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Thursday, April 20 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
No Limits: Transforming Restricted Access Collections in Art Libraries

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For many academic art libraries, restricted collections, housed in a separate branch library or not, pose a variety of challenges related to organizational structure and partnerships, censorship, and access controls. These protected collections may comprise artists' books, zines, "medium rare" art books, erotica, titles or objects consisting of multiple loose pieces, and other sensitive or mixed-value materials; they can present a distinct challenge when the specific role or value of these collections are brought into question, and these items can be impossible to replace if lost or damaged. This panel presents a variety of transformative solutions, provocations, and inquiries in response to the issue of what, exactly, to do with or how to manage restricted access art library collections. In attempting to implement consistent practices and policies governing these collections, we acknowledge that they inhabit gray areas necessitating iteration, exceptions, and divergences within our institutions. Art librarians must continually re-examine their relationships to constituents, colleagues, administrators, and consortial partners in order to sustainably and efficiently grow and manage collections and services which straddle art/architecture/design libraries and special collections. The presenters acknowledge historic circulation and access practices in such collections while addressing evolving issues related to restricted or challenging content, traditional departmental silos, and equitable collection management practices.

Sponsored by
Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum
University of Iowa Libraries

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Rebecca Friedman

Assistant Librarian, Marquand Library, Princeton University
Assistant Librarian Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology Princeton University

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Miriam Intrator

Special Collections Librarian, Ohio University
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Michele Jennings

Art Librarian, Ohio University

Phillip Jones

Associate Librarian, University of Arkansas
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Courtney Hunt

Art & Design Librarian and Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Libraries
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Patricia Gimenez

University of Iowa

Thursday April 20, 2023 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
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