Fall 2017 Meeting with VRA Midwest, October 13

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2017 meeting will be held in conjunction with VRA Midwest at the University of Chicago, October 13. We have a schedule packed full of exciting discussion and tours!

The schedule is as follows:

9:00-10:00: Tour of newly-redesigned Smart Museum (5550 S. Greenwood)
10:00-11:00: MACDG Meeting (University of Chicago, 5540 S. Greenwood, CWAC 152)
11:00-12:00: VRA Midwest Meeting
12:00-1:30: Travel to Loop and eat lunch (on your own; recommend Pret, Cosi, etc. on Michigan Street on the way from the El to the Cultural Center)
1:30-2:45: Chicago Architecture Biennial (Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street)
3:00-4:00: Tour of the Video Data Bank (112 S. Michigan Ave)
4:10-5:30: Tour of the Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (37 S. Wabash Ave., includes main collections, technical services, and special collections)
5:30: Optional dinner at Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark Street)

Please note that you will be responsible for transportation between the University of Chicago and the Loop. Please buy a Ventra pass in advance to take the 55 bus to the Green line or $2.25 in exact change for a bus ride and transfer. The trip will take about 35-50 minutes.

RSVP to Karen Stafford at kstafford2@artic.edu so we can give an accurate headcount to those giving us tours. Please include cataloging discussion topics of interest for our meeting. We are also seeking volunteers to host our next meetings.


Visit to Indiana University

The fall 2016 meeting of the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) was held in conjunction with the Visual Resources Association-Midwest Chapter from October 28-29 at Indiana University-Bloomington. Attendees hailed from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art

On Friday VRA-Midwest held their business meeting, and Tassie Gniady (Coordinator for CyberDH, Indiana University) presented on photogrammetry and 3D object creation. Saturday began with presentations about cataloging artists’ books by Lori Dekydtspotter (Head of Lilly Library Technical Services) and Ruth Tucker (Senior Monographic Cataloger, Indiana University). At the MACDG business meeting attendees discussed their current projects and topics including shelf-ready cataloging, training for student catalogers, and cataloging artists’ books.

Ellen Sieber shows attendees a collection of anthropological busts from the 1890s.

Later in the afternoon the group learned about the cataloging procedures at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures from Chief Curator Ellen Sieber. The day closed with Nan Brewer’s tour of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, where the group viewed a mid-career retrospective of Vik Muniz, a collection of Tiepolo drawings, and highlights from the works on paper collection.

Fall 2016 Meeting with VRA Midwest, October 28-29

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2016 meeting will be held in conjunction with VRA Midwest at Indiana University Bloomington from October 28-29.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 28, 2016
12:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00: VRA Business Meeting
2:30-4:00: Tassie Gniady (Coordinator for CyberDH) presents on Photogrammetry & 3D Object Creation
5:00: Dinner at Quaff On

Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:30-11:00: Lori Dekydtspotter (Head of Lilly Library Technical Services) presents on Challenges of Cataloging Artists’ Books and Visual Materials
11:00-11:30: Ruth Tucker (Senior Monographic Cataloger) presents on Cataloging Artists’ Books
11:30-12:30: Lunch (on your own)
12:30-1:45: MACDG Meeting
2:00-2:45: Tour of the Mathers Museum, given by Ellen Sieber (Chief Curator)
3:00-4:30: Tour of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, given by Nan Brewer (Curator of Works on Paper)

A PDF handout of the details, along with maps, may be downloaded here.

RSVP to Karen Stafford at kstafford2@artic.edu. Please include cataloging discussion topics of interest for our meeting. We are also seeking volunteers to host our next meetings.

Visit to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

by Stephanie Fletcher, E-Resources/Reference Librarian at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries


The Art Institute of Chicago hosted the MACDG Fall Meeting, and one of the highlights was a visit to the Art Institute’s Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Douglas Litts and Autumn Mather welcomed our group with an introduction to the Libraries, and Nathaniel Parks shared information about the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.

Library staff set up an array of special materials for us to view. Materials from the Libraries’ collections featured Marcel Duchamp’s RotoreliefsThe Works of Geoffrey Chaucer Now Newly Imprinted from the Kelmscott Press; the Nuremberg Chronicle; and Areaorama: A View in the Regent’s Park. Selections from the Archives included two hand-written pages from Daniel Burnham’s draft of the Plan of Chicago, as well as the final product; Louis Sullivan’s “A System of Architectural Ornament According with a Philosophy of Man’s Powers”; photographs and souvenir books from the World’s Columbian Exposition; and a plan for the Garvey Residence by Bruce Goff.

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We also viewed the library exhibition “There is Hardly a Book That Has Not Seen Hard Use”: Books for Working Artists. This exhibition of materials from the Libraries’ collections presented manuals, treatises, and other publications that revealed the creative processes of artists over the last five centuries.IMG_0683

The trip to the Libraries gave us the opportunity to view some unique materials, discuss cataloging practices in art libraries and archives, and network with our new members. We felt so “at home” and our conversations were so animated that we even got shushed!

Author’s Note: The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries are open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00pm-5:00pm and Thursday 10:30am-8:00pm. Please come visit us!

Fall 2015 Meeting, Friday, October 16

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2015 meeting will be held at the Art Institute of Chicago on Friday, October 16.

The schedule is as follows:

10:30-meet at the Modern Wing entrance (159 East Monroe Street, across from Millennium Park) to go to the Directors Conference Suite; food and coffee provided

Sarah Guernsey (Executive Director of Publishing, Art Institute of Chicago) presents on the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), followed by Q&A

Gary Strawn (Authorities Librarian, Northwestern University Library) speaks about preparing data for migration to a new ILS, followed by Q&A

Other agenda items (I am looking for a volunteer to host our next meeting and will add other items for discussion at your request (interesting projects at your library, round robin on RDA implementation, etc.))

12:30-Lunch (on your own)

2:00-Meet back at the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries to hear from Doug Litts (our new Library Director!) and Autumn Mather (Reader Services Librarian) about some highlights from our collection

3:00-Tour of Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints, led by Jeff Nigro (Research Associate, Ancient and Byzantine Art, Art Institute of Chicago)

Until 5:00-Explore the galleries on your own, or head home early!  A list of current and upcoming exhibitions can be found here and a visitor guide/map here.

Please RSVP to Karen Stafford at kstafford2@artic.edu by October 1 so I can reserve your museum pass.

Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to the new website of the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG). MACDG is a loosely organized group of librarians who meet at least once a year. Anyone interested in art and architecture or visual resources cataloging is welcome to attend. For more information or to add your name to the group’s mailing list please contact the current chair, Karen Stafford, at kstafford2@artic.edu.