The H.W. Wilson Company, publisher of such art reference
databases as Art Full Text, Art Index, and Art Index Retrospective,
and the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) have agreed to a distribution
relationship making The AMICO LibraryTM available via WilsonWeb beginning
in Fall 2001.
The AMICO Library, an online resource of art images
and related multimedia gathered from AMICO member museums, provides
educational institutions with images and other related information to
support learning in art history, the humanities, studio art and design,
and other subjects. ěThe AMICO Library fits naturally into Wilsonís
existing assortment of art and biography reference materials, and its
visual quality, impressive array of content, and member sources provide
a resource that should appeal to a great deal of our existing users,î
stated Deborah Loeding, H.W. Wilson Vice President, Sales & Marketing.
Documentation and images of a range of art, such
as paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, illustrations, arms and
armor, costumes and jewelry, decorative arts, textiles, and other works,
comprise the contents of this online resource. Works in The AMICO Library
span the length of artistic creation, from 3000 B.C. to the late 20th
century, and represent a broad cross-section of cultures from Asia,
Europe, the Americas, and Africa.
Each work in The AMICO Library features at least one
high-resolution digital image, and a full description. More than simply
an image database, The AMICO Library may also include curatorial text,
provenance information, details or multiple views of the work, and other
related multimedia, like sound and video. All works in The AMICO Library
are rights-cleared for educational use. An agreement with Artists Rights
facilitates the inclusion of works created by ARS-represented artists
major figures from the 20th century like Picasso, Pollock, Kandinsky,
and Rothko. This makes the modern and contemporary content in The AMICO
Library an unparalleled resource.
ěOur goal is to integrate art and cultural resources
into as many on-line environments as possible. The relationship between
AMICO and H.W. Wilson enables us to connect to an entirely new user
community. Broadening our reach and scope drives AMICO Membersí enthusiasm
and participation,î comments Jennifer Trant, Executive Director of AMICO.
Ms. Trant adds, ěWilsonís plans to integrate The AMICO Library with
other Wilson resources will help us meet our mission of enabling educational
use of museum multimedia, across the curriculum.î
The initial delivery of The AMICO Library will be as
an additional database in Wilsonís WilsonWeb offerings. Greater integration
of The AMICO Library with other Wilson research databases through hyperlinks
to related content or appropriate bibliographic citations is currently
in development and Wilson anticipates an enhanced release in 2002.
The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is an independent non-profit
corporation with 501 (c) 3 designation from the IRS. Founded in 1997
with 23 Members, the Consortium today is made up of over 30 major museums
in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Itís an innovative
collaboration not seen before in museums that shares, shapes, and standardizes
digital information regarding museum collections and enables its educational
use. Membership is open to any institution with a collection of art.
AMICO Members make annual contributions of multimedia
documentation of works in their museumsí collections. This data is compiled
by AMICO and made available as The AMICO Library to universities, colleges,
schools, and public libraries via distributors. Potential subscribers
may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of The AMICO Library and get further
information at http://www.amico.org.
An icon in the library community, the H.W. Wilson Company has been a
leading provider of information resources for more than 100 years. The
Company serves academic, public, school, and special libraries worldwide,
with more than 50 specialty databases and a wide range of reference
monographs. Full-text periodical resources, biographical databases,
abstracts, and indexes are offered on the web via WilsonWeb, on CD-ROM
and in print. Popular titles include the Readers' Guide family of references,
Biography Reference Bank, Library Literature & Information Science Full
Text, The Wilson Standard Library Catalogs, and others. A complete catalog
of Wilson services is available on request and further information is
featured at http://www.hwwilson.com.