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Re: [BKARTS] Artist Book Information Sheet

I completely agree with Peter on this, and we all need to take
responsibility for our work. I think to try and be in touch with all this,
get it in to critical language, not only helps the librarians, but helps us
to understand our work, where it comes from, what it is about, what we are
trying to say as artists. Also, librarians are so supportive of artists who
are working with books and book objects, we need to be in 'partnership' with
them to help them with this aspect of the job, as well as anyone one the
future who might happen upon your book in the future. Yeah, it is a lot of
work, but it's just part of the job...


Miriam Schaer
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Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-788-2029; 917-754-0691 cell

On 7/11/05 4:23 PM, "Peter Verheyen" <verheyen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I'll speak as a librarian here. Yes, it is very helpful. Catalogers will
> need some of this information to simply make the materials accessible to
> users. Cataloging information is actually quite standardized with lots of
> controlled vocabulary. Catalogers will not know/understand all YOUR arcane
> structures well enough to comment  on/describe them. Libraries have
> cataloging backlogs, an unpleasant reality, but not everything gets
> cataloged as an artist's book which makes it hard to find. What makes it an
> artist's book anyway? That's actually a fairly complex issue.
> At the next level, in the context of gathering metadata and contributing to
> critical analysis..., this is YOUR chance as the creator to provide input
> on your work. Researchers will not know what went into YOUR work, the
> creative processes you used and why. It's all about capturing the creative
> process and making the work accessible.
> Other questions, who the heck is this creator? Why is there work important?
> Has the work been shown? ... It's about YOUR legacy too.
> In terms of extra work, I think most of that is at YOUR fingertips anyway.
> Let's start with the colophon which should record the
> creator/collaborators, materials, structure, edition size... We all have
> artist's statements/bios, bibliographies, exhibition resumes. My guess is
> if we don't have this information is some form, we're either disorganized
> or not serious about marketing (I know, it's a dirty word) ourselves, or
> really just making them for ourselves with no intention of sharing
> (absolutely ok too - but don't be dismayed by lack of
> understanding/recognition if one does decide to share later on).
> So, to the core question, of "is it really the artist's responsibility to
> provide all this info?," I would look at less as an onerous responsibility
> task, and more as YOUR chance to make sure people understand what YOU
> meant, rather than making it up.
> Peter
> YOUR = the artist/creator... in general
>> While I think Laura's sheet might be helpful, who's go time to do all this
>> stuff? Is it really the artist's responsibility to provide all this info?
>> Why not have the librarians give us a questionaire with the info that they
>> want. We as artists can't guess what each and every library is going to want
>> to know, considering that every library catalogs in a different way and
>> wants different information. And frankly, several of the libraries that I've
>> sold my books to don't even bother to catalog artist books.
>> I'd like to hear from the librarians on the list as to whether this would
>> really be helpful or not. So far, the only responses have come from other
>> artists. So, what do you think librarians? Does this type of information
>> sheet really help "push ourselves further down that road toward
>> documentation and review that was so hotly debated (in Drucker Gate)" Or
>> would our efforts be just wasted time that we could spend in the studio
>> instead.
>> Thanks,
>> Kevin
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