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Supporting the Changing Habits of Art Historians: A Report from Ithaka S+R

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Museum of Modern Art, The Celeste Bartos Theater Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building 4 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019

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Ithaka S+R, a strategic consulting and research service that focuses on the transformation of scholarship in an online environment, has conducted an in-depth study of art historians, including academics and museum curators alike. This study has examined art historians’ work processes, personal collections, use of primary and secondary sources including art objects, archives, and publications, publication habits, and adaptation to the digital environment. The project’s objective is to help libraries, archives, visual resource centers, museums, publishers, database providers, and other information services best support the current and emerging needs of art historians. The final report will be released later this winter.

This session will offer ideas and dialogue about how best to serve the changing information services needs of art historians. It will be of interest to art historians and other professionals in the discipline—especially librarians, archivists, and visual resources professionals—as well as anyone else engaged in supporting art historical research in a rapidly changing environment.


Key Findings and Recommendations from Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians. Matthew Long & Roger Schonfeld, Ithaka S+R.

Round Table Discussion moderated by Milan Hughston, Chief of Library and Museum Archives, MoMA, with

  • Stephen Bury, The Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at The Frick Collection
  • Jason Dubs, Museum Research Consortium Project Manager, MoMA
  • Rachel Kaplan, Museum Research Consortium Fellow, MoMA
  • Sarah Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA
  • Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, MoMA

A brief reception will follow the conclusion of the program.

Ithaka S+R’s research on this project has been jointly funded by the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.