Structures of Image Collections: From Chauvet-Pont-D'Arc to Flickr

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Human beings have always had a penchant for collecting images. The challenge today is that almost anything and everything in the world is available as a viewable image. Consequently, say O'Connor and Greisdorf, image collections can no longer be the result of ad hoc processes rooted in antiquated methodologies. To this end, they present the reader with an interdisciplinary approach to the principles, practices and belief systems underlying categorization and image management. The book is divided into three parts:...

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Overview

Human beings have always had a penchant for collecting images. The challenge today is that almost anything and everything in the world is available as a viewable image. Consequently, say O'Connor and Greisdorf, image collections can no longer be the result of ad hoc processes rooted in antiquated methodologies. To this end, they present the reader with an interdisciplinary approach to the principles, practices and belief systems underlying categorization and image management. The book is divided into three parts: defining the nature of images; describing how images are used; and explaining how and why images are collected (including the mechanics of storage and accessibility). Individual chapters contain a historical perspective on the subject matter and supporting research. Liberally enhanced with illustrations from the authors' own collections. For anyone who cognitively engages with image collections either vocationally or avocationally.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A number of handbooks have been written to help librarians expand their digital resources, but until now none have focused on the semantic, semiotic, and syntactical underpinnings that define, describe, and contextualize collected images. Those who work predominantly with digital images will fine a few provocative ideas and exercises in this book, well-illustrated with photos taken by the authors and their families."

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C&RL News

"In this essential and noteworthy publication, intended for anyone who avocationally or vocationally engages with image collections, experienced experts, Greisdorf and O'Connor attempt to set forth an interdisciplinary foundation for establishing image collections so they can be accessed and retrieved. Highly recommended, particularly for large public and academic libraries."

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IFLA Acquisitions & Development Newsletter

"In both practical and philosophical ways, this book examines the almost infinite number of images that people collect as well as the many different ways that image collections can be arranged and managed. . . . This book contains a wealth of photographs to illustrate the many issues of image collection management. The book would provide excellent discussion points for a graduate level class in library science or museum studies."

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Catholic Library World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591583752
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD F. GREISDORF is Director of Training at UniFocus in Carrollton, Texas.

BRIAN C. O'CONNOR is a Professor at the School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I Seeing and Believing 1

1 Do We Need To See? 13

2 Living with Vision 21

3 Seeing and Collecting 27

Part II The Language of Image Structures 37

4 Image Semantics: How We Describe What We See 41

5 Image Semiotics: How We Describe What We Don't See 57

6 Image Engagement and Complexity 71

7 Image Use 85

Part III Image Collections 101

8 What's In A Word? 103

9 "Tag, You're It!" 119

10 Moving On 127

Part IV Groupthink, Deindividuation, and Desensitivity 139

11 Master and Masterpiece 143

12 A Word about the Needy 153

Part V Lessons from the Future 161

13 A Mathematics of Image Structure 163

14 Image Excess and Collection Access 167

15 What's the Use? 173

Index 177

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