Instructor: Tatum Preston
Dates: January 7th through February 1st, 2019
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
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 leads the research team at CarterBaldwin Executive Search in Roswell, GA. She has extensive leadership experience in both corporate and non-profit libraries. A native of North Carolina, Tatum earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining CarterBaldwin, Tatum served as the Library Director at the Birmingham Museum of Art for ten years, and as a Team Lead at a corporate archival agency with clients including fashion brands, professional sports teams, and Fortune 500 drug companies. Tatum is passionate about training the next generation of library professionals and has hosted over 50 interns during her career.
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.
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