This week I learned about a really cool program that the NOMA library takes part in...the Publications Exchange Program. This program is in conjunction with other museums and their libraries and exchanges exhibition and collection catalogs with the museums and libraries that are interested. This week I sent out the (very large and heavy) catalog Ancestors of Congo Square: African Art in the New Orleans Museum of Art.
It is a very beautiful book with information about the current African Art exhibition on the first floor of the museum. Very interesting to walk through. We sent the books to 18 different museums and libraries that are interested in African Art. Very cool program.
Also this week there was a program in the library in conjunction with the book club that is meeting next week. The book we are reading is The Rescue Artist and in line with the book we had the head of NOMA security talk to the group about how to protect your art. Shelia and I commented after the program that we must have sounded like a ring of art thieves with all the questions we were asking. They may be watching us now. :) Wouldn't that be an interesting plot for a book.
This week Shelia and I also looked over the research I have been doing with my project. There is good news and bad news with that. The good news is that not a lot has been written on art museums and the role they have within the community and the larger construct of the museum. The bad news is, there is not a lot that has been written on art museums and the role they have within the community and the larger construct of the museum. So we are shifting focus to a more general look at special libraries and how they are involved in the community.
Next week will be fun, some time away from the museum in my neck of the woods in Hancock county with the historical society and showing Shelia and the other interns the library where I work (where there just so happens to be a Smithsonian exhibit on roots music this summer). I am definitely looking forward to sharing what the MS Coast is doing.