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Friday, March 25 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Inside Out: Examining Studio Artists’ Perceptions, Representations, and Actual Use of the Fine Arts Library

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Inside Out: Examining Studio Artists’ Perceptions, Representations, and Actual Use of the Fine Arts Library - Moderator: Gabrielle V. L. Reed, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Morton R. Godine Library

Speakers: Henry Pisciotta, Pennsylvania State University Libraries; Anna Simon, Indiana University

Abstract: As art information professionals, we find ourselves comfortably ensconced in the world of the art library, often taking for granted the underlying systems that orchestrate the library on a daily basis. This session encourages fine arts librarians and visual resource professionals to take a step backward in an attempt to examine the library through the eyes of one our most valued (yet elusive) constituencies—the studio artist. Presenters will explore the romantic and practical conceptions—and misconceptions—of studio artists’ interactions with the library. Gabrielle Reed will briefly introduce a recent project undertaken at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design library and IT departments to measure how their studio arts-based community view their services. This web-based project, called the MISO (merged information services organizations) survey, created quantitative results and insight into a unique institution. Henry Pisciotta examines artworks from 1962 to the present that challenge and redefine the traditional image of the library, while Anna Simon presents use-evidence from over 200 undergraduate studio students on their interactions with the library at different points in their program. Armed with insights from this broadly applicable research, the speakers posit how we can support studio practices by demystifying the library.

 


Friday March 25, 2011 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Marquette VI

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