Multilingual Dictionaries for Art Librarians

This informal bibliography of multilingual or polyglot dictionaries was recently posted on ARLIS-L by Kim Collins at Emory:

  1. Jones, Lois Swan. Art Information: Research Methods and Resources. 3rd ed. Publication Information: Dubuque, Iowa : Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co., c1990. See Appendix B and D.–Pages 299-328 consist of dictionaries of art terms in French, German, Italian, etc.

  3. Multilingual glossary for art librarians : English with indexes in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish. München ; New Providence : K.G. Saur, 1996

  5. Ian Sheridan’s An Art Librarian’s Glossary, published in 1984 by the IFLA Section of Art Libraries. It’s a dictionary type book of art terms in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German

  7. Haggar, Reginald George. A dictionary of art terms: painting, sculpture, architecture, engraving and etching, lithography and other art processes, heraldry. [1962] reprinted 1984 According to Marmor and Ross¹ Guide to the Lit. of Art History 2: Glossary contains separate lists of French, German, and Italian terms, With English equivalents, useful for students preparing for graduate art history language exams.

  9. Elsevier’s dictionary of architecture in five languages : English, French, Spanish, German, and Dutch / compiled by J.-P. Vandenberghe. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier Science Publishers, 1988.

  11. Das Grosse Fachworterbuch fur Kunst und Antiquitaten / herausgegeben und zusammengestellt von Christian Mu?ller, unter Mitarbeit von Roger Franz … [et al.]. Other Title: Art and antiquities dictionary. Publisher: Munchen : Weltkunst Verlag, c1982- ISBN: 3921669006

  13. Dictionnaire polyglotte des termes d’art et d’archeìologie. Edition: [1. eìd.] /Reìau, Louis, 1881-1961 Publisher: Paris, Presses universitaires de France, 1953 and “Dictionnaire polyglotte des termes d’art et archéologie” , repr. 1977, orig. ed. 1953 If you look at the Metropolitan Museum’s Watsonline (their OPAC), you will find the full citation for both editions.

  15. Elsevier’s Dictionary of art history terms: in French-English and English-French / compiled by Jean-Pierre Michaux = Elsevier’s dictionnaire des termes d’histoire de l’art : français-anglais et anglais-français / par Jean-Pierre Michaux. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, c2005.

  17. That sounds a lot like a pamphlet I used to use that was an aide for art catalogers. If you put dictionaries–polyglot‹art into WorldCat, you¹ll put up similar stuff.

  19. online version of the IFLA dictionary:

  21. English-German dictionary, art history-archaeology = English-deutsches Wörterbuch für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie / von Mary L. Apelt. Published/Created: Berlin : E. Schmidt, c1987. Since the student is actually studying for a German exam, I’d recommend: M. Apelt, English-German dictionary: art history-archaeology (1982 and 1987). Out of print, but many libraries have it.

  23. Dictionary of Translated Names and Titles, by Adrian Roon. French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian from “Aachen” to “Utopia.”

Blogs = Serials?

After all our talk of blogs and blogging in Atlanta, I was interested in a recent post on the (very new) Library of Congress Blog.

It seems that at least some folks over at the Library of Congress consider (corporate) blogs to be serials, and may already be assigning ISSN numbers to them.

There’s an interesting discussion going on over there, including some mentions of an IBSN (Internet Blog Serial Number). Is ArLiSNAP a serial? Should it have an ISSN? An IBSN ( I thought about going ahead and registering us for an IBSN, but then wondered what that would imply about ArLiSNAP as a “publication”, when I tend to think of it more as a community. Your thoughts?

Midwest Art Catalogers Discussion Group, Chicago Meeting

Announcing the next meeting of the Midwest Art Catalogers Discussion Group.

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) is a loosely organized group of librarians who meet three times a year. Anyone interested in art and architecture or visual resources cataloging is welcome to attend.

MACDG will hold the next meeting at the Art Institute of Chicago on February 23, 2007.

A Blog-Based Catalog?

A Blog-Based Catalog? Mellon-Funded Project Would Use LC Records

WordPress is a popular format for blogs—an open-source content management system. It is also the backbone for WP-OPAC, a pushing-the-envelope project from Casey Bisson, information architect at Plymouth State University (PSU), NH, which will use Library of Congress (LC) catalog records and redistribute them free under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license or GNU. Bisson was presented with a $50,000 Mellon award for Technology Collaboration for the project at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in Washington, DC, on December 4. PSU will use the money for the LC records. The WP-OPAC will allow users to tag and comment on records, which will be more readily searchable by search engines. The still-emerging project represents a challenge to business as usual for catalogers. OCLC has been the source for catalog records for libraries, and its license restrictions do not permit reuse or distribution. However, LC catalog records have been shared via Z39.50 for several years without incident. “Libraries’ online presence is broken. We are more than study halls in the digital age. For too long, libraries have been coming up with unique solutions for common problems,” Bisson said. “Users are looking for an online presence that serves them in the way they expect.” PSU is committed to supporting Bisson’s project, and will be offering it as a free download from its site, likely in the form of sample records plus WordPress with WP-OPAC included. The internal data structure works with iCal for calendar information and Flickr for photos, and can be used with historical records. It allows libraries to go beyond LC subject headings, Bisson said. Other winners include: Open University (Moodle), RPI (bedework), University of British Columbia Vancouver (Open Knowledge Project), Virginia Tech (Sakai), Yale (CAS single signon), University of Washington (pine and IMAP), Internet Archive (Wayback Machine), and Humboldt State University (Moodle).

from Library Journal Academic Newswire (12.07.2006)

Image Indexing Survey

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