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Terence Ford Named Head of Research Databases at the Getty Research Institute

June 25, 2001

Los Angeles--The Getty Research Institute announces the appointment of Terence Ford as its head of research databases. Ford is responsible for the Getty Provenance Index, the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), and the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. He was most recently the Editor of the MLA International Bibliography and director of Bibliographic Information Services at the Modern Language Association in New York.

Ford's appointment marks the consolidation of the Provenance Index, BHA, and Avery Index under a single directorship. "My goal is to facilitate the new synergism of the Getty Research Institute's group of scholarly databases," comments Ford, "helping all levels of researchers to tap these rich resources."

The Getty Provenance Index, comprising several electronic databases as well as non-automated material on the history of ownership of works of art, provides scholars and museum curators with crucial information about the history of taste and collecting. The Bibliography of the History of Art is the most comprehensive bibliographic reference work for literature on the history of Western art. The Avery Index surveys more than 700 American and international journals on architecture and design, offering bibliographic descriptions and indexes on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration.

In welcoming Ford to the Getty Research Institute in February 2001, Research Library Chief Librarian Susan M. Allen commented, "As we contemplate ways in which our research databases can better serve scholars in the visual arts, Terry's guidance and leadership will be invaluable. We feel extremely fortunate as we look forward to his development of these important art history resources and to his larger contribution to the programs of the Getty Research Institute."

Prior to his tenure at the Modern Language Association, Ford was the editor of RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and associate director of the Research Center for Music Iconography at CUNY. In both positions he managed complex production databases, working with collaborators internationally. Ford's expertise in database development, production, technical platform migration, and establishing scope and coverage within the international literature will guarantee the Research Library's high standards for serving scholars in the visual arts.

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