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BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
DAUMIER PROJECT
2nd INTERIM REPORT
April 2002 - September 2002

SUMMARY:

  • DigiTool software installed.
  • 2649 lithographs digitized by September 30, 2002
  • 1750 Digital Images fully cataloged
  • 624 cataloging records and images available on web.

REPORT:

DIGITAL IMAGES
The creation of the digital images of our lithograph collection continued to run very smoothly during the second six months of our grant period. In fact, we are slightly ahead of schedule for completion of the digitization process and now anticipate that this part of the project will be completed by April 2003, instead of our projected completion date of June 2003.

CATALOGING
The creation of MARC21 bibliographic records for the digitized lithographs also continues very efficiently, thanks to our well-trained and talented graduate student assistants. We did have to hire two new students in September, 2002, but both are already contributing new cataloging to the database.

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
Tony Vaver, the Humanities Librarian for the Brandeis University Libraries, contributed original scholarship to our Daumier web site this summer. He wrote an original essay entitled &Daumier and Literature& to introduce users to 19th-century French literature and how Daumier influenced it and was influenced by it. Tony also contributed an annotated bibliography on the same topic for our web site. They can be seen at:
Daumier and Literature Essay
Daumier and Literature Bibliography

PUBLICITY
During this part of our grant project Susan Pyzynski gave a presentation on our Daumier Project to the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee at their bi-annual conference in early June.

Susan Pyzynski and Mary Moynihan gave a presentation on our project to the Ex Libris North American Users Group at their annual meeting in June at Boston College. Ex Libris developed the DigiTool software which we are using for online management of our Daumier digital collection.

The Daumier Project was highlighted in the Fall 2002 edition of the Imprint, the newsletter of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee.

Our project was also mentioned in press releases distributed by Ex Libris (USA) Inc., the vendor for the DigiTool Software package.

Bookmarks featuring images from the Daumier lithograph collection, which were under development at the time of our First Interim Report, were received and have been distributed at events in the Libraries as well as off campus (such as the Ex Libris North American Users Group meeting).

SOFTWARE INSTALLATION
Mary Moynihan and Susan Pyzynski worked with Ex Libris USA, Inc. to install the DigiTool software module in April. The Brandeis Libraries were the first institution in North America to go live with the DigiTool software.

In February the Project Manager and the Project Leader met with the designer for the University Publications Department to discuss the creation of bookmarks featuring different Daumier lithographs. The deadline for receipt of the finished bookmarks is April 30.

TRAINING
Susan Pyzynski and Mary Moynihan attended the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2002 in Portland, Oregon on July 14 - 18, 2002.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
Susan Pyzynski will give a presentation at the New England Archivists/ Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 24-26, 2002. She will be speaking about digital selection and digital collections, and using the Daumier Project as an example.


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