A. Anticipated future trends
Current trends include expansion of the curriculum beyond the survey level in the area of Asian art. Latin American art is another potential area for expansion. The program in Museum Studies is developing as well and will have an impact on both the Main and Art Library collections. Recent trends in art education make it imperative that the collections in Art and Main are maintained, and the students and faculty in Interior Design will continue to depend heavily on the Art Library for much of their research support. Integrative Arts and Humanities (IAH) has a growing impact on the Art Library, and a strong general undergraduate collection must be provided for the program. The future Residential College, with a planned emphasis on an arts and humanities curriculum, will likely depend on the art collection for a variety of research needs.
The trend for other disciplines-from entomology to political philosophy-to use pictorial material in their curriculum and research appears to be on the increase, and the Art Library has provided that support thus far. Other trends include changes in the formats necessary for the study of the history of art. Non-print (and alternative) formats such as video are extremely valuable for studies such as African art where context is important. Video art, a relatively new medium, is a potential area for collecting. Many books or exhibition catalogs are now accompanied by a video supplement. Reference tools in CD-ROM format are proliferating (Louvre and National Gallery catalogs, for example). Artists' books are increasingly important in graphic design programs (see Appendix). It is critical that non-print formats be collected but location, fund and cataloging aspects need to be determined.
B. Relationships with other resources
Other CIC libraries have strong holdings in the history of the visual arts, and there is an organized group of CIC art librarians which meets at the annual Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) conference and which facilitates cooperation.CRL has some important holdings for the history of art, and the library at the Art Institute of Chicago should be considered a major nearby research resource as well, although interlibrary loan is not an option (their collections are non-circulating.)
C. Relationships to resources treated in other policy statements: