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Re: Artists' books in the library (fwd)
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- Subject: Re: Artists' books in the library (fwd)
- From: CLARA KEYES <c.keyes@MOREHEAD-ST.EDU>
- Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 09:29:18 -0400
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On Mon, 14 Apr 1997, Michael E. Morin wrote:
> Without 3rd level cataloging with an informative note field worth searching
> for, scholars are dependant upon the involvement and interests of the
> special collections professionals. My experience as an artist, scholar and
> librarian has been exstremly hit and miss. If the uncataloged or under
> cataloged item is outside the interest or experience of the collections'
> managers, it will often be overlooked or not recommended to a scholar
> visiting your collection. If institutions don't wish to pay for proper
> cataloging why own such works in the first place? I f there is no access,
> the purpose of scholarly research is limited.
I think regular cataloging which includes author, title and publication
information provides some access, particularly if a scholar is searching
for the works of an individual, or a press. The reason libraries starting
using the "copy cataloging" method was that original cataloging of all
items resulted in 3-5 year back logs of uncataloged materials sitting on
shelves--talk about no access!!!
> As a printer of such works I provide all the detailed notes any cataloger
> could need. The problem is that many libraries have cut out such cataloging
> as too costly. I understand the cost involved, but in the case of artists'
> books the notes explain everything and are of great importance to
> researchers using on line electronic catalogs for searching for unique works.
Would a "collection level" type of cataloging be helpful? For example, if
a library were unable fiscally to fully catalog (with extensive notes)
individual items in an artists' books collection, but could create a
record stating the library does have a collection of artists books, would
that be useful? That wouldn't provide the item access you get with the
The point that someone made about supplying the information to the
library is really significant in terms of whether a fully developed
record can be created. It is the intellectual part of cataloging that is
complex, time-consuming, and expensive; the data entry is not.
A nice sheet with biographical information
about the artist, other works (with dates of creation and where they are
located) and any content/material (elephant dung?) information would be
Gee, I could have probably cataloged something by now! Back to work