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Friday, May 2


Capitol Projects: Three Washington Image Collections Go Digital
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
Room: Latrobe Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Collaborative Projects in Open Access: Enhancing Discoverability of Your Collections via the Digital Public Library of America
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Getting Users the Things they Want: Open Access, Artstor and DPLA - Gregg A. Silvis, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Digital Initiatives, University of Delaware Library

Making Collections Information Go: Different Forms of Sharing for Open Access - Kate Blanch, Administrator, Museum Databases, The Walters Art Museum

How Open Access Makes Free Global Learning Possible - Beth Harris, Dean, Art and History, Khan Academy and Steven Zucker, Dean, Art and History, Khan Academy

Siân Evans, Implementation Manager, Artstor
Ian McDermott, Collection Development Manager, Artstor

Open access content is one of higher education’s most pressing topics, from sharing image and print collections to massive online open courses (MOOCs). To this end, the Digital Public Library of America (www.dp.la) launched in April 2013 with the ambitious goal of making the nation’s museum, library, and archival collections freely available online. To date, dozens of institutions are participating by sharing their content through a network of service and content hubs that aggregate and share content with DPLA. The collection building model for DPLA relies on these hubs to aggregate large batches of content that are subsequently harvested by DPLA.

This panel will explore Artstor’s work as a DPLA content hub for museum content and its plans to enable libraries to share their special collections with DPLA via Shared Shelf, as well as other collaborative open access projects taking place at the institutions represented. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore will speak to their longstanding commitment to making their collections available on the open Web on their own website, DPLA, and Wikimedia Commons. University of Delaware Library has published numerous special collections in Shared Shelf Commons, an open access portal that contains content for Shared Shelf subscribers; this content will soon be made available to DPLA, thereby increasing access to academic special collections through one search portal. Additionally, Beth Harris and Steven Zucker of smARThistory, a leading open access resource for art history, will discuss their plans to use DPLA content, and other open access content, in their open educational resources.

Recorded Session Available Summer 2014

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


Trade Catalogs: Opportunities and Challenges
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Trade Catalogs: Invaluable Resources - Mary Augusta Thomas, Deputy Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and Stephen Van Dyk, Head, Art Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Libraries and Librarian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through the Looking Glass: a Medium-specific Collection - Gail P. Bardhan, Reference and Research Librarian, Rakow Library, Corning Museum of Glass
From Stickley to Sears: Material Culture and Trade Catalogs - Emily Guthrie, NEH Librarian, Printed Book & Periodical Collection, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Trade Catalogs as Objects of Fine Printing and Design - Jared Ash, Special Collections Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Projects and Products: Building History in Architectural Trade Catalogs - Carolyn Yorke Yerkes, Curator of Avery Classics, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University 

Linda Seckelson, Principal Reader Services Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Politically, trade catalogs represent the industrial and commercial productivity and inventiveness of a nation – a measurement of its economic power in the post industrial world. They additionally promoted national styles that became adopted by countries as a form of identity and national pride. 

Trade catalogs are primary source materials for understanding the history and study of decorative arts and material culture. They are a specialized "genre" of art historical literature. Their care, acquisition, cataloging, organization and housing present particular challenges. There are large, recognized collections of them in some institutions, and smaller, scattered collections elsewhere. In some museum settings, they are considered "objects," and in other situations, they are in library collections. Their ambiguous status contributes to their complexity. Therefore, access to them is not always straightforward. 

The original purpose of trade catalogs was to illustrate and promote the use of manufactured products. Small mills and large corporations alike publish them as marketing tools for wholesalers, retailers and the public. Trade catalogs document existing products, new technologies, innovative design in products and packaging, and marketing methods. In addition, they chronicle diverse methods of printing and advertising layout. They are portable and accessible resources for disseminating new inventions and designs all over the world. They are important research tools for verifying manufacturers of objects, as visual resources for restorations and creation of facsimiles and as a means of understanding the style and taste of a place or time period. They document material culture in a way that links commerce, industry, design, taste and scholarship, and as such, are essential tools for the increasingly interdisciplinary study of art history, decorative arts and material culture. 

Each panelist will talk briefly about the collection at his/her institution and will emphasize important or unique contributions to study and research, as well as addressing any issues relating to cataloging, organization, digitization and collecting challenges for the future.

Friday May 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room: Burnham Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Photographic Collections as Artifacts: Materiality, Digitization, and Access
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Objectifying the Archive: Preserving the Physicality of Photographic Collections for Enhanced Access - Shalimar Fojas White, Manager, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Enhancing access to photographic Collections at the GRI - Isotta Poggi, Assistant Curator, Getty Research Institute

Moderator: Emily Una Weirich, Access Services Supervisor/Student, Harvard Fine Arts Library/Simmons

Though online access and digitization are often the focus of discussions surrounding photographic archives and special collections, a great deal of information can still be gained from the original photographic items themselves. Many institutions provide access to their collections online, through online presentations and bibliographic records (among other things) to encourage remote use of these materials. These papers will present examples from two collections - the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives at Dumbarton Oaks and the Photographs in the Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute - and discuss issues relating to access to the photographic materials held by these two institutions.

Friday May 2, 2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room: Burnham Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Saturday, May 3


A Culture of Collaboration: The FAB Initiative 5th Annual Update
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Collaborative Collection Development for the Getty Research Portal- Kathleen Salomon, Assistant Director, and Alyx Rossetti, Metadata Librarian, Getty Research Institute
New Direction in Web Archiving and Collaborative Partnerships- Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
WorldCat Art Discovery Group Catalog: an International Network- Geert-Jan Koot, Director of the Research Library, Rijksmuseum
Working Together: Decision Support for Developing Digital Collections- Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Kathleen Salomon, Assistant Director, Getty Research Institute
Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Over the past five years, the Future of Art Bibliography (FAB) Initiative has served as a vehicle to develop collaborative efforts that aim--via discipline-specific open-access projects--to facilitate 21st century art historical research. The ensuing complementary and collaborative initiatives have been moving toward a shared ideal of making art historical literature in its many formats accessible to scholars worldwide, facilitating research, and furthermore encouraging a new kind of scholarly engagement with the materials.

The politics and diplomacy necessary to engage collaborators and scale such projects will be this year’s focus. Common to all of these projects is an urgent need to productively engage institutions both locally and internationally in a dialogue about the focus of current projects that will foster more collaboration and cooperation. Following this thread, the session will conclude by providing time for presentation and discussion of a proposal for a collective tool for “decision-support” that will assist in identifying both overlapping digital projects and lacunae in order to encourage the development of collaborative as well as unique projects that will further FAB’s overarching goal for the field.

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room: Conference Theater Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Preserving Civic Heritage
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Partners in Preservation: Documenting the Nation's Oldest City- Tom Caswell, University Librarian, University of Florida
Documenting a City's Past, Present, and Future: or, How a University Library Can Work with Local Civic Entities to Preserve and Protect the Built and Planned Environment- Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Visiting Librarian, University of Notre Dame, and Jennifer Parker, Associate Librarian, University of Notre Dame

Courtney Baron, MLIS Student, Valdosta State University

Tom Caswell will present about "Unearthing St. Augustine’s Colonial Heritage," a federally funded collaborative project which draws together four different repositories of hidden and fragile archival material which have been previously inaccessible to researchers worldwide and is now freely available in an open source database. By partnering both public and private institutions, this initiative digitally preserves and provides access to thousands of maps, drawings, photographs and documents which help in telling St. Augustine’s unique “story” as the United States’ oldest city on a global scale. Among the important archival items to be “unearthed,” which date from the 16th century to the present, include maps and overlays of the city, architectural drawings of historic structures, Spanish and British colonial government documents, as well as records, photographs, and site summaries from key archaeological excavations.

Viveca Pattison Robichaud and Jennifer Parker will speak about a project to create an online resource to study past, present and future architecture in the city of South Bend, produced by the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library and South Bend’s Center for History and the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph’s County. This resource is intended to provide access to historic architecture that has been demolished, historic architecture and historic districts that currently exist which we have documentation and/or blueprints of, and student proposals for the revitalization of undeveloped urban districts and locations within the city. This project includes creating a preservation plan for the blueprints, maps, and photographs, a digitization plan, and a catalog of the historic blueprint collection.

Saturday May 3, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room: McPherson Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001