The Fine Arts Librarian oversees resources for Penn's extensive programs in art, architecture, and the built environment taught at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School, and the College of General Studies. While particularly strong in Western subjects, the collection includes holdings on the arts of Islam, South Asia, and the Far East.
The Fine Arts Library is given especially heavy use by the Graduate School of Fine Arts. It is also relied on intensively by the Department of the History of Art which teaches survey courses for the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies, some with hundreds of students, and offers an undergraduate major and graduate degrees through the Ph.D. The Library encompasses the Perkins Library, a special collection of some 2,000 rare books on architecture. Electronic resources, some among the most advanced in the world, include the Avery Index to Architectural periodicals, the Conservation Information Network, and the DIA-LOG.
The Fine Arts Librarian leads a first-rate staff in developing and managing these resources and in optimizing their use in teaching and research. The Librarian also works closely with distinguished faculty in planning the collections and services of the future. In addition, the Fine Arts Librarian plans and helps to design a program to utilize the resources of electronic technology in the acquisition, storage and delivery of both text and images for the research and teaching programs of the Graduate School of Fine Arts and the Department of the History of Art. A gift of $1,000,000 will endow a chair for this important library resource.