A Spring of Books in Santiago, Chile / Sócrates Silva

Earlier this Fall I traveled to Santiago, Chile and attended the Primavera del Libro (it is their Spring), a book fair dedicated to independent publishers which took place October 6-11, 2015 in Parque Bustamante. I was one of about 15 librarians attending the fair from the United States and Europe primarily comprising of SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) members (http://salalm.org/Continue reading A Spring of Books in Santiago, Chile / Sócrates Silva

Thoughts about Ashgate and libraries / Kathleen Salomon

By now you are probably aware of the ongoing discussion about the fate of Ashgate Publishing, which was acquired by Informa (Taylor & Francis Publishing) last summer. The news has been actively discussed in various blogs and lists, including CAAH-L. Our colleague Doug Litts of the Art Institute of Chicago posted the news on ARLIS-L (Friday, November 20), where he quoted an Ashgate staff member’s … Continue reading Thoughts about Ashgate and libraries / Kathleen Salomon

NEW BOOK OFFERED FOR FREE TO LIBRARIES THAT COLLECT ARCHITECTURAL TITLES: , The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate — A Provisional Report / Jacob Moore.

Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture was founded in 1982. Its mission is to advance the interdisciplinary study of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. A separately endowed entity within the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, it sponsors research projects, workshops, public programs, publications, and awards. The following publication, The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate — A Provisional Report (details below) is … Continue reading NEW BOOK OFFERED FOR FREE TO LIBRARIES THAT COLLECT ARCHITECTURAL TITLES: , The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate — A Provisional Report / Jacob Moore.

Our Offsite Storage Conundrum /Anne Champagne

Three years ago, having outgrown its stacks space, the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago made arrangements with Northwestern University Library to house a portion of its collection at NU’s book storage facility in Waukegan, Illinois, 40 miles north of Chicago. The terms of the arrangement are fairly straightforward: NU houses our material in a state-of-the-art facility and they load our … Continue reading Our Offsite Storage Conundrum /Anne Champagne

New publication: Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions / Chris Sala

Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions Catalog for an exhibition held at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Galley, New York from September 9, 2015 to December 12, 2015. Curated by Robert Fucci. Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) manipulated his copperplates in unprecedented ways to achieve printed images that were often in flux. That many of the different results were circulated as finished works in their own right … Continue reading New publication: Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions / Chris Sala

Collection Development for a Public/Private Special Collection / Suzy Frechette

The St. Louis Public Library is fortunate to have a very special architectural collection that is a sometimes awkward hybrid — a restricted rare book room that lives in a busy urban public library. The nucleus of the Steedman Architectural Library was given to SLPL in 1928; the donor, George Fox Steedman, also paid to have a special room designed and built especially to house … Continue reading Collection Development for a Public/Private Special Collection / Suzy Frechette

The Academic Art Library and Consortial Collections / Sarah Falls, Ohio State University.

Art libraries and their collections are ecosystems unique to their institutions, forged by institutional priorities, cultural prerogatives and the savvy decisions of their selectors. Through the years, I have worked in multiple collections that reflect the needs of their users and institutions, but seemed to be insulated from factors that create universal collections decisions in libraries. Our status as special and departmental allowed us to … Continue reading The Academic Art Library and Consortial Collections / Sarah Falls, Ohio State University.

The Package Deal / Barbara Opar, Syracuse University

Another fiscal year has ended and my library again was able to use unspent and reserve funds to acquire a number of large sets, including digital packages. One of these purchases is directly tied to my discipline so I am grateful for our ability to acquire such materials. However, I am also aware that not every institution uses funds this way or makes such a … Continue reading The Package Deal / Barbara Opar, Syracuse University

New publication announcement: Cutting Edge Art in Havana

Cutting Edge Art in Havana : 100 Cuban Artists / Mayret González-Martínez, Yoanna Toledo-Leyva. –    Philadelphia, PA : ATLA Group, LTD, 322 p. with 487 color ill. 23cm. (2015) (ISBN 9780986443336) (pbk) Book Webpage: https://ARTempoCuba.com/cutting-edge-havana/ Details on Publisher: ATLA Group, Ltd 1720 N. 5th Street #T-204 Philadelphia, PA, 19122 USA Contact: Anthony Rubenstein, tony@artempocuba.com Price:  $59.95 Available from:  Ingram Books  & Amazon & Worldwide Books … Continue reading New publication announcement: Cutting Edge Art in Havana

Developing an Approval Plan / Mary Seem (seem@frick.org)

As a member of the Book Department at the Frick Art Reference Library, I came into this job with a general understanding of our scope that became more developed as I began to purchase desired titles. A relative newcomer to the Book Department, I was very excited to develop a new approval plan with Yankee Book Peddler (YBP). We had used YBP as a vendor … Continue reading Developing an Approval Plan / Mary Seem (seem@frick.org)