The Art Museum Image Consortium
(AMICO) and Nylink have entered into a cooperative purchasing agreement
to make The AMICO LibraryTM available to Nylink's membership at competitive
rates. The AMICO Library will be available for subscription via two
distributor options, H.W. Wilson (http://www.hwwilson.com)
or VTLS (http://www.vtls.com). A preview trial period of The AMICO Library
will be in effect Nov. 15th through Dec. 31st, 2001; subscriptions will
begin Jan. 1st, 2002. Full Nylink members and cooperative purchasing
participants should visit http://www.nylink.suny.edu/coop/coop.htm
to learn more and sign up for the free trial. Nylink is a diverse membership
organization of over 350 institutions in New York state and the surrounding
region. The institutional diversity that will now come into contact
with The AMICO Library furthers AMICO's goal of wide delivery matched
to varied user needs.
Jennifer Trant, AMICO's Executive Director, declared,
"This is a landmark agreement for AMICO. Not only do we now have
exposure to a wide-ranging mix of potential AMICO Library subscribers,
we get to introduce two of our new distributors and secure a relationship
with Nylink. Organizations like Nylink provide excellent opportunities
for AMICO to broaden our reach beyond the higher educational level in
which we have already made in-roads and gain recognition as a resource
with applicability for K-12 schools and public libraries, as well."
Mary-Alice Lynch, Executive Director of Nylink, adds, "Providing
access to The AMICO Library via our cooperative purchasing agreement
is a welcome addition to the current offerings that Nylink makes available.
We feel that making strong, well-documented visual materials available
to our members is important for curricular multiplicity and users' education
in visual literacy."
Nylink, established in 1973 as The SUNY/OCLC Network, is a not-for-profit
membership organization providing services to libraries throughout New
York State and beyond. As one of 16 regional OCLC (Online Computer Library
Center)-affiliated networks, Nylink provides user support and training
for OCLC products and services to its member libraries. Additionally,
Nylink provides training, support and consulting services for libraries
on a broad range of technology-related issues, and facilitates group
purchasing opportunities to help libraries obtain cost-effective alternatives
to electronic information. All libraries and library-related organizations
in the state of New York are eligible for Nylink membership.
Approximately 350 institutions, representing more than
700 academic, special, government, law, medical, public, school and
non-profit libraries, and library systems, are Nylink members. Nylink
members are encouraged to advise both the Network and OCLC, and to have
a voice in Network planning and decision making. Full members of Nylink
have the opportunity to become involved with its governance, and to
participate in Nylink Advisory Groups and Nylink Council. Nylink is
administered through the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs of the State University of New York.
The 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.
AMICO Members make annual contributions of multimedia
documentation of works in their museums' collections. This is regularly
compiled and made available as The AMICO Library to universities, colleges,
schools, and public libraries. The 2001-2002 edition of The AMICO Library
documents approximately 78,000 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. "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," states Ms. Trant.
The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks
to institutional subscribers including universities, colleges, libraries,
schools, and museums, and now serves over 1.5 million users on four
continents, 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), the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), H.W. Wilson,
SCRAN, and VTLS. Potential subscribers may preview a Thumbnail Catalog
of the AMICO Library and get further information at http://www.amico.org.