Managing Image Collections

Managing Image Collections

A Practical Guide

1st Edition - February 3, 2011

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  • Author: Margot Note
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345992
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630564

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Description

This book explores issues surrounding all aspects of visual collection management, taken from real-world experience in creating management systems and digitizing core content. Readers will gain the knowledge to manage the digitization process from beginning to end, assess and define the needs of their particular project, and evaluate digitization options. Additionally, they will select strategies which best meet current and future needs, acquire the knowledge to select the best images for digitization, and understand the legal issues surrounding digitization of visual collections.

Key Features

  • Offers practical information for the busy information professional
  • Concentrates solely on image management
  • Focuses on unique needs of born digital and digitized images

Readership

Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    List of figures, tables, and boxes

    Acknowledgments

    About the author

    Introduction

    L’Heliographie

    Viewing the first photograph

    Images defined

    Collections defined

    Objectives

    Images and figures

    Audience

    Why Managing Image Collections: A practical guide?

    Other resources

    Chapter 1: Photographic image history

    Abstract:

    Introduction

    Technology and images

    Early attempts at photography

    Daguerreotypes and calotypes

    Technical developments

    Other early formats

    Commercial expansion

    Development of image collections

    Plate and camera improvements

    Film developments

    Color photography

    Digital technology

    Chapter 2: Digital image basics

    Abstract:

    Introduction

    What is a digital image?

    Digital and analog differences

    Digital images as surrogates

    Digital cameras and scanners

    Dynamic range and bit depth

    Resolution

    Resolution recommendations

    Master and derivative files

    Interpolation

    Compression

    File formats

    Digital decisive moment

    Chapter 3: Photographic image issues

    Abstract:

    Introduction

    Visual literacy

    Authenticity

    Decontexualization

    Paradigm shift

    Contextual meaning

    Photography in context

    Intellectual property rights

    Legal and cultural considerations

    Ethics

    Preservation

    Chapter 4: Photographic image collection management

    Abstract

    Introduction

    Image collections

    Appraisal defined

    Photographic appraisal

    Photographic appraisal criteria

    Selection for digitization

    Managing hybrid collections

    Chapter 5: Metadata and information management

    Abstract:

    Introduction

    Description for archives, libraries, and museums

    Challenges of image description

    Item-level description

    Collection-level description

    Subject description

    Metadata

    Metadata crosswalks

    Image description practices

    Description for digitization initiatives

    Metadata for information management

    Chapter 6: Digitization

    Abstract:

    Introduction

    Project objectives

    Cost estimates

    In-house or outsourced digitization

    Staffing

    Collaboration

    Documentation

    Benchmarking

    Calibration

    Scanning from originals or duplicates

    Batching

    Postproduction work

    File-naming conventions

    Quality assessment

    Management systems for images

    Benefits of digitization

    Chapter 7: Conclusion

    Appendix A: Digital project considerations

    Appendix B: Glossary of image collection terms

    Appendix C: Further reading

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: February 3, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345992
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630564

About the Author

Margot Note

Margot Note has a Master’s in History from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s in Library and Information Science, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Archives and Records Management, both from Drexel University. She is a Certified Archivist based in New York and is the Director of Archives and Information Management at World Monuments Fund, an international historic preservation organization.

Affiliations and Expertise

World Monuments Fund, USA

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