Paving the Way for an Uncertain Future: Teaching Art Information Management in the 21st Century - Organizer: Heather Gendron, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Moderator: Rebecca Frank, Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, The University of Michigan
Speakers: Amy Lucker, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Ken Soehner, Pratt; Heather Gendron and J.J. Bauer, UNC Chapel Hill; Tony White, Indiana University
Abstract: Are specializations in art librarianship and visual resources still relevant? The identities "art librarian" and "visual resources curator" made sense 40 years ago, but what do these mean today? Few LIS programs offer such specialized courses, but the courses that are offered receive praise from students and are in demand. What attracts students to the art specialization, and is there a future for them in this field? Speakers will discuss the role these courses play in the larger scheme of LIS curricula, different approaches to teaching the subject, and how these courses help prepare future art (and other) information professionals.