Thomas J. Watson Library, the Museum's central library, is the heart of research and scholarly activity at the Museum. Its collection, together with the distinctive collections of the Museum's departmental libraries, comprises one of the preeminent libraries for research in the history of art.
Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
On Sunday, February 7, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will face off in Super Bowl 50, the yearly National Football League championship game that has grown to become a near-national holiday. The Super Bowl is more than just a celebration of athletic achievement—it's also the most watched television broadcast of the year. Many viewers watch for the advertising, and its halftime show is perhaps the most prominent performance slot in our mass-media universe.
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Over 1,300 volunteers work in various departments throughout the Museum, including the nearly 400 who conduct tours for the Met's many visitors. These tour guides rely heavily on the Met's libraries for their research. One of these extraordinary guides, Natalie DeVoe, has been a Museum volunteer since 2002. I recently sat down with Natalie to discuss her time here at the Met, and especially how she uses the libraries to conduct research for her tours.
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
In the first part of this blog series, I discussed some common but destructive historical home book repairs. In this post I'll look at some equally common (and destructive) historical library repairs.
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Fans of Watson Library will remember that we participated in our very first MetFridays this past fall, with the event MetFridays—Celebrate Latin America. We loved it so much we volunteered to jump right back in, and on December 18 we hosted a Collection Chat as part of MetFridays—Revel in the Season.
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Like the women in the fashion plate above, it's time to say goodbye (in our case, to 2015). But before we move on entirely, let us first look back on some of the highlights from the past year. Watson's online presence has continued to grow, and the "best of" lists below bring out some of our many successes of the year past.
Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Watson Library has over ten thousand serial titles in its collection. Among these, hundreds are rare publications on topics ranging from Japanese folk art to American ballet. A selection of these rare issues, recently purchased with funds from the Friends of Thomas J. Watson Library, is currently on display in the library.
Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Winter is officially here, and as it gets colder and snow and slush begin to blanket the streets, it becomes difficult to enjoy the beauty of the season. But despair not! You can stay warm and cozy in Watson Library without missing a moment of winter's splendor. Grab some of the wintry items below and head on over.
Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
There are so many wonderful things that can be said of books. They provide us with a perpetual key to knowledge and entertainment, and are emblematic of our development as humans. People love to read, live with, and make books of all kinds. And, despite recent advances in reading technologies, nothing replaces the synergistic thrill of physically interacting with a beautiful or favorite book.
Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Most Friday evenings Watson and Nolen Libraries bid farewell to visitors and staff, turn out the lights, and lock the doors. But sometimes there are good reasons to stay late, as there were on October 16, 2015, when there were over four thousand (teenaged) reasons to keep our doors open.
Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
It's hard to believe that it has been twenty-six years since the first observance of Day Without Art, which coincides with World AIDS Day on December 1. I still vividly remember the strange and intense combination of passion, fear, and loss we felt. In the intervening years AIDS has become a manageable disease for those with access to health care. Still, I cannot help but remember the losses we suffered and all of the careers cut short: Keith Haring, Félix González-Torres, and David Wojnarowicz, among many visual artists. Of course, there have always been artists who died young: Egon Schiele died at the age of twenty-eight in the flu pandemic following World War I; and Jean-Michel Basquiat died at twenty-seven of a drug overdose.