Book acquisitions – latest to arrive at the Chantry Library

If you would like to find out more about any of the titles below, please contact:

Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies: Terminology for Art, Architecture, and Other Cultural Works by Patricia Harpring, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2010, 245pp. ISBN: 978-1-60606- 018-6
This is a practical tool and comprehensive introduction to the use of controlled vocabularies. This authoritative and detailed volume presents readers with a ‘how-to’ guide to building controlled vocabulary tools, cataloguing and indexing cultural materials with terms and names from controlled vocabularies, and how to use vocabularies in search engines and databases to enhance discovery and retrieval online. This book provides organizations and individuals with a practical tool for creating and implementing vocabularies as reference tools, sources of documentation, and powerful enhancements for online searching.  Read online:

The Getty Research Institute: Electronic Publications
Categories for the Description of Works of Art edited by Murtha Baca and Patricia Harpring (2009)
Introduction to Metadata Version 3.0 by Tony Gill, Anne J. Gilliland, Maureen Whalen, and Mary S. Woodley, edited by Murtha Baca (2008)
– Introduction to Imaging, Howard Besser with revisions by Sally Hubbard and Deborah Lenert (2003)
– Introduction to Art Image Access: Issues, Tools, Standards, and Strategies, edited by Murtha Baca (2002)
A Guide to the Description of Architectural Drawings, Vicki Porter and Robin Thornes updated by Patricia Harpring, (2000)

Master Drawings Close-Up by Julian Brooks, The British Museum Press, London, 2010. (Originally published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles). ISBN: 978-0-7141-2673-9
Master drawings provide the sense of being close to the artist, of seeing inspiration and creativity firsthand. They allow a glimpse behind the scenes, beyond the final product the artist wanted to show, enabling understanding of the human struggle involved, false starts and failed ideas included. This absorbing new book allows the centuries of time between us and the masters to drop away, putting the reader right beside these tremendous artists as they work. Through this book, readers gain insight into why artists made drawings, how they used the media available to them – including red chalk, watercolour, pen and ink, and pastel – and their techniques, such as hatching, stumping, squaring, and heightening.

Lighting Methods for Photographing Museum Objects by Carl Bigras, Mylène Choquette and Jeremy Powell, Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, 2010, 61pp. ISBN: 978-0-660-19995-5
This practical spiral-bound guide demonstrates how lighting can shape and highlight the features of an object in a photograph. It includes 15 lighting techniques, all of which are clearly explained and illustrated with colour photos. Whether you are a professional photographer, curator, heritage professional, or student, this book will assist you in the creation of effective photographic documentation.

Digital Imaging for Photographic Collections: Foundations for Technical Standards (Second edition) by Franziska S. Frey and James M. Reilly, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2006, 45pp.
This book identifies the key issues affecting image quality, clarifies the choices that must be made before taking on a digitizing project, and explores ways to measure digital image quality.

NFPA 40: Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film 2011 Edition
ISBN: 978-1-616-65053-7
The 2011 NFPA 40 details  up-to-date provisions for the storage and handling of cellulose nitrate motion picture film for such occupancies as film cabinets, vaults, archival vaults, projection booths, laboratories, and film exchanges. All the issues insurance professionals, fire protection design engineers, film vault owners/operators, and enforcing officials need to know about are addressed, including:

– Construction requirements and arrangements of buildings
– Fire protection
– Storage of nitrate film
– Handling of nitrate film
– Motion picture projection and special processes
– Special occupancies


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