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Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (Hardback)
  • Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (Hardback)

Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 10/04/2007
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This introduction to the field of art museum librarianship and its diverse settings addresses 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. Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship, the first publication of its kind, includes a bibliography, an index, and over 90 black and white images of art museums, their libraries, and items from their collections.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810859180
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 1179 g
Dimensions: 289 x 224 x 26 mm

...this volume is a treasure house of information.... * Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie, Vol. 68, No. 8, September 2007 *
This reference book is an excellent choice... * American Reference Books Annual, March 2008 *
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 * Art Libraries Journal *
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 * Reference and User Services Quarterly *
...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! -- Renata Guttman, Canadian Centre for Architecture Library
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. -- Sherman Clarke, Head of Original Cataloging, New York University
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. * Reference and Research Book News, August 2007 *
...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. * Museum News, Vol. 86, No. 5, September/October 2007 *
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. -- Kathy Wellington, Dominican University
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 * Australian Library Journal *
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. * The Library Quarterly *

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