Constantly Growing: New Books at the Phillips Library

Books being prepped for transfer to museum colleagues.

Though many of our patrons are familiar with our vast store of books which are older than the oldest living person, we are also constantly purchasing contemporary books to support the current (and future) work of our colleagues at the museum and the work of our library staff.  As a reference librarian, part of my job includes receiving requests for books, finding available copies for sale, purchasing and receiving, and then sending them to the appropriate staff member once they’ve been catalogedRead more

#ColorOurCollections at PEM/PM!

You may have seen our previous blog and tweets related to the #ColorOurCollections social media campaign in February.  Well, we’re at it again.  With the recent opening of Asia in Amsterdam, we were struck by how many books and illustrations in the exhibit lent themselves to coloring.  Many of the books printed in the 17th century were illustrated with intricate engravings like those seen below.  Here we’ve included the coloring pages we’ll be bringing to PEM/PM: Nexus on Thursday, April 21st for attendees to color and display.  We’ll also have some 17th Century texts on hand for inspiration.  Can’t come on Thursday?  Print them at home and tweet us your pictures @PEMLibrary with the #ColorOurCollections. Read more

Have Librarian, Will Travel

Seattle’s Pike Place market. Courtesy of the author.

Several weeks ago, over 800 library professionals from across the country met in rainy Seattle, Washington to discuss all things “art library.”  Representatives from museum libraries (like us here at the Phillips Library), to academic libraries (Yale University), to art and design school libraries (Savannah College of Art and Design), to interested students and vendors, participated in sessions, meetings, and workshops organized by the joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) and the Visual Resources Association (VRA). Read more