Society of North America 31st Annual Conference
Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland – March 20-26, 2003
Nordic Expeditions: Exploring Art Information Resources for
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden
Susana Tejada, Head Librarian, Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
ARLIS/NA International Relations Committee.
ARLIS/NA Art & Design School Division.
Kerstin Assarsson-Rizzi, Chief Librarian, Library of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (Sweden) and National Heritage Board and Current Chair, IFLA’s Section of Art Libraries.
Frances Clymer, Librarian, McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Anja Lollesgaard, Librarian, Danish Museum of Decorative Art.
Lena Torslow Hansen, Owner, ART CONSULTING: SCANDINAVIA Books on Art & Architecture.
Jing Liao, Assistant Librarian, Architecture and Art Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The International Relations Committee invited a panel of
three librarians and one book dealer to participate in a special session
focusing on art, architecture, and design resources, both print and online, from
and about the Nordic region. The
session was held Tuesday, March 25th, from 10:30 am-12:00 noon in
Carroll Room, Wyndham Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland.
Susana Tejada, the current chair of the Committee, began
the session with warm welcoming remarks, and enthusiastically introduced the
four speakers, Anja Lollesgaard from Denmark, Kerstin Assarsson-Rizzi from
Sweden, Frances Clymer from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and Lena Torslow
Hansen from the ART CONSULTING: SCANDINAVIA firm.
Susana also addressed the importance of knowing the visual and textual
resources on Nordic culture. The
speakers in sequence gave inspirational presentations about various resources
related to the Nordic region.
Anja Lollesgaard, Librarian at the Danish Museum of
Decorative Art and an officer in different art librarian organizations in
Denmark and IFLA, presented to the audience the gateways to Danish websites.
She mentioned briefly the history of the Internet in Denmark, and then
concentrated on different sites, covering the subjects of art libraries’
online catalogs, art and architecture online resources, and periodicals with
English texts. Anja specifically emphasized those sites with English text or
interface, and those sites containing biographical information in English on
Kerstin Assarsson-Rizzi, the Chief Librarian of the Library
of the Royal Academy of Letters, and current chair of IFLA’s Section of Art
Libraries, discussed major and authorized art online resources to Nordic art.
According to Kerstin, there are several online catalogs that can be used
for research on Nordic art and humanities, such as the online catalog in the
Royal Library, the union catalog for Swedish research libraries, and various
databases on Swedish web resources. Kerstin
also divided web resources into categories, such as Swedish art bibliography,
online resources in the art and humanities, Internet resources on different
subject matters, guides to Nordic archaeology, and specific resources on
national, regional, county museums, and art education in Sweden.
Frances Clymer, a librarian with an art history background
and living experience in the Nordic region, shared her opinions on how to access
and evaluate resources on Nordic culture via the Internet.
She pointed out that it was important to know: whether a site was
available in English; whether a site was supported by national and international
organizations, national libraries, or national museums; and whether a site can
be linked to other sites. Frances
also provided a handout, listing some useful Internet links to Nordic art
The last speaker, Lena Torslow Hansen, promoted her firm,
ART CONSULTING: SCANDINAVIA Books on Art & Architecture, by briefing the
history of the firm, and by introducing the function of the firm.
Lena also distributed the catalogs of her firm to the audience.
After the presentations, Susana invited open questions from the audience. Lively individual interactions among presenters and audiences followed the question section. Approximately forty people attended the session.