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"Open concepts: museum digital documentation for education through The AMICO Libraryť"

Jennifer Trant, David Bearman and Kelly Richmond,
Art Libraries Journal, 2002, Volume 27, No. 2


As education and research institutions struggle to come to terms with networked resources, new kinds of organizations and partnerships are emerging to support the distribution of networked cultural heritage information. The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) ( provides an example of how museums have collaborated, in a manner that respects the requirements of education and research, to enhance access to the digital multimedia documenting their collections. AMICO has responded to librarians’ concerns about administration, economics, access and use in this new information environment, leveraging resources and – we hope – providing cost-effective, unprecedented access to cultural multimedia.

The full text of this paper can be found in the paper copy of the Art Libraries Journal.


In June of 2005, the members of the Art Museum Image Consortium voted to dissolve their collaboration. This site remains online for archival reasons.