Library, Archive, and Museum Professionals Gather at Phillips Library to
Discuss Unique Issues Faced by Libraries Affiliated with Art Museums

Symposium generously supported by grants from The Institute of Library Services, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

SALEM, MA -- Libraries, archives, and museums face similar challenges. Libraries and archives affiliated with art museums have a second layer of concerns to consider in determining how they best relate to their parent institution. The Peabody Essex Museum's (PEM) Phillips Library will host a symposium on September 23 and 24, 2010 to explore the issues associated with this very question.

Major topics to be addressed include:
*The Role of the Library and Archives in an Art Museum
*Data Unity in the Institution
*Serving Various Audiences
*Fundraising for Museums and Libraries
*Collaboration among Personnel
*Future Trends

The keynote speakers will be:
*Dan L. Monroe, Executive Director and CEO, PEM; Vice President at Large, Association of Art Museum Directors
*Kenneth Soehner, Chief Librarian, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Among the presenters are leaders from top institutions including: PEM, Harvard Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minnesota Historical Society, the National Gallery of Art, and the Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

Sidney Berger, the Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library, conceived the symposium and led the two-year effort to bring it to fruition. "The topics we will focus on in September rose to the top because of the significant impact they have on our professional lives. In future symposia we hope to address many other pertinent concerns," said Berger.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has given PEM a three-year grant to cover the initial symposium, its evaluation, and to publish its proceedings; and to plan a second symposium. Additional funding has been received from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The cost to attend the two-day symposium is $250 and includes all meals. A block of rooms is reserved in Salem's Hawthorne Hotel at a special rate for attendees. Reservations for the symposium can be made online or through the mail. Visit to download a brochure and learn more about featured topics and speakers.

Full scholarships and generous discounts are available for staff in museums with budgets under $5 million, for junior staff in museums with budgets over $5 million and for pre-professional graduate students.  Staff in museums holding artworks from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation are eligible for full scholarships plus expenses.  Scholarships and discounts are available to qualifying candidates on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact the Andrew French in the Phillips Library for additional information: or 978-745-9500, ext. 3058.

All sessions will be recorded, edited, and published in Proceedings (both online and in print) that will benefit professionals in the fields represented.


The Phillips Library, part of the Peabody Essex Museum, is one of New England's most important and historic research libraries. It is a major resource for residents and scholars with interests in genealogy, maritime history, New England history, or documents relating to the museum's vast and diverse collections. The Library also holds the nation's largest collection of ship logs and journals as well as original court documents from the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials. The library is open to the general public Wednesdays 10am - 5pm and Thursdays 1pm - 5pm. Admission is free to residents of Salem and Museum members. Full-day use: $15 adults, $13 seniors, $11 students; half-day use: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students.


The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

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