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In this section new developments related to the Library are presented:

  • Bookcrossing 2013 at the MNAC Library

    Bookcrossing 2013 at the MNAC Library (18.04.2013)

    On 23 April, for the fifth consecutive year, the MNAC Library will be taking part in the 'bookcrossing' event on the occasion of International Book Day.

    A total of 61 museum libraries and art institutions will be releasing more than 3,000 books all over Spain, so that whoever picks them up can enjoy them and then release them somewhere else in a different part of the world. The MNAC Library, for its part, will be contributing with the release of books on different subjects to do with art in different parts of the Palau Nacional.

    Books that have been released will be identified with labels containing instructions for the reader taking part in the bookcrossing. In addition, the copies will be recorded on the http://www.bookcrossing-spain.com web site, where readers will be able to keep track of each one, indicating where they captured the book and where they released it.

    The first bookcrossing took place in 2009 between Spanish museum libraries. The initiative arose in the framework of the Encuentros de Bibliotecas y Centros de Documentación de Arte Contemporáneo at the Museo ARTIUM in Vitoria-Gasteiz. This event, as well as helping in the effort to encourage reading, is also intended to spread understanding of artistic disciplines. In the last four years, different museums and institutions have released more than 9,000 books, with the intending to reach many people.


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  • 'Bookcrossing' at the MNAC Library

    'Bookcrossing' at the MNAC Library (20.04.2012)

    On 20 April the MNAC Library will be taking part in the 'bookcrossing' event on the occasion of International Book Day. This year there will be a record number of participants, with more than 50 libraries and museum documentation centres all over Spain joining in the initiative. As a novelty, the MNAC Library plans to release a number of books on art-related subjects, not just inside the Palau Nacional but also outside, with the intention of reaching a larger public.
    The object of 'bookcrossing' is to find a book, enjoy it and release it anywhere you like. By registering it previously on the web site www.bookcrossing-spain.com you can follow the progress of the specific copy from the moment you release it. 
    The idea of 'bookcrossing' in art libraries first arose in 2009, during the Encuentros de Bibliotecas y Centros de Documentación de Arte Contemporáneo at the ARTIUM Museum-Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Every year since then more institutions have joined this initiative whose aim it is to further reading about art and its dissemination.
    Video presentation of the 2012 Bookcrossing
    http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Jj4VK3yK


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  • Exhibition of books on the architecture of the Palau Nacional

    Exhibition of books on the architecture of the Palau Nacional (03.02.2012)

    Currently on display in the vestibule of the Library of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is an exhibition of publications from the MNAC Library collections on the subject of the architecture of the Palau Nacional.

    The exhibit consists of books, magazines, leaflets and postcards mostly published at the time of the Barcelona International Exhibition of 1929. In them we can find illustrations of the plans for the building and of the construction work and the interior decoration of the Palau Nacional, as well as several pictures of the Oval Hall. 


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  • Publication of articles on the collection of bindings kept at the MNAC Library

    Publication of articles on the collection of bindings kept at the MNAC Library (18.01.2012)

    Number 39 of the magazine Encuadernación de arte, published by the Asociación para el Fomento de la Encuadernación de Arte, contains two articles on the collection of bindings kept at the MNAC Library.

    The first, written by the librarians Maria Luisa Camarero and Yolanda Ruiz, gives a historical overview of how the collection was formed. The account begins with a presentation of the catalogue of the section made up of free-standing bindings ('boards') purchased by the Board of Museums from Alexandre de Riquer in 1909.


    The second, by Aitor Quiney, a specialist in artistic bookbinding at the Biblioteca de Catalunya, offers a portrait of Hermenegild alsina i Munné as a designer of bookbindings on the basis of two specimens kept at the library.


    Anyone who is interested can consult the magazine in the Library's novelties section. 


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  • 'Bookcrossing' at the MNAC

    'Bookcrossing' at the MNAC (11.04.2011)

    On 15 April, for the third consecutive year, the MNAC is joining the 'bookcrossing' adventure to mark World Book Day.

    A total of 31 museums and institutions will be releasing 2,500 books all over Spain so that whoever picks them up can enjoy them and then release them somewhere else in a different part of the world. The MNAC Library, for its part, will be contributing with the release of books on different subjects to do with art in different parts of the Palau Nacional.


    Books that have been released will be identified with labels containing instructions for the reader taking part in the bookcrossing. In addition, the copies will be recorded on the http://www.bookcrossing-spain.com web site, where readers will be able to keep track of each one, indicating where they captured the book and where they released it.

    The first bookcrossing took place in 2009 between Spanish museum libraries. The initiative arose in the framework of the Encuentros de Bibliotecas y Centros de Documentación de Arte Contemporáneo at the Museo ARTIUM in Vitoria-Gasteiz. This event, as well as helping in the effort to encourage reading, is also intended to spread understanding of artistic disciplines.


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  • The Library joins the CCUC

    The Library joins the CCUC (20.10.2010)

    Thanks to the signing of the agreement with the CBUC, the Library is now included in the Catalan Universities Collective Catalogue (CCUC) as an associate member

    The object is to get technical support for the computerisation and methodological changes needed for making the Library's collections available to the scientific community and to society and to ensure the technology is maintained and kept up to date within a specialised consortium.

    As a result, this October the Library's catalogue joined the Catàleg Col•lectiu de les Universitats de Catalunya (CCUC, http://ccuc.cbuc.cat). The addition amounts to 145,009 records, of which 112,074 didn't exist in the CCUC.

    From now on, the Library will work in partnership with the CCUC, sharing information and models when it comes to cataloguing the material. We are entering a cooperative terrain which is unlike anything we had seen before now.


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  • Temporary interruption in the cataloguing of the library collection

    Temporary interruption in the cataloguing of the library collection (20.09.2010)

    The work of cataloguing will be temporarily interrumped to deal with the change-over

    Since the beginning of September, the Library's work of cataloguing its collections has been interrupted, except for entering the new numbers of periodical publications. This is because of the workload produced by the imminent change in the library management system and entry into the CCUC.

    This interruption means that book novelties are not being updated either on the Library display or on the web site.

    At the end of October entry of new material will be resumed using the new Millennium system


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  • The Library changes its library management system and joins the CCUC

    The Library changes its library management system and joins the CCUC (07.06.2010)

    The MNAC signs an agreement with the CBUC for the Library's entry into the CCUC

    Last 14 May the MNAC signed the agreement with the Consortium of Catalan University Libraries for the Library's entry into the Catalan Universities Collective Catalogue (CCUC, Catàleg Col·lectiu de les Universitats de Catalunya).

    The moment marked the start of steps to change the library management system from VTLS to Millennium.

    As regards consulting the catalogue, changes will come into effect at the end of October, at which moment the new system will be operative and it will be possible to consult our collection in the CCUC.


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  • Changes in Library opening hours

    Changes in Library opening hours (01.03.2010)

    From 1 March the Library will be closed on Saturdays

    The new opening hours are:

    Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    August: Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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  • The Library acquires the facsimile of the manuscript 'Naples Moralised Bible'

    The Library acquires the facsimile of the manuscript 'Naples Moralised Bible' (02.02.2010)

    The facsimile of the manuscript 'Naples Moralised Bible' entered the Library on 9 February

    The Naples Bible (MS. fr. 9561) was commissioned by Robert the Wise towards the end of his reign and completed at the beginning of the 1350s during the reign of his granddaughter Joanna. This is a de-luxe commission, a work of great pictorial value, in which each folio is painted on one side only.

    In a single volume this Bible features two juxtaposed forms of illustration. The first 128 miniatures belong to the Moralised Bible genre. Except for the full-page frontispiece on folio 1, the miniatures in the Old Testament section are framed in a border of plant motifs and divided into two registers, an upper one containing the biblical scenes and the lower one containing the moralisation. The 76 full-page paintings of New Testament scenes are in marked contrast to the preceding series and present a new figurative and spiritual realm inspired by Giotto. Each miniature, painted on a gold-leaf background, illustrates a single topic, so that the canon of the characters is much larger than in the moralised part.

    This facsimile edition by Moleiro Editor S.A. joins the Library's facsimile collection consisting of 690 items.


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  • Rosa Reixats, Director of the Library, retires

    Rosa Reixats, Director of the Library, retires (09.12.2009)

    Rosa Reixats, Director of the Library for 23 years, retired last November

    Rosa Reixats, a qualified librarian and history graduate, left her job at the Biblioteca de l’Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona in 1986 to take on the post of Director of the Biblioteca dels Museus d’Art. At that time preparations were under way for moving the library, housed in the former arsenal building in La Ciutadella, to the Casa de la Caritat.

    In the course of her career, amongst other events Rosa Reixats has been involved in there have been three moves, one transfer between institutions, the centenary celebrations and four different names for the Library.

    Rosa Reixats is retiring after taking part in the definitive move of the Library to the Palau Nacional on Montjuïc (the final step in its integration in the MNAC), the computerisation of the Library's collections and other forward-looking projects that are being continued today.


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  • The library acquires part of the archives of the poet and art critic Juan Eduardo Cirlot

    The library acquires part of the archives of the poet and art critic Juan Eduardo Cirlot (15.11.2009)

    The personal archives of the art critic, thinker and poet Juan Eduardo Cirlot (1916-1973) entered the MNAC archives on permanent loan on 29 september 2009

    The archives contain documents relating to Cirlot's work procedure, including correspondence, bibliography commented, annotated and worked on by the author, and press cuttings. The collection also includes originals of his poems, aesthetic theory and visual poems, offprints and publications by the author, Cirlot's correspondence with various contemporary artists, black and white photographs of these artists' works, leaflets of their exhibitions, press cuttings and other publications.
    The documents that have been preserved date from the years 1958 to 1973 (the writer destroyed the documents from before 1958) and provide valuable information about the figure and the working procedure of one of our country's most prominent intellectuals from the end of the war until his death at the beginning of the 1970s.
    The Library has received a total of 84 books, 99 small catalogues and 24 periodical publications.


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  • The library acquires eleven facsimiles thanks to an exchange

    The library acquires eleven facsimiles thanks to an exchange (30.10.2009)

    Thanks to the Library's exchanges section, eleven facsimiles have been acquired from the duplicate collection of the Biblioteca Nacional de España

    In the course of the year the Library's exchanges section has acquired a total of 1,122 documents, of which the most remarkable are the eleven facsimiles exchanged with the BNE. The acquisition is valued at 16,645 euros and consists of the following titles: Liber chronicarum, Libro de horas de los retablos, De aetatibus mundi imagines, Libro de horas de los 7 pecados capitales, Miracoli della Vergine Maria, Retratos o tablas de las historias del Testamento Viejo, Llibre d’hores en llatí i francès il·luminat per a el Condottiero Ferrante d’Este, Libro de horas de Leonor de la Vega, Libro de horas de Carlos V, Ceremonial de la coronación unción y exequias de los Reyes de Inglaterra.

    In addition, Edicions 62 has donated a copy of Ramon Llull's Llibre de meravelles, with a prologue and selection of texts by Pere Gimferrer and a steel case by Jaume Plensa, published this year in Barcelona. This is a bibliophile edition, exemplar HC 13/19.

    The Llibre de meravelles and a selection of the facsimiles will be exhibited until the first week of December in the display cases in the Library vestibule.


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  • The Library now has its own catalogue in the webpage

    The Library now has its own catalogue in the webpage (27.11.2008)

    Since the end of November, the Library catalogue, together with that of the MACBA Library, can now be consulted independently.

    When the Library webpage was posted, consultation of the material had
    to be done via the Catàleg Col·lectiu de Catalunya, which has various
    centres. We now have the possibility of consulting the actual
    catalogue, viewing correctly and completely each of the entries it
    includes.


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  • The Library embarks upon a new project

    The Library embarks upon a new project (20.10.2008)

    Last October, the dossiers project began, with the aim of physically unifying the press and small catalogues sections.

    The first phase of the project is intended to physically unify the
    artists’ folders from both sections. The idea is to create a single
    folder for each artist that will contain not only news items or small
    catalogues, but also any type of material, as long as it is not
    monographs or magazines.
    There will be a single place for the
    material and each folder will be entered in the catalogue. This will
    allow users to consult this material without having to travel to the
    Museum.


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  • End of the monographs project

    End of the monographs project (14.07.2008)

    At the end of last June, the Library finished converting the manual catalogue of monographs

    At the end of last June, the Library finished the conversion of the
    manual catalogue of monographs (52,093 entries), including large-format
    (200 entries) and the books in the reserve (1,357 entries). At the same
    time, the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya’s Library was re-catalogued
    (4,069 entries), which includes books, offprints and leaflets.
    In
    this way, some of the aims established in the prolongation of the
    agreement signed with Fundación Telefónica have been achieved,
    continued with the conversion of the manual catalogue of magazines from
    September 1st 2008.
    Apart from the conversion work, during the
    last three months the 209 monographs from the acquisition of Puig i
    Cadafalch’s library have been catalogued.

    On July 2nd, the figures were as follows:

    Total number of entries: 118,550
    Exclusive entries MNAC: 85,522
    Exclusive entries MACBA: 33,024
    Shared entries MACBA-MNAC: 9,474
    Cuttings (analytical of content): 3,167 cuttings from a total of 249 publications


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  • Renewal of the agreement with Fundaci?n Telef?nica

    Renewal of the agreement with Fundaci?n Telef?nica (06.05.2008)

    The Library renews its agreement with Fundaci?n Telef?nica

    The MNAC Library is making progress in the process of re-cataloguing
    and automating the retrospective catalogue of the collections. On May
    6th 2008 Francisco Serrano, Director General of Fundación Telefónica,
    and Narcís Serra, President of the Board of Trustees of the Museu
    Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, signed the prolongation of the agreement.
    In this phase, due to finalize on March 1st 2010, the material in the
    Gabinet Numismàtic’s Library, the material in the reserve and
    large-format and the important collection of periodical publications
    will be incorporated into the catalogue.


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  • 50,450 computerized entries

    50,450 computerized entries (18.02.2008)

    The Library has now computerized 50,450 bibliographic entries

    On February 11th, the Library completed the automation of 50,450
    bibliographic entries, achieving the objectives established in the
    sponsorship agreement signed between the Museum and Fundación
    Telefónica at the end of 2005.

    Since the project got underway,
    the team with the job of carrying it out has transcribed the data from
    the manual catalogue files and has increased and normalized the points
    of access to the Library’s material.

    The automation and
    re-cataloguing work has made it possible to make an overall assessment
    of the material: the documents have been reviewed and the specific
    physical characteristics have been added (particularly to those
    published between 1850 and 1900), the collection of leaflets has been
    grouped together in almost 60 boxes and an important part of the
    material has been cleaned, relabelled and bound.

    In order to
    verify the descriptive levels of the material, the databases of
    important European and American libraries have been studied. Among the
    institutions consulted are the National Art Library, the Bibliothèque
    Nationale de France, the Library of Congress, and others closer to home
    like the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de
    Barcelona and the Catàleg Col•lectiu de les Universitats Catalanes.

    ,
    The Library will shortly be signing the prolongation of the agreement
    with Fundación Telefónica, with the aim of completing the automation of
    all the material, re-cataloguing the reserve material and the
    periodical publications. It is hoped to achieve this by March 1st 2010.


    Today, February 18th 2008, we can give the following figures:

    - Total number of entries on the database: approximately 111,000. (the database grows at a rate of 100-120 entries daily)
    - Exclusive entries MACBA: 27,467
    - Exclusive entries MNAC: 69,907 (of which 2,702 belong to cuttings of articles from conferences and magazines)


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  • Closure of the press archive

    Closure of the press archive (02.11.2007)

    The press archive enters a new phase.

    On September 1st 2007, the press archive entered a new phase with the
    passage of the manual archive to the selection, presentation and
    recovery of the information through digital resources.

    The
    Library’s manual press archive contains about 15,000 thematic dossiers
    with news items of artistic interest that have appeared in the
    country’s press during the period from the beginning of the 20th
    century to the present day.

    Over the years, there has been an
    exhaustive process of taking cuttings from the newspapers and magazines
    delivered to the museum, from which all the information was taken
    referring to art, exhibitions, artists, museums, auctions, patrimonies,
    etc., and to the history of Barcelona, with the aim of offering users
    detailed information that is often difficult to find in other sources.

    News
    items appearing after September 1st can now be consulted via Internet
    from the Library reading room and the previous ones continue to make up
    the archive on paper.


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  • The Library computerizes its material

    The Library computerizes its material (02.11.2007)

    The Library, in collaboration with Fundaci?n Telef?nica, embarks upon the project to convert its material.

    The project to convert the catalogue of the Museu Nacional d’Art de
    Catalunya’s Library, carried out in the framework of technological
    collaboration between Fundación Telefónica and the MNAC, began on
    January 27th 2006.

    At the outset putting the 50,450 entries of the manual catalogue onto the on-line catalogue was expected to take 2 years.

    During
    the first few months, the data of the written files was incorporated,
    after being corrected, according to the international rules of
    cataloguing. On November 22nd 2006 the first part of the process ended,
    with the entry of 23,282 entries. After that, work continued with the
    re-cataloguing of the oldest books.

    45,157 items have by now been entered in the on-line catalogue.

    Approximately
    50% of the entries incorporated onto the MNAC Library database
    correspond to documents not found in other libraries in Catalonia. The
    project to convert the catalogue of the Museu Nacional d’Art de
    Catalunya’s Library, carried out in the framework of technological
    collaboration between Fundación Telefónica and the MNAC, began on
    January 27th 2006.


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