Art Librarianship: Summer 2016


Stephen J. Bury


Palmer School


Summer 2016


Students will be introduced to all aspects of art librarianship, with an emphasis on reference and collection development issues. Field trips will supplement in-class lectures, exercises, and hands-on practice with print sources and databases for art, architecture, and design research.

This course will look at the art information world from the perspective of four types of users – the artist, dealer, art historian and museum or gallery curator. We will visit an auction house, an art foundation archive, art history library, and a museum library. There will also be a focus on four corresponding categories of material – the artist’s book, auction catalogue, catalogue raisonné and exhibition catalogue. We will see how these have changed over time and are changing (or not) in our increasingly digital world. We will look at the roles of art information specialists and librarians in different types of institutions and examine the question of whether or not art librarianship is a discrete sub-discipline

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

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