Library Trends 37 (2) Fall 1988: Linking Art Objects and Art Information


Library Trends 37 (2) Fall 1988: Linking Art Objects and Art Information. Edited by Deirdre C. Stam and Angela Giral.

Representing a departure from the usual pattern of Library Trends, this issue joins the concerns of traditional art librarianship both to topics found in information science-such as the nature and use of information- and to topics found in recent art historical writing, specifically the examination of the fundamental functions of the discipline and the construction of its information base.

The kind of information considered pertinent to objects then can alter and has done so over time, and from one art historical “school” to another. In all cases, a fundamental part of the research is the linking of the object to an information base. The process of making that link is the subject of this issue of Library Trends. Underlying these articles is the assumption that art information in all of its manifestations - from bibliographic index to museum registrations systems - is of interest to scholars of art and by extension to the librarians serving them. This collection of essays addresses the "informational" aspect of these systems rather than the technical level of data-processing considerations one would find in system manuals and documentation.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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