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The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship



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.

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 ClarkePart 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

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.

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.


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.

College & Research Libraries (College of the Holy Cross)

'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

Archives and Records

'Altogether, the book is not only a valuable reference point but also a convincing assertion of the agility and adaptability of our library colleagues, and especially of the importance of standing up for specialism in a world where such values often feel under threat.'

Taylor & Francis Online

"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."


" 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."

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