ANN Aug 2, 2002

AMICO's move to University of Toronto

J. Trant - AMICO Executive Director

Art Museum Image Consortium
Enabling Educational Use of Museum Multimedia

AMICO Research and Editorial Offices
Move to The University of Toronto,
Robarts Research Library for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is delighted to announce that
the University of Toronto has been selected as its new institutional
host. Beginning in the fall of 2002 the AMICO Research and Editorial
Offices will move to Robarts Library at the University of Toronto.
The University of Toronto was selected following an open Request for
Proposals, issued in the spring of 2002.

"We're delighted to be moving to the University of Toronto", says
Jennifer Trant, AMICO's Executive Director. "The diversity of
academic computing activities and the breadth of interest in AMICO
from across university departments bodes well for fruitful

Carole Moore, University Librarian, concurred. "Our proposal to AMICO
demonstrated the diversity of activity at U of T. We're pleased to
have AMICO join the many other digital library initiatives within the
University of Toronto Library and across our campuses. We're excited
not only to host AMICO but to see AMICO as a partner in our many
on-going activities."

The University of Toronto Library is in an ideal position to
facilitate collaboration across departments, as its mandate is wider
than most, including support and coordination of academic computing
for instruction and provision of access to digital resources for
research and teaching. In the words of U of T's outgoing Provost,
Adel Sedra, the Library provides, "one stop shopping for information
and information technology." Through its digital and print library
resources, its Information Commons access services, and its Resource
Center for Academic Technology support for teaching, the Library
works with all faculties to integrate resources for user convenience.

The University of Toronto, which is among the largest in North
America, has a strong entrepreneurial faculty culture and common
interests in exploring utilization of new media and technology.
"We're looking forward to exploring ties with the Museum Studies
Program, the Faculty of Information Studies, the Knowledge Media
Design Institute and others across the Faculty of Arts and Science
and the School of Education," says David Bearman, AMICO's Director of
Strategy and Research. "The time is ripe to integrate networked
cultural heritage with research, teaching and learning across the

New Address:

Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO)
Robarts Library 7th Floor
University of Toronto
130 St George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 1A5

The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is a growing, independent
non-profit (501c3) corporation. Founded in 1997, the Consortium
today is made up of over 35 major museums in the United States,
Canada, and the United Kingdom. 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.

Together AMICO Members build The AMICO LibraryTM a compilation of
multimedia documentation of works in their collections. The 2002
edition of The AMICO Library documents over 100,000 different works
of art, from prehistoric goddess figures to contemporary
installations; new works are added annually. More than simply an
image database, AMICO Library works are fully documented and may
include curatorial text, detailed provenance information, multiple
views, 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.

The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to licensed
subscribers such as universities, colleges, libraries, schools, and
museums. Over 3 million users on four continents include faculty,
students, teachers, staff, researchers, and public library patrons.
Educational subscribers receive access to The AMICO Library through
one of our Distributors. A subscription to The AMICO Library provides
rights to use works for a broad range of educational purposes.
Potential Members and Subscribers may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of
The AMICO Library, request a free trial from our Distributors, and
get further information at

Contact Information

Jennifer Trant
Executive Director
Art Museum Image Consortium
Phone: +1 412 422 8533
Fax: + 1 412 291 1292

AMICO Members

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Institute of Chicago
Asia Society Gallery
Center for Creative Photography
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Davis Museum & Cultural Center, Wellesley College
Denver Art Museum
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library
George Eastman House
J. Paul Getty Museum
The Library of Congress
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Louisiana State Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Gallery of Canada
National Museums of Scotland
The Newark Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Terra Museum of American Art
Victoria & Albert Museum
Walker Art Center
The Walters Art Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art

Membership is open: Join Us! See
J. Trant
Executive Director
Art Museum Image Consortium Fax: +1 412 291 1292
AMICO - Enabling Educational Use of Museum Multimedia


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