Issues regarding scholarly
and other texts being addressed by Resource Library and TFAO
- - Lessened emphasis on an art history major, and the
texts associated with the major, on the part of many college students due
to the high cost of a college education coupled with a dearth of related
job prospects following graduation.
- - Lessened emphasis on an art in public high schools.
- - Scarcity of online free access to many American
representational art history essays, articles, and other texts for
the benefit of students, teachers, scholars and others. Organizations such
as Google and Amazon have digitized enormous volumes of books, yet keyword
searches of essays within many important exhibition catalogues and brochures
remain unavailable because the texts are not yet digitized. Or, in many
instances, only snippets of digitized text are available via searches.
- - Monetizing of access to magazine articles previously
free online. In recent years many texts that were once provided to the
public without charge are now only available via paid subscription to reader
services such as JSTOR. See examples
in TFAO's catalogue Articles and Essays
- - Severe cuts in funding at many museums, impacting their
ability to organize or mount special exhibits and make available catalogues
and brochures associated with them. For numerous museums, budget constraints
are necessitating renting relatively inexpensive traveling exhibits.
- - Cuts in funding to free public libraries, lessening
their ability to purchase art books.
- - Lack of online extensive cross-indexing of multimedia
information related to scholarly texts.
- - Value of searches provided by companies such as Google
being diminished by a flood of low value content burying high value content.
- - Lack of geographical accessibility to large amounts
of American art history texts.
- - Lack of texts facilitating reading by persons with
visual handicaps or those not proficient in the English language.
- - Time constraints imposed on students, coupled with
the time-consuming and tedious nature of physically accessing research
material through physical library visitation or interlibrary loans, using
handwriting for note gathering, followed by hand typing of papers, reducing
as a result the time available for research and analysis.
Resource Library is an online publication of Traditional
Fine Arts Organization (TFAO), a non-profit organization. Provided to
the public without charge, Resource Library is the most informative
and educational online publication devoted to American
representational art. The TFAO Free Online Digital
Library permanently archives Resource Library's published articles
"Scholarly" texts are authored by identified
individuals. Examples include new essays or previously published essays
from brochures, catalogues and gallery guides; member magazine articles;
other articles and blogs; scripts of plays; transcripts of abridged and
whole speeches and lectures.
"Other" texts include checklists, wall panel
and label texts, audio tour scripts and other texts for exhibitions.
Links to sources of information outside of our web site
are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use
due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and
all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or
out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations.
Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility
for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts
any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating
web pages see TFAO's General Resources
section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History.
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