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Patrons, Processes, and the Profession: Comparing the Academic Art Library and the Art Museum Library

WithKim Collins

SUMMARY. Much has been written about the difference between academic art historians and art museum scholars, but what about the libraries that support these patrons? College and university libraries hold a special position at the heart of their institutions; art museum libraries struggle to stay relevant in more peripheral roles. On the other hand, aca78demic art librarians, whether working in an art library branch or within the main library, must compete with other research disciplines in a manner unfamiliar to art museum librarians. This article attempts to compare the two types of libraries, focusing on issues of patrons, funding priorities, material budgets, library marketing, technical infrastructure, and professional development. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address: <[email protected]> Website: < > © 2003 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.]