Dear Subscriber,
Welcome to the first issue of the Worldwide Books Newsletter. Replacing the monthly e-mail notification that you have been receiving from us as an electronic subscription, this newsletter will alert you to each new monthly batch of records as they become available on our Web site, while also providing information on Worldwide's services, offering helpful hints on how to effectively use our Web site as a powerful tool for collection development, and highlighting special new titles and offerings.


Each monthly lists presents records for some 400 to 600 new art books and exhibition catalogues that have recently arrived into stock and are now available for purchase through Worldwide Books. Because each title appears on only one monthly list (the one corresponding to the month in which the title first came into stock at Worldwide), subscribers who systematically review our listings throughout the year can be confident that they have considered all of Worldwide's carefully selected offerings for the year, and that they have not wasted time by reviewing the same titles more than once. To view the April list of new titles, simply click on the link to the right.


Through the Advanced Search screen of our Web site, users can limit searches by month of receipt simply by selecting the appropriate month from the "Recent Arrivals" pulldown menu. They can also select other filtering options in tandem to create a customized selection of titles drawn from each monthly list. For instance, a librarian responsible for collection development for a specialized collection may wish to consider only the architecture titles from a given list, or  English-text titles on post-1945 art, or Plan 1 (Basic Selection) titles on American art. The filtering options are vast, and can very effectively help to identify appropriate titles for both general and highly focused collection-development profiles.


We hope you like the new format for our monthly announcement of new titles, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.




Kelly Fiske

In This Issue
New Titles
New Web Site
About Us
New Titles
View all the new titles that arrived in April here

Worldwide Books was pleased to exhibit at this year's ARLIS conference held last month in Boston. The messenger-style tote bags we handed out were very popular, and all 275 bags were gone by the morning of the second day. Each year we find that the speed with which our supply of tote bags is exhausted serves as an exhibit-hall-traffic-gauge of sorts, and indeed traffic in the exhibits hall this year was quite good throughout the weekend. We thank all of the attendees who stopped at our booth to view the many new and recent titles we had on display, to discuss their approval plans, to offer their compliments, or to just say hello. We always try to bring a wide range of titles for display at the ARLIS conference to underscore the depth and breadth of our coverage, and we typically include several just-released titles that we know will be new to most librarians. This year our display included more than 100 new titles, and a display list is available in PDF format to anyone who may wish to identify titles they saw on display at our booth.


We would also like to congratulate the winners of this year's Worldwide Books Awards, who each received a $1,000 prize, and to thank the ARLIS/NA Research Awards Committee for carefully reviewing the nominations and for selecting the winners: the Worldwide Books Publication Award was presented to Jeff Gunderson of the Anne Bremer Memorial Library at the San Francisco Art Institute for "A Combination of Accidents: The San Francisco Art Scene in the 1940's," an essay that appears in the book San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75 Years of Looking Forward (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2009); the winner of the Worldwide Books Electronic Resources Award was Katherine Chibnik of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, for the online guide to the library's New York Real Estate Brochures Collection.


On the first day of the exhibits, author Richard Minsky arranged for a book signing at our booth, having brought with him several advance copies of his new title The Art of American Book Covers: 1875-1930, a handsome and well-researched volume that Worldwide now has in stock (see Worldwide item 138551).


During the conference Worldwide was also accepting orders for the soon-to-be-released Yves Saint Laurent: Haute Couture-l'Oeuvre Integral, 1962-2002 (Worldwide 139858), an exceptional limited edition publication that features four clamshell portfolios, each containing hundreds of loose sheets with drawings, fabric samples and production notes documenting 40 years of seasonal collections by celebrated French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008).


Just released this spring by the French publisher Editions de La Martiniere in an edition of only 500 copies, it is being offered to the trade through Harry N. Abrams, which has initially been allocated only 25 copies for distribution in North America. If your library is interested in ordering this publication through Worldwide, we encourage you to contact us immediately, as Abrams reports that most of their initial supply has already been reserved (with eleven copies spoken for by Worldwide's library clients as of mid-May). The title is slated to begin shipping later this month. 
websiteNew Web Site

At the beginning of this year, Worldwide Books launched its newly designed Web site.  The original Web site was unveiled in 1995, the year we first made our database available online: a facelift was desperately needed.  However, updating the Web site went well beyond aesthetics. 


Aside from introducing a more contemporary and attractive look, we have expanded and enhanced the functionality of our Web site to better serve the needs of our library clients.  The Advanced Search has been made more efficient through an improved keyword search, by introducing the use of wildcard searches, and by adding more search options to the dropdown menus.  Detailed information about our approval plans and services can be found in the "About Us" section.  Additional improvements are in the pipeline, and will be announced as they become available.


More information on the Web site's search features and tips on how to use them effectively will be a regular segment in this newsletter in the coming months.  Details and more information about the various fields, menus and options of the Advanced Search can be found here.
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For nearly 50 years, Worldwide Books has served academic, museum and public libraries as a specialized source for art exhibition catalogues issued by museums and galleries throughout the world. For the past two decades Worldwide has also offered comprehensive coverage of new books on art, architecture, photography and design published by hundreds of leading American trade and university presses. Serving as a centralized source for a wide range of scholarly art books and exhibition catalogues, Worldwide is uniquely positioned to assist and guide art libraries in careful and efficient collection development.