Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, Nov 2014, no. 9

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Bradley, Helen (1900 - 1979), "Armistice Day, November 11th 1918." Oil on canvas board. (Source: Bridgeman Education)

1. Holiday Hours

Don't forget there will be no classes the week of November 24-28

The library's holiday schedule will be:

Nov. 24: 8:30am - 9pm

Nov. 25: 8:30am - 9pm

Nov. 26: 8:30am - 5pm
Nov. 27: CLOSED
Nov. 28: CLOSED

Nov. 29: CLOSED

Nov. 30: 12pm - 6pm

Remember to pick up any library books or DVDs you may want to use over the break by 5pm on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Enjoy your break!

2. Have you picked up your NYU Bobst Library sticker yet?

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New 2014/2015 students can now go to NYU's Bobst library to pick up a reader privileges sticker and start using Bobst library.

You must bring your SIA photo student ID card with you to Bobst. On your first visit, go to the Library Privileges window (check hours on the Bobst Fall schedule, link below) - to the left as you enter the library, before the security gates. They will check your name off the SIA-NY student list and affix a Bobst sticker to your SIA student ID card. Always bring your SIA student ID card with you to Bobst, no sticker = no access.

For more information on Bobst reader privileges for SIA-NY students check the Bobst Library page on our library website.

Bobst Library is a great resource because ...

Get your bearings before you go - take an online tour of Bobst Library!

3. Two Streaming Video Trials

Alexander Street Press - Art & Architecture in Video Collection TRIAL (active through Dec 6, 2014)
A streaming video collection focused on the theory and practice of art in all its forms. The collection spans period and region, including coverage of the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modern, and Contemporary art movements. In addition to art history and theory, the collection addresses applied topics such as architectural and graphic design.

Check out - The Michael Blackwood collection of documentaries on the arts.

Kanopy TRIAL (Active through Dec 7, 2014) - coming soon!

A strong and unique collection of streaming video covering a broad range of topics including art, business and humanities. Producers include BBC, PBS, Criterion Collection/Janus Films, Kino Lorber and First Run Features.

Check out - theEYE - a series of profiles on contemporary artists

4. Food Drive

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Your Student Representatives have organized a canned food drive at Sotheby’s Institute of Art for City Harvest.

Food Needed: canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, mac and cheese, hot cereal, cold cereal, oatmeal, dried fruit, powdered milk, 100% fruit juice, tuna, canned soup, canned meat, meat sauce, pasta, rice, applesauce, and baby food

  • No glass, please, with the exception of baby food

Collection Site: Student Café

Online: Make a donation

Also, please donate monetarily! Every $50 helps feed 28 kids for a week, and every $250 helps feed 2 families for 5 months. City Harvest takes any sized donation to help feed New York’s hungry.

5. Catalogue raisonné search

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How to locate a catalogue raisonné:

  1. Search the Catalogue Raisonné Database at
  2. Search for the titles of the catalogue raisonné you found in to see what local libraries own it
  3. Local libraries with good catalogue raisonné collections are: Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Frick Art Reference Library, NYPL and the Brooklyn Museum of Art Library. NYPL has a great collection and we suggest taking a look at their Research Guide: What is a Catalogue Raisonné?
  4. To quickly see if a library holds a catalogue raisonné for a particular artist:

  • do a subject search on the last name of the artist in the library's online catalogue
  • in the search results look for the subdivision "catalogues raisonnes"
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6. Printing

Library Research Printer ~ For Printing Research Results Only

  1. Send your print job to the SIA-Library Copier
  2. When prompted, log in to PaperCut with your SIA credentials ( + SIA Password)
  3. A message will appear indicating your print job is now in the Print Queue. Print queue jobs will be reviewed by library staff to ensure they meet the criteria in the chart below. If they do, they will be released to the printer.
  4. Documents will be printed from the library photocopier
  5. Remember to log off when you have finished printing
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7. Art Basel Miami

What is it?

Leading international galleries show work from masters of Modern and contemporary art as well as pieces by newly emerging artists. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are displayed in the main exhibition hall, while ambitious artworks and performances become part of the landscape at nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

Check out:

8. New DVDs

Yves Saint Laurent: L'amour fou - Official Trailer [HD]
In need of a break from your studies? Check out the library's DVD collection.

We have over 250 art-focused DVDs. These range from art documentaries, artists' films, feature films and comedies.

Students may check out 4 DVDs at a time with a 3 night lending period.

Also, until Dec 6, have a look at our two trial streaming subscriptions - Alexander Street Press and Kanopy - see item number 3 in this newsletter.

Our latest additions to the collection are:

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Lights, Camera, Archives! The Allure of Archives in Popular Television and Film

Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 7-9pm

The James Room at Barnard College, Barnard Hall, 4th Floor, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Boardwalk Empire. The Knick. Mad Men. Downton Abbey. Copper. Hell on Wheels. TURN.

Recent years have seen a surge of historical television dramas that have been both critically acclaimed and hugely popular. These series can be so engaging and absorbing that it is often easy to forget that the historical detail and authenticity so vividly captured onscreen, one of the main elements of these series’ success, is the result of painstaking research by directors, writers, designers, and… archivists!

Scan through the credits of any of these series and you will find that they are all indebted to the historical reference services provided by archives and archivists. Popular media is increasingly recognizing the exceptional value archives bring to the telling of historical narratives, and this in turn is presenting exciting new career opportunities for archivists.

Join us for an entertaining evening exploring the important role archives and archivists are playing in bringing history to life in popular television and film! This event will feature a distinguished panel of archivists and historians who have played key consultant roles behind the scenes of three major historical dramas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 - 7:30 - Reception
7:30 - 9:00 - Program

A.R.T. Members: $10.00
Non-Members: $15.00

More Information and Register Online

Just for fun ...

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About Us

Sotheby's Institute of Art Library
Erin Elliott, Head Librarian
Lauren Puzier, Reference and Cataloguing Librarian
Alex Batkin, Library Assistant

Hilary Ott, Hadley Beacham & Sophia Lee, Student Assistants