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Friday, May 2 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Capitol Projects: Three Washington Image Collections Go Digital

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Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


The Kress Historic Negatives Digitization Project at the National Gallery of Art - Melissa Lemke, Image Specialist for Italian Art, Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art Library
IC + FA: Using Metadata to United Photograph and Archival Collections - Shalimar Fojas White, Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
The Carol M. Highsmith Archive: A Case Study in Providing Timely Public Access to Contemporary Born-digital Photographs via an Online Catalog - Brett Carnell, Acting Head, Technical Services Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Katherine Cowan, Senior Reference Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art

Missy Lemke will discuss the National Gallery of Art Department of Image Collections’ work with the Kress Collection of Historic Images. In addition to the histories of the objects themselves, these images and supporting materials tell the fascinating story of Samuel Kress’s collecting practices, including the role of prominent art historians and conservators. A grant from the Kress Foundation facilitated the scanning, cataloguing and physical preservation of this important archive. This talk will highlight examples from the collection which shed light on the Kress story and its significance for modern art history.

Shalimar Fojas White will present about the problems inherent to mixed collections like those of the Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks, which include both extensive photographic and fieldwork collections. The presentation will describe the selection of a collection management system (CMS) that will serve as an integrated data repository, and outline the challenges of incorporating two different metadata schemas and importing disparate legacy datasets into the same database. It will also outline the commonalities and differences in professional practice among art information professionals, and how systems and metadata can be used to integrate related collections that are often managed by different units within the same institution. In addition, the paper will describe the potential for an aggregated dataset for mixed collections to be repurposed for further online distribution.

Brett Carnell’s presentation will focus on the Carol M. Highsmith Archive. The Library of Congress currently provides access through its online catalog to over 22,000 of Highsmith’s rights-free photographs documenting America. Starting with Highsmith’s first submission of digital images in 2002 the Library developed and then has continuously refined practices to efficiently deliver high quality photographs to the public. The work has involved creating methods for facilitating and tracking the rapid inflow of thousands of images, manipulating metadata provided by the photographer to create catalog records, and managing digital files.

Friday May 2, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Room: Latrobe Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001

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