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Visit by Metropolitan Museum Watson Library

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Topics: Events

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library recently welcomed colleagues from the Metropolitan Museum’s Thomas J. Watson Library for a tour of the Library.  The group of 15 librarians, led by Gwen Mayhew, were interested in a wide range of Library operations, including the mass retrospective digitization programme; the UN Digital Library; client services, online resources including the Research Guides and Ask DAG; systems and standards used for cataloguing, indexing, classification, and authority work; as well as the UN System consortium that coordinates the subscriptions to electronic databases and resources for UN Libraries, offices and agencies around the world. 

The tour of the Library focused on its turbulent history, the early 1960s International Style architecture of the building, as well as its spectacular interior design and the exquisite furnishings made by American, Danish, French and Swedish master craftspeople. 

At the conclusion of the tour, the colleagues from the Metropolitan Museum enjoyed the view from the Library’s Second Floor Reading Room.  With its stunning curved ceiling of Idaho white pine and its enormous custom-built card catalogue of African wenge wood, it is considered one of the most beautiful and serene spaces on the UN Headquarters in New York.