Don't fence me in! Reconsidering the role of the librarian in a global age of art and design research

Gendron, Heather
April 2009
Art Libraries Journal;Apr2009, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p26
Academic Journal
When we define society today as a 'global society' we are saying that we or at least we strive to be, an interconnected society, even more than if we were to say society is 'worldwide'. In a global society, borders are crossed, and the phrase implies interaction, participation and inclusiveness. Artists and designers, as both a product of a global society and in response to the resulting all-inclusiveness, or 'globality', of their respective fields, are prompted to cross two kinds of border: physical and methodological. This paper focuses on the crossing of methodological boundaries and, in addition, recognizes the highly individualized nature of art and design research. This serves as a launch pad to explore the question of how librarians can shape their practice in order to respond better to the needs of contemporary artists and designers


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