April 20, 2008

Interview #6: Helena Zinkham and Michelle Springer: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Flickr pilot project

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Interview: April 21, 2008 by phone

Topic: An overview of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress Flickr pilot project

About the Project:

In January, 2008, the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress loaded historical images onto Flickr to increase access to these images for the public, gather more information in the identification and indexing of these images and to see what happens. Several months into the pilot, these are their reflections.

Great ideas from the interview:

“Flickr offers a venue where people are already looking at photographs…people that may not think to turn to a library.”

“Many libraries are already using Flickr, and using it well.”

Library of Congress Flickr photostream:

Information on the project:

Opening the Photo Vaults webcast:

Prints and Photographs Division Reading Room webpage:

Audio of interview is here (mp3 streaming): LOC interview

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Interview #5: Gretchen Wagner, ARTstor: Images and Fair Use

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Interview date: April 15, 2008 by phone

Topic: Image use in education and the relationship to fair use

Gretchen Wagner is the General Counsel and Secretary for ARTstor. Along with her work at ARTstor, she is a member of the New York City Bar Association, Art Law Committee and Co-chair on the VRA Intellectual Property CommitteeShe is a strong advocate in defining Fair Use of images for teaching, learning and scholarship.

Link to Audio file is here (mp3 streaming): Wagner Interview

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Link to article in Educause Review ” Sharing visual arts images for educational use: Finding a new angle of repose.”


Interview #4: Sue Maberry, Web 2.0 at the Otis College of Art and Design Library

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Interview date: April 9, 2008, by phone

Sue Maberry, director of the Millard Sheets Library at the Otis College of Art and Design speaks on her approach to outreach in an Art and Design School library through Web/library 2.0 and other technology.

A few great ideas from her interview:

A wiki is a great place to get faculty used to publishing on the web.

“We encourage all forms of experimentation [with web 2.0 technologies]…I don’t think it’s a bad idea to try it all. ”

Pushing Web 2.0 content and presence back out to the library webpage.


Link to Otis library page:

Otis wiki page:

Otis Youtube channel:

Audio of interview is here (mp3 streaming): Maberry interview

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Interview #3: Nicole Plett of WAAND, the Women Artists Archives National Directory

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Interview date: April 9, 2008, by phone

Topic: Connecting the analog to the digital

About WAAND:

WAAND is an online directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visal artists and women artists’ organizations active in the U.S. at any time from January 1, 1945 to the present. It is a research tool for scholars, students, artists, and collecting institutions round the world. WAAND directs users to standardized information about archival collections to support research, compartative analysis, holdings assessment, and collaborative initiatives.

WAAND is located at and sponsored by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and links to such collections as the Amon Carter Museum Archives, the Getty Research Institute, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center (to name a few.)

Link to WAAND:

Other links:

Margery Foster Sommers Center at Rutgers:

Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, Rutgers:

Audio of interview is here (mp3 streaming): WAAND interview

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Interview #2: Megan Prelinger of the Prelinger Library, San Francisco

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Interview date: April 4, 2008 by phone

Topic: Connecting the analog to the digital in a private library

About Megan Prelinger and the Prelinger Library:

The Prelinger Library is a private library of emphemera, books and other materials, organized around the interest of Megan and Rick Prelinger. Increasingly, the collection is becoming of interest to art librarians due to the high amount of visual material and a rising popularity with visual artists. Their rich collection is open to the public for browsing, and many of their holdings are digitized, hosted at the Internet Archive.

To listen to this interview, click here (wav format): Prelinger Interview

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Links to and about the Prelinger library:

Library page:

Digital collections at the Internet Archive:

Gideon Lewis-Kraus. A world in three aisles: Browsing the post-digital library, Harper’s Magazine, May 2007

Interview #1 with Ross Day and Erika Hauser

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March 28, 2008, Ross Day and Erika Hauser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Goldwater Library.

Topic: Web 2.0/Library 2.0 and the museum library

About Ross and Erika and the Goldwater Library:

The Robert Goldwater Library is one of nearly a dozen professionally staffed departmental libraries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its first mission is to serve the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, but extends its services to other museum staff, the academic and art collecting communities, and to the adult public.
Ross Day began at the Goldwater Library in 1980, originally as the library assistant; he became the librarian in 1988. In addition to work on the library’s 2.0 profile and sharing in the library’s everyday tasks, he has responsibility for acquisitions and overall library management. Erika Hauser shares her time equally between the Goldwater Library and The Thomas J. Watson Library, the museum’s primary library, where her responsibilities include serials and auction sales catalogs. She began work at the museum in 2004.

To listen to the interview, click here (mp3 format)  Interview #1

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Sites to visit for the Goldwater Library:

Library blog:

Flickr site:

Wikipedia Entry:

Library wiki:


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