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Artists' Books Index

About the Index

The Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library Artists’ Books Index is a guide to the collection of handmade and fine press books in the Art Library’s Rare Book Room. The primary use of the index is to reveal materials, techniques, construction, and other unique characteristics of these books.

“Artists’ Books” are difficult to define, but Johanna Drucker explains in her book, The Century of Artists’ Books, “Artists’ books take every possible form, participate in every possible convention of book making, every possible ‘ism’ of mainstream art and literature, every possible mode of production, every shape, every degree of ephemerality or archival durability.” Artists take the bookmaking opportunity to disperse their work more widely than is often possible in a gallery setting, and often have control of the entire production process. Many of the items in the Bridwell Art Library Artists’ Books Collection are printed in a limited edition, and some are entirely unique and only available through the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library.

The collection supports the teaching and research needs of the faculty and students at the University of Louisville, with specific emphasis on areas of study in the Hite Art Institute. The Artists’ Books Collection has been built over decades through purchases made by the Art Librarian from the Art Library Endowment, and individual gifts from donors. The Art Librarian continues to add new materials to support the University of Louisville’s teaching and research needs.

The Index has been created in alignment with the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts and the Association of Research Libraries’ Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.

Items in this collection may also be viewed in person by contacting Sarah Carter, Director of the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, University of Louisville.

Conditions of Use

The Margaret Bridwell Library Artists’ Books Index is provided for personal and/or scholarly use. The University of Louisville does not make copyright claims to the works in the Index, and it is the user’s responsibility to limit their use of the images herein to educational and scholarly purposes, to interpret fair use guidelines, and/or to obtain copyright permission from the rightsholder(s) of each individual work. To learn more about fair use guidelines, refer to the University of Louisville Fair Use web page. For additional information about permissions and use, contact Sarah Carter, Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, University of Louisville.


To cite an image from the index, follow the style guidelines as provided by MLA, APA, etc. and include its Reference URL (found by following the link in the header above the digital file). For example, in MLA style, you would write a citation of an image as:

Hachenski, Dawn. The Prairies. 2007. Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, Louisville. Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library Artists’ Books Index Online. Web. 26 July 2016. <http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/ref/collection/abi/id/451>.

To cite a book from this collection, follow the style guidelines as provided by MLA, APA, etc. For example, in MLA style, you would write the citation of a book as:

Hachenski, Dawn. The Prairies. Rosendale, NY: Women’s Studio Workshop, 2007. Print.

About the Cataloging

While some of the search fields are consistent with those in the other Digital Collections and utilize the same controlled vocabularies, others are unique to the Artists’ Books Index. This collection uses controlled vocabulary from the ARLIS/NA Artists’ Books Thesaurus as well as the Getty Research Institute’s Art & Architecture Thesaurus and adhere to local standards developed for the University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections, as documented in the CONTENTdm Cookbook.

Unique to the Artists’ Books Index are the following:


  1. Style - Uses the ARLIS/NA Artists’ Books Thesaurus (ABT).
  2. Material - Uses the Getty Research Institute’s Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).
  3. Technique - Uses the Getty Research Institute’s Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).

Technical Information

All images were shot with a Nikon D5200 in RAW format. Images were then converted to 3000 x 2000 pixel TIFF files. For online presentation, the TIFFs are converted to compressed JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) or JPEG2000 files via a batch process using CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software.

The CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software Suite by DiMeMa, Inc., now licensed via OCLC, has been used to upload the digital files, apply metadata to them, and create search and browse functionality for this site.

The University of Louisville Libraries’ CONTENTdm license was made possible by a 2005 Library Automation subgrant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Acknowledgments

Alex O’Keefe, graduate intern, initiated the project as a practicum student for her MLS program during the summer of 2016. Sarah Carter, Art Librarian, supervised the project. Trish Blair, Evening and Weekend Supervisor in the Art Library, retrieved and organized the required artists’ books. O’Keefe did much of the metadata entry, as well as shot many of the photos for the project. Jenna White, student worker, also provided photography support. Dwayne Buttler, Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication, served as advisor to the project regarding copyright and fair use. Rachel Howard, Digital Initiatives Librarian, provided training on metadata standards and uploaded data into CONTENTdm. Terri Holtze, Head of Web Services, designed the website.

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