The Fisher Fine Arts Library is central to the teaching and research of contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban spatial analytics. The Fine Arts Library’s collections include 160,000 print titles, 1,000 current serials, and an image collection of more than two million owned and licensed digital images. Databases, e-journals, and e-books offer dynamic coverage of a broad spectrum of art and architecture. The G. Holmes Perkins Architectural Collection is a resource of three thousand rare books, with associated maps and prints, presenting the history and theory of architecture over the past four hundred years. The Materials Library offers more than 7000 samples ranging from traditional construction materials to emergent and novel samples such as Vanta Black, graphene, aerogel, and seaweed insulation. Library allocation for FY2022 exceeds $1,000,000, including a collections budget of $720,000. In addition to the Director, an Assistant Director, a Materials Librarian, and the Common Press Director, the staff includes five full-time staff members and approximately 30 student assistants. The Director reports to the Associate University Librarian for Academic Engagement and Director of the Arts and Culture Libraries and works in cooperation with the Collection Development Council’s Coordinator for Humanities Collections on matters pertaining to collection budget and expenditure.

The Director of the Fisher Fine Arts Library develops the strategic direction of the library, its Materials Library and Image Collection, and the Common Press, a letterpress and book-arts studio, which is a collaborative effort with Penn’s Kelly Writers House and the Weitzman School of Design. The director oversees the library’s building operations in consultation with the Libraries facilities manager and the Weitzman School of Design’s Director of Operations. The director is also responsible for staff management and for developing and maintaining the library’s rich print, material, and digital collections. In collaboration with the assistant director, the director designs and implements innovative user-centered services, and promotes engagement with a diverse and multifaceted faculty, student body, and university community.

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