May 17, 2022

New Report from Ithaka S+R: “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians”

Here’s the latest report (published today) in the Ithaka Research Support Services for Scholars series.


Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians


Matthew Long
Project Coordinator
Ithaka S+R

Roger C. Schonfeld
Program Director, Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices
Ithaka S+R


Ithaka S+R


Getty Foundation

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

From an Introductory Blog Post 

Intended primarily for the museums, libraries, academic departments, and visual resources centers that support research in art history within the U.S., this project focused on five key areas:

1. The emergence of “digital art history,” and how it is diverging from the broader understanding of the digital humanities.

2. The interconnected scholarly communities that support art history, including museums, libraries, and visual resources centers, both within and beyond an art historian’s home institution.

3. The changes that digitization and online search portals have brought to the process of searching for primary sources and the limitations of the current discovery environment.

4. The practices art historians employ for managing their large personal collections of digital images.

5. The state of graduate students’ professional training.

Within these five areas, the report makes clear that the needs of art historians can be successfully met only through the collaborative work of many support organizations. Our findings suggest several opportunities for these organizations to develop new funding, services, tools, and initiatives that will have far-reaching impact on the discipline.

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Other Report in this Series

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.