With the fall semester underway, please note that the deadline for submitting papers or projects for the Art Libraries Society of North America’s Gerd Muesham Award for best student paper is approaching.  We want to encourage any student with an appropriate paper or project written in the last 18 months (back to spring 2005) to send their work to the address below, postmarked no later than November 17, 2006.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning the award.

Sincerely yours,

Tony White
Gerd Muehsam Award Committee Chair

Art Libraries Society of North America
announces its
2006 Gerd Muehsam Award

Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. This award was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

The Award Winner will Receive:
* $500
*Up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 32stAnnual Conference in Atlanta, GA, April 26 to April 30, 2007
* Registration fee to this Conference
* A one year membership to ARLIS/NA

* The paper or project must have been created or written during the preceding 18 months (back to spring 2005) by a student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or in a post-graduate library school program in art history or a related discipline.
* The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment.
* One submission is allowed per person.

Required Format:
If a paper, it must be 10-25 pages, typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper. The paper must include an abstract of 250 words.  The title page must include a paper title, the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of the faculty member for whom it was written, and the course title.  The bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.  In addition, authors should inform the committee chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being considered for publication.

If an Internet project, a 250 word summary of the project, its URL, the name of the institution and course for which it was created, and the name of the faculty member assigning the project must be included.  It must also be accessible to all of the committee members for review.

Finally, applicants should include their mailing addresses, their email addresses and telephone numbers.

Judging Criteria:
Papers and projects will be judged on their relevance to art librarianship or visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, quality of organization, appropriate use of terminology, style and readability, and originality of thought or observation.

Entries must be postmarked by the end of the day, November 17, 2006.  They will not be returned.  All applicants should receive notification of the results by the end of January 2007.

This announcement as well as additional information about ARLIS/NA can be viewed at:

Please Mail Entries To:
Tony White, Chair
Gerd Muehsam Award Committee
Pratt Institute Library
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11205
Tel: (718) 636.3545   or   (718).636.3531
FAX: (718) 399-4220   e-mail:

One comment:

  1. Congrats to 2007 Award Winner, Tang Li!! This is such an interesting and creative project!

    Tang Li, University of Maryland, College Park, “Developing a Shape-and-Composition CBIR Thesaurus for the Traditional Chinese Landscape”

    Two major approaches have been identified in image indexing and retrieval: text-based (descriptor-based) and content-based. In the past decade content-based image retrieval (CBIR) has been investigated extensively. Current research has suggested that the two elemental issues in CBIR, feature extraction and similarity measures, tend to be domain-specific. This paper develops a shape-and-composition CBIR thesaurus for the Chinese landscape dated from the Song to Qing periods (960-1911). CBIR is potentially an excellent, feasible retrieval mechanism for Chinese landscapes because the landscapes themselves use relatively simple forms and textures, only a few colors, and a limited number of object types, varieties and composition structures. The features were extracted from studying approximately 1000 Chinese landscapes. The thesaurus emphasizes discrimination among object types so as to improve retrieval of relevant images. Therefore, it adopts not only basic shapes (such as circle, rectangle, and triangle) but also lines (straight, arc and wavy) and shape combinations. Furthermore, special shapes are developed for those object types that are either unique to Chinese arts and culture (linglong-shaped rocks, bamboos and dragon boats.) or in a peculiar shape that cannot be simply abstracted into basic shapes (such as birds and clouds). The thesaurus is designed to facilitate extracting and indexing image content data for effective retrieval performance. Although it is domain specific, the approach of developing and classifying the thesaurus may be applicable to CBIR of non-Chinese art images and perhaps general CBIR.


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