The art librarian wears many hats: A survey of the skills art librarians need in the twenty-first century

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Abstract

In the twenty-first century, art librarians wear many hats: they are collectors, curators, hardware specialists, programmers, researchers, social media managers, social workers, teachers, technology experts, and writers. As collection and staff budgets dwindle, the skill set of art librarians is rapidly expanding. New tools are needed to keep up with the field as it moves away from traditional priorities—subject knowledge, foreign language proficiency, and professional tasks such as cataloging, indexing, abstracting, and collecting—and toward new ways of connecting with patrons and communities. This article examines the current skills needed by art librarians, with an emphasis on academic librarianship, and offers insights for individuals pursuing careers in art librarianship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-299
Number of pages13
JournalArt Documentation
Volume39
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Archaeology

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