Art Libraries Society of
30 people signed the attendance sheet
The Executive Board approved the petition for the Book Arts Discussion Group to be granted Roundtable status.† We will appoint the positions of Moderator, Vice-Moderator and Recorder/Update Liaison via email shortly after the conference.
Our first point of business was to discuss the charge and goals of the new Roundtable.† The lively discussion provided some terrific ideas, which are summarized (in no particular order) below.† A formal version of charge will be put to a vote by the membership.
® To focus attention on the book arts
® To promote the exchange of information about the book arts
® To discuss current issues affecting the book arts, especially as pertaining to library and museum practices
® To encourage and support scholarship about the book arts
Suggested actions to support these goals:
® Develop a list of institutional collections that actively purchase book arts.† Provide contact information, purchase parameters, and preferred method of contact
® Create a weblog (instead of email list) where all could read it but only Roundtable members could post
® Develop a book arts exhibit (for conference or possibly to travel)
® Develop a CD policy conference session
® Develop a conference session to explore the problems of cataloging artistsí books
® Explore the possibility of partnering with other library organizations with similar interests such as RBMS
® From Lousie Neaderland:
After 21 years, the ISCA Quarterly of Xerographic
prints and artists' books,
arguably the longest running assemblage project in the world, has folded its tent with the June 2003 Annual Box of Artists Books. Two complete sets of the Quarterly as well as many back issues are still available. If you plan to visit Printed Matter during your stay in our city, and are unfamiliar with the Quarterly, we hope you will check them out there. In September 2004, the 1st Annual ISCA Bookarts Jam, a very limited edition of xerographic and computergraphic books will replace the Quarterly. Twenty five copies of the edition of seventy five will be available to institutions
and private collectors. The exact number of bookworks and the price of the
collection has not been finalized yet, but please contact Louise Neaderland,
Director of the ISCA if you would like to receive more information when it
becomes available. E-mail<email@example.com>. More information about the ISCA can be found on our homepage <members.aol.com/isca4art2b/I.S.C.A./HomePage.html>
Bader, a doctoral candidate in the History of Art at
o Baderís Summary:
I am currently
writing my doctorate at the History of
Although much information can be gathered from secondary literature, especially from exhibition catalogues, I will seek and analyze primary documentation within pioneering institutions in order to cast new light on the people and the motivating forces involved and interacting in the founding and handling of artistís book collections. Research in libraries and museums will be necessary to answer questions raised in two main areas:
Firstly, I hope to
clarify why and how these collections were established and built up, and,
furthermore, to define and examine the role of key players in this process. By
way of case studies, I will investigate the histories particularly of
pioneering collections such as the MoMA library in
A second aim will be to analyze past and current museological praxis, i.e. how artistís books have been acquired, classified, stored, exhibited, defined, communicated, and, since a few years, also commissioned and produced by libraries and museums.
Methodologically, this doctorate is based, on the one hand, on case studies, archival research, as well as on interviews. On the other hand, it analyses the discourse of the artistís book in the institutional context, mainly looking at exhibition catalogues as one of the principal means of communication of collecting institutions.
Korenic of the Kohler Library,
Update on Web Projects:
® Fred Hillbrunner or the SAIC shared the recent improvements to the database of artistsí books in the Joan Flasch Artistsí Books Collection.† This is a stand-alone database created from imported and modified OCLC records for the almost 4000 artistsí books held in the collection.† Fredís goal was to improve usability of the design by removing visual clutter on the screen and including thumbnail images and grouping work by points of access such as foreign language works or interesting structures.† Fred discussed how the SAIC is dealing with issues of image stealing, the question of standardized language to describe the books, and choosing access points.† He gave several handouts, including a defined list of descriptors used in the database.
® Jae Rossman passed out a handout of a few screen shots of the Book Arts Ephemera Database pilot project at the Arts Library at Yale and stated that an article about the development of this project appeared in Art Documentation last fall.