During the past few weeks I’ve been slowly creating a reading list for the New Year, adding titles that relate to art librarianship. Admittedly, it can be difficult to fit in non-required reading between work and school. But, I think it is definitely important to seek out information that allows one to have a more well-rounded knowledge of the profession. Also, keeping up on current literature is also a good way of being up to date on important and emerging trends. So, here is what I have on my list so far:
The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes
Library 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library edited by Joseph Janes
I included the above titles because they offer insight into where libraries are heading and what that means for information professionals. Books such as these may help to shed light on the kinds of skills you will need in order to be successful in a field that is ever evolving.
Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship edited by Joan M. Benedetti
I like this book because it provides a good overview of art librarianship, which will be useful for people whose program, like mine, does not offer a course that focuses specifically on the field.
Linked Data by David Wood
This one is on Linked Data, something I’ve been hearing more and more about and something that I want to learn more about.
Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World edited by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene and Laura Koloski
Like Linked Data, user-generated content seems to be a hot topic and this book looks at the role such content might play in cultural institutions. I think it should be an interesting read.
Do you have a reading list for the New Year? If so, please share what’s on it!