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In Situ and in Cyberspace: the Art Library and Art-Historical Research in the Twenty-First Century

In Situ et dans le cyberespace : la bibliothèque d’art et la recherche en histoire de l’art au xxie siècle
Kathleen Salomon
p. 161-166

Abstracts

Art libraries have traditionally been exceptional places in which to conduct research, due to the nature of their collections and often also because of the spaces they occupy. Today, when library materials are provided, discovered, accessed, created, and displayed in a variety of ways both physically and virtually, art historians navigate and define research paths differently than in the past. At the same time, the ideal of connecting ideas and collections remains, even as the potential, breadth, and depth of the connections expand. The development of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, since the realization of a vision first outlined at the cusp of the digital era thirty years ago, provides a framework by which to consider the nature of art libraries and art historical research, both in situ and in cyberspace.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on June 2017.

Outline

Connecting in the art library
Expectations for discovery
Discovery in the archive
Connecting collections
Access and art-historical research

First lines

Distinctive by the nature of their collections and the aura surrounding their subject matter, art libraries are exceptional places. Traditionally they have been stimulating places to interact with collections and quiet places to think and write, and moreover the specialized nature of the materials often housed within an art library has very often required attentive physical care and use in a controlled space. Over the past few decades, user expectations in art libraries have shifted, primarily due to digital technology. Today’s custodians and users of art libraries are well positioned to reconsider with perspective and vision the collections, services, and the places libraries occupy in the practice of art history, both physically and intellectually – indeed the very definition of an art library for the twenty first century.

A few years ago, Hubertus Kohle published his vision for the art library of the future. As one might expect, that future art library (of 2022) has every imaginab...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Kathleen Salomon, « In Situ and in Cyberspace: the Art Library and Art-Historical Research in the Twenty-First Century », Perspective, 2 | 2016, 161-166.

Electronic reference

Kathleen Salomon, « In Situ and in Cyberspace: the Art Library and Art-Historical Research in the Twenty-First Century », Perspective [Online], 2 | 2016, Online since 30 June 2017, connection on 28 June 2017. URL : http://perspective.revues.org/6919 ; DOI : 10.4000/perspective.6919

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About the author

Kathleen Salomon

The Getty Research Institute
ksalomon@getty.edu

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