The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, Second Edition

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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. Featuring a foreword by Clive Phillpot, Fermley Press, London (formerly Director of the Library, Museum of Modern Art, New York), this book’s coverage includes:

  • Case studies and library profiles, providing benchmarks for developing facilities;
  • Teaching and learning, including the ACRL Framework;
  • Special collections, metaliteracies, instructional design, and cultural differences;
  • Developments in institutional repositories, digital humanities, and makerspaces; and
  • Contemporary library design, spaces for collaboration and sustainability.



Leo Appleton, Greta Bahnemann, Sandra Ludig Brooke, Jonathan Bull, Alyssa Carver, Pat Christie, Rachel Ivy Clarke, Rebecca Coleman, 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



Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

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Notes on Contributors

Foreword – Clive Phillpot


Part 1: Roles and Responsibilities

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

2. Evolution not revolution – Barbara Opar 

3. Expanding roles for fine arts liaison librarians – 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 2: 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: management and use of archives and special collections in the art and design Library – Sarah Mahurter

9. What’s special about special collections? – Lee Sorensen

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

11. Exhibition and collection documentation – 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 3: Teaching and Learning

14. Embedded in their world: moving mentally into the studio environment – Michael 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. Meta-Literacies in art and design education – 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 information literacy instruction in the fine arts – Katie Greer and Amanda Nichols Hess

20. Cultural differences and information literacy competencies – Nancy Fawley

Part 4: 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 5: Physical Environment

25. Changing typologies in contemporary library design – 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 6. Promotion and Sustainability

28. Marketing plans – 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

Paul Glassman is Associate Professor and Director of the Library at Felician College, New Jersey, USA.

Judy Dyki

Judy Dyki is Library Director at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

”This book is essential for any librarian whose duties include these subject areas."