Debby Aframe, Worcester Art Museum
Paula Baxter, New York Public Library
Joan Beaudoin, Bryn Mawr College
Adeane Bregman, Boston College
Suzanne Degler, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Paul Dobbs, Massachusetts College of Art
Paula Epstein, Columbia College Chicago
Paul Glassman, New York School of Interior Design
Christine Hennessey, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Susanne Javorski, Wesleyan University;
Kathleen List, Ringling School of Art and Design
Sue Maberry, Otis College of Art and Design
Dennis McGuire, Columbia College Chicago
Inge Reist, Frick Collection and Library
Carol Rusk, Whitney Museum of American Art
Marilyn Russell, Institute of American Indian Arts
Susana Tejada, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Carol Terry, Rhode Island School of Design
Deborah Vincelli, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ricky Erway, Research Libraries Group
Kris Wetterlund, AMICO User Services
Kris Wetterlund introduced herself as new AMICO User Services Staff. Kris
has worked in art museum settings to help K-12 teachers use technology
in their classrooms. She said that she was looking forward to building
on this experience to create services that would help university and college
faculty use The AMICO Library in their classrooms.
The meeting began with round table introductions; each attendee explained
how The AMICO Library is currently being used at their institutions. Kris
asked what user services could be offered to support the group’s
use of The AMICO Library.
Sue Maberry (Otis College) explained that Otis College has implemented
a strategic plan to switch from slides to using MDID. Otis can’t
find images to move into their system fast enough. There was some question
about the size of images at full resolution offered by H.W. Wilson. Otis
College requires a minimum resolution of 1000 x 1200 dpi for their system.
RLG AMICO subscribers who have signed the long license can request images
at the highest resolution available. The next release of The AMICO Library
from RLG will be a new interface that will provide real time delivery
of highest resolution JPEG images with metadata.
Meeting attendees wondered about future additions to The AMICO Library,
and had specific requests for material they needed to teach or to fulfill
faculty requirements. Several in the group expressed the desire to see
more European museums added as AMICO Members. European members pose different
challenges for AMICO, particularly where rights issues are concerned.
Each country has its own set of laws and standards that must be navigated.
However several discussions are underway and AMICO staff remains hard
at work on bringing European members on board. Several art museum representatives
explained the difficulties and expense museums face in digitizing images
to contribute to The AMICO Library.
Museum curators and art history faculty need comprehensive resources,
and many find The AMICO Library doesn’t currently serve the need
to have everything in one place. Dennis McGuire (Columbia College Chicago)
said that The AMICO Library is being used at his institution for theme-based
courses that assign students the job of organizing images around one topic,
such as Impressionism.
Paul Glassman (New York School of Interior Design) requested standard
indexing such as IBM’s Query by Image Content to allow students
in fine arts and studio arts courses to search The AMICO Library based
on design queries. Paul cited research on standards for visual searching,
including projects at Birbeck College, University of London and the work
of Abby Goodrum, formerly at Drexel and now at Syracuse.
Bibliographies and biographies were mentioned as valuable resources to
be included in The AMICO Library, and the ability to search these kinds
of resources was emphasized by many users. It was also suggested that
implementing the VRA Core Categories would enhance search flexibility.
Genre and style categories used in art history textbooks included in the
metadata would also be of use.
Many in attendance were interested in the differences between distributors
of The AMICO Library. Current distributors include RLG, H.W. Wilson, Cartography
Associates, VTLS; and OhioLINK and the University of Michigan, distributors
serving consortia users in those states. Kris described a paper given
at Museums and the Web 2003 that outlines the different features and functions
offered by each distributor. The paper, "Addressing Multiple Audiences
with Multiple Interfaces to The AMICO Library™," can be found
on the AMICO Web site at http://www.amico.org/docs.html
Kris announced that AMICO would like to recognize the successes people
have had with integrating new technologies into their college programs
by offering an award of one ARLIS Conference Registration fee for next
year’s conference to an individual who demonstrates innovative use
of The AMICO Library at a subscribing institution.
Kris asked the group for feedback on the idea, including how innovative
use should be judged. Meeting attendees recommended that a jury be formed
that includes museum educators, studio arts faculty, librarians and art
history faculty. Also important was representation on the jury of minority
Many recommended that innovative marketing of The AMICO Library on subscribing
campuses be included in award considerations. Training or tutorials, and
examples of integrating The AMICO Library into a larger system and using
The AMICO Library with other systems in an innovative way might also be
Presentation of the awards at next year’s ARLIS conference was greeted
with enthusiasm. Everyone seemed eager to learn from other examples of
marketing, training and integration of The AMICO Library. While ARLIS
requires session proposals months before the next conference, a presentation
at the convocation, a poster session, or an exhibit booth presentation
were all recommended for sharing examples of use of The AMICO Library.
Meeting attendees thanked AMICO for the users meeting, and several hoped
it would be continued at next year’s conference. Kris thanked everyone
for sharing their experiences with The AMICO Library and promised to share
what she’d learned with AMICO Members. Kris encouraged anyone with
further ideas about how AMICO can facilitate use of The AMICO Library
to contact her at email@example.com.