Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is pleased to announce that its
application to become an affiliate society of the College Art Association
(CAA) has been approved by CAA's Executive Committee of the Board
of Directors. The affiliate program is CAA's way to recognize the
importance of collaboration, mutual enrichment, and enhanced communication
among organizations. Prior to the addition of this year's inductees
there were thirty-seven affiliate societies, ranging from the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works to the National
Art Education Association. There is a governing body of the affiliates,
known as the Council of Affiliates, that serves the needs of the affiliates
and promotes dialogue with CAA's staff and Board of Directors. Executive
Director Jennifer Trant observes, "the inclusion of AMICO in this
prestigious group of affiliated organizations relating to CAA will
be a great opportunity to build awareness of our mission among the
art history education community and create new ties with art groups
and associations with parallel aims to our own."
of being a CAA Affiliate Society include being listed annually in
the July issue of the CAA Newsletter and obtaining facilities for
one business meeting and one special session lasting up to 1.5 hours
each during those time slots not reserved for CAA program sessions
at the CAA Annual Conference. Affiliate societies may also propose
one 2.5 hour program session, that addresses a specific issue of concern
to the affiliated society, each year for the Conference. These sessions
will be given special consideration by the Annual Conference Committee.
Also, affiliated society representatives may be invited to CAA Board
Meetings to act as a resource person for issues that arise in which
the society's expertise is required.
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 and Canada. It's 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.
Members make annual contributions of multimedia documentation of works
in their museums' collections. This is regularly compiled and made
available as The AMICO LibraryTM to universities, colleges, schools,
and public libraries. The 2000-2001 edition of the AMICO Library documents
approximately 65,000 different works of art, from prehistoric goddess
figures to contemporary installations. More than simply an image database,
works in the AMICO Library are fully documented and may also include
curatorial text about the artwork, detailed provenance information,
multiple views of the work itself, and other related multimedia. As
Jennifer Trant, AMICO Executive Director, notes, "subscribers find
the AMICO Library valuable because it combines the immediacy and accessibility
of the Web with the persistence and academic weight of traditional
library reference sources."
The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to institutional
subscribers including universities, colleges, libraries, schools,
and museums, and is now licensed to over 2 million users, including
faculty, students, teachers, staff, and researchers. Educational institutions
may subscribe to the AMICO Library by contacting one of its distributors.
These include the Research Libraries Group (RLG) and the Ohio Library
and Information Network (OhioLINK). A subscription to the AMICO Library
provides a license to use works for a broad range of educational purposes.
Potential subscribers may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of the AMICO
Library and get further information at http://www.amico.org.