Art Libraries Society
Central Plains Irregular
Number 38, March 2005
Patrice O’Donoghue resigned from the Arkansas Arts Center Library
in December to take a position with the Central Arkansas Library System
as a cataloger in the technical services department. “Beginning
in January,” says Patrice, “I will be working at the Main
Library in downtown Little Rock, a short walk from the new Clinton
Kansas State University in Manhattan has a new art librarian. Ellen Urton started work in November as a subject specialist in the areas of art, apparel, interior design and textiles. Ellen received her MLS from the University of Missouri in 2003 and a B.A. in history and art history from Augustana College. Her most recent position before coming to KSU was with Expressions Bindery Consultants in Chicago.
Leslie Simpson, Director of the Post Memorial Art Reference Library in Joplin, MO was awakened at 3:00 a.m. on the morning of January 23 by a phone call informing her that a drunk driver, being pursued by police at 55 mph, had smashed through the brick wall of the library. When she arrived at the library, she found the impact had propelled a heavy 16th century English oak court cupboard out into the room and two 18th century Chinese ginger jars, which had been displayed on top, were lying on the floor; one completely smashed while the other remained mostly intact. A 17th century carved and polychromed wood Madonna and Child sculpture was hurled across the room and lay broken on the floor.
After some of the shock and distress wore off, Leslie turned to ARLIS/CP for help. Susan Bobo got the word out, and within the next few days, Leslie received dozens of replies. Leslie wishes to thank everyone who responded during her hour of need. The art objects are now in the hands of restorers.
Jane Zander retired in September after almost 24 years as an art library
cataloger at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. “My husband and
I and our two cats are retiring to a house on Sugar Loaf Mountain at
the Lake of the Ozarks here in our home state of Missouri. We will
be located about 30 minutes from my hometown of Lebanon, Mo. They have
a new library that includes a new Route 66 Museum and I will probably
volunteer there in the future. We will be about 40 minutes from my
sister's farm and will be able to spend more time with our nephew who
will be eight in October.
In October, Cynthia Barth joined the staff of the Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore as Library Director. Most recently, Cynthia was Head of Library and Research Services at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Richardson Library launched their Innovative Interfaces Millennium
System in the fall of 2003. The Saint Louis Art Museum shares the system
with the Missouri Botanical Garden Library and the Research Library
of the Missouri Historical Society. For the first time the library's
catalog is available on the web at http://www.slrlc.org/search~S3/
Suzy Frechette has been working on a Virtual Exhibit about the special
holdings of the Steedman Architectural Library of the St. Louis Public
Library. This spring, the exhibit will become available through the
SLPL homepage. Suzy has chosen some of the most spectacular and important
books in the collection, spanning 16th century editions of Vitruvius
through 20th century editions of Frank Lloyd Wright, up to contemporary
holdings. A professional photographer has produced wonderful high-resolution
images of some of the most beautiful pages and bindings represented
in the collection. Suzy has been spending countless hours this winter
researching and writing captions about the architects, buildings, and
books that will be featured.
In August 2004, Ellen Petraits attended the International Library Federation’s conference in Buenos Aires. Highlights included touring the National library, seeing Luis Borge’s writing desk and meeting colleagues at the Art Library Section tour of the Espacio Fundación Telefónica.
Casey Kralik left the Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha, in December to become Technical Services Librarian at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. Casey’s new email is email@example.com.
Matt Stock is the new Fine Arts Librarian at University of Oklahoma in Norman. He is responsible for the subject areas of music, drama, dance, visual art, architecture and urban planning. Matt originally came to OU to pursue a DMA in trumpet performance. Prior to arriving in Norman, he was Adult Services Supervisor at the public library in Lewisville, Texas.
The Philbrook Museum of Art library received a grant of $5000 from the Models of Archival Administration Grant Program from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Fifteen institutions from across the state are participating in this program for 2004-2005. In addition to the funds the program also includes a series of workshops related to archives management. The goal for Philbrook's project is to inventory, organize, re-house and create finding aids for the following two archives collections: The Waite Phillips Collection and the museum's exhibition records.
The Waite Phillips Collection includes documents, correspondence, photographs and plans related to the construction of Villa Philbrook and its transformation into the Philbrook Museum of Art, covering the dates 1925 - 1964. The museum's exhibition records cover the dates 1939 to the present.
Tom Young is also this year’s recipient of the ARLIS/CP travel award. He will be representing the chapter at the Leadership Breakfast during the upcoming 2005 ARLIS/NA conference in Houston, TX.
Last Updated on November 17, 2006