The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, 2nd edition

Oct 2017 | 368pp

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The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, 2nd edition

Edited by Paul Glassman and Judy Dyki

Winner of the 2018 Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Worldwide Books Award for Publications

The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship integrates theory and practice to offer guidelines for information professionals working in art and design environments who need to support and anticipate the information needs of artists, designers, architects and the historians who study those disciplines. Since the first edition of this title, the world of art and design libraries has been transformed by rapid advances in technology, an explosion in social media and the release of new standards and guidelines. This new edition, offering mostly entirely new chapters, provides an accessible, fully updated, guide to the world of academic art and design libraries from a range of international experts who reflect current practice at a global level.

Coverage includes:

  •  case studies and library profiles, providing benchmarks for developing facilities
  •  teaching and learning, including the ACRL Framework, teaching with special
  • collections, meta-literacies, instructional design and cultural differences
  •  developments in institutional repositories, digital humanities and makerspaces
  •  contemporary library design, spaces for collaboration and sustainability.

This book will be useful reading for students taking library and information science courses in art librarianship, special collections, and archives, as well as practising library and information professionals in art and design school libraries, art museum libraries and public libraries.



Survey to accompany Chapter 2: Evolution not Revolution: evolving trends in art and design libraries
Barbara Opar
The author distributed a 16-question survey that covers many aspects of art and design librarianship to gather information and provide insight into developments in the field.  The survey was posted on four relevant library listservs (ARLIS-L, ARLIS-LINK, AASL-L, ACRL/ARTS) and remained open for three months. Chapter 2 summarizes the data gathered through the survey; individual responses are presented here.

Foreword – Clive Phillpot


Part I: Roles and responsibilities

1. The governance and administration of the art and design library – Paul Glassman

2. Evolution not revolution: evolving trends in art and design libraries – Barbara Opar 

3. Expanding roles for fine arts liaison librarians: re-visioning the liaison model – Stephanie Kays

4. Accreditation and visual arts libraries – Judy Dyki

5. Design thinking for design librarians: rethinking art and design librarianship – Rachel Ivy Clarke

Part II: Materials and collection management

6. Visual resources: from analogue to digital and beyond – Molly Schoen

7. Developing digital collections – Greta Bahnemann and Jeannine Keefer

8. Inspirational encounters: the management and use of archives and special collections in the art and design Library – Jess Crilly, Gustavo Grandal Montero and Sarah Mahurter

9. What is special about special collections? – Lee Sorensen

10. Artists’ books, publications, multiples, and objects – Tony White

11. Art documentation: exhibition catalogues and beyond – Gustavo Grandal Montero

12. Tactile Libraries: material collections in art, architecture, and design – Rebecca Coleman and Mark Pompelia

13. Seeing the bigger picture: archival description of visual information – Alyssa Carver

Part III: Teaching and learning

14. Embedded in their world: moving mentally into the studio environment – Michael A. Wirtz

15. Teaching with threshold concepts and the ACRL Framework in the art and design context – Alexander Watkins

16. Teaching by the book: art history pedagogy and special collections – Sandra Ludig Brooke

17. Metalitery in art and design education: implications for library instruction – Leo Appleton

18. The art of evidence: a method for instructing students in art history research – Catherine Haras

19. 'I want students to research the idea of red': using instructional design for teaching information literacy in the fine arts – Katie Greer and Amanda Nichols Hess

20. Cultural differences and information literacy competencies – Nancy Fawley

Part IV: Knowledge creation

21. The ever-shifting landscape: mapping the present and future of digital art histories – Colin Post

22. Critical cARTography: mapping spaces for dialogue about identity and artistic practices – Andy Rutkowski and Stacy Williams

23. More than just art on the walls: enhancing fine arts pedagogy in the academic library space – Rachael Muszkiewicz, Jonathan Bull and Aimee Tomasek

24. Beyond the monograph? Transformations in scholarly communication and their impact on art librarianship – Patrick Tomlin

Part V: The physical environment

25. New, renovated and repurposed library spaces: responding to new demands – Leo Appleton, Karen Latimer, and Pat Christie

26. Why is that column in the middle of the room? Success in creating classrooms for library instruction – Paul Glassman

27. Finding common ground: creating library spaces for collaboration – Beverly Mitchell

Part VI. Promotion and sustainability

28. Marketing plans made simple – Paul Glassman

29. Engaging with social media – Ken Laing and Hillary Webb

30. Website strategies for art and design libraries – Judy Dyki

Appendix: Library profiles – Beth Morris


'The effect of the book is a clear assertion of the role of libraries and their staff, not just as service providers but as educators, helping to develop information literacy, using technology in a reflective, tailored and nuanced way. Indeed, the emphasis on teaching and learning may be particularly useful to archivists in terms of articulating our own objectives and potential contribution to these areas.'
- Sue Breakell, University of Brighton Design Archives, Archives and Records

'Now in a second edition with new chapters, The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, second edition is an anthology of scholarly essays by a diversity of learned authors written especially for information professionals who operate in art and design environments, and who aid and need to anticipate the needs of artists, designers, architects, and art historians. Individual writings include "Accreditation and visual arts libraries", "Seeing the bigger picture: archival description of visual information", "Cultural differences and information literary competencies", "Website strategies for art and design libraries", and much more. The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship is a "must-have" for experts in the field, highly recommended.'
- Midwest Book Review

'The fact that this book is in its second edition is an indication of its necessity and importance...The chapters discuss topics such as governance and administration, the liaison model, accreditation, visual resources from collection to preservation, artists' books, teaching within the ACRL Framework, metaliteracy, art history research, cultural differences, art librarianship and scholarly communication, creating and renovating library spaces, marketing, and social media, to name a few. The appendix contains a number of profiles and descriptions of art and design libraries around the world. This book is essential for any librarian whose duties include these subject areas.'
- Bradford Lee Eden, ARBA

'Those who are just beginning in the field or who have recently accepted an administrative level position will most likely find high value in the Handbook in its entirety, as even the more general topics can help them to understand their roles. The book includes a list of contributors and their institutions at the beginning and expands upon this information in an appendix entitled “library profiles” (of the authors) divided into four categories: art and design school libraries, academic branch libraries, academic department-based libraries, and main academic libraries supporting art and design curricula...The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, second edition, would be a welcome addition to any library that fits the criteria of one of the four types described above as well as those supporting graduate programs in library and information science.' 
- Janis L. DesMarais, College of the Holy Cross, College & Research Libraries

Reviews of the first edition:

'Art and design libraries have unique needs and this collected work is a platform for showcasing the most important of those needs in a browsing format that librarians will find helpful at their points of need. It is an excellent source for library school students who are weighing their options for the types of libraries in which they wish to work, newly hired art librarians developing professionally, and established professionals needing to add to their knowledge base or reassess current practices. This handbook is a practical and suitable reference guide for art librarians who will find the essays beneficial to acquire knowledge about the best practices of other librarians in their respective organizations.'
- Journal of Academic Librarianship

'This resource compiles past literature on art research and touches on an array of issues relevant to academic, special, and art school libraries...the essays and extensive bibliographies will be beneficial to all art librarians, as well as any library catering to visual learners or library users needing art or media resources.'

 '...as a general and wide-ranging snapshot of where art librarianship stands today, this book will no doubt prove a useful addition to any practitioner's bookshelf.'
- Library Review


Paul Glassman is Director of University Libraries and Adjunct Instructor of Architectural History and Design at Yeshiva University. 

Judy Dyki is Director of Library and Academic Resources at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Editor of Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America.

With a foreword by Clive Phillpot, Fermley Press, London (formerly Director of the Library, Museum of Modern Art, New York).


Leo Appleton, Greta Bahnemann, Sandra Ludig Brooke, Jonathan Bull, Alyssa Carver, Pat Christie, Rachel Ivy Clarke, Rebecca Coleman, Jess Crilly, Nancy Fawley, Katie Greer, Catherine Haras, Amanda Nichols Hess, Stephanie Kays, Jeannine Keefer, Ken Laing, Karen Latimer, Sarah Mahurter, Beverly Mitchell, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Beth Morris, Rachael Muszkiewicz, Barbara Opar, Clive Phillpot, Mark Pompelia, Colin Post, Andy Rutkowski, Lori Salmon, Molly Schoen, Lee Sorensen, Aimee Tomasek, Patrick Tomlin, Alexander Watkins, Hillary Webb, Tony White, Stacy R. Williams and Michael A. Wirtz. 

Part I: Roles and responsibilities

Part I considers several management concerns faced by art and design librarians. These include the general governance and administration of the library, evolving trends in the field, the changing roles of the art librarian, accreditation procedures and design thinking. One of the characteristics that distinguish art and design libraries from other libraries is their unique collections.

Part II: Materials and collection management

Part II explores visual resources, digital collections, archives, special collections, artists’ books and materials collections in the context of the library.

Part III: Teaching and learning

Part III examines embedded librarianship, threshold concepts and the ACRL Framework, teaching with special collections, meta-literacies, instructional design and cultural differences.

Part IV: Knowledge creation

Part IV investigates the involvement of art and design libraries in developing new information, including digital art history, digital map-making, professional exhibition opportunities and scholarly communication.

Part V: The physical environment

Part V looks at contemporary library design, effective classrooms for library instruction and developing spaces for collaboration. Unless users are aware of a library’s collections and services, even the most compelling facility will be under-used.

Part VI. Promotion and sustainability

Part VI offers strategies and recommendations to promote the library to art and design students through marketing, social media and websites as an integral resource for their research and art practice. 

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