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STL Special Library Spotlight: Laumeier Sculpture Park Research Library July 31, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.
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The Laumeier Sculpture Park is well known to St. Louis community however the park’s library remains a small hidden treasure for those who know of its existence. I have found that although the library is quite small, they actually play a very important role in the administrative process of the park. When choosing new artists to exhibit, solo librarian Joy Wright will collect background on the potential candidates, and will then collect more print and source materials on the artists chosen. Joy is an MLS graduate and also has background in Art History. She has had one Practicum student in recent years to help set up the electronic catalogue. The collection is not in World Cat and cannot be viewed online (yet). They will make the recently completed electronic catalogue available as soon as budget allows. The software used for the electronic catalogue is called Past Perfect Museum Software. The software handles the art collection catalogue, the (MARC capable) library catalogue, and the archives catalogue. It is a complete museum management system. Creating the electronic catalogue was a learning experience working through the archival process from retention schedules, to evaluation, to preservation of documents and media, and storage and finding aids for access of the records. The hard work of Joy and her volunteers will pay off as soon as the collection is posted to view online.