Librarian focuses on fine arts
the digital world, you can examine the art of medieval Europe
or see the latest in contemporary architecture. Those two areas,
though they lie on opposite ends of the timeline, are favorite
periods of Ann Whiteside, recently named the new fine arts librarian
in the Fiske
Kimball Fine Arts Library.
is happening in other academic disciplines, digital technology
is opening up a whole new way of looking at art. Theres
a big push to digitize art and architecture and to purchase electronic
journals, she said. Whiteside hopes to contribute to helping
faculty and students learn how to use digital collections in teaching
and studying, building on the work of the librarys Digital
Media Lab and ITCs Instructional Toolkit, she said.
support of the initiative to enrich and expand the arts at U.Va,
I plan to increase the digital art collections, while at the same
time, maintain the print collections and our strong emphasis on
customer service, said Whiteside, who served as the Visual
Resources Librarian at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for
the past six years.
experiences in planning for new libraries and in prioritizing
the needs for library collections and staff are particularly useful
as we plan for a new arts library, said Jane Penner, music
librarian and head of the search committee.
who grew up in Colorado Springs, received her B.A. in art history
from Boston College in 1983 and a masters degree in library
science, concentrating in art librarianship, from Simmons College
in Boston in 1993.