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A PSA regarding the Wedgwood Museum

September 5th, 2014 BGC Library Comments off

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An important decorative arts and design archive is in danger in the U.K.  From the Save the Wedgwood Collection campaign:

The Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important industrial archives in the world and a unique record of over 250 years of British art, is under threat of being separated and sold off. The Art Fund now has the opportunity to purchase it for the nation intact, provided the final £2.74m of a total £15.75m fundraising target can be raised by 30 November 2014.

See for news or to donate.

Spring 2014

January 21st, 2014 BGC Library Comments off

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Welcome back to the BGC Library for the Spring 2014 semester! We’re excited to see what you’re researching this semester, and to help you find anything you’re looking for. It’s amazing that we’ll start the semester with all today’s snow, but finish it in short sleeves in May.

In the spirit of January and new year’s resolutions, we’re reminding library researchers that there is no food or drink (even water) allowed in the library, particularly in media-rich spaces like VMR and anywhere printed books and periodicals are in use.

Please also take care with the materials you remove from the stacks–we are going to begin a gargantuan process of locating over 200 misplaced books this semester and we want to strive to avoid misplacing more!  Double-check: are you guilty of any of these library malpractices?

Otherwise, we’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Three paid internship opportunities at Frick, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum

November 21st, 2013 BGC Library Comments off

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Posting on behalf of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC):


Web Archiving Intern

Part-Time (10  hours/week during academic semester)

Compensation: $1,500/semester (spring/summer/fall), with possibility of extension

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), consisting of the libraries of The Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Frick Collection, seeks three students in graduate programs in information science, art history, or related disciplines to become interns in a  grant-funded program that will collect, capture, describe, and archive web content of resources for the study of art. The program is funded with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will be administered by and based at The Frick Collection. Building on a previous study that examined the organizational, economic, and technological challenges posed by the rapidly increasing number of web-based or “born-digital” resources that document art history and the art market, the current program will implement the recommendations that emerged from the study to acquire, preserve, and provide unified access to these unique and often ephemeral materials.

Reporting to the Web Archiving Program Coordinator, each intern will be assigned to a NYARC library to work on relevant web-based collections in five areas of focus that correspond with analog collection strengths.

Using Archive-It and other tools, the interns will build and refine web-based collections, perform quality control, and create descriptive metadata for captured content.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and update administrative records
  • Participate in beta testing of discovery platform
  • Participate in meetings
  • Provide written reports and evaluations as requested
  • Assist with interviews of curators and scholars at NYARC and elsewhere to identify current and potential uses of web content and archives in scholarly research
  • Use Archive-It and other tools to create web collections defined by NYARC Directors
  • Perform Quality Control of WARC (Web ARChive format) files
  • Create metadata for captured content


  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other team members in a consortial environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited Master’s Degree program in Library/Information Science, Art History, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated interest in web archiving and metadata creation in a research library or comparable environment
  • General knowledge of software applications supporting integrated access to online collections and associated technologies
  • Knowledge of current trends and emerging technologies in web archiving

Preferred Qualifications

  • Coursework/training in metadata
  • Experience in library or archives
  • Knowledge of web archiving tools and techniques
  • Knowledge of scholarly literature of art history

Benefits as intern:

The opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge program of new technology in leading museum libraries;  Free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums; Discounts on Museum Shop purchases; A beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Internship Timeline:

We would like applications to be submitted by December 2, 2013 and will make a selection by December 16, 2013.  The internships will begin in January 2014, based on the semester start date.

The internship is for the winter semester, with a possibility of extension to additional paid internships for summer and fall semesters of 2014.

Application Instructions:

All internship applications must be submitted via e-mail.

  • Please title the subject of your e-mail: Web Archiving Intern
  • Attach your résumé as a PDF
  • Include a cover letter in the e-mail body that includes: Your reasons for applying to the New York Art Resources Consortium, Your contact information, The name, professional affiliation, and telephone number of one professor who may be contacted as a reference.

Please e-mail your completed application to Sophia Walter, Library Administrator,

No phone calls, please. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

“The Botany of Empire” and a rare books display

September 6th, 2013 BGC Library Comments off
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From Dumbarton Oaks:



4-5 October, 2013

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on “The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century,” on 4-5 October 2013. The meeting will focus on international botanical explorations, exchanges, and publications in the period spanning the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. This era saw an increased traffic in specimens, taxonomic innovation, and heightened competition among imperial powers for new plant discoveries and applications. Economic botany, the art and science of botanical illustration, and the modes and means of botanical knowledge will be areas of study. Papers will explore developments in Europe, Russia, East Asia, Africa, North and South America.

The symposium coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Rare Book Room at Dumbarton Oaks, and will be accompanied by an exhibit of rare books and illustrations from the period.

Registration is now open and a full program is listed below. Should you or your colleagues be interested in attending, please find more information about the symposium, including the full program and paper abstracts, at:

To register for the symposium, please fill out this form:

Our second annual Edible Books day

April 5th, 2013 BGC Library Comments off

BGC International Edible Book Festival

The BGC Library participated in the International Edible Book Festival for the second year in a row by hosting a very decorative arts and design –centric celebration of the event at the BGC on Wednesday, April 3.

Started in 2000 by an artist and a librarian, the International Edible Book Festival falls on or around April 1st each year and pays homage to the French gastronomer Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826). Bibliophiles and food lovers around the world gather locally and virtually to celebrate the book arts and the (literal) ingestion of culture by constructing books made entirely of edible materials. Their work is displayed, judged, and subsequently eaten, and photographs are submitted to the International Edible Book Festival website.

All members of the BGC community were encouraged to participate in the BGC Library’s second annual festival. Participants brought foods based on book titles, authors, and cover designs, and many contestants chose to represent books from the BGC Library’s collection. It was a pleasure to see on display the playful pride and affection our community feels for particular books in the collection.

BGC students, faculty, and staff from all departments arrived throughout the day to view and judge the submissions. They cast votes for the most appetizing entry, the best play on words, the best interpretation of the theme (i.e. the best “book”), and finally the best in show.

Consider the Fork TART and Agency

A blackberry cream cake by Karyn Hinkle representing Bee Wilson’s new book “Consider the Fork” was deemed “most appetizing,” while a clever group project by Christine Griffiths, Andrew Goodman, and Nicole Pulichene was “best play on words.” They used Alfred Gell’s classic anthropology text, “Art and Agency,” to create an apple TART and Agency with apricot “Gelly”!

Book of Tea American Cookery

Janis Ekdahl’s “Book of Tea,” hand-bound with packaged tea bags as the “pages,” was runner up in the “best book / best interpretation of the theme” category, but the winner of that award as well as winner of “best in show” by an overwhelming margin was Corrine Brandt’s incredible submission based on the late eighteenth century tract “American Cookery.” Corrine’s tidy and impossibly tiny hand-piping in toothpick-thin chocolate letters  awed all who saw it, and truly embodied the spirit of Edible Books.

Further pictures of the event and more tasty, creative “books” are posted on the BGC’s website here.

“Archives, Books, and Databases for Scholarly Research” at NYPL

March 5th, 2013 BGC Library Comments off


On Wednesday March 27, a research session for graduate students co-sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center library and led by two NYPL librarians will focus on primary source materials available at the NYPL including archives and newspapers.

Brooke Watkins, Bibliographer for German, and Thomas Lannon, Assistant Curator in the Manuscripts and Archives Division, will offer a one-hour instructional course aimed at graduate research focusing on fulltext databases such as America’s Historical Imprints and Readex and Proquest Historical Newspapers. This short session will help researchers locate items across the Library’s special collections, begin more specific research in archives, and learn how to navigate the NYPL’s research centers.

Archives, Books and Databases for Scholarly Research” will be offered Wednesday, March 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the South Court Classrooms (1st floor) of the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

To attend, RSVP Brooke Watkins at or 212-930-0033 and include your name, institution, and your subject interest.

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Periodicals at the BGC – True Serials

March 6th, 2012 BGC Library Comments off

The BGC Library now offers an A-Z periodicals list on our website, via the electronic resource management system, True Serials.

Through this periodical list, researchers can now browse or search a list of 5000+ journal titles, including those held in print by the BGC, those subscribed to electronically by the BGC, and a selection of open-access resources that are relevant to the needs of BGC students and faculty.

The short video below offers guidance and tips on how to utilize this new resource.

If you have any questions about using True Serials, or any of the resources offered by the library, please contact the reference desk.

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