As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, CFPs, and more opportunities below!
Adventures in International Librarianship: Living and Working Outside of the United States
Are you interested in finding a job in library and information science outside of North America? Are you curious about what it’s like to live and work in a different culture? If so, please join us for a ELIME-hosted online panel discussion on Tuesday 6 November! Our panelists represent an incredible variety of experiences, and have worked all over the world from Switzerland to Azerbaijan to Japan.
You have two opportunities to attend. The first session will take place at 9am EST, and the second at noon EST. Note that the panelists are different for each session, so you could even attend both for a wider perspective. For more information:http://elime.web.unc.edu/interlib/
Call for Proposals: ACRL Image Resources Interest Group ALA Mid-Winter Meeting (held online)
The Association of College and Research Libraries Image Resources Interest Group is accepting proposals for our Mid-Winter meeting, to be held online (using Adobe Connect) on Thurs. Feb. 14, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. CST.
We are seeking proposals for presentations, of about 30 minutes in length, to be followed by questions/answers. Suggested topics include:
Project planning with images
Image collections across systems and platforms
Collaboration with academic departments/community outreach
Visual literacy standards implementation
We are interested in all aspects of image resources and look forward to varied presentations and creative projects.
Please submit proposals or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposal deadline is Nov. 30, 2012. Proposals need to include:
Brief proposal description (150 words or less)
Submitters will be notified by the week of Dec. 10th, 2012.
Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/acrlirig/ for additional information.
The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors for the Seattle ArtsGuide for the upcoming 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference! The ArtsGuide is a semi-annual guide and customized Google Map developed by theACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee to help ALA conference attendees find arts-related venues and events in and around host cities. You do not have to be a member to be a contributor, but it’s a great opportunity to get involved with the ACRL Arts Section. It’s also a fun way to contribute your knowledge of the area to enhance everyone’s conference experience! You can see previous ArtsGuides here:
Please let me know which section you’re interested in contributing to:
Visual Arts & Museums
Submissions would be due by December 3, 2012. If you’re interested please contact me as soon as possible.
Chair, ACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee
“Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping”
You may use tools like Google Maps in your personal life all the time for locating restaurants and local businesses, driving directions or planning trips via public transportation, but have you considered how this same technology could be used at your library to improve library services? RUSA’s online course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” is the perfect opportunity for librarians and library staff from public and academic libraries to gain a basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and learn about specific technologies they may be exposed to at the library. Registration for this course, which runs Nov. 5-25, ends on Thursday, Nov. 1.
If you’ve already taken this introductory course or have a good working knowledge of GIS and want to go further, consider enrolling in “Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS”, which shows you how to harness these technologies for reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and library promotion. The next session of this course begins Dec. 3.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if several of your staff could take this course and your library could reap the benefits in improved library services? Group discounts are available! Rates for two or more registrants from the same library, library network or library system start at $110 per person.
Learn more about all of our courses and webinars at the RUSA online learning page: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece
Register online now for this and other upcoming RUSA courses:
Questions about registration? Contact email@example.com or (800) 545-2433, option 5.
Digital Media Librarian Academic Services/ Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art
Division: Academic Affairs FLSA Status: Exempt Reports to (Position Title): Director, Decker Library Work Schedule: 8:30 am -4:30 pm (M-F), one day a week 11am -7 pm Job Code & Description: S7200, Librarian The Digital Media Librarian is responsible for the operation of the Media Resources Collection (MRC), including digital images, the slide collection, material collection, videos and films; and for providing leadership with the on-going integration of analog and digital media technology and services. This includes establishing departmental polices and procedures, budget management, database administration and implementing collection initiatives in collaboration with the Director of the Decker Library.
Summary of Essential Functions:
• Manage the daily operations of the Media Resources Collection and services
• Plan and allocate budget in collaboration with the Director of the Decker Library
• Manage the digital asset portion of the Integrated Library System (SirsiDynix Portfolio)
Supervise digital image and collections cataloging • Participate in collection development and outreach for still and moving image collections
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Manage MRC staff and oversees daily departmental operations, including hiring and evaluating staff.
• Develop collection of still and moving images for instruction, research and preservation purposes.
• Select, acquire and maintain collections.
• Explore new technologies and provide innovative ways to offer digital materials in support of teaching and learning.
• Oversee processing and cataloging for the image collection. • Establish polices and ensure best practices are followed for cataloging, creation and storage of analog and digital media, in coordination with the Catalog Librarian as necessary.
• Manage and oversee the organization and appearance of the digital asset management system. Coordinate with the Systems Specialist to manage the related portion of the ILS system.
• Work with librarians and staff responsible for online resource collection development, acquisition, maintenance and user discovery.
• Provides reference, instruction and one-to-one research appointments, including participation in the Personal Librarian program.
• Coordinate the acquisition and inclusion of institutional archive materials in the MRC collection.
• Provide reference and circulation services to patrons.
• Participate in local and national professional organizations as well as library related projects and institution-wide committees as needed.
• Perform other related duties as assigned. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging metadata and cataloging standards including MARC, METS, MODS, VRA core, Dublin core, XML, TEI, and best practices for digital collections. • Familiarity with integrated library systems and relational database management. • Knowledge of, and interest in relevant analog and digital media formats and experience with computer
technologies, digitization protocols and digital copyright.
• Familiar with proper handling of archival materials, photographic media and fragile special collections.
• Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, including the ability to foster a collegial work environment that encourages change and innovation.
• Ability to interact effectively and work productively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects and services.
• Ability to solve problems and prioritize work effectively.
• Masters degree in Library or Information Science
• Budget management and collection development experience with still and moving images
• Knowledge of art and the use of visual resources in an academic context
• 3-4 years visual resources experience in an academic or museum setting
• 1-2 years supervisory experience
• Bachelors, or Masters degree or strong educational background in Studio Art, Art History or related field
• Experience supervising digital projects
• Experience managing a visual resource center including supervision of student workers
Reporting to this position: 2.5 FTE (Media Coordinator, Patron Services Assistant, Media Resources Collection Assistant)
Conditions of Employment:
• Conditions: Background Check
• Must work at least one evening a week
Physical demands and work environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. • Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal to moderate.
• Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment. (additional training may be added, SEE: EHS Manager training schedule)
To apply online please visit: http://mica.interviewexchange.com AA/EOE
Library Relations Associate
New York City
ARTstor is a not-for-profit organization that assembles and makes available a Digital Library of images and associated data for noncommercial educational and scholarly uses, and an image management platform called Shared Shelf. The Digital Library and Shared Shelf are made available online through site licenses with educational and other not-for-profit institutions. ARTstor is headquartered in New York, NY.
The Library Relations Associate will share responsibility for expanding the ARTstor Digital Library and Shared Shelf participation within the educational community. Additional duties will involve billing, invoicing, and other special projects. The ARTstor community of potential participants consists of not-for-profit institutions in the United States and other countries. This position will require some travel (approx. 25%), and will demand a self-motivated, flexible, organized team player who thrives in an environment of constant change.
The LR Associate will report directly to the Associate Director for Library Relations.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Working to meet and exceed participation and revenue goals on an annual basis;
2. Communicating ARTstor’s mission, messages, and participation fee rationale to potential participants;
3. Identifying and managing new participation opportunities in the academic community;
4. Facilitating participation in ARTstor Digital Library at the institutional level by demonstrating ARTstor, its services and tools, and providing librarians and faculty members with useful information and strategies for promoting ARTstor as a campus-wide resource and platform;
5. Shepherding potential participants through the sales pipeline, including:
- Responding, via email and telephone, to participation inquiries via the ARTstor website
- Tracking contact information and “pipeline” status in our customer relationship management software
- Negotiating basic terms of License Agreements
- Working with other units to establish institutional access to the ARTstor Digital Library
- Giving remote demonstrations of ARTstor via GoToMeeting or other live conference software
- Setting up trial access for interested institutions
6. Representing ARTstor at conferences and other events deemed appropriate for this community;
7. Working closely with the Associate Director and other Library Relations team members on research projects, including market research;
8. Assisting with updating and maintaining the Talisma customer relationship management tool;
9. Contributing to internal reports;
10. Participating in all Library Relations and ARTstor staff meetings;
11. Keeping up-to-date on various ARTstor initiatives and developments and being able to communicate these initiatives to potential participants;
12. Additional special projects as assigned by the Associate Director and other senior staff members.
- Excellent communication skills in a variety of settings;
- Attention to detail and accuracy;
- Ability to work well as a team member;
- Strong technology skills, including familiarity with metadata structures, trends and web development as well as project management experience;
- Exceptional organizational skills;
- Ability to perform independently, be self-motivated, adapt to constant change and able to juggle multiple tasks with a positive attitude;
- Strong commitment and interest in the use of images in an educational setting;
- Bachelor’s Degree;
- 3-4 years of experience in academic library or web/software development fields.
- Familiarity with the ARTstor Digital Library;
- Art, art history, or architectural background;
- Business development, marketing, and/or academic library experience;
- Working knowledge of image management software and database technology;
- Experience with customer relationship management software (Talisma, Sales Force or other);
- Master’s Degree.
ARTstor is an equal opportunity employer. ARTstor offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applications for the position should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must submit a cover letter with salary requirements along with their resume. No phone calls please.
The Smithsonian Institution seeks a summer digitization intern for the
Field Book Project, a joint initiative by the Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History (NMNH) and the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA).
Internships are 10-12 weeks and must take place between June 1 and August
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Field Book Project is seeking an intern to work
with the primary source field book collections in the Department of
Botany. The Field Book Project is a collaborative initiative between the
Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Museum of Natural History
and works to improve access to primary source field notes, expedition
journals, photographs, and other materials documenting field work for
scientific research and discovery. The field book collection spans more
than 150 years of scientific field work and contains manuscripts and other
materials that document information on specimen collections that may not
be available on the specimen labels or in published literature. Interns
will reproduce original works in digital format for a myriad of imaging
QUALIFICATIONS: The intern must be able to handle delicate manuscripts
carefully, should have a healthy respect for historic collections, and
should be interested in learning about best practices and techniques for
digital imaging in an archival repository. Attention to detail for quality
control purposes is a must. Any previous experience with digitization
and/or knowledge of digital image file formats, settings, embedded
metadata and naming conventions should be mentioned in the application.
AWARD PACKAGE: None
DEADLINE: February 25, 2012.
New-York Historical Society – Print Room Reference Librarian
The Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections holds more than 250 collections, including 500,000 photographic prints and negatives, over one million historical prints and ephemera, approximately 100,000 architectural drawings, and the records of such noted American architects as Cass Gilbert and McKim, Mead and White. These collections are used daily by in-house and external researchers, including historians, art historians, architects, preservationists, filmmakers and the general public.
The New-York Historical Society is seeking an experienced reference librarian to work in its Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. Public service is the primary focus of this position. Specific aspects of public service and other responsibilities include:
• Conducting in-depth reference interviews prior to scheduling of appointments; coordinating and providing reference service on-site and by telephone, letter, and e-mail to all those interested in the department’s collections. Occasional provision of reference service in the library’s departments of manuscripts and printed collections.
• Educating researchers about rules and procedures for proper handling of the collections; monitoring researchers’ use of the collections
• Providing photocopies for researchers and coordinating image requests with the Department of Rights and Reproductions
• Keeping monthly statistics on collections usage
• Working with the Department Head and other staff to set processing and cataloging priorities for the Department, including the selection and organizing of collections for digitization.
• Coordinating the retrieval and return of collections for researchers, maintaining collections, and tracking the flow of collections in and out of the Print Room
• Assisting in record keeping of acquisitions
• Education and outreach activities, such as group presentations
M.L.S. from an A.L.A. accredited library school. Three years’ experience in a busy reference setting, preferably in an academic or research library. Experience identifying and working with visual materials collections, and familiarity with their care, organization, and arrangement. Ability to work independently and as part of a team in an environment of frequently shifting projects and responsibilities. Good attention to details and organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Subject specialty in art history, American history or New York history is preferred.
For consideration please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to email@example.com. In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Curator and Manager, Visual Resources Library
The City College of New York
New York, New York
Curator and Manager, Visual Resources Library
Maintain Architecture Visual Resources Library. Catalogue and update the slide and digital collection. Provide tutorial services in using the library collection and equipment. Supervise staff. Evaluate digital image collection in order to maintain quality and overall balance. Provide reference services for faculty and students. Provide research and obtain images for faculty symposia and publications.
BA -Liberal Arts, 5 years experience as same or as assistant Curator required. Must be familiar with metadata standards and proficient with cataloging software, particularly Embark Cataloger and ARTstor Shared Shelf.
HOW TO APPLY
Attn: Peter Gisolfi, Chair, Architecture
The City College of New York
141 Convent Avenue,
New York, NY 10031
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.
Senior Image Cataloger and Support Specialist
Visual Resources Collection, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
The Visual Resources Collection in the Department of Art and Archaeology Department seeks an energetic and detail-oriented individual. This position is responsible for cataloging, collection development, public service, and maintenance of the image collection under the general supervision of the Director of Visual Resources, Department of Art and Archaeology. The senior cataloger works closely with the faculty to determine and fulfill their image needs for teaching and research. This involves researching and acquiring new images, cataloging images, enhancing the cataloging system and the revision, correction, and reorganization of existing image metadata. The senior cataloger works on all aspects of making images available including uploading digital images and data and supporting users of images in multiple software applications (Almagest, PowerPoint, ARTstor). The position takes primary responsibility in offering support for scanning instruction and technical aspects of image use.
- BA in Art History or equivalent with significant Art History background
- Experience in a Visual Resources Collection or Library or related facility.
- Reading ability of at least one European language, knowledge of the history of art, and familiarity with literature in the field
- Knowledge of image cataloging standards and practices
- Research skills using print and electronic resources
- Experience with technologies for digital imaging and presentation
- Knowledge of photographic processes and ability to evaluate analog and digital image quality
- Excellent communication, organization, interpersonal, and customer service skills
- Attention to detail and accuracy
- Ability to work in environment with frequent interuptions
- Ability to take initiative, solve problems and prioritize work effectively
- Demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty and students in a rapidly changing service-oriented environment
- Masters degree in Art History or library and information science preferred
- Familiarity with databases, preferably image databases
- Demonstrated skill with Microsoft Office applications
- Knowledge of digital image technology
For further details or to apply for the position, please visit “Jobs at Princeton”
(Requisition number 0110341)
THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTERS OF THE VISUAL RESOURCES ASSOCIATION cordially invite you to the California Visual Resources Association Conference, also known as CAVRACON, which will be held Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th, 2011 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
CaVraCon will provide workshops, presentations and demos dealing with the many aspects of creating, managing and maintaining digital image collections, as well as the opportunity to network with both emerging professionals and veterans of the field.
The conference will be open to any interested parties regardless of organizational or institutional affiliation. Check the above site for registration information.
Patricia Harpring (Managing Editor Getty Vocabulary Program)
Developing local authority files for the CCO/CDWA categories and a discussion of CONA
Megan Marler (ArtSTOR, Senior Analyst for Strategic Initiatives)
ArtSTOR?s Shared Shelf
George Helfand (Luna Imaging, Inc., Account Manager)
Expanding Your Scope: A Workflow for Adding Books to a Digital Image Collection
Greg Reser (UCSD, Metadata Specialist) and Sheryl Frisch (CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, Visual Resource Specialist)
The VRA Custom XMP Info Panel: How do I use it?
Jan Eklund (UC Berkeley, Business Systems Analyst, IST Data Services) and Chris Hoffman (UC Berkeley, Manager of Informatics Services, IST Data Services)
Deploying CollectionSpace for a VR Collection
Tom Moon (UCSB Library, Digitization Unit Manager)
Structuring Workflows: implementing new procedures without disruption
Lois McLean and Rick Tessman (McLean Media, Content Clips)
Content Clips, An Online Tool for Teaching with Digital Images
Dr. James Bartholomay Kiracofe (Director, Inter-American Institute for Advanced Studies in Cultural History)
Images for Education, On the road with an academic photographer
As well as a Plenary by the Visual Resources Association President, Maureen Burns (IMAGinED Consulting), Case Studies, tours and more!
Things to bring: flip-flops, laptops and business cards.
Please send questions to John Trendler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We look forward to seeing you!
From Records to Data: Seeing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Collections Differently with RecollectionPosted: May 6, 2011
From Records to Data: Seeing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Collections Differently with Recollection
Brooklyn Public Library
Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress, will give a lecture titled “From Records to Data: Seeing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Collections Differently with Recollection” at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture on Thursday, May 19th from 3-4:30pm.
Owens will introduce and demonstrate the utility of Recollection, a free open source platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow scholars, librarians and curators to explore digital collections in novel and intuitive ways. This demonstration will show how content stewards can ingest collections from spreadsheets, sets of MODS records, or RSS and Atom feeds and then generate a range of interactive visualizations, including charts and maps, as well as sophisticated faceted browser interfaces for users of their digital collections.
We especially invite students and professionals interested in cultural heritage, digital curation and preservation, information visualization and other similar fields to attend.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Call for Proposals: 11th Annual Milka Bliznakov Prize
IAWA (International Archive of Women in Architecture Center)
Deadline for receipt of proposals: May 31st, 2011
The IAWA invites architects, scholars, professionals, students, and researchers to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov through research on women in architecture and related design fields. This research, in concert with the preservation efforts of the IAWA, will help fill the current void in historical knowledge about women’s professional achievements. The archive encourages such research in addition to the goal of preserving archival materials related to the work of women who shaped the designed environment, thus preserving for posterity a record of their achievements.
The Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA) presents this Annual Prize of $1000 (with an additional $500 available for travel) following a two-stage process:
STAGE ONE: PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
In Stage One, applicants submit their proposal, which outlines the work they plan to complete at the Archive, and should include the following elements:
1. Outline of research to be completed
2. Proposed schedule for residency to include a talk open to the university community and the general public
3. Intended product of research, a copy of which is to be donated to the archive upon completion.
Examples of the product of research may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Research paper
• Self-published book documenting the activities and work of the residency
• Notebook or sketchbook produced during the residency
• Visual or physical original work that references or utilizes research from the Archive
A 500-word proposal with curriculum vitae must be received or postmarked by May 31st, 2011. The proposal should be submitted both electronically as a PDF, and as a hardcopy by mail.
Proposals may include an original project, research, or scholarly work that contributes to and advances the recognition of women’s contributions in design.
The proposal shall draw upon and expand the IAWA collections to reflect upon the broader context of women’s contributions in the field of design. The product of the work should be specified in the proposal.
The IAWA Jury awards the Bliznakov Prize for the research proposal that best demonstrates an important advancement to the recognition of women’s contributions to architecture and the related design fields while encouraging the use and growth of the International Archive of Women in Architecture. The winner will be announced by June 15th. The final project must be completed by Dec. 15th, 2011. The final project will become a part of the Archive to contribute to the historical record.
The prize money will be awarded in two installments: the first $500 will be made available to the recipient upon arrival at the IAWA for the residency period, and the second $500 will be paid upon receipt of the final product. Up to $500 will be
available to support travel and residency expenses.
If further information is required, please contact Helene Renard, email@example.com.
Proposals should be sent to:
IAWA Center Executive Committee
ATTN: Helene Renard, RA
Chair, Milka Bliznakov Prize
School of Architecture + Design
201 Cowgill Hall (0205)
College of Architecture + Urban Studies
Blacksburg, VA 24061
There is still time to submit an entry for this year’s ARTstor Travel Awards competition!
ARTstor is providing five travel awards in the amount of $1,500 each to help support the educational and scholarly activities—such as flying to a conference—of graduate students, scholars, curators, educators, and librarians in any field.
The deadline is Monday, April 4, 2011.
Learn more here: http://www.artstor.org/news/n-html/travel-awards.shtml
Gretchen Wagner, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.
For more information please visit http://www.moma.org/modernwomen.
Images courtesy of Kathleen Hannah, Bratmobile and The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York.
Created by Plowshares Media
© 2010 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Another recent NYTimes article of interest:
“In a pre-emptive strike, the street artist Shepard Fairey filed a lawsuit on Monday against The Associated Press, asking a federal judge to declare that he is protected from copyright infringement claims in his use of a news photograph as the basis for a now ubiquitous campaign poster image of President Obama.”
Idee Labs has come up with a way to search Flickr images by color. It’s fun to play with, but might also make some visual resources folks think a bit. We already know that people don’t always search for images by content, and that there are plenty of images that just aren’t easily findable through keyword searches. What if you could find your Rothko images this way?
Check out the multicolor search, as well as others, at:
(reposted from VRA-L)
The University of Texas School of Architecture’s Visual Resources Collection has produced five short videos (ranging from 1 to 2 minutes long) available via YouTube:
- Digital Images: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EMwTEHNIw4
- Blog and RSS Feed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilvI3EHVQVo
- Power Point Tip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_o1fKli3pg
- Slide Scanning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2Qd7jLUqF8
- Web Resources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCuS9boaZHM
The following link will bring up all videos in this series: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=soa+visual+resources&search_type=&aq=f
[We need replicate their Web Resources functionality on our ArLiSNAP Resources page!!]
In order to stay competitive, Getty Images must predict upcoming image needs.
Found on: PSFK
Congress also plans to certify searchable databases for visual works like photographs, graphic arts, and textile designs that will collect information about works and contact information for the related copyright owners.
Certification? Really? Congress? Well, the Register of Copyrights doesn’t want to take it on.
Here’s what Marybeth Peters said in March, 2008 (The Register of Copyrights, before the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, Committee on the Judiciary)
As a side bar, we believe that the Copyright Office’s role in technology should be limited to reviewing best practices that are submitted to us. For example, we would not want to certify databases or other technological tools because we do not have the technical expertise to undertake such tasks. Moreover, we are not persuaded that certification should be a central concern. A user should take advantage of all reasonable tools likely to lead him to the copyright owner, regardless of whether the government has blessed that tool. [Emphasis added]
Marybeth Peters – US Copyright Office
Here is a really exciting browser plug-in that makes Flickr and other image sites a lot more fun to view. It could potentially be used for presentations. Pulling images from the hard drive is not officially supported yet, but there is a way to work around this in FireFox. (Thanks to Arno Bosse for introducing me to this plug-in!)
From the PicLens site:
Think beyond the browser
PicLens instantly transforms your browser into a full-screen, 3D experience for viewing images on the web. Photos will come to life via a cinematic presentation that goes well beyond the confines of the traditional browser window. With PicLens, browsing and viewing images on the web will never be the same again.
NEW! Immerse yourself in 3D Style.
Our new interactive “3D Wall” lets you effortlessly drag, click, and zoom your way around a wall of pictures for an extraordinary, full-screen viewing experience. Why mundanely flip through online photo galleries or squint at thumbnails from Google Image Search when you can fly through an immersive, full-screen experience instead? Learn more.