The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, 2nd edition

Oct 2017 | 384pp

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The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, 2nd edition

Edited by Paul Glassman and Judy Dyki

The handbook examines methods of innovative librarianship in academic and art school libraries. Serving as a field guide to academic art libraries in the twenty-first century, it integrates theory and practice as demonstrated by creative professionals working in the field of art librarianship.

While much attention has been paid to art librarianship as it exists in museum settings, the focus on academic art and design school information services has not been as intensive. This essential handbook addresses that gap in the professional literature and examines methods of innovative librarianship in academic and art school libraries. The book offers guidelines for information professionals working in art and design environments who support and anticipate the information needs of artists, designers, architects, and the historians who study those disciplines.


  • chapters from a range of contributors who reflect current practice at a global level
  • a range of case studies and library profiles, providing benchmarks for developing facilities
  • theoretical essays; guidelines; checklists; photographs and diagrams
  • a new section on knowledge creation accommodating developments in institutional repositories, digital humanities, and makerspaces
  • in depth sections on physical environment and sustainability.

Readership: Students taking library and information science courses in art librarianship, special collections, and archives, practising library and information professionals in art and design school libraries, college/university libraries serving art, architecture, and design programs. It will also be useful for art museum libraries and public libraries.


Survey to accompany Chapter 2: Evolution not Revolution: evolving trends in art and design libraries
Barbara Opar
The author distributed a 16-question survey that covers many aspects of art and design librarianship to gather information and provide insight into developments in the field.  The survey was posted on four relevant library listservs (ARLIS-L, ARLIS-LINK, AASL-L, ACRL/ARTS) and remained open for three months. Chapter 2 summarizes the data gathered through the survey; individual responses are presented here.

List of figures and tables

Notes on contributors

Foreword – Clive Phillpot


Part 1: Roles and Responsibilities

1. The governance and administration of the art and design library – Paul Glassman

2. Evolution not revolution – Barbara Opar 

3. Expanding roles for fine arts liaison librarians – Stephanie Kays

4. Accreditation and visual arts libraries – Judy Dyki

5. Design thinking for design librarians: rethinking art and design librarianship – Rachel Ivy Clarke

Part 2: Materials and Collection Management

6. Visual resources: from analogue to digital and beyond – Molly Schoen

7. Developing digital collections – Greta Bahnemann and Jeannine Keefer

8. Inspirational encounters: the management and use of archives and special collections in the art and design Library – Jess Crilly, Gustavo Grandal Montero and Sarah Mahurter

9. What is special about special collections? – Lee Sorensen

10. Artists’ books, publications, multiples, and objects – Tony White

11. Art documentation: exhibition catalogues and beyond – Gustavo Grandal Montero

12. Tactile Libraries: material collections in art, architecture, and design – Rebecca Coleman and Mark Pompelia

13. Seeing the bigger picture: archival description of visual information – Alyssa Carver

Part 3: Teaching and Learning

14. Embedded in their world: moving mentally into the studio environment – Michael A. Wirtz

15. Teaching with threshold concepts and the ACRL Framework in the art and design context – Alexander Watkins

16. Teaching by the book: art history pedagogy and special collections – Sandra Ludig Brooke

17. Metalitery in art and design education: implications for library instruction – Leo Appleton

18. The art of evidence: a method for instructing students in art history research – Catherine Haras

19. “I want students to research the idea of red”: using instructional design for teaching information literacy in the fine arts – Katie Greer and Amanda Nichols Hess

20. Cultural differences and information literacy competencies – Nancy Fawley

Part 4: Knowledge Creation

21. The ever-shifting landscape: mapping the present and future of digital art histories – Colin Post

22. Critical cARTography: mapping spaces for dialogue about identity and artistic practices – Andy Rutkowski and Stacy Williams

23. More than just art on the walls: enhancing fine arts pedagogy in the academic library space – Rachael Muszkiewicz, Jonathan Bull and Aimee Tomasek

24. Beyond the monograph? transformations in scholarly communication and their impact on art librarianship – Patrick Tomlin

Part 5: The Physical Environment

25. New, renovated and repurposed library spaces: responding to new demands – Leo Appleton, Karen Latimer, and Pat Christie

26. Why is that column in the middle of the room? success in creating classrooms for library instruction – Paul Glassman

27. Finding common ground: creating library spaces for collaboration – Beverly Mitchell

Part 6. Promotion and Sustainability

28. Marketing plans made simple – Paul Glassman

29. Engaging with social media – Ken Laing and Hillary Webb

30. Website strategies for art and design libraries – Judy Dyki

Appendix: Library profiles – Beth Morris


Paul Glassman is Director of University Libraries and Adjunct Instructor of Architectural History and Design at Yeshiva University. He teaches art librarianship and library design at Rutgers during the summer session.

Judy Dyki is Director of Library and Academic Resources at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Editor of Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America.



Leo Appleton, Greta Bahnemann, Sandra Ludig Brooke, Jonathan Bull, Alyssa Carver, Pat Christie, Rachel Ivy Clarke, Rebecca Coleman, Nancy Fawley, Katie Greer, Catherine Haras, Amanda Nichols Hess, Stephanie Kays, Jeannine Keefer, Ken Laing, Karen Latimer, Sarah Mahurter, Beverly Mitchell, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Beth Morris, Rachael Muszkiewicz, Barbara Opar, Clive Phillpot, Mark Pompelia, Colin Post, Andy Rutkowski, Lori Salmon, Molly Schoen, Lee Sorensen, Aimee Tomasek, Patrick Tomlin, Alexander Watkins, Hillary Webb, Tony White, Stacy R. Williams and Michael A. Wirtz. 

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