CONTENTdm 'Quick Start' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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A 15-minute talk given at the 2010 American Library Association Midwinter conference in Boston, MA. Contextualizes and introduces our initial efforts using OCLC's digital asset management software CONTENTdm in the Libraries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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  • CONTENTdm 'Quick Start' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    1. 1. CONTENTdm ‘Quick Start’ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Dan Lipcan The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries January 17, 2010
    2. 2. Talking about… <ul><li>Landscape & background </li></ul><ul><li>Why CONTENTdm </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy & plans </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations </li></ul>
    3. 3. The landscape <ul><li>Ubiquity and growth of digital resources </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized need within the library </li></ul><ul><li>Some content management systems in the Museum, but... </li></ul><ul><li>No place for text-oriented, digital research materials </li></ul>
    4. 4. Object database
    5. 5. Image database
    6. 6. Internal Department site
    7. 7. Administrative documents
    8. 8. Modest beginnings <ul><li>Single-volume digitization </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourced projects </li></ul><ul><li>Born-digital resources </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative ventures </li></ul><ul><li>Linked to/from the library catalog </li></ul>
    9. 9. Kummel Report
    10. 10. Kummel Report
    11. 11. Auction catalogs
    12. 12. Auction catalog pricelists
    13. 13. Macbeth Gallery catalogs
    14. 14. Macbeth Gallery
    15. 15. Custom Google search
    16. 16. Why CONTENTdm? <ul><li>Research & testing </li></ul><ul><li>Other libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Staff reorganizations </li></ul><ul><li>FirstSearch Base package subscription </li></ul>
    17. 17. Our CONTENTdm setup <ul><li>3,000 items/10 GB storage capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by OCLC </li></ul><ul><li>+ 1 OCR Extension license </li></ul>
    18. 18. Our Strategy & Plans <ul><li>Use ‘Quick Start’ as a live prototype/proof-of-concept </li></ul><ul><li>Justify a larger-scale digitization program </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate to a Museum-wide initiative </li></ul>
    19. 19. Collections for CONTENTdm <ul><li>Collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Aids </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Text documents </li></ul>
    20. 20. Text documents
    21. 21. Images
    22. 22. Images: Fine bindings
    23. 23. Images: Fine bindings
    24. 24. Manuscripts
    25. 25. Finding Aids
    26. 26. Collaborative projects
    27. 27. WorldCat sync/OAI Harvest
    28. 28. Challenges <ul><li>Network connections </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>Choices! Flexibility! </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating CONTENTdm with other resources </li></ul>
    29. 29. Lessons <ul><li>Prepare to do and re-do </li></ul><ul><li>Initially, display is of secondary consideration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Default display is good enough to start with </li></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Errors happen
    31. 31. Errors happen
    32. 32. Outcomes (so far) <ul><li>A solid start </li></ul><ul><li>Batch import/upload works well </li></ul><ul><li>OCR processing excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Excited about the full-text search potential </li></ul>
    33. 33. Expectations <ul><li>Make the possibilities repay our efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Content will be more accessible than ever before </li></ul><ul><li>Advance digitization as a preservation measure </li></ul><ul><li>The software, our presentation and our skills will get better over time </li></ul>
    34. 34. Dan Lipcan The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries http://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org [email_address]

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