The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is delighted
to announce that the University of Toronto has been selected as its
new institutional host. Beginning in the fall of 2002 the AMICO Research
and Editorial Offices will move to Robarts Library at the University
of Toronto. The University of Toronto was selected following an open
Request for Proposals, issued in the spring of 2002.
Were delighted to be moving to the University
of Toronto, says Jennifer Trant, AMICOs Executive Director.
The diversity of academic computing activities and the breadth
of interest in AMICO from across university departments bodes well for
Carole Moore, University Librarian, concurred. Our
proposal to AMICO demonstrated the diversity of activity at U of T.
Were pleased to have AMICO join the many other digital library
initiatives within the University of Toronto Library and across our
campuses. Were excited not only to host AMICO but to see AMICO
as a partner in our many on-going activities.
The University of Toronto Library is in an ideal position
to facilitate collaboration across departments, as its mandate is wider
than most, including support and coordination of academic computing
for instruction and provision of access to digital resources for research
and teaching. In the words of U of Ts outgoing Provost, Adel Sedra,
the Library provides, one stop shopping for information and information
technology. Through its digital and print library resources, its
Information Commons access services, and its Resource Center for Academic
Technology support for teaching, the Library works with all faculties
to integrate resources for user convenience.
The University of Toronto, which is among the largest
in North America, has a strong entrepreneurial faculty culture and common
interests in exploring utilization of new media and technology. Were
looking forward to exploring ties with the Museum Studies Program, the
Faculty of Information Studies, the Knowledge Media Design Institute
and others across the Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of
Education, says David Bearman, AMICOs Director of Strategy
and Research. The time is ripe to integrate networked cultural
heritage with research, teaching and learning across the disciplines.
Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO)
Robarts Library 7th Floor
University of Toronto
130 St George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 1A5