Art Librarianship

Authored by: Kathryn M. Wayne

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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Art librarianship is a profession that unites academic backgrounds in the visual arts, art history, architecture, and allied fields together with an advanced degree in library science and information management. The collections art librarians manage continue to be mostly comprised of print resources although technological advances, such as digitization of images and the creation of online databases and catalogs, have significantly impacted art research methodology. Art librarians work in several library settings such as academic, museum, public, and visual resources. Depending on the size and scope of the collection, responsibilities can include management, collection development, reference, bibliographic instruction, research, and cataloging. Art librarians work closely together through worldwide professional organizations, contribute to the literature through articles and book reviews, and write essential reference works and standards for the field.

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