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Structures of Image Collections: From Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc to Flickr [Paperback]

Howard F. Greisdorf , Brian C. O'Connor
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December 30, 2007 1591583756 978-1591583752 Reprint

Human beings have always had a penchant for collecting images. The challenge today is that almost anything and everything in the world is available as a viewable image. Consequently, say O'Connor and Greisdorf, image collections can no longer be the result of ad hoc processes rooted in antiquated methodologies. To this end, they present the reader with an interdisciplinary approach to the principles, practices and belief systems underlying categorization and image management. The book is divided into three parts: defining the nature of images; describing how images are used; and explaining how and why images are collected (including the mechanics of storage and accessibility). Individual chapters contain a historical perspective on the subject matter and supporting research. Liberally enhanced with illustrations from the authors' own collections. For anyone who cognitively engages with image collections either vocationally or avocationally.


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"A number of handbooks have been written to help librarians expand their digital resources, but until now none have focused on the semantic, semiotic, and syntactical underpinnings that define, describe, and contextualize collected images. Those who work predominantly with digital images will fine a few provocative ideas and exercises in this book, well-illustrated with photos taken by the authors and their families."

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"In this essential and noteworthy publication, intended for anyone who avocationally or vocationally engages with image collections, experienced experts, Greisdorf and O'Connor attempt to set forth an interdisciplinary foundation for establishing image collections so they can be accessed and retrieved. Highly recommended, particularly for large public and academic libraries."

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IFLA Acquisitions & Development Newsletter



"In both practical and philosophical ways, this book examines the almost infinite number of images that people collect as well as the many different ways that image collections can be arranged and managed. . . . This book contains a wealth of photographs to illustrate the many issues of image collection management. The book would provide excellent discussion points for a graduate level class in library science or museum studies."

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An interdisciplinary approach to the principles, practices and belief systems underlying categorization and image management.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; Reprint edition (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591583756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591583752
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,823,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for more pictures October 27, 2010
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an excellent book - I bought it for the wrong reason. I thought it would be a collection of images, but it turns out to be a somewhat scholarly text. It is well written, however, and quite interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars organize those millions of pictures! May 1, 2008
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People collect images, all sorts of images, and we collect them for all sorts of reasons. In both practical and philosophical ways, this book examines the almost infinite number of images that people collect as well as the many different ways that image collections can be arranged and managed. Just as early man gathered drawings of horses on prehistoric cave walls, today we collect billions of electronic images from digital cameras and cell phones and we find that the old methods of collecting, organizing and using images are not appropriate for the vast amounts of images that exist today. Image collections are quite different from other collections, just as a photograph is quite unlike a word. The authors provide an interdisciplinary approach for collecting images and organizing image collections. For any given image, probably any two viewers will see something quite different from one another, and probably the image will have quite a different meaning for each of the viewers. This book contains a wealth of photographs to illustrate the many issues of image collection management and the book would provide excellent discussion points for a graduate level class in library science or museum studies.

Jack Edson
Hamburg Public Library
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