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In May the Museum hosted a conference that explored the future of libraries in the 21st century. One of the ideas that germinated from that conference was the concept of "decentralizing" the Library and moving selected books into the galleries. We are experimenting with that idea by bringing some of the resources of the Library into the [remastered] galleries with a selection of books that highlight art, literature, and religion of the period for adults and children.

Another major accomplishment of the Library this year was the award of a digitization grant from the Digital Commonwealth / Boston Public Library to digitize 268 of WAM's early exhibition catalogs. The digitization services were provided by the Boston Public Library and funded by an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant.

All of the digitized exhibition catalogs are now available on the Internet Archive, which you can access from the Digital Collections section of the Library's webpage. Take a look at the museum's first exhibition catalog from 1898!