SALS went on a day trip to Indianapolis to visit the Indianapolis Art Museum and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
We met with Alba Fernández-Keys, a reference librarian at IMA’s Stout Library.
The Stout Reference Library is a non-circulating research collection that is available to IMA staff, docents, students, collectors, researchers, and community members who conduct research on IMA collections and the visual arts in general. The collection of about 100,000 volumes includes books, magazines and journals, auction catalogs, ephemera files, and museum and gallery publications from around the world. The library also subscribes to a number of electronic databases that support art historical and market research. New books are regularly added to our collection.
Alba talked with us about the roots of the IMA and the library, and the way it has changed over the years. SALS members and Alba also discussed topics on the differences of museum and academic librarianship, diversity in the workplace, spatial design and storage and fairness in volunteering and staffing.
Alba also mentioned internships and job opportunities at the IMA and beyond, and it was wonderful to get some career advice from a working art librarian!

IU Art Museum: Behind the Scenes

SALS members teamed up the BGSA (Black Graduate Student Association) for a behind-the-scenes look at the Indiana University’s Art Museum.

We met with Anita Bracalente, the museum’s Registrar, to see and discuss the inner workings of the museum. Anita is a part of the Collections Management team – she is responsible for implementing policies and procedures that relate to caring for collections of the IUAM. Anita was able to answer all of our questions about art storage, accessioning, conservation and the services that are available for students.

SALS + BGSA ended the tour in the viewing room where the IUAM had selected some special flat works for us to view.

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Closing Reception

SALS hosted a successful closing reception last week for a display of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. Prints. Exhibit curator, Vaughan Hennen, spoke briefly about the life and work of Amos.

Check out some of the photos below!

Amos was recently honored as a USA Glasgow Fellow.


Check out more of Amos’ current work here:


Check out our home -grown zine!!!!


Note from the editor:
ART//LIB was conceived as an informal platform for the Society of Art Librarianship Students (SALS) at Indiana University to have a voice without having to grapple with receiving departmental permission. In order to express your opinions in grad school, you’re constantly jumping through hoops or being cautious about stepping on toes. Being a grad student means being on edge all the time because rubbing an administrator, a faculty member, or supervisor the wrong way could mean ending your career before it even begins.
There are no real parameters for the content of this zine though I have recommended that our contributors keep librarianship, visual resource management, and the arts in mind. Really, this is just an outlet for our organization to make something without being graded or assessed.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Please join the Fine Arts Library at IUB and the Art+Feminism campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship. We invite people of all gender identities and expressions!

Last year, over 1500 participants at more than 75 events around the world participated in the second annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, resulting in the creation of nearly 400 new pages and significant improvements to 500 articles on Wikipedia. Help us contribute to this growing movement!

Librarians will be available to provide training and reference sources to assist contributors in adding and improving the Wikipedia entries for women artists – and particularly Indiana artists.

Free parking is available at the various garages on campus, the Jordan garage is the closest to the Wells Library. This event is free and open to the public and food, snacks, bottled water, and coffee will be provided.

RSVP here: Event


Closing Reception

Please join us on Friday, February 26 from 5-6:30 pm at the Fine Arts Library exhibit area for a closing reception for, Prints and Artists’ Books from Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Printmaker: A Selection from the Fine Arts Library.

Exhibit curator, Vaughan Hennen, will speak briefly about the life and work of Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. Members of the Black Graduate Student Association will also share remarks.

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Comics: A selection from the Fine Arts Library

Comics were once considered culturally inferior; libraries refused to collect them, fearing they would distract patrons from “good quality” literature. There was also a fear that comics could influence the youth with their graphic depictions of sex and violence. Frederic Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent (1954) condemned comics as corruptive, and the Comics Code Authority, which set official guidelines that required comics to abide by inoffensive and socially normative conventions, was established the same year by the Comics Magazine Association of America. Today, comics are celebrated as literature worthy of academic study. Interest in comics is rising in fields such as history, sociology, political science, and English, among others. The fact that comics intersect so many genres and subjects have helped justify its place in academia. Libraries now account for tens of millions of dollars worth of comic purchases annually.

Their presence in art libraries is especially significant. Art historians and studio artists are recognizing the value in studying comics, for both their literary and visual content. Comics continue to intersect the “fine arts,” blurring the traditional hierarchies of high and low art. Moreover, comic aesthetics have appeared beyond books, manifesting in film, painting, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, and more. The Fine Arts Library is currently exhibiting “Comics at the Fine Arts Library,” organized by the Society of Art Librarianship Students, to showcase the range of material available to the community. Stop by the display cases outside to take a peek at a sampling of our holdings – there are even more in our stacks and special collections!

-Andrew Wang

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