Digital Images and Art Libraries in the Twenty-First Century

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Overview

Increase your knowledge of the digital technology that is essential for art librarianship today!

Digital Images and Art Libraries in the Twenty-First Century is your key to cutting-edge discourse on digital image databases and art libraries. Just as early photographers tried to capture the world to make it accessible, now information professionals in art libraries and art museums are creating and sharing digital collections to make them broadly accessible. This collection shares the experience and insight of art information managers who have taken advantage of digital technology to expand the coverage and scope of image collections and improve access to previously difficult-to-locate information.

In Digital Images and Art Libraries in the Twenty-First Century you will learn step-by-step what goes into the planning and creation of these "digital global museums" and what advances are still being made in this rapidly evolving discipline. The pros and cons of these ventures are thoroughly examined, as experts take you through the theoretical and practical issues they have faced along the way.

Digital Images and Art Libraries in the Twenty-First Century will help you gain a better understanding of:

  • image censorship
  • Web filters
  • user expectations
  • the comparative impact on the viewer of surrogate images versus artifacts
  • databases as an in-class teaching and learning tool
You can also read in-depth about the existing digital image collections ArtSTOR and OhioLINK Digital Media Center (DMC) as well as the specific art library materials being considered for these collections. Find out what it takes to catalogue these materials and how the proliferation of digital images is changing the profession of art librarianship.

Digital Images and Art Libraries in the Twenty-First Century is a thorough and highly specialized book suitable for expert librarians and visual resource curators, but its straightforward style also makes it suitable for beginners and students interested in library and information science programs.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Visual resources are among the most important topics for the digitizing processes now available. The manner in which this is done, the kinds of systems available, and the pros and cons of the task itself are all expertly discussed in this compilation of essays by a team of experienced art librarians. Wyngaard (Fine Arts Lib., Ohio State) stresses that all visions of the future are rooted in the developments of the past and that leaping forward requires a backward look as well. The coverage ranges from theoretical to practical, from cooperative practices to censorship and from existing digital collections to plans for future accessibility. One of the most pragmatic is Max Marmor's description of the development of ArtSTOR as a digital resource for scholars in the arts. A timely contribution is Susan Travis Bissionette's essay on filtering and its implications for reference services. The final section deals with the librarian's role in this rapidly changing area: Are there new questions or merely new ways of finding the answers? Addressing many of the issues currently debated in the profession, this is highly recommended for art librarians. [Also published as Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 39, Nos. 2/3.]-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789023476
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Journal of Library Administration
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • CITY2000: A Holistic Approach to Administering Image Resources
  • Architectural Archives: To Web or Not to Web
  • Integrating Digital Images into the Art and Art History Curriculum
  • Today’s Ephemera, Tomorrow’s Historical Documentation: Access Options for Artists Files
  • ArtSTOR: A Digital Library for the History of Art
  • The Case for Collaboration: The OhioLINK Digital Media Center
  • Smothering Free Speech: Filtering the World Wide Web
  • Enhancing the Value of Museum Web Sites: Lessons from the Practical Engagement Front
  • Image Delivery and the Critical Masses
  • Link It or Lump It: Basic Access Strategies for Digital Art Representation
  • Evolution of a Profession: The Changing Nature of Art Librarianship
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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