Rachel “Ivy” Clarke, Cataloger
                                                       Fashion Institute of Design & Mercha...
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  1. 1. Rachel “Ivy” Clarke, Cataloger Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising rclarke@fidm.com · http://archivy.net What is avant-garde? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avant-garde What is the purpose of cataloging?  Find, identify, select and obtain materials within a collection http://archive.ifla.org/VII/s13/icc/imeicc-statement_of_principles-2008.pdf Cataloging is a user service.  The convenience of the user is the highest priority when developing cataloging standards. What are artistic patrons looking for, and how are they looking for it?  Information needs1  Inspiration  Specific visual needs  Technical knowledge (“how-to”)  Marketing and career guidance  Current trends and events  Information-seeking behavior2  Visual and physical collection browsing  Visual information over textual formats  Human reference assistance rather than self-navigated catalogs and indexes Where current standards fall short  Disparate media and material types  Unfamiliar classification and vocabulary  Focus on text-based & known-item searching  Failure to incorporate IFLA criteria  Lacks of arts context, focus Bridging the gap  Include all material types  Audiovisuals, vertical files, ephemera, digital and multimedia materials, slides  Support physical browsing  Arts-friendly classification systems BISAC ColorMarq (http://www.colormarq.com) Tweaking standard classification (DDC, LCC)  Support virtual browsing  Visual and interactive interfaces FIDM (http://meri.fidm.com) CalArts (http://calarts.edu/library) Ringling (http://www.ringling.edu/index.php?id=147) Indianapolis Museum of Art Dashboard (http://dashboard.imamuseum.org/) 1 Hemming, W. S. (2008). The information-seeking behavior of visual artists: a literature review. Journal of Documentation, (64)3, 343-362. 2 Joan M. Day and Elizabeth McDowell, “Information needs and use of art and design students,” Education Libraries Bulletin, 28, No. 3 (1985): 31-41.
  2. 2.  Enhanced metadata  Notes, tables of contents, keywords, summaries, indexes, images Ask Clarence from Oberlin3 (http://www.oberlin.edu/library/art/askclarence.html) Tricia Burmeister’s image index (http://tburmeister.wordpress.com/)  Improved subject access  Specialized vocabularies AAT (http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/aat/) ULAN (http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/ulan/) CONA (a work in progress—get involved!) (http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/contribute.html#cona) ICONCLASS (http://www.iconclass.nl/) Veer (http://veer.com) Material for this presentation was based loosely on the author’s "Cataloging and Classification for Art and Design School Libraries: Challenges and Considerations." In Glassman, Paul and Gluibizzi, Amanda (eds.) Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship for Higher Education, London: Facet (in press, forthcoming May 2010). Further suggested reading Baca, Murtha. “Fear of Authority? Authority Control and Thesaurus Building for Art and Material Culture Information,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 38, no. 3/4 (2004), pp. 143-151. Challener, Jacquelyn. “Information-Seeking Behavior of Professors of Art History and Studio Art,” Master's thesis, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1999, p. 34. Cobbledick, Susie. “The Information Seeking Behavior of Artists: Exploratory Interviews,” The Library Quarterly, 66, no. 4 (1996), pp. 343-372. Cowan, Sandra. “Informing Visual Poetry: information Needs and Sources of Artists.” Art Documentation 23, no. 2 (2004): 14-20. Downey, Maria. “Information-Seeking Practices of Artists in the Academic Community,” MLS thesis, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1993. Frank, Polly. “Student Artists in the Library: An Investigation of How They Use General Academic Libraries for Their Creative Needs,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 25, no. 6 (Nov. 1999), pp. 445-455. Fry, Eileen. “Of Torquetums, Flute Cases, and Puff Sleeves: A Study in Folksonomic and Expert Image Tagging,” Art Documentation 26, no. 1 (2007), pp. 21-25. Gardner, Sue Ann. “The Changing Landscape of Contemporary Cataloging,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 45, no. 4 (2008), pp. 81-99. Gilchrest, Alison. “Factors Affecting Controlled Vocabulary Usage in Art Museum Information Systems,” Art Documentation 22, no. 1 (2003), pp. 13-20. Oldal, Maria. “Using Alternate Vocabularies in Art Cataloging,” Art Documentation 21, no. 1 (2002), pp. 7-14. Pacey, P. “How Art Students Use Libraries,” in A Reader in Art Librarianship (New York: Saur, 1985), p. 53-5. Powell, Elaine F. “Information Seeking Behavior of Studio Artists,” Master's thesis, UNC Chapel Hill, 1995. Rose, Trish. “Technology's Impact on the Information-Seeking Behavior of Art Historians,” Art Documentation 21, no. 1 (2002), pp. 35-42. Stam, Deirdre. “How Art Historians Look for Information,” Art Documentation 16, no. 2 (1997), pp. 27-30. Sundt, Christine L.. “The Image User and the Search for Images,” in Introduction to Art Image Access: Issues, Tools, Standards, Strategies (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2002), pp. 67-85. 3 Prior, Barbara Q. “Library Catalog as Reader's Guide? Two Stories and a Problem,” Art Documentation 23, no. 1 (2004), pp. 21-25.