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. 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
— 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
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
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
Center for Book Arts – May 21-22, 2016 – 10am-4pm http://centerforbookarts.org/event/conservation-enclosures/ Protective enclosures are made to support and protect your books from environmental damages. Additionally for the artist they can also serve as an extension of their book to enhance their presentation and provide an additional surface where one can customize the box to reflect the contents. Learn to make three simple archival enclosures that … Continue reading CONSERVATION ENCLOSURES WORKSHOP at the Center for Book Arts / Maria Pisano.
An important part of many art libraries is the local Artists File Collection. In my case, our St. Louis area artists clipping file collection was started soon after the 1912 Central Library building was completed. Today, it includes over 3000 artists and organizations– everything from a blurb in a City Directory to extensive multi-envelope files containing clippings, fliers, exhibition lists, personal correspondence, questionnaires, and more. … Continue reading Artists Files – Collection Development Committee blog submission / Suzy Frechette, St. Louis Public Library