Rachel “Ivy” Clarke, Cataloger
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
email@example.com · http://archivy.net
What is avant-garde?
What is the purpose of cataloging?
Find, identify, select and obtain materials within a collection
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?
Specific visual needs
Technical knowledge (“how-to”)
Marketing and career guidance
Current trends and events
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
Tweaking standard classification (DDC, LCC)
Support virtual browsing
Visual and interactive interfaces
Indianapolis Museum of Art Dashboard (http://dashboard.imamuseum.org/)
Hemming, W. S. (2008). The information-seeking behavior of visual artists: a literature review. Journal of Documentation, (64)3,
Joan M. Day and Elizabeth McDowell, “Information needs and use of art and design students,” Education Libraries Bulletin, 28, No.
3 (1985): 31-41.
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
CONA (a work in progress—get involved!)
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
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.
Prior, Barbara Q. “Library Catalog as Reader's Guide? Two Stories and a Problem,” Art Documentation 23, no. 1 (2004), pp. 21-25.