By embracing Web publishing—a digital revolution that is helping institutions of higher learning worldwide to provide free, open, and global access to new ideas—the Spencer Museum of Art is building upon a rich history of scholarship in the visual arts. Publishing electronically allows us to share information inexpensively, in limitless quantities, and to be part of a profound and ongoing revolution in scholarly communication. Just as we are committed to presenting new forms of media in our galleries, we also intend to explore the creative possibilities of this digital alternative to the traditional printed book.
The Museum’s initial foray into this platform came in July 2009 with Marilyn Stokstad’s essay “Lament for a Lamentation (or how the tympanum over the doors to the Spencer’s Central Court came to be where it is today).” Only the first paragraph of that piece appeared in the printed FY08 SMA Register, with the full article available only online. The September 2009 publication of Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture is the Museum’s first full-length digital document.
Brian Rosenblum, Associate Librarian for Digital Scholarship, spent the 2010 fall semester at the Spencer Museum of Art a Keeler Family Intra-University Professor. Roseblum devoted the semester to learning about the museum profession...