January 21, 2022

Milestones: Smithsonian Digitizes 1 Millionth Object From Its Collections!

From Smithsonian Insider:

A silver-and-wood teapot crafted by African American master silversmith Peter Bentzon in Philadelphia between 1817 and 1829 is one of the prized objects in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Today is special however for this teapot as images and information revealing its remarkable craftsmanship become accessible to the world online for the very first time. It is the 1 millionth object from the Smithsonian’s collections to be digitized by the Smithsonian’s Mass Digitization Program.

Smithsonian Insider spoke to Ken Rahaim, the Smithsonian’s Mass Digitization Program Officer, about his team’s recent efforts to upload and introduce objects from the Smithsonian’s vast holdings to the public online.

Read the Complete Interview


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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.