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Managing Image Collections

Book 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.

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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of figures, tables, and boxes
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. About the author
  9. Introduction
    1. L’Heliographie
    2. Viewing the first photograph
    3. Images defined
    4. Collections defined
    5. Objectives
    6. Images and figures
    7. Audience
    8. Why Managing Image Collections: A practical guide?
    9. Other resources
  10. Chapter 1: Photographic image history
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Technology and images
    4. Early attempts at photography
    5. Daguerreotypes and calotypes
    6. Technical developments
    7. Other early formats
    8. Commercial expansion
    9. Development of image collections
    10. Plate and camera improvements
    11. Film developments
    12. Color photography
    13. Digital technology
  11. Chapter 2: Digital image basics
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. What is a digital image?
    4. Digital and analog differences
    5. Digital images as surrogates
    6. Digital cameras and scanners
    7. Dynamic range and bit depth
    8. Resolution
    9. Resolution recommendations
    10. Master and derivative files
    11. Interpolation
    12. Compression
    13. File formats
    14. Digital decisive moment
  12. Chapter 3: Photographic image issues
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Visual literacy
    4. Authenticity
    5. Decontexualization
    6. Paradigm shift
    7. Contextual meaning
    8. Photography in context
    9. Intellectual property rights
    10. Legal and cultural considerations
    11. Ethics
    12. Preservation
  13. Chapter 4: Photographic image collection management
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Image collections
    4. Appraisal defined
    5. Photographic appraisal
    6. Photographic appraisal criteria
    7. Selection for digitization
    8. Managing hybrid collections
  14. Chapter 5: Metadata and information management
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Description for archives, libraries, and museums
    4. Challenges of image description
    5. Item-level description
    6. Collection-level description
    7. Subject description
    8. Metadata
    9. Metadata crosswalks
    10. Image description practices
    11. Description for digitization initiatives
    12. Metadata for information management
  15. Chapter 6: Digitization
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Project objectives
    4. Cost estimates
    5. In-house or outsourced digitization
    6. Staffing
    7. Collaboration
    8. Documentation
    9. Benchmarking
    10. Calibration
    11. Scanning from originals or duplicates
    12. Batching
    13. Postproduction work
    14. File-naming conventions
    15. Quality assessment
    16. Management systems for images
    17. Benefits of digitization
  16. Chapter 7: Conclusion
  17. Appendix A: Digital project considerations
  18. Appendix B: Glossary of image collection terms
  19. Appendix C: Further reading
  20. References
  21. Index