The following three courses will be held in Manhattan, based at NYU’s Bobst Library, Palmer Manhattan’s site. Interested in auditing a class? Please see Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors
LIS 612 , Arts Librarianship
Four Fridays, June 3,10,17, 24; 10 am – 4 pm; visits to various NYC sites
This course will look at the art information world from the perspective of four types of user – the artist, dealer, art historian and curator. There will be visits to corresponding NYC institutions– an artist’s foundation, an auction house, art history library and a museum library. It will also focus on four corresponding materials– the artist’s book, auction catalogue, catalogue raisonné, and the exhibition catalogue and how they are changing in our increasingly digital world.
We are thrilled to have as the instructor for this class Dr. Stephen Bury, the Frick Collection’s Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library. Before joining the Frick, Dr. Bury was at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, and one of the world’s greatest research institutions, where he was a Deputy Director and Head of European and American Collections, as well as Maps, Music, and Philatelic Collections. Previously, Dr. Bury was Head of Learning Resources at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. Comments Anne L. Poulet, Director of The Frick Collection, “Dr. Bury …is both an art historian― who understands first-hand the needs of those who teach, research, and curate―as well as an internationally regarded librarian.” Recent publications include Artists’ Multiples, 1935-2000 (2001), Multiplication (2001), Breaking the Rules: the Printed Face of the European Avant Garde, 1900-1937 (2007) and a new edition of Artists’ Books: The Book as a Work of Art (2015), which was first published in 1995. He was the first Advisory Editor (2011-2014) of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists(link is external). He contributed a chapter on Veshch (1922) and G (1923-6) for The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Vol.3: Europe 1880-1940 (2013).
LIS 740, Copyright and Library Law
Summer Session II, June 20 – July 22, T/TH 6-8 pm
This class was offered for the first time as an intensive during the summer. It got rave reviews (see below) and so it’s back this summer. The instructor, Greg Cram, JD, is the Clearance Analyst at The New York Public Library. This course explores copyright law and gives students a legal framework to analyze the copyright issues faced by librarians and cultural institutions, and it’s being taught by an expert who makes the class so interesting and so topical that some students suggested that it become a requirement. From the digitization of archives and collections to electronic reference, copyright is now a major consideration for libraries. Copyright issues are prevalent in published, unpublished and born-digital material. Librarians need to understand and interpret copyright law so they can participate in setting institutional policies that take advantage of fair use and other exceptions granted to libraries by the law. Excellent knowledge to offer a prospective employer! Here are some comments from students who took the class:
**I wanted to pass along a recommendation for the Copyright class. It had a big impact on me, and should be highlighted for other students. Greg Cram is the ideal graduate school professor because he’s an active professional, up-to-date with issues and developments, an especially important quality with a changeable subject like copyright law. With such a vast, complex topic, Cram’s class takes a head-on approach, laying the groundwork of historical developments through court cases and legal statements, complemented with exercises that explain the different amendments and actions. Taken as a 1-month summer intensive, this was definitely one of the hardest classes I took during my graduate program – and one of the most rewarding. This is what grad school is supposed to be like – heavy reading assignments to bring you up to speed, real-world examples to keep you abreast of news, and consultation with an active professional who can share his experiences and approach in a far more real way than any textbook. Every class was incredibly well organized and prepared; from summarized court proceedings to entertaining media clips to news briefs drawn from within hours of the class, Cram redefined the idea of a prepared teacher. Copyright law is a living, changing force that is highly relevant for librarians and archivists. And while every conference seems to have a two-hour session or half-day workshop, that level of introduction is just not sufficient. This class should be mandatory for students.
**…challenging, topical issues, presented by an active professional.
**Greg really made this complicated topic accessible in a way that I doubt many others could. Challenging, insightful and rewarding in knowledge gained.
**…I want to go into this field now! Greg made it SO interesting! It was GREAT!
LIS 901 Rare Book Reference
Summer Session I, May 16-June 17, T/TH 6-8 pm
This class, taught by reference librarian Melanie Meyers AT the Center for Jewish History was a big hit last summer. This is a great elective for those interested in rare books and/or special collections. Students will have a chance to do hands-on work in a wonderful setting. Highly recommended by students and staff alike! (Just fyi—I truly heard nothing but GREAT things about this class but wasn’t able to collect the evaluations with the comments.)
Please see this page for all Palmer summer and fall classes: http://palmerblog.liu.edu/academics/welcome/
Interested in auditing a class? Please see Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors