Resources Page

FYI: There are some useful new links on the Resources page:

  • an index of chapter awards
  • the Bibliography of Art Librarianship by BJ Irvine
  • a link to ARLIS/NA’s directory of degree programs for fine arts and visual resources librarianship

Booklist Online’s Spotlight on the Arts


It’s hard to hold back the Booklist editors when it comes to the arts, perhaps because it’s so broad a category that we all have our favorite subjects within it—some of us are jazz buffs, others “gotta dance,” and still others never met a museum they didn’t love. So when it comes time to gather features for our annual Spotlight on the Arts, there are always more good ideas than there are available pages. read more…


Recommended Blogs for Art Reviews – New ARLIS publication

ARLIS/NA has just announced a new online publication, Recommended Blogs for Art Reviews.

This is a really great resource, and many thanks to Joel Atkinson, Rachel Beckwith, Sherman Clarke, Ross Day, Jennifer Faist, Joy Garnett, Jennifer L. Hehman, Jacqueline L. Rogers, Amy Watson and editors Jennifer L. Hehman and Kraig Binkowski.

I’d love to see this list in, too. There’s actually a lot of overlap with links already in the ArLiSNAP account. Maybe we could come up with a tag to denote sites that are on the Recommended Blogs list? Or maybe we could work with the editors so that they could create a second version of their list in It just seems to me that such a great resource should be shared far beyond the ARLIS/NA circle…

Carnegie-Whitney Grant Awards


Carnegie-Whitney Grant Awards up to $5000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes, or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as ReadMOre,” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by November 5, 2007. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2008.

For more information and guidelines, visit or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax 312-280-5275; e-mail:

Mary Jo Bolduc
Senior Administrative Assistant to Don Chatham
AED Publishing Department
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone (312) 280-5416
Fax (312) 280-5275

Multilingual Dictionaries for Art Librarians

This informal bibliography of multilingual or polyglot dictionaries was recently posted on ARLIS-L by Kim Collins at Emory:

  1. Jones, Lois Swan. Art Information: Research Methods and Resources. 3rd ed. Publication Information: Dubuque, Iowa : Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co., c1990. See Appendix B and D.–Pages 299-328 consist of dictionaries of art terms in French, German, Italian, etc.

  3. Multilingual glossary for art librarians : English with indexes in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish. München ; New Providence : K.G. Saur, 1996

  5. Ian Sheridan’s An Art Librarian’s Glossary, published in 1984 by the IFLA Section of Art Libraries. It’s a dictionary type book of art terms in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German

  7. Haggar, Reginald George. A dictionary of art terms: painting, sculpture, architecture, engraving and etching, lithography and other art processes, heraldry. [1962] reprinted 1984 According to Marmor and Ross¹ Guide to the Lit. of Art History 2: Glossary contains separate lists of French, German, and Italian terms, With English equivalents, useful for students preparing for graduate art history language exams.

  9. Elsevier’s dictionary of architecture in five languages : English, French, Spanish, German, and Dutch / compiled by J.-P. Vandenberghe. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier Science Publishers, 1988.

  11. Das Grosse Fachworterbuch fur Kunst und Antiquitaten / herausgegeben und zusammengestellt von Christian Mu?ller, unter Mitarbeit von Roger Franz … [et al.]. Other Title: Art and antiquities dictionary. Publisher: Munchen : Weltkunst Verlag, c1982- ISBN: 3921669006

  13. Dictionnaire polyglotte des termes d’art et d’archeìologie. Edition: [1. eìd.] /Reìau, Louis, 1881-1961 Publisher: Paris, Presses universitaires de France, 1953 and “Dictionnaire polyglotte des termes d’art et archéologie” , repr. 1977, orig. ed. 1953 If you look at the Metropolitan Museum’s Watsonline (their OPAC), you will find the full citation for both editions.

  15. Elsevier’s Dictionary of art history terms: in French-English and English-French / compiled by Jean-Pierre Michaux = Elsevier’s dictionnaire des termes d’histoire de l’art : français-anglais et anglais-français / par Jean-Pierre Michaux. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, c2005.

  17. That sounds a lot like a pamphlet I used to use that was an aide for art catalogers. If you put dictionaries–polyglot‹art into WorldCat, you¹ll put up similar stuff.

  19. online version of the IFLA dictionary:

  21. English-German dictionary, art history-archaeology = English-deutsches Wörterbuch für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie / von Mary L. Apelt. Published/Created: Berlin : E. Schmidt, c1987. Since the student is actually studying for a German exam, I’d recommend: M. Apelt, English-German dictionary: art history-archaeology (1982 and 1987). Out of print, but many libraries have it.

  23. Dictionary of Translated Names and Titles, by Adrian Roon. French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian from “Aachen” to “Utopia.”