Digitizing Faculty Personal Image Collections
Any faculty member interested in having their personal research slide collection digitized must contact the Visual Resources Curator to initiate digitization.
Faculty member must know that we have no set ‘turn-around time’ as to how soon the slides will be digitized, but if you have a deadline in mind, make this known and we will try to accommodate it to the best of our abilities.
Pre-digitizing responsibilities of the faculty member:
*Why must faculty members recruit their own student workers?
Ideally, a student with whom you already have a relationship may take more time and be more careful with your collection and be a bit more invested in the outcome of this project. Also, if he/she is already familiar with your work, he/she may be relied upon to fill in additional data on an image-by-image basis when slides are not marked with anything. If you cannot find a student worker, we can post an ad and find one for you, but we highly encourage you to find students you trust.
Why isn’t my data going to be divided up into fields, such as Title, Creator, Period, etc.?
We aren’t using the same granularity for cataloging image through FPICs because it would simply take too much time. In order for the data from your slides to be interpreted correctly and inserted into the correct data fields would take intensive training on my part for the cataloging software and on your part for the data. Instead, we are recording information as an archive would: recording collection level information and item level description.
The advantages are: the project will move along faster; you’ll be able to use your images sooner; and through MDID your data will be keyword searchable making each image ‘findable’ in the database.
The disadvantages are: having metadata that is helpful to only you; data is not divided into standard fields, making it harder to share the collections with other institution in the future. If you anticipate that sharing your collection with a larger audience might be something you are interested in, we should address this in our initial meeting.
When slides are finally uploaded into the Colgate MDID database, an email will be sent to the faculty member from the Visual Resources Curator. Your slides will live in a separate collection in the database accessible to the VR Curator, yourself and anyone else you designate access to. The site can be visited at http://mdid.colgate.edu Log in with your Colgate ID and password.
Any questions should be directed to the Visual Resources Curator.
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