In 2010 and 2012, the Peabody Essex Museum hosted two symposia on the issues facing art museum libraries. This publication documents them, presenting short articles reprising some of the talks, and transcripts of all of them.

The symposium was made possible by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Additional support was provided by Backstage Library Works and Gaylord Brothers, Massachusetts Library System Inc., and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers.