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Tuesday, March 23

12:00pm CDT

Visual Resources in Archives: Information Sharing on Cultural Heritage Collections
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

Director, Special Collections & Conservation, 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
Thursday, March 25

10:00am CDT

Materials Collections
Materials-based collections represent a challenging new mode of information management in terms of subject specialization, physical description and accommodation, and institutional mission.  Building upon the successful introductory meeting of this Group in Los Angeles at the 2019 Conference, the goal of this SIG is to provide a forum for open discussion of Material and Object Collections and their relationship to various library/visual resources tasks.  The Material and Object Collections SIG provides an opportunity for individuals working with a variety of materials and objects collections – including those that support art and art history courses, those that support architecture and design courses, and those in cultural heritage organizations – to share ideas, issues, and potential solutions in regard to tasks similar to common library/visual resources activities (including cataloging, documentation, staffing, outreach), as well as more specialized concerns relating to the management of physical objects (security, storage and retrieval, the design of user spaces, etc.).      By continuing to offer an opportunity for participants to share brief introductions and profiles of their collections, we hope to encourage networking and exchange information about sources for specialized items; to display sample items and share surplus samples with other collections; and to provide examples of successful solutions to typical problems.  Our long-range goal is to maintain an ongoing support group that can be of particular benefit to those professionals who are in the beginning stages of building or organizing physical collections.

Session Organizers
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Allan Kohl

Librarian, Visual Resources and Library Instruction, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
copyright and intellectual property rights issues; international travel; sheet music covers; political cartoons; ancient Greek vases; medieval manuscript illumination; theatre

Thursday March 25, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
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