Many of you may already be familiar with the Prelinger Library and Archives in San Francisco, but it was a new discovery for me. Rick Prelinger heads the multiple facets of the innovative library, archive, and moving image archive. Check out the projects at http://www.home.earthlink.net/~alysons/library.html, and the Internet Archive link to the Prelinger Collection http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.
Archive for April, 2007
This is a long list of job postings, I think there are 10 of them. They are all in North America, a couple in the Boston Area. They were taken from the VRA and ARLIS listserves. Hope you find them useful.
For those of you interested in the history of photography: YouTube has a 10 minute video clip about the restoration of the home of Nicephore Niepce – it is very interesting and worth watching. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAcTHpuqQIs
Leigh Gates posted this announcement to ARLISlist and I thought it might be worth sharing – sounds like an interesting resource.
The Art Institute of Chicago has recently announced the preliminary launch of its new online database of objects from its collections. You may examine it from the Collections “home page” where you may browse by collection categories or search for specific objects.
To many, this site will appear to be quite familiar but there are a number of very significant changes:
* There are now 2,565 object records – the web site has increased the old number fourfold.
* For the 1,747 objects where copyright review has been completed, full screen enlargements of the objects’ images may be viewed.
* As before, straightforward searches can be done, but more exacting searches can be conducted using a more fields than before.
* When a record is found for an object on public view, its gallery number is indicated.
* Provenance, Exhibition History, and Publication History are listed when approved by curatorial staff.
This launch is welcome even though the web site is still being analysed for functionality and response time. There will be a few more elements added in the coming days, including some text pages describing the grouping of objects presented online and differentiating this from the entire collection of the Art Institute. There will also be some additional “Searching Tips” added to make the user experience a bit better.
Thom Hill of Vassar’s art library has been making regular podcasts of interviews that he has conducted at a site called The Library Cafe. In a recent note to the ARLIS list he mentions an interview about academic art book book publishing in a permissions culture. The guest is University of Chicago Press Art & Architecture editor Susan Bielstein, author of Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property.
This isn’t really news but you may have heard that the Smithsonian and Corbis had announced that they had reached a “non-exclusive” licensing partnership “to provide widely recognized digital images from the Smithsonians collections for editorial and commercial use at www.corbis.com.” Smithsonian Corbis Licensing Agreement This announcement, coming as it did on the heels of a fire-storm of protest when the Smithsonian announced a similar agreement with Sony, caused the archival community to write again and express concern. The pdf file attached below is the response that SAA received (dated 5 March 2007) which was circulated to the SAA leadership today.
Arezoo Moseni recently posted this to the ARLIS-Listserve. It is an interesting resource to know about.
M i d – M a n h a t t a n L i b r a r y Presents
“Ask the Lawyer”
An Artist Career Development Lecture
Presented in cooperation with
Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts
Monday April 9, 2007
6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor
The New York Public Library
40th Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016
The Art Collection is pleased to host the fifth lecture in the series addressing the growing needs and concerns of independent creative workforce in New York City.
This interactive panel presentation with a question-and-answer format will cover a wide array of legal and business issues with an overview of the major legal topics affecting artists and professionals within arts organizations. The topics to be addressed include:
• Intellectual Property (copyrights primarily)
• Entity Choice and Formation including
nonprofit and for profit options.
Elena M. Paul is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. In addition to overseeing all of VLA’s programs and services, Ms. Paul represents many individual artists and arts organizations. She received her B.A. in Economics from Davidson College, phi beta kappa, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. In 2000 she was elected to serve as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.
Alexei Ormani Auld is the Director of Legal Services for VLA, where he specializes in intellectual property matters oriented toward film, music, visual arts and related industries. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University (B.A. 1994, summa cum laude) where he majored in History and Columbia Law School (J.D. 1998).
Elevators access the 6th floor after 6p.m.
All events are FREE and subject to last minute change or cancellation.