Collection Development in two complimentary formats for Special Collections: print holdings and electronic resources / Susan Flanagan

Building special collections is always predicated on availability of resources, timing and funding. As materials come to market, a single library is able acquire a unique item or a few libraries may add a rare publication to their collections. These special resources allow a library to grow and develop into a valuable research collection. With the advent of special collection electronic resources, more libraries are … Continue reading Collection Development in two complimentary formats for Special Collections: print holdings and electronic resources / Susan Flanagan

Libraries Unbound, a resource for collection librarians / Leslie Abrams (labrams@ucsd.edu)

Keeping up with the seemingly endless changes in the library collections world is a challenge. I recently received notification about a new web resource created by Library Journal, Libraries Unbound at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/librariesunbound/index.php Each month Libraries Unbound “focuses on a key theme in the library industry” and provides commentary from librarians addressing impacts, insights, best practices on the evolving industry as well as announcements, white papers, … Continue reading Libraries Unbound, a resource for collection librarians / Leslie Abrams (labrams@ucsd.edu)

Morgan Library & Museum publishes Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden, The Collections of Count Tessin

The Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden, The Collections of Count Tessin, by Colin B. Bailey, Carina Fryklund, John Marciari, Magnus Olausson, and Jennifer Tonkovich. The core holdings of the Nationalmuseum, Sweden, were assembled by Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1696–1770), a diplomat and one of the great art collectors of his day. On assignment in … Continue reading Morgan Library & Museum publishes Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden, The Collections of Count Tessin

Why Didn’t I Buy That or Other Woes on Collection Building? / Barbara Opar

While working on another project, I found myself reading an article entitled: Why Did We Buy That? New Customers and Changing Directions in Collection Development.  Kay Downey’s article discusses how Kent State began directing its collection policies to better align with the University’s mission of student retention, higher graduation rates, increased international enrollment, and enhanced recruitment.[1] My thoughts turned in another direction. Though a strong … Continue reading Why Didn’t I Buy That or Other Woes on Collection Building? / Barbara Opar

Engaging Library Users in Collection Development session at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in New Orleans / Amy Trendler

If you’ve been perusing the program for the 45th annual ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans you may have noticed that there’s a session on collection development first thing Monday morning. In “Engaging Library Users in Collection Development” we’ll be hearing from six speakers who are collaborating with curatorial staff, faculty members, students, and other users to shape library collections. Read on for a sneak preview … Continue reading Engaging Library Users in Collection Development session at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in New Orleans / Amy Trendler

Special Offer: The Drawings of Abraham Bloemaert: Supplement by Jaap Bolten

— Master Drawings — Volume 55, Number 1 March 2017 The Drawings of Abraham Bloemaert: Supplement by Jaap Bolten SPECIAL OFFER $35 with free shipping Offer valid until 15 January 2017*   The issue is a supplement to the author’s 2007 catalogue raisonné of Bloemaert’s drawings. Order at www.masterdrawings.org *Thereafter $45 plus postage Continue reading Special Offer: The Drawings of Abraham Bloemaert: Supplement by Jaap Bolten

Electronic Resources Consortiums: Do You Participate? / Susan Flanagan

In this post, I’d like us to discuss electronic databases in art libraries and how we acquire them. In future posts, I’ll cover other electronic resources issues. Here at the Getty Research Institute, we were fortunate to join SCELC http://www.scelc.org  a consortium of nonprofit academic and research institutes in 1986. Originally called Southern California Electronic Library Consortium, it is now incorporated as SCELC, which expanded … Continue reading Electronic Resources Consortiums: Do You Participate? / Susan Flanagan

The Charleston Acquisitions Conference and the publication “Against the Grain” / Leslie Abrams

As a former colleague of founder Katina Strauch, I have closely watched the evolution of the Charleston Acquisitions Conference http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/ for the past 36 years as it has become the premiere venue to learn and connect with library professionals about all things related to acquisitions, collection development, and collection management. Held annually since 1980, the conference was conceptualized to allow a free and open exchange … Continue reading The Charleston Acquisitions Conference and the publication “Against the Grain” / Leslie Abrams

Focus on Rare Books at the PMA / Mary Wassermann

Librarians at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library and Archives have had the pleasure of significantly enriching our rare holdings in recent years. These efforts dovetail with the museum’s larger goals to foster connections between its diverse collections and to encourage greater audience engagement with all of the museum’s offerings. Here are some notable acquisitions for your enjoyment!Books and archival materials related to the Philadelphia … Continue reading Focus on Rare Books at the PMA / Mary Wassermann

Curated Donation from Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner increases Brooklyn Museum Libraries’ Holdings on Contemporary and Modern Art / Giana Ricci

This past summer the Brooklyn Museum Libraries received the latest installment of an ongoing major donation from renowned art collectors Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner. As the 2016-2018 NYARC Kress Fellow, I was given the exciting task of accessioning, cataloging, and documenting this fascinating collection that predominantly pertains to modern and contemporary art from around the world. Spending time with each book and assessing its … Continue reading Curated Donation from Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner increases Brooklyn Museum Libraries’ Holdings on Contemporary and Modern Art / Giana Ricci