Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives

A National Forum

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a collaborative grant to the New York Art Resources Consortium and the Internet Archive’s Archive-It staff to host a national forum event, along with associated workshops and stakeholder meetings, to catalyze collaboration among art libraries in the stewardship of historically valuable art-related materials published on the web. This National Leadership Grant in the Curating Collections program category to conduct a National Forum and affiliated meetings builds on NYARC’s and Archive-It’s work together expanding web archiving amongst art and museum libraries and archives.


Logos of Art Libraries Forum partners


By mobilizing a broad effort through an invitational forum, the project aims to achieve national scale through network building and shared infrastructure planning that the project team will foster through a program of discussion, training, and strategic roadmapping. The project will include the contribution of a diverse group of members of the art library community, lead to published outputs on strategic directions and community-specific training materials, and launch a multi-institutional effort to scale the extent of web-published, born-digital materials preserved and accessible for art scholarship and research.

Read the Internet Archive blog post: Internet Archive and New York Art Resources Consortium Receive Grant for a National Forum to Advance Web Archiving in Art and Museum Libraries.

More information on the grant from IMLS: Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives: A National Forum.


National Forum

The Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives National Forum, including a full-day symposium and half-day of community workshops will be held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on February 11-12, 2019. The tentative agenda includes:

Day 1: Symposium

9 AM – Welcome, opening remarks, and introductions
9:30 AM – Keynote
10:00 AM – Guest presenters
10:40 AM – Break
11:00 AM – Panel discussion
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Discussion groups
3:00 PM – Break
3:30 PM – Discussion group report-out and roadmapping
4:30 PM – Wrap-up
5 PM – Attendee Reception

Watch this space for more details as the dates approach. Topics for talks, panels, and discussion groups will be driven by the needs and interests of the community as surfaced by the survey results below, such as:

Program technology, human, and financial resource allocation
Collaborative collecting, storage, and preservation models
Web archiving in born-digital collecting policies and plans

Day 2: Workshops

10 AM – Workshops in two tracks: Collecting programs & Technology
12 PM – Lunch
1 PM – Workshops in two tracks: Collecting programs & Technology
3 PM – Closing remarks

Interested attendees will reconvene on Day 2 for in-depth workshops on web archiving program and technology factors, decisions, and practices led by the project team from the Internet Archive and NYARC. The program will cover decision points and processes for defining the scope, collection development policies, and staffing a web archiving program. Attendees will work together in small groups to create sample collection and preservation plans for their home institutions and/or collaborations among them. They will be introduced to different technologies employed in web archiving and receive an initial hands-on training in using the tools most important to their groups’ needs.

Forum invitations will be circulated among key stakeholders in November 2018. Watch this space for more information about and an application for general attendance in December 2018.


Community Research

The project team conducted a literature review and survey of the art and museum library community yo prepare and program the above National Forum events. These public reports summarize the state of art and museum library experiences with and aspirations for web archives:

> Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives: A Literature Review

> Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives: A Community Survey


For more background introduction, you can watch this short informational webinar, recorded in August 2018, to learn more about the project, its timeline, and hear answers to questions:



Thanks to all who have shared their input and ideas via the above events and community survey. Questions in the meantime may be directed to the project team at: artforum [at] archive [dot] org.