began with a week at the College Art Association and Visual Resources
Association Conferences in Los Angeles at which AMICO held focus group
meetings with potential users; the Research Libraries Group was in the
CAA exhibition hall showing the testbed library and soliciting interest
in subscriptions for the 1999-2000 academic year.
February agreement was reached with the Research Libraries Group on
the proposal we had made to them in January. Subscriptions will be available
for the 1999/2000 academic year under a fee schedule which is based
on size of undergraduate student body or numbers of K-12 students or
library card holders, capped at the high end for large institutions.
License fees to AMICO exceed the RLG delivery price at the high end,
and vice-a-versa for the low end. This ensures that RLG's fixed costs
in delivery can be met while AMICO realizes a reasonable per user license
assessment of the implications of the focus groups will await meetings
of the AMICO User and Uses Committee in April, but preliminary indications
are that the Visual Resources curators see the benefits of a Library
that they can integrate with their local resources. Art historians responded
to The AMICO Library by asking what it could do for them - individually
- and, not surprisingly, found the library in its present state, and
its short term future, lacking for the support of individual research
projects. They did see value, however, in keying the Library to introductory
textbook topics and themes. In some ways, this response convinced us
further that the broad benefits of The AMICO Library to Humanities education
should be emphasized over the narrow benefits to art history. The resource
has its greatest value in introducing art into general Humanities education.
In confirmation, we found that interest in subscribing to The AMICO Library was great at the university-wide level, but less within art
history departments, in part because of inadequate departmental funding.
considerable effort in moving the negotiations regarding pricing forward,
RLG did not annouce pricing for their AMICO Library Service in time
for CAA and VRA. However, by the end of the month, we had come to an
agreement. The RLG fees structure, as agreed by AMICO, is:
2 - 8K undergrads
8 - 15K undergrads
15 - 25K undergrads
between 100-200,000 cardholders
between 750,000-1M cardholders
and Research Institutions
in Los Angeles finalized some details with OhioLINK, the Ohio Library
Consortium. We hope to have a Distributors contract with them shortly.
exchanged drafts with the California Digital Library. An ftp site was
set up to provide test data to their development team.
The Art Museum Network has hired RazorFish, a New York-based design
group, to develop a new visual interface for the AMICO Public Web site.
Considerable time was spent working with them to describe the content
of the site, and its structure.
The Cornell IMG survey was released and the first responses have been
Processing for AMICO
members have been using the Contribution Management System to edit and
update their documentation in the Library. These tools are added to
and enhanced as needed. A key release in February was the Linking Report,
which identifies which images, metadata records and catalog records
are linked to each other. Members have begun to contribute records,
and to prepare for the end of the month contribution deadline.
drew up a schedule for providing AMICO data to distributors; all image
records will be provided to distributors at the end of April, 1999 and
made public on the AMICO web site in an "overview". Textual records
associated with the images will be available at that date as well, though
they will be edited further during May and June before being turned
on for subscribers on July 1.
to enable RazorFish to develop the interface to the AMICO Public Web
Site search system, A&MI moved a copy of the AMICO database to a
separate computer and provided remote access to RazorFish developers.
In order to support the contributions schedule, the AMICO members site
software facilities for validating data and image contributions from
AMICO members was tested in February and implemented for members to
use. Software programs to read the Library of Congress MARC contributions
was developed. Data from the new members was fully contributed, though
subject still to editing, by the end of February. Some prior year members
had completed their data contributions; others were still working on
- Summer intern
In February, AMICO was approached by Kelly Richmond, a graduate student
in the Arts Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University about serving
as a summer intern. Kelly had six years of prior experience in marketing
with America Online and proposed a program to develop numerous marketing
deliverables for AMICO. After interviews and review of her work, we
hired her to serve in this capacity. She will be at the AMICO exhibit
booth at Museums and the Web.
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