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Tuesday, March 23 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Visual Resources in Archives: Information Sharing on Cultural Heritage Collections

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Archives are abundant sources for image content, with many of those digital objects being unique to their holding institution.  The current environment has archivists serving a burgeoning demand throughout society. Users’ increased requests have archivists honing their metadata skills to provide better access to individual archival items in digital formats. This increased need for access to images in cultural heritage collections creates challenges for archivists to not only provide reference access but also to maintain the integrity and security of their collections.

This facilitated discussion spotlights the ways that visual resources are collected and used in archives.  Speakers/discussion leaders work in a variety of archives (photography, university, library, and government). Together we will lead a conversation with our attendees about our collective challenges and successes in working with digital images, dialoguing about the areas where visual resources disciplines intersect. 
Our questions and topics include: 
  • How might one’s educational background turn out to provide methodological training, useful field experience, and a deeper understanding of archival materials and ways to contextualize them for users?
  • What are the different approaches to metadata in archives and in visual resources libraries?
  • What impacts is the COVID-19 pandemic having on archival collections and projects, specifically access and use?
We also invite you to bring your own questions about the interconnections of archives and visual resources.

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Maria Day

Senior Director, Special Collections, Conservation & Library Services, Maryland State Archives

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Maureen Burns

Consultant, IMAGinED
Maureen Burns is an information professional with over 30 years of experience developing and managing teaching resources of analog and digital images at UC Irvine, the Getty Villa, and CSULB. Presently working on a consulting basis through IMAGinED, Burns is currently the sales representative... Read More →
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Cindy Abel Morris

Archivist, University of New Mexico
Cindy has spent her university-based career in visual resources and special collections; and currently works with visual cultural material (mostly photographs), researchers and students. As a certified archivist, she processes physical collections, writes finding guides, publishes... Read More →
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Christina Moretta

Photo Curator, San Francisco Public Library
Christina is Photo Curator / Archivist / Librarian for the San Francisco History Center, official archives for the City & County of San Francisco. She thinks she has the best job in the library since she's been doing it for 15 years! Since May 2020 she added a new feather to her public... Read More →

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Crowley Company

The Crowley Company is a unique – and to our knowledge, the only – blend of scanner manufacturer, scan system distributor and digitization services bureau. This dynamic combination allows Crowley to understand the complexities of archival preservation and records management from every angle, providing a competitive and technological edge that cannot be found elsewhere.Only The Crowley Company can offer a complete range of digitization... Read More →

Tuesday March 23, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT