January 27, 2022

New From ARL: Digital Image Collections and Services (SPEC Kit #335)

SPEC Kit 335 (Digital Image Collections and Services) has been published by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

SPEC Kits are fee-based documents but an executive summary along with the complete table of contents is available at no charge.

This SPEC Kit  was written by Mary Kandiuk, Aaron Lupton, and Catherine Davidson from York University in Toronto.

From ARL:

This SPEC Kit examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases. It explores the infrastructure and support provided by research libraries and/or their institutions for the creation and use of digital images in teaching, learning, and research, including systems and platforms, cataloging and metadata, access and training, services and service points, and copyright and other rights issues. It also identifies collaborative strategies among ARL member institutions for providing digital images.

The SPEC Kit includes examples of digital image collection websites, finding aids, image use training materials, copyright and use rights policies, selection policies, descriptions of digital image service points, and digital collection promotional materials.

Direct to TOC and Executive Summary (19 pages; PDF) 

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.