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BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
DAUMIER PROJECT
3rd INTERIM REPORT
October 2002 - March 2003

SUMMARY:

  • 3,902 lithographs digitized by February 28, 2003
  • 3,747 Digital Images fully cataloged
  • 963 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 third six months of our grant period. In fact, the digitization process was completed in February, 2003, four months ahead of our projected completion date of June 2003. We have now digitized a total of 3,902 lithographs – 30 more lithographs than originally anticipated. The discrepancy in numbers was due to the fact that we did not have an accurate inventory of the lithographs in our collection. No duplicates were digitized; where multiple copies existed the most important print was digitized. All digital images have been reviewed for quality control.

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 run into a software bug which delayed loading some of the records into the DigiTool software module, but we expect to be back on track by the end of April. All cataloging records are reviewed by the project leader for quality control. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
Our Daumier website has been further enhanced with a comprehensive bibliography on Daumier:
http://lts.brandeis.edu/research/archives-speccoll/daumier/world/bibliography-daumier.html

We also added a "slide show", highlighting La Journée du Célibataire, a series of lithographs originally published in 1839:
http://lts.brandeis.edu/research/archives-speccoll/daumier/world/slideshow.html

The addition of the slide show was the cause of some discussion, as the presentation would not be ADA accessible. We ultimately decided, however, to create the presentation as an example of the types of presentation possible with the digitized images.

PUBLICITY
During this part of our grant project Susan Pyzynski gave a presentation at the New England Archivists annual meeting in October, 2002.

Our project was featured in the October 2002 edition of the NEA Newsletter (New England Archivists).

Our Daumier Project was the featured cover on College and Research Libraries News in November, 2002.

On April 22 Susan Pyzynski will be a featured speaker, and the Brandeis University Libraries will host, a "Spring into Digitization 2003" workshop for the Boston Library Consortium. The BLC is a consortium of 19 institutions located throughout New England. For more information on the consortium please visit www.blc.org.


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