Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, Sept 2014, no. 7

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Detail from "Month of September", c. 1525-26 (oil on panel) by Hans Wertinger (Source: Bridgeman Education)

1. Library Hours - Fall Term

A hearty welcome to the incoming 2014/2015 students and welcome back to the thesis and third semester students.

This fall term the Sotheby's Institute of Art New York library is now open longer than ever with later hours on Fridays and extended Sunday hours.

Fall Term Hours (Sept 8 - Dec 18)

  • Monday - Friday: 8am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 12pm - 6pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 8pm

Fall Term Closed Dates

  • Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 26 - Sunday, November 30

Up to date library hours are always available on the Hours page of the library website.

2. NYU Bobst Library Access

New Students

New students can now go to NYU's Bobst library to pick up their reader privileges sticker and start using Bobst library. An announcement was also sent out to all NY campus students Thursday, Sept 18.

You must bring your SIA photo student ID card with you to Bobst. On your first visit, go to the Library Privileges window - 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.

Take an online tour of Bobst Library!

Thesis Students

Your NYU stickers are valid until October 31st.

Third Semester Students

Third semester students with NYU Bobst stickers from 2013/2014 will continue to have Bobst access until October 31.

If you wish to have access to Bobst after October 31, 2014 please contact Erin Elliott at

Third semester students from London and Claremont should also contact Erin Elliott at the email address above.

3. Getting Comfortable in the Reading Room

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Beverages? - Yes, you can bring coffee, tea, water, etc in the reading room - BUT - it MUST be in a completely sealed container.

Take-away- and coffee machine-style cups with plastic snap on lids are not permitted in the library as they can leak and spill. If you turn it upside down or knock it off a table does any liquid come out? If your spill test results are completely dry then your beverage container is welcome in the library. The SIA-NY Librarians use Contigo brand auto-seal travel mugs.

*NOTE: please conduct spill tests outside the library!

Food? - please eat all food outside the library. The entire library collection is in a very (very) small space. Crumbs and food refuse and wrappers in the rubbish bins can easily attract bugs and liquids, including water, can lead to mold. Both are very dangerous to our collection.

Temperature - Let us know if it is too hot or too cold, we may be able to help.

Noise - The reading room is for QUIET study. Conversations and mobile phone calls must be taken outside the library (not just outside the reading room), music through earphones should not be audible to fellow studiers.

Please help us keep the library collection safe and the reading room clean and conducive to study.

4. Finishing Up Your Thesis? ProQuest Thesis Submission Information

A streamlined online guide has been created with information and guidance on the ProQuest portion of the thesis submission process.

Theses submitted to ProQuest will appear in the ProQuest's Dissertations & Theses database and will be available in full-text format for all Sotheby's Institute of Art students and faculty as well as scholars worldwide with access to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database, the most comprehensive collection of theses and dissertations in the world.

Search the Dissertations & Theses @Sotheby's Institute sub-set of the database for Sotheby's Institute of Art New York theses submitted from 2011 onward.

5. New database subscriptions

Credo Reference

Credo is an easy-to-use general reference tool for research projects. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

Credo Reference is included in Quick Search (Summon) searches.

Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fashion Library is the only resource to provide integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Invaluable for scholars, students, professionals, and anyone interested in dress, it includes the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive E-Book collection, a vast image bank, extra reference resources and more.

Bénézit Dictionary of Artists - TRIAL subscription to Oct 12, 2014

With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.

6. Summon 2.0

In August the Sotheby's Institute of Art Libraries Quick Search feature was upgraded to the latest version of Summon (2.0)

In addition to a new visual interface, some new features include:

  • the Save Items folder is now at the top of the screen and much easier to find
  • continuous scrolling on the results pages
  • images and newspaper article results are each grouped together
  • a Topic Explorer has been added in the right-hand column - it provides quick, general reference information on your search topic from Credo Reference or, for more current topics, Wikipedia
  • to find items held in the SIANY library collecction, expand the Library Location facet on the left and select New York
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7. Scan Station Upgrade

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Over the summer the library scan station was upgraded as well.

It now has a new, even more user-friendly interface with improved scanning and file transfer speed.

As always, the free scan station can be used to scan to various formats (jpg, tiff, pdf, etc.) and sent to email, USB drive, Google Docs and now Dropbox.

8. New Faculty Publications

9. NY Art Book Fair

NY Art Book Fair

Friday, Sep. 26th 2014 at 12pm to Sunday, Sep. 28th 2014 at 7pm

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Located at MoMA PS1

What is it? Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. This year, the fair feature over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries.

- from the NY Art Book Fair website


10. New DVD - Finding Vivian Maier

In need of a break from the studies? Check out the library's DVD collection.

We have over 250 art-focused DVDs.

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

Finding Vivian Maier is one of the latest additions to the collection.

An interesting discussion on copyright and the Vivian Maier collection passed along by Professor Judith Prowda.

Finding Vivian Maier - Official Movie Trailer

Just for fun ...

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Migratory Words, 2014 by Su Blackwell

Check out Su Blackwell's wonderful portfolio of book-sculptures

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