Worcester Art Museum Library to Close for Upgrades

Wednesday, February 06, 2019
GoLocalWorcester News Team

The Worcester Art Museum Library will be closed from February 16 to April 17 for upgrades.

The upgrades involve a collection reclassification and automation project.

“The WAM library is an incredibly valuable resource for the Museum staff, as well as for teachers, scholars, students, collectors, and anyone interested in art history. Having a single standard classification system will make the library’s collection more accessible for everyone, and automation will make managing the library’s collection much more efficient,” said Head Librarian Rebecca Morin.

Reclassification Project

When the library reopens, the entire collection of 60,000 volumes will be classified under the Library of Congress Classification system.

In addition, a library management system will be installed to track library materials, gather data about the collection, and automate the circulation process. While the library is closed, materials will not be readily accessible; however, patrons may contact a librarian with questions.

History in the Library

The library’s current holdings include: 60,000 books (including the John Woodman Higgins Armory library), 18,000 auction catalogs dating back to 1876, 10,000 artist files, and archived holdings of over 300 art periodicals. In addition to these resources, the library has access to numerous online databases, including ARTSTOR, JSTOR, and Grove Art Online. The reading room houses the library reference collection, frequently used monographs, WAM publications, and recent art journals.

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