17. Beyond the ivied walls: outreach to the art community - Patricia Eaves-Brown, Judith Wanner and Linda Graburn
18.  Contemplation, conservation, and community: challenges of the small art library space - Kathleen O’Neill
19. The academic art library in the age of interdisciplinary discourse - Ruth Wallach
20. Creative space - Daniel Payne
21. The making of the 21st-century art library: cultivating vision, collaboration and support - Carol Terry
Appendix. Library profiles - Sarah E. McCleskey

"Art and design libraries have unique needs and this collected work is a platform for showcasing the most important of those needs in a browsing format that librarians will find helpful at their points of need. It is an excellent source for library school students who are weighing their options for the types of libraries in which they wish to work, newly hired art librarians developing professionally, and established professionals needing to add to their knowledge base or reassess current practices. This handbook is a practical and suitable reference guide for art librarians who will find the essays beneficial to acquire knowledge about the best practices of other librarians in their respective organizations."
- Journal of Academic Librarianship


"This resource compiles past literature on art research and touches on an array of issues relevant to academic, special, and art school libraries...the essays and extensive bibliographies will be beneficial to all art librarians, as well as any library catering to visual learners or library users needing art or media resources."


"...as a general and wide-ranging snapshot of where art librarianship stands today, this book will no doubt prove a useful addition to any practitioner's bookshelf."

- Library Review

Amanda Gluibizzi is Assistant Professor and Fine Arts Librarian, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, USA. 

Paul Glassman is Associate Professor and Director of the Library at Felician College, New Jersey, USA.

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