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The Getty's Advanced Research Library Expands Access for College and University Faculty and Graduate Students

Getty Center also Features K-12 "Teacher Resource Center"

November 9, 1998

Los Angeles, CA-The Getty has expanded access to its advanced Research Library by introducing a "Stack Reader" card available to college and university faculty and graduate students. The Library is one of two valuable new resources at the Getty Center, along with a Teacher Resource Center serving arts educators at the K-12 level.

The Research Library
Housed in a dramatic circular building on the western edge of the Getty Center campus, the Research Library is part of the Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. Dedicated to the production and support of innovative scholarship in the arts and the humanities, the Institute welcomes college and university faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to use its Library for advanced research projects.

"We have just streamlined our system for researchers to use the Library," explains Kathleen Salomon, Interim Head of Collection Management & Access. "Now, college and university faculty and graduate students with current I.D. can use the Library's open stacks any time during our regular hours." After showing proof of their identification and institutional affiliation, then filling out a brief form, researchers receive a "Stack Reader" card and can begin using the Library immediately. Materials are all non-circulating and can only be used within the Library itself.

With over 33 miles of shelving, the Research Library includes over 800,000 volumes of books, serials, and auction catalogs relevant to the history of art and architecture and related fields in the humanities. The collections encompass art and cultural production since antiquity, beginning with the Classical period and including all major periods of European history, with significant holdings in 19th- and 20th-century materials. In recent years, the Research Institute has expanded the reach of its collections to include areas that have had significant cultural contact and exchange with Europe, such as North and South America, the ancient Near East, and the Islamic World.

The Library's auction catalogs alone form one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind, with more than 110,000 volumes covering the art market from the late 17th century to the present. Another 25,000 volumes focus on the conservation of cultural heritage, historic preservation, and applied science and technology. And the Photo Study Collection, containing approximately two million study photographs, documents works of fine and decorative arts and architecture from the ancient world through the 20th century; parts of this collection are on browsable open stacks, available for study in the Library; most of the images cannot be reproduced for publication.

Of the Library's extensive holdings, almost half are arranged in open stacks on three floors of the building; the remainder are available by request from closed storage via a regularly scheduled paging system. All of the holdings can be explored online through IRIS, the library catalog of the Research Institute.

"Often people come here when they can't find the materials they need in the library of their home institution," says Salomon. "By checking out our electronic catalog, they can determine in advance if we have what they need. We strongly encourage all potential users of the Library to visit us online before they call to make their first appointment."

On a typical day, one can find faculty and graduate students from UCLA, USC, Cal State, and Cal Arts using some of the Library's 125 reader spaces. "We have people planning courses, researching master's theses and dissertations, and working on books and articles in many of the subject areas in which our Library is especially strong," observes Salomon.

The Research Library is open 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday (closed on major holidays). Prospective researchers can make advance appointments and parking reservations by calling the Reference Desk at (310) 440-7390. Visitors already at the Getty Center may also drop in to use the Library.

Teacher Resource Center
The Teacher Resource Center (TRC) of the J. Paul Getty Museum is a small library designed to assist the educational community of greater Los Angeles in developing resources for the classroom. Located on the Museum's mezzanine level, the collection of nearly 2,000 books, videos, CD-ROMs, journals, curricula materials, and slide sets can help elementary and high school teachers do research for their curriculum or inspire creative links between art and other subjects.

"We are pleased that with our move to the Getty Center, we have been able to expand our materials and services so that now, in one place, you can find the best of what has been published about art for teachers." says TRC manager Barbara Furbush. Students of education and student teachers will also find the TRC helpful for planning art lessons and exploring new approaches. Earlier this year, Furbush and her colleagues in the Education Department hosted a series of Museum receptions for over 20,000 local teachers and principals, and since then, use of the TRC has grown steadily.

In addition to printed materials, computer workstations in the TRC allow direct access to the Internet, to visit Web sites such as the Getty's ArtsEdNet and to conduct online library searches. In addition, a Getty Museum ArtAccess station enables teachers to explore online the Getty Museum's renowned collections of paintings, antiquities, decorative arts, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, drawings, and photographs.

The TRC is not a loan library; except for the slide sets, materials cannot be borrowed. Instead, says Furbush, "new curricular materials are clearly marked with information on how to order them from the publisher. We have had principals bring in their whole faculty to browse the materials together and make decisions about what to buy for their classrooms." With a seating capacity of 14 people, the TRC encourages such group visits by teachers or college students majoring in education.

The TRC's hours of operation are geared to teachers' busy schedules: Wednesday 3-6pm, Thursday and Friday 3-8pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Parking reservations are required for all visitors coming to the Getty Center by car. To make an appointment, those interested in using the TRC should call Jennifer Finley at (310) 440-7557.

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