Print Identification Tools


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Part one of a proposal for a system that would identify printers marks. This is traditionally difficult as the marks are often symbols and there are very few identifying tools in print.

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Print Identification Tools

  1. 1. Print Identification Tools in Art Museum Libraries A Collection Evaluation and Survey
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Very few print identification tools, yet print i.d. a common problem </li></ul><ul><li>Two types of print identifiers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical: Kind of print (etching, engraving etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biographical: Printer’s monogram or collector’s mark </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Establish need for online print identification resource </li></ul>
  3. 3. Print Identifiers Collector’s Mark (Galichon) Printmaker’s Monogram (Goltzius) Etching (Schirmer) Engraving (Morghen) Biographical Physical
  4. 4. Data Collection <ul><li>Part 1: Collection Evaluation of Museum Library OPACs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Five key books for print identification </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Brief survey of art museum librarians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Sample <ul><li>Sample will be chosen from the American Association of Museums Museum Financial Information 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Art museums divided by funding and collection size, ideally a ten institution sample for each permutation </li></ul>Size 1: less than 10,000 items Size 2: 10,000 to 50,000 items Size 3: more than 50,000 items Funding 1: less than $7 million Funding 2: $7 to $14 million Funding 3: over $14 million Size3 Funding: 3 Size: 2 Funding: 3 Size: 1 Funding: 3 Size: 3 Funding: 2 Size: 2 Funding: 2 Size: 1 Funding: 2 Size: 3 Funding: 1 Size: 2 Funding:1 Size: 1 Funding: 1
  6. 6. Procedures <ul><li>Part 1: Collection evaluation of OPACs </li></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Brief online survey of art museum librarians whose OPACs were evaluated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approximately how many requests a month do you get regarding prints? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How many of these questions deal with print identification? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What print identification resources do you use the most? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Instruments <ul><li>Part 1: Collection evaluation data sheet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check sheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book titles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Institution name </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Institution funding and collection size level </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Part 2: Online survey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letter sent to librarians directing them to website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML survey using drop boxes, radio buttons, free text fields </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Expected Results <ul><li>Few libraries will have all five sources </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians will have received requests for print identification that they do not have the resources to answer </li></ul>