subscriptions became available in July 1999; by the end of December
well over half a million college students had access to AMICO (approximately
325,000 students at 25 institutions were subscribed through RLG and
approximately 250,000 students at 87 institutions through OhioLink).
A policy to provide consortial subscriptions to AMICO had been completed
and discussions were underway with consortia representing over a million
additional users. Subscription income in the first half of the fiscal
year almost equaled membership dues (as budgeted) and is expected to
considerably exceed membership dues for the year end.
- The AMICO Library
1999 AMICO Library of over 50,000 works became available in July. This
represented a 250% increase over the testbed library of 1998. By year
end, it was clear that the Library had achieved substantial name recognition
(as reflected, for example, in job advertisements posted by non-subscribing
libraries and non-member museums which mention tasks associated with
AMICO). Although it has grown in size, the Library itself needs substantial
editorial intervention to improve its consistency and depth of indexing.
Plans were laid early in the period for an extension of the artist authority
files to achieve some of these objectives.
major portion of this work was postponed until appointment of a Library
Editor. Unfortunately the Library Editor recruitment, which led to an
offer in November, was still not successful at year end. Library intern
applications are being processed and some offers of summer internships
for year 2000 extended on the assumption that a Library Editor will
be hired by then.
development stopped in July with the resignation of the AMICO Technical
Director. A job offer was made for a new Technical Director to begin
in January, but that has unfortunately fallen through. Brad Dietrich,
former AMICO Technical Director, is assisting with matters on an interim
contract basis. Plans were made for the Year 2000 library contribution
process and members began planning their contributions.
gained four new members in this period, bringing total membership to
30. Following the Executive Committee meeting in July, membership discussions
and subscription negotiations in the UK were advanced in the fall of
1999. No concrete progress had been made by December, though the prospects
for both UK-wide higher education distribution and UK museum membership
are still good. Membership in AMICO by the Museum of the Americas Foundation
may enable participation in AMICO by Latin American museums; discussions
will be undertaken in January to plan for how best to achieve this end.
Research Libraries Group continued to be the major distributor of AMICO.
OhioLink spent the period getting The AMICO Library ready for its users.
AMICO explored a variety of ways to advance distribution in K-12 markets,
including within university and commercial partners after the collapse
of the partnership with IUPUI on which we had based hopes for development
of models for such a distribution. These opportunities will be readied
for Board review in January. AMICO also undertook discussions with a
Canadian university that we hope will lead to a Canadian distributor
AMICO brochure developed by Kelly Richmond has been a big success and
is being widely distributed. It was reprinted for further (year 2000)
distribution. The design of a generic poster to be printed locally by
subscribing institutions was undertaken as a further publicity measure.
The California Digital Library, which had The AMICO Library on trial
in the fall, conducted significant research on integration of AMICO
into their other resources.
grant proposal was submitted to the NEH - if granted, funding would
begin in May 2000. In December, a study was begun of other funding options,
which will be presented to the Board in January.
partnership with Antenna Audio Inc. was agreed to in principle. Under
the terms of the agreement, Antenna would provide sound files it owns
that discuss specific works of art in The AMICO Library in order to
enhance AMICO content and in return for acknowledgement of their role.
Discussions commenced around a partnership proposal from Britannica.com
for educational distribution of AMICO. It is hoped that these discussions
will be sufficiently advanced that a proposal can be brought to the
Board for review in January.
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