Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America

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ISSN / EISSN : 0730-7187 / 2161-9417
Published by: University of Chicago Press (10.1086)
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Courtney Hunt, Michele Jennings
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 33-51; https://doi.org/10.1086/713822

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Many studies on the information-seeking habits of artists have been largely library-centric instead of considering the entire process of artists as integral to their research. This article examines the research behavior of artists Carmen Winant and Tomashi Jackson. The study recognizes the past literature on the information-seeking behavior of artists, framing it within literature by and for artists on artistic research practice. From this perspective, the authors analyze how research manifests into physical artwork in the cases of these two artists in order to situate the act of making as knowledge and research creation.
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40; https://doi.org/10.1086/715696

Rose Orcutt, Lucy Campbell, Maya Gervits, Barbara Opar, Kathy Edwards
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 123-140; https://doi.org/10.1086/714593

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Librarianship is a resourceful profession, but COVID-19 created new challenges for everyone, especially those working in public service with architecture students and faculty. Unlike in STEM disciplines, many architectural materials remain print-based, which impacted the quick change faculty needed to make to online teaching and classroom instruction. It impeded timely reference by even seasoned librarians and student access to necessary resources to complete their assignments. With libraries closed, librarians innovated and soldiered on, ordering new and different resources, applying new methods, learning new tools, and taking advantage of new vendor access models. This article documents the initial impact of COVID-19 on architecture libraries and librarians, supplemented by survey input from architecture librarians and faculty, and suggests strategies for navigating an uncertain future.
Maggie Murphy, Elizabeth Perrill, Alexandra Gaal, Christina Kelly, Maya Simmons
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 64-80; https://doi.org/10.1086/714390

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The authors discuss a scaffolded, semester-long Wikipedia-editing project developed by a librarian and art history professor for a modern and contemporary African art history seminar. Their goals for the project were to introduce critical information literacy concepts into discussions about art information on the Wikipedia platform with their students, as well as to encourage them to see themselves as information creators. While course participants were tasked with adding research-based content that complied with Wikipedia’s point of view, they also generated many ideas for scholarly inquiry into their chosen artist’s life and work—a process with which undergraduate students, as emerging art historians, often struggle when they are assigned a traditional paper.
Kai Alexis Smith, Ann Roll, Laurel Bliss
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 141-158; https://doi.org/10.1086/713823

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In summer 2017, the California State University (CSU) system implemented a shared unified library management system. This united the catalog records for the physical and electronic collections from all twenty-three campuses into one system. While multiple university systems collaborate on collection building and share cataloging and discovery systems, few studies have explored what challenges subject librarians across a system face on a regular basis and how communication and partnerships can improve access and services. This study explores such a collaboration among arts, architecture, and performing arts librarians across the CSU system.
Hannah Marshall
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 52-63; https://doi.org/10.1086/713968

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The author examines the discursive creative practice of the conceptual performance art group Collective Actions (Kollektivnye deistviia, abbreviated “KD”) during the post-Stalinist Soviet era with a focus on the group’s activities between 1976 and 1981. For KD, documents evidencing and arising out of its performance-based actions co-constituted the works rather than merely representing and documenting them. Subsequent acts to preserve and present these documents for unknown future audiences represent the introduction of stewardship as part of the group’s art practice. This article traces the development of this stewardship practice by reviewing the role of documents in three of the group’s significant early actions and examining the group’s multi-volume self-published history Trips Out of Town. The author argues that compiling the first volume of Trips Out of Town in 1980 codified KD’s interest in the veracity of documents and a desire to use its “unofficial” art practice to explore the relationship between documents, archiving, and institutionalization.
Jenna Dufour, Sara Ellis, John Latour
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 81-103; https://doi.org/10.1086/713835

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The authors examine two Canadian art initiatives that librarians from Canadian universities have undertaken at individual and institutional levels. The first project addresses an in-progress artists’ biographical dictionary that focuses on an under-documented form of art practice and situates the dictionary within an evolving landscape of biographical art reference resources in Canada. The second initiative reports on a collection management project that assembles essential Canadiana print material and recontextualizes it with renewed visibility and access. These projects are supplemented with an extensive literature review by a third art librarian that parses the library and information science literature related to these two topics and focuses on Canadian scholarship, where available, as a frame of reference. Together, the three sections of this article enrich the bio-bibliographic information about, and exhibition histories of, Canadian artists while improving access to essential research publications and collections.
Ellen Prokop, X.Y. Han, Vardan Papyan, David L. Donoho, C. Richard Johnson Jr.
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 1-20; https://doi.org/10.1086/714604

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The Frick Art Reference Library in New York launched a pilot project with Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of Toronto to develop an algorithm that applies a local classification system based on visual elements to the library’s digitized Photoarchive. As a test case, the Cornell/Toronto/Stanford team focused on a dataset of digital reproductions of North American paintings and drawings and employed recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce automatic image classifiers. The results of this preliminary experiment suggest that automatic image classifiers have the potential to become powerful tools in metadata creation and image retrieval.
Anna Dahlgren, Karin Hansson
Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, Volume 40, pp 21-32; https://doi.org/10.1086/714147

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This article investigates how images are understood inside and outside heritage institutions. It focuses on information specialists in libraries, archives, and museums and on a very specific yet substantial end-user group for visual heritage material: university scholars in the humanities. Based on a survey on the production and use of descriptive metadata, this study discloses that there is an ontological divide between these two groups, and that the extensive production of descriptive metadata does not match the needs and interest of researchers in the humanities, but rather other end users. An increased dialogue is needed between these two groups concerning what metadata should be attached to images. This potentially could lead to a broader and more extended scholarly use of visual heritage material.
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