The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, 2nd edition

Nov 2017 | 224pp

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The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, 2nd edition

Edited by Judy Dyki and Paul Glassman

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.


Part I: Roles and responsibilities

1. Governance and administration 

2. Evolving trends

3. Liaison models

4. Accreditation 

Part II: Materials and collection management

5. Digital collections

6. Visual resources

7. Special collections and archives

8. Materials libraries

9. Metadata and organization

Part III: Teaching and learning

10. Embedded librarianship

11. Visual literacy

12. Multiple literacies

13. Instructional methods

14. Instructional design

Part IV: Knowledge creation

15. Digital art histories

16. Creative virtual spaces

17. Creative collaborations

18. Access tools

19. Scholarly communication

Part V: Physical environment

20. Renovation and re-purposing of library space

21. Makerspaces

21. Teaching spaces

22. Learning spaces

23. Space for collaboration

Part VI: Promotion and sustainability

24. Outreach

25. Marketing plans

26. Communication of value

27. Cultivation of support

Paul Glassman is ‎Director of University Libraries at Yeshiva University.

Judy Dyki is Library Director at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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