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Re: Artists' books in the library (fwd)

On Wed, 9 Apr 1997, Lynne Olson wrote:

> The other idea of cataloging items for library users would be great.  How
> about on-line cataloging so we could look up the artist:  biographical
> information,  works and location, etc.?    Lynne

Most libraries are members of on-line cataloging utilities, and all
follow standards for cataloging which include basic information about the
item itself. Some types of standard catalog records, specifically those
which are used for special collections, allow for the inclusion of
biographical information about the author/artist. The other information
about works, location, etc., are possibly beyond the scope of library
catalog records, although specialists in the field may be able to include
relevant information about other works of the artist.

On the other hand, a library catalog is a tool for scholars to locate
items in collections; what would be left for scholars of artists' books
to do if all the information anyone would ever want to know about an item
appeared in the library catalog?

Clara Keyes
Special Collections Librarian
Descriptive Bibliographer of Fine Press Books
Book Arts Enthusiast
And so on . . .

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