Three Leading Art Museums Join Forces

The Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art are bringing their respective online catalogs together in an integrated library system, broadening access to the renowned research collections of all three libraries and paving the way for future collaborative initiatives in collections development and information delivery services.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided a grant of $669,000 to support this exciting initiative. Researchers, collectors, journalists, independent scholars, students, and others will soon be able to search for materials from all three libraries in many formats, covering the entire span of art history, from ancient to contemporary.

"It's clear that collaborative approaches to projects are the key to the continued viability of art research libraries," says Milan R. Hughston, MoMA's Chief of Library and Museum Archives and METRO Board Member. "This integrated library system is just the first step. We are enthusiastically examining other ways to provide better access to our collections through innovative and creative use of technology."

Sam Streed
Author: Sam Streed
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