Collection Development Statement Art


. Purpose of Collection

  • To support the art and art education curricula;

  • To provide art majors with the material to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to further their careers in the visual arts;

  • To support faculty research to the extent possible with the existing budget;

  • To provide the ESU community with reading material apropos of their professional and recreational interests.

. User Population (Curricular and Program Needs)

  • Art majors requiring resource material for written papers and oral presentations;

  • Elementary education majors requiring resource materials for coursework and for student teaching activities;

  • Non-art majors requiring resource material for general education courses;

  • Faculty requiring art literature for course preparation, exhibition, and  research and publishing;

  • Other students and faculty in the ESU community who wish to enhance their appreciation and knowledge of the visual arts.

History of Collection (Collection Characteristics)

The ESU Art Department and Gallery have been strong, viable presences on campus since 1922, when an art major program was created; 1931, when a B.A. degree was instituted; and 1934, when an art gallery was created.  Since I have been selecting art materials (1972), I have observed that the art books collection consistently  has been one of the highest circulating in the library; both art faculty and students are frequent users.

Existing Strengths and Weaknesses

I have always concentrated on selecting 1) general histories of the visual arts; 2) representative pictorial anthologies of works of various eras; 3) pictorial anthologies of major artists= works in all mediums, concentrating recently on contemporary artists; 4) biographies and criticisms of those artists; 5) catalogues of major art galleries of the world and of major artists= exhibitions; 6) Ahow-to@ books in the various aspects of drawing, painting, sculpting, fiber arts, ceramics, printmaking, and photography; and 7) as many recently-published books as possible on public school art education.  The book collection seems to be adequate to support the curriculum; the art faculty and NASAD (accrediting agency) have expressed no concerns.  Of course, additional book purchasing funds would allow a larger and broader range of titles and subjects for curricular and research use.

Collecting Priorities (include retention strategies)

Books that support the teaching curriculum and reflect student and faculty interests are selected.  Requests from faculty members are given first priority.  New and recent books on art education should be sought out and ordered, although there does not seem to be much new material published in this area.  Only basic works in art history and philosophy of art are selected. If newly published works of authors and performers fall within the criteria of Rich Biography Fund expenditures, this fund can be used to enhance art purchases.  (See statements in the above section as well.)  Since art therapy is not part of the art department program, art funds are not used to select books for that program.

Except for a couple of directories in the reference collection, there are no standing orders.

Books on art  history, biogaphy, and criticism should be retained in the collection, with only superseded editions being weeded.  Out-of-date "how-to" books on the various aspects of art mediums should be weeded.  Only recent books on art education should be retained, except for a few titles of earlier prominent educators and authors.  Lost and missing collections of artists' works should be replaced.

Selection Process and Tools

. Particular vendors

(There really aren't any special vendors for art books; most titles can be obtained through the normal vendor channels.)

. Specific Selection Guides

Web sites or catalogs of:

NAEA The National Art Education Association

Harry N. Abrams, Inc.



Rizzoli (evidently no web site; library receives catalogs regularly)

American Ceramic Society

Hudson Hills

Citations or reviews of major monographs will eventually appear in standard selection periodicals, such as Choice, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.

. Publishers to be Aware of in this Subject

(See items in the two sections above.)

I  receive requests and communication from several  faculty in the Art Department, and they have been a great help in selecting.