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About B. J. Kish Irvine, Ph.D.


Indiana University, Bloomington. A.B. with Distinction, 1966; M.L.S., 1969.
A.B. major: art history.
A.B. minor in studio art (courses in design, drawing, painting, and fiber arts).
Indiana University, Bloomington. School of Library and Information Science, Ph.D., 1982.


Head, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University, September 1969-1986. November 1987- .
Responsible for administration, collection development, personnel supervision, and reference services of the Fine Arts Library and administrative supervision of the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts Slide Library.
Associate Professor, Henry R. Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, 1985- .
Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, 1986- .
Acting Head, Black Culture Center Library, University Libraries. August 1996-January 1997.
Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Libraries, University Libraries. August 1994-June 1996.
Interim Library Facilities Planning Coordinator, University Libraries, August 1988-October 1989.
Acting Personnel Officer, University Libraries, Indiana University, August 1986-October 1987.
Part-time Instructor, School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, 1969-1984.


Distinguished Service Award, Art Libraries Society/North America. 2002.
Gros Louis Special Recognition Award, Office for Women's Affairs, Indiana University. 2001.
In recognition of women's contributions to the research and teaching mission of the University.
Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), School of Fine Arts, Indiana University.
Included award stipend from the College of Arts & Sciences. 2000.
Visiting Scholar, Nanjing Arts Institute, PRC, April-June 1999.
Research Grant, Indiana University Librarians Association, 1999.
International Projects and Activities Grant, President's Council on Int'l. Programs, I.U., 1998.
Sabbatical Leaves, I.U., 1983/84, 1989/90, 1998/99.
William Evans Jenkins Award, Indiana University Libraries, 1992.
Overseas Conference Fund Travel Award, Office of International Programs, I.U., 1992.
Member, Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, 1977- .


Who's Who in American Art, 13th-24th eds., 1978-2005-2006.
Directory of American Scholars, 9th ed., 1999.
Who's Who in Library & Information Science, 1982.
Who's Who of American Women, 12th ed., 1981-1982.



Art Libraries Society/North America, (ARLIS/NA) 1973- .
Member, Ad-Hoc Presidential Committee on ARLIS/NA Election Procedures, 2001-2002.
Chair, Nominating Committee, 1996.
Member, Search & Screen Committee for Executive Director, 1993/94.
President, 1992; Past President, 1993.
Vice President/President Elect, 1991/1992.
Member, International Directory Sub-Committee, International Relations Committee. 1993-96.
Member, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee, 1987-88.
Chair, Facilities Standards Committee, 1983-1990.
Chair, Ad Hoc Fund-raising Committee, 1982-84.
Member, Education Committee, 1979-82.



PUBLICATIONS: Books/Chapters/Articles (selected)

"Women's Studio Workshop, USA." Co-authored with Sylvia Turchyn. In Artist's Book Yearbook 2006-07. Bristol, England: Impact Press at The Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England, 2005, pp. 50-55. Paper requested by the Founders of the Women's Studio Workshop.
Contributor. Guide to the Literature of Art History 2. Edited by Max Marmor and Alex Ross. Chicago, Ill: American Library Assoc., 2005. Irvine selected publications and wrote critical annotations for over 200 entries on the arts of Africa and Oceania.
"Core Competencies for a Seminar in Art Librarianship." In Core Competencies and Core Curricula for Art Library and Visual Resources Professions. Edited by Heather Ball. ARLIS/NA Occasional Papers [series], 2005,

Contributor, "Basic Library Research for Studio Art Classes: Graduate Seminar in Jewelry Design & Silversmithing." Library Instruction for Students in Design Disciplines: Scenarios, Exercises, and Techniques. Compiled and edited by Jeanne Brown, University of Nevada. ARLIS/NA Occasional Papers: in press, 2001.
"Chinese Art Libraries: Developments and Trends, Part II." Art Libraries Journal [United Kingdom]. 26 (no. 1 2001): 36-41.
"Chinese Art Libraries: Developments and Trends, Part I." Art Libraries Journal [United Kingdom]. 25 (no. 4 2000): 30-35. Article requested by the Editor.
"Metamorphosis of a Mentor: An Interview with B.J. Kish Irvine." Conducted by Betsy Peck Learned and Stephanie Sigala in Pittsburgh, March, 2000. Art Documentation. 19 (Fall 2000): 24-29.
Contributor. Guide to the Literature of Art History. Ed. by Alexander Ross and Max Marmor. Vol. 2. Chicago: American Library Association, in progress.
Prepared annotated critical bibliographies for the arts of Africa and the Pacific.
"Dual Master's Degree in Art Librarianship, Indiana University, USA." Art Libraries Journal [United Kingdom] 19 (no. 2 1994):9-11. Published in Librarianship and Bibliography Abroad [Russian journal], no. 138-139 (1997).
"ARLIS/NA Guidelines for Consultants." Art Documentation. Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America 13 (Summer 1994):95-96.
"From the President." [ARLIS/NA President's Column] Art Documentation. Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America. 11(Summer 1992):95-96; 11(Winter 1992):190; and
12 (Spring 1993):19-20.
Facilities Standards for Art Libraries and Visual Resources Collections. Edited by Betty Jo Irvine. Art Libraries Society of North America. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1991.
"ARLIS/NA Facilities Questionnaire: Tabulation Summary Addendum." Art Documentation Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America 6 (Fall 1987): 111-13.
"ARLIS/NA Facilities Questionnaire: Tabulation Summary." Art Documentation Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America 5 (Winter 1986): 156-59.
Sex Segregation in Librarianship. Demographic and Career Patterns of Academic Library Administrators. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986.
"A Selection from a Building-Program Profile." In Art Libraries and Information Services, by Lois S. Jones and Sarah S. Gibson. Orlando: Academic Press, 1986, pp. 307-14.
"International Focus." Art Documentation. Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America 1 (May 1982): 59.
"Survey of Periodical Use in an Academic Art Library." Co-authored with Lynette Korenic. Art Documentation. Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America
Slide Libraries, A Guide for Academic Institutions, Museums and Special Collections. Second edition (prepared at the request of the publisher). Prepared with the assistance of P. Eileen Fry. Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1979. 321 p. (In print 1979-1986).


Board Member, Friends of Art, 1990-.
Member, Nominating Committee, 2001-02.
Chair, Friends of Art Bookshop Committee, 1987-88; Member, 1996- .
Member, Bellevue Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana. 1997- . Board, 2000- .
Acting Director, Board, November 2001- .
Member, Friends of Art Membership Committee, 1995; Nominating Committee, 2000.
Co-Chair, Search & Screen Committee for Librarian for African Studies, 1998.
Board of Directors, Bloomington Cooperative Food Services, 1994.
Chair, Legal & Bylaws Committee, 1994.
Co-Chair, Auxiliary Collections Facility Committee, I.U. Libraries, 1990-93.
Member, Curriculum Committee, School of Fine Arts, 1987-88, Chair, 1988-89.
Member, Visiting Lecturer's Committee, School of Fine Arts, 1985-86.
Member, Working Committee, Art Museum Dedication Committee, 1981-82.
Member, Art Museum Building Committee, 1970-80.


Speeches/Panel Appearances/Program and Workshop Leadership (selected)

Speaker, "The Big Step Forward: Building the Perfect Resume for Art/Visual Resources Library Professionals [Workshop]. ARLIS/NA 34th Annual Conference. Banff, May 7, 2006.
Faculty/Speaker. "Books or Art? Artists" Books in the Fine Arts Library." Mini University, Indiana University, June 21, 2004.
Speaker, "Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Speech" ARLIS/NA 30th-VRA 20th Annual Conference Convocation. St. Louis, MO. March 24, 2002.
See ARLIS/NA website: http://www.arlisna.org/dsa_winners.html
Speaker, "Fine Arts Library [Indiana University] and Art Librarianship [ARLIS/NA]. Thapra Palace Campus, Silpakorn University. Bangkok, Thailand.December 27, 2001.
Speaker, "Fine Arts Library [Indiana University] and Art Librarianship [ARLIS/NA]." Sanan Chandra Campus, Silpakorn University. Nakhom Pathom, Thailand. December 26, 2001.
Speaker, "Artists' Books." Miniature Book Society Grand Conclave XIX. Indiana University, Bloomington. September 1, 2001.
Faculty/Speaker, "Artists'Books: Books or Art?" Mini University, Indiana University, June 22, 2001.
Speaker, "How Soon is Now? Art Information Professionals in the 21st Century." Delaware Valley and New York [Chapters] Regional Meeting, ARLIS/NA. Hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, May 14, 2001.
Speaker, "Chinese Art Libraries: Developments and Trends" (Session: "Treasures of the Dragon: Exploring Art Libraries and Publishing in China"). ARLIS/NA Annual Conference.
Los Angeles, CA, April 1, 2001.
Co-Chair and Program Moderator, "Classroom Odyssey: Teaching Adventures in the Art Library and Cyberspace." ARLIS/NA Annual Conference. Los Angeles, April 3, 2001.
Speaker, "Art Libraries in China." ARLIS/Midstates, Visual Resources Association/Midwest Spring Meeting. University of Wisconsin, Madison, May 5, 2000.
Program Chair and Moderator, Ask ARLIS 6: "The Art Librarian in the 21st Century." ARLIS/NA 28th Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, March 21, 2000.
Speaker, "Art Libraries in China." Indiana University Librarians' Association. Coronation Room, Indiana Memorial Union. December 6, 1999.
Speaker, "The Fine Arts Library at Indiana University." Nanjing Arts Institute, PRC. June 17, 1999. Lecture for the Institute and other library staff in Nanjing.
Speaker, "The Fine Arts at Indiana University." Nanjing Arts Institute, PRC. June 8, 1999. Public lecture for students and faculty attended by over 200.
Speaker, "Artball and Crackers: Books or Art?" In conjunction with the special exhibition, "Production Pop: Prints, Posters, Books, and Multiples from IU Collections." Indiana University Art Museum. November 11, 1998.
Speaker, "Artists' Books at the Indiana University Fine Arts Library". Typocrafters 98 Program [national conference]. Indiana University. November 7, 1998.
Speaker, Workshop: "They Never Covered this in Library School: Research Tools for Art". ARLIS/NA 26th Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA, March 7, 1998.
Program Coordinator. "Amanda Barrow: Words and Pictures" [book artist]. Sponsored by the School of Fine Arts & Fine Arts Library/IU Libraries. Bloomington. October 20, 1997.
Panel Member, "Careers Beyond Teaching." H. R. Hope School of Fine Arts 100th Anniversary Program. Indiana University, November 2, 1996.
Workshop Coordinator/Program Chair, "Chinese Painting and Calligraphy." Teacher: Zhiyuan Cong. Sponsored by East Asian Studies, H. R. Hope School of Fine Arts, Irving and Lena Lo Endowment, and the Office of International Programs, Indiana University. July 1-2, 1995.
Speaker, "Lessons from the Trenches: Teaching Art Librarianship and Visual Resources Curatorship." ARLIS/NA 22nd Annual Conference. Providence, RI, February 15, 1994.
Speaker, "Education for Art Librarianship." 59th IFLA [International Federation of Library Associations] Council & General Conference. Barcelona, Spain, August 24, 1993.
Program Chair and Moderator, Ask ARLIS I: "Leadership Opportunities in ARLIS/NA." ARLIS/NA 21st Annual Conference. San Francisco, January 31, 1993.
Speaker, "Passion and Process: Reflections about Writing and Publishing." ARLIS/NA 20th Annual Conference & Visual Resources Association 10th Annual Conference. Chicago, Feb. 12, 1992.
Moderator and Speaker, Ask ARLIS III: "Facilities Standards for Art Libraries and Visual Resources Collections." ARLIS/NA 20th Annual Conference. Chicago, February 11, 1992.
Speaker, "President's Address." Membership Meeting. ARLIS/NA 20th Annual Conference. Chicago, February 10, 1992.
Panel Member, "Dreams, Plans and Reality: Process and Politics in Library Space Planning." ARLIS/NA 18th Annual Conference. New York, New York, February 12, 1990.
Speaker, "Trends in American Library Education." Fourth Military Medical College, People to People Library Delegation, Xian, China. June 18, 1988. (Paper distributed but not presented: "Space Planning for Art Library Collections in North America.") People to People Library Science Delegation, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Guangzhou, June 13-June 27, 1988).
Program Chair and Moderator. "Bibliographic Instruction in Art History." Midwest Art History Society Annual Meeting. Bloomington, March 22, 1985.
Program Chair and Speaker. "Architecture for Art Libraries: Academic, Museum and Slide Facilities." ARLIS/NA 12th Annual Conference. Cleveland, Ohio, February 21, 1984.


Art Show Judge, Mitchell High School Annual Art Show. Mitchell, Indiana. May: 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.


Advisory Board. ARTbibliographies Modern. American Bibliographical Center. Santa Barbara, California, 1972- .


Reviewer, Division of Research Grants, Research Collections Program, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1977- .
Consultant to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library. Consultation regarding design and development of floor plans for art library in new museum building, 1991.
Consultant to the Art Library, University of Maryland. Prepared a "Facilities Needs Assessment" report for the Art Library, 1991.
Consultant to the Toledo Museum of Art. Consultation regarding a building program and plans for a new Art Museum Library, 1988.
Consultant to the Art School, Art Institute of Chicago. Consultation and preparation of analysis and review of building program and plans for a new Art School Library, 1988.
Consultant to the Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida. Conducted an on-site assessment of art library facilities needs and prepared a "Needs Assessment Report" for a proposed art library building, 1987.
Consultant to the J. Paul Getty Trust, Program Office. Prepared review and analysis of survey instruments for the International Repertory of the Literature of Art (RILA) and the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA), November 1983 and March 1984.
Advised art librarians at the following institutions on the renovation of present library facilities and/or new building planning: University of Michigan Fine Arts Library (February 1982); University of Cincinnati Design Architecture, Art and Planning Library (June 1982); Toledo Museum of Art (April 1985); Bard College, New York (1990/91); Rhode Island School of Design Library (1990); Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Connecticut (1994); Indianapolis Museum of Art (2001).

B. J. Kish Irvine, Ph.D.
Bloomington, IN
E-mail: irvine(at)ndiana.edu


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