Welcome to the Robert Goldwater blog!
The Robert Goldwater Library blog is an online news and information resource. This edition was created between 2007 and 2009 by the staff of the Goldwater Library, the library to the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While no new content is being added, we hope that the archived posts will be of lasting interest and value. Since we are no longer available to respond, we have discontinued the comments feature.
An earlier edition (2005-2007) can be found at its sister site, http://newsgrist.typepad.com/robertgoldwaterlibrary/
Like the library, its subject strengths include the art and material culture of West Africa, Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya (Indonesia), and Precolumbian Mexico and Peru, with extensive holdings in related disciplines such as anthropology, ethnology, and archaeology. It also covers contemporary art in these regions, and issues broadly relating to libraries, museums, and online information resources.
The blog aimed to serve up a combination of timely news and scuttlebutt as well as pointers to online resources of lasting research value.
The blog is the natural outgrowth of the library's longstanding tradition of providing reference services -- what we do each day in the library, simply 'repackaged' and 'repurposed' to make it available to a much wider potential audience.
The Robert Goldwater Library
Even though the blog has ceased, the Goldwater Library continues to build its outstanding collection dedicated to the art and material culture of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific, and the native peoples of the New World, as well as the contemporary art created and inspired by indigenous artists from these regions.
Researchers may request Goldwater Library materials through the Watson Library, the main research library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Materials will be paged from the Goldwater Library for use in the Watson Library during Watson Library hours.
In addition, the Goldwater Library is open by advance appointment for researchers with special requests or who need to make extensive use of the collection. A reference librarian will be on duty.
More detailed information on the Goldwater Library, its history, hours and accessibility, can be found on the Goldwater Library page on the Watson Library web site.
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