Dissemination Strategies of the libraries at the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid

CÁNOVAS DEL CASTILLO, Soledad and CUENCA, María Luisa (2018) Dissemination Strategies of the libraries at the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Transform Libraries, Transform Societies in Session 162 - Art Libraries.

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Abstract

Dissemination Strategies of the libraries at the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid

The library services at the Museo Nacional del Prado (MNP) and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (MNTB) are designed to supply information to their patrons and to support the learning, investigation and dissemination of their collections. The Museo Nacional del Prado has a long tradition of almost two hundred years. It possesses one of the greatest collections of European painting from the 12th to the 19th century and an important collection of sculptures, drawings, prints and decorative arts. All its activity revolves around the art collection and a large part of the tasks are carried out in the Library, Archive and Documentation Department. 15,000 works of art, the Digital Library and 12,000 digitized historical archive documents are accessible through the museum website. The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is a 25 years institution originated from a private collection. It specializes in European art from the 13th to the mid-20th century and also has a magnificent collection of American paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Similarly to the Museo Nacional del Prado, the activities in the departments revolve around the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions. The website displays 1,000 works from the collection as well as online publications. Its most immediate strategy is to incorporate the catalogue onto the museum website and to be present in specialized aggregators. These two intuitions show that libraries should adapt to technological advances in order to present all available resources and to facilitate access to all types of information. This will optimize the visibility of their resources, now accessible through the web to virtual users with different profiles.

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