Vanessa Kam

Head Librarian, Bowes Art and Architecture Library

Vanessa Kam
(650) 387-4497, (650) 736-1988

I manage the Bowes Art and Architecture Library.  In addition, as a subject specialist in art history and visual art, I use my knowledge of these fields to build research collections, to provide research support, and to lead library instruction sessions that help researchers maximize their use of the resources held by the Stanford University Libraries, and beyond. 

Education 

  • Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Master's Degree in Art History, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, The University of Texas at Austin

Professional activities 

I am a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and have been active since 2000: 

Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 2015 - present
Member, Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2012 - 2013
M
ember, Nominations Committee, 2012
Member, Melva Dwyer Award Committee, 2012
ARLIS/NA Executive Board, Chapters Liaison, 2009 - 2011

Diversity Committee, 2004 - 2007

 

Selected Publications 

"The Tenacious Book, Part 1: The Curious State of Art and Architecture Library Collections in a Digital Era,” Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America  33:1 (spring 2014).

"The Tenacious Book, Part 2: Publishers' Views on the Once and Future State of the Art Book," Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America  33:1 (spring 2014).

“Archives As Art: The Accumulations of Felipe Ehrenberg and Lynn Hershman Leeson,” Imprint 26:3 (fall/winter 2007/2008).

“Subject Headings for Aboriginal Peoples: The Power of Naming,” Art Documentation 26:2 (fall 2007). 

“Merce Cunningham in Conversation with John Rockwell,” Stanford Presidential Lectures in the Arts and Humanities (2005). http://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/cunningham/

“Cultural Calamities: Damage to Iraq’s Libraries, Museums, and Archaeological Sites During the U.S.-Led War on Iraq,” in Art Documentation (spring 2004). 

Felipe Ehrenberg: A Neologist’s Art & Archive.  Stanford: Stanford University Libraries, 2003. 

With Adán Griego.  “José Guadalupe Posada and the Taller de Gráfica Popular: Mexican Popular Prints,” in José Guadalupe Posada and the Taller de Gráfica Popular: Mexican Popular Prints.  Stanford: Stanford University Libraries, 2002.

“On Collecting and Exhibiting Art Objects in Libraries, Archives, and Research Institutes,” in Art Documentation 20 (fall 2001): 10–15.

“Matt Phillips: The Magic In His Prints,” in Matt Phillips: The Magic In His Prints. Stanford: Stanford University Libraries, 2001.

“Isomorphism,” in Poetics, Politics, and Song: Contemporary Latin American / Latino(a) Artists’ Books.  New Haven: Arts of the Book Collection, Yale University, 2000.  

More about me 

Selected Presentations

"The Tenacious Book: The Curious State of Art and Architecture Library Collections in a Digital Era." Presentation for the Harvard Library Strategic Conversations series, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 30, 2014. 

“The Slow Information Movement as Tactical Media.” interPLAY between creativity & information Symposium, York University Libraries, Toronto, ON, March 26, 2012.