It’s one of the great love/hate issues concerning the Internet – information abounds, but that makes it really easy to miss something wonderful. To prevent missing the good stories without dedicating my entire life to web surfing, I am always on the lookout for useful news aggregators. Somehow, though, until now I’ve missed the fact that the New York Times has a topic aggregator for library stories.
There’s a nice variety here, including a number of stories relevant to my art museum library. I particularly like the notices showing some important collections being newly digitized and offered online. I was also fascinated by a story on Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams.
Stories come in online-print and in multimedia formats. I’ve got this site bookmarked for regular checking in the I-need-a-break-from-inventory moments.
After years of working in public libraries, I find I have to adjust my ideas of programming and outreach to work for a museum library and archives. I’m excited that this month, in addition to the tedium of inventory and the pleasure of researcher visits, the Bartlett Library and Archives of the Museum of International Folk Art has a couple of good new programs coming up.
First is a group of teen and tween students coming to do library and archival research on works and artists in our current Gallery of Conscience exhibit Between Two Worlds. The Gallery of Conscience is one of the International Sites of Conscience . Between Two Worlds explores questions related to immigration, and the ideas of home, belonging, and place, through the lens of folk arts and the experiences and creations of folk artists. I am looking forward to working with these students.
Next up is a teacher in-service related to the permanent exhibit Multiple Visions, and its creator/designer/collector, Alexander Girard. The Museum’s Education staff puts together a wonderful in-service each year, but this is the first year in which the Library and Archives has been invited to participate. We are pulling together several elements from the Girard archive collection and using them to talk about differences between libraries and archives, the role of archives in a museum, and how much one can learn from examining not just the content of an archival collection, but the unique way the originator of that collection (in this case, Girard) chose to organize information.
When I arrived my position had been vacant for a long while, and I felt the library had been sadly marginalized because of that. It is great to feel it becoming part of the whole life and fabric of the museum again.
Margaret Van Dyk reports:
The Mountain West Chapter of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is pleased to invite applications for the Winberta Yao Travel Award. The recipient of the Winberta Yao Travel Award will receive $1000 to help cover registration/travel expenses to support attendance at the 43rd annual ARLIS/NA conference New Frontiers on the Old Frontier in Fort Worth, Texas, March 19 – 23, 2015.
For further details, please visit the conference website at: http://arlisna.org/fortworth2015/index.php
Please note: Applicants must be a current ARLIS/NA-MW and ARLIS/NA member living in the Mountain West region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).
For application instructions and additional details, please visit the Winberta Yao Travel Award page at: http://arlisna-mw.lib.byu.edu/travel.html
Applications are due by: Monday, January 26, 2015
Please refer inquiries and applications to:
Margaret Van Dyk
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
The Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee, ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter
Alexandria Caster (Chair) and Margaret Van Dyk