Sunday, January 25, 2009


This is just a test. marge

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  1. Online Exhibit: New York Public Library:

    Collection Principles indicated in their mission statement indicate that they select, collect, preserve and make accessible "the accumulated wisdom of the world, without distinction as to income, religion, nationality, or other human condition." offers broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents that "enable individuals to pursue learning at their own personal levels of interest, preparation, ability and desire, and help ensure the free trade in ideas and the right of dissent." They also have a new image database, developed to provide free and open online access to thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of the library.

    They claim to continue to add more visual collections and to enhance the navigation There was a wide variety in the collections. As I browsed I noted that it was fairly easy to go from image to image and even collection to collection. I was able to enlarge each image only once which limited my ability to see really close-up.

    Object Characteristics: In visiting quite a few of the collections and in reading over the collection policy I felt the the images well-managed. The collections did not appear to have any accessibility for the hearing or sight impaired unless the persons personal computer had special software to assist in this. These collections would be of sustainable quality overtime

    Metadata: The details such as title, material type, source source description and publishing information were available with each image. It mentions that these service files have been altered such as being enhanced for better viewing. Some images processed for image-compression delivery making it possible to enlarge and browse details. I did not see any documentation regarding the conditions of each item within each of the collections.

    Intended audience: Basically the audiences that NYPL would appeal to would be well-educated, scholarly, even those doing research in the arts, and even artist themselves.