Instructor: Tatum Preston
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
This course is a survey of the practice of art librarianship from the perspective of a museum librarian. Topics to be covered include professional standards and competencies, library administration and management, collection development and organization, reference services and clientele, public programs and services, special collections and archives, and donor relations and stewardship. A special emphasis will be placed on the role and relevance of the art library within the larger context of its parent institution.
Course goals and objectives:
- Students will understand what makes an art library unique in the context of special libraries
- Students will have a familiarity with the resources of an art library
- Students will gain an overview of the core competencies needed for an art or visual resources professional
Tatum Preston has been a solo librarian at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama for 10 years. Tatum holds a BA in English from Davidson College and an MLIS from the University of Alabama, where she has taught a course on Art Librarianship. She is the author of “Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers of All Ages” in the book How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian (Scarecrow Press, 2011). CV
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.