The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website
Brooklyn’s Museums and Libraries Collaborate
for Project CHART
Tula Giannini, Dean & ...
CHART Symposium
• Brooklyn Historical Society, May 2013
• Videos (Seb Chan/Stephen Bury):
– AM: vimeo.com/77732076
– PM: v...
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
The Partners – building relationships
Left - Brooklyn
Public Library
Right – Pra...
PRATT’S BROOKLYN PARTNERS AND THE IMLS
Established 1890, Pratt School of Information and
Library Science is oldest U.S. LI...
Five IMLS partnership grants with Pratt-SILS
Tula Giannini, principal investigator
2004 – 2015 Total – $3.3 million
Start ...
Start & End
Dates- Pratt
Partners
Project Name
and Logo
Number of Students and
Focus
2. 2005 – 2008
Brooklyn Historical
So...
Start & End
Dates- Pratt
Partners - funds
Project Name
and Logo
Number of Students
and Focus
4. 2010 – 2013
BHS, BPL, BM
P...
Project CHART Demonstration
http://brooklynvisualheritage.org
Project Activities
• Students carry-out 2-semester
Internships with stipends at partner
institutions
• Scholarship for new...
Project Outcomes and Impact
• Education & Students
• 18 students graduated with
their MSLIS
• 100% of CHART graduates
gain...
Brooklyn Visual Heritage – A work in Progress
Student project using GIS
Pratt Institute Gateway features BVH images
Photo ...
A Research Core
Cultural Informatics Lab
http://research.prattsils.org
Classrooms
designed for
a research/
project
pedagog...
Digital Convergence & Commonalities
Across Libraries, Archives and Museums
“Increasingly we see the world and ourselves as...
Why should educational and
cultural institutions collaborate on
digitization projects through
funded partnerships?
• Link ...
Grant projects create a dynamic learning environment
fund new ideas, directions and development
• Collaboration – Partners...
Thank you
giannini@pratt.edu
jonathan.bowen@bcu.ac.uk
www.brooklynvisualheritage.org
mw2014.museumsandtheweb.com/paper/
th...
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The Brooklyn Visual Heritage website (http://brooklynvisualheritage.org) represents a new visual resource for cultural heritage. The site was created as part of Project CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research and Technology), a three-year collaborative project (2010-2013) funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) between Pratt School of Information and Library Science and three of New York’s leading cultural Institutions, the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, and Brooklyn Public Library. This paper examines the Brooklyn Visual Heritage website from the diverse perspectives of these cultural institutions and the communities they serve, from geographic communities to those of scholars, historians, and educators, while also addressing technical aspects of user experience and the challenges of cross institutional collaboration. We consider questions of shared decision-making on website design, public access and use as well as issues regarding how the BVH collections will continue to grow, while expanding the use of social media to promote greater community participation as part of a sustainable model.

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The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website: Brooklyn’s Museums and Libraries Collaborate for Project CHART

  1. 1. The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website Brooklyn’s Museums and Libraries Collaborate for Project CHART Tula Giannini, Dean & Professor Pratt Institute, School of Information & Library Science Jonathan Bowen, Professor Birmingham City University, Computer Science Museums and the Web 2014 Baltimore, USA, April 5, 2014
  2. 2. CHART Symposium • Brooklyn Historical Society, May 2013 • Videos (Seb Chan/Stephen Bury): – AM: vimeo.com/77732076 – PM: vimeo.com/77736072 Pratt Institute Manhattan
  3. 3. Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program The Partners – building relationships Left - Brooklyn Public Library Right – Pratt, 14th St. Manhattan Pratt Manhattan Brooklyn Historical Society Brooklyn Museum
  4. 4. PRATT’S BROOKLYN PARTNERS AND THE IMLS Established 1890, Pratt School of Information and Library Science is oldest U.S. LIS school in the US Brooklyn Historical Society – founded 1863, Education programs for c.70,000 public school students and teachers annually. Brooklyn Museum, founded 1895 – NYC’s 2nd largest art collection with c. 1.5 million works. Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Central Library opened 1941. BPL is the fifth largest public library system in the US. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, established 1996, provides federal support for U.S. libraries & museums awarding $233,000,000 per year.
  5. 5. Five IMLS partnership grants with Pratt-SILS Tula Giannini, principal investigator 2004 – 2015 Total – $3.3 million Start and End Dates- Pratt Partners Project Name and Logo Number of Students and Focus 1. 2004 – 2007 IMLS Grant to BPL in collaboration with Pratt-SILS Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Public Urban Library Service Education 21 students - Preparing MSLIS students for careers in public urban libraries - Fulltime urban librarian training positions at BPL
  6. 6. Start & End Dates- Pratt Partners Project Name and Logo Number of Students and Focus 2. 2005 – 2008 Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) GATEWAI Graduate Archives Training & Education, Work and Information 30 students • Physical organization of archival collections • Creating digital inventories using EAD • Develop Archives Certificate Program 3. 2008 – 2011 Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives (BM) 30 students • Cataloging, metadata, digitization of museum library & archives collections – • Copyright work for permissions
  7. 7. Start & End Dates- Pratt Partners - funds Project Name and Logo Number of Students and Focus 4. 2010 – 2013 BHS, BPL, BM Project CHART Cultural Heritage Access Research & Technology brooklynvisualheritage.org 18 students - Cataloging, metadata, digitization - Website development - Curriculum for Digital Management Concentration 5. 2012 – 2015 BM, Frick Reference Library, NYARC (NY Resources 15 students - Cataloging, metadata & digitization of collections
  8. 8. Project CHART Demonstration http://brooklynvisualheritage.org
  9. 9. Project Activities • Students carry-out 2-semester Internships with stipends at partner institutions • Scholarship for new 18 credit (6 courses) Digital Management for Cultural Heritage Curriculum • Funds support conference attendance, workshops and seminars Brooklyn Visual Heritage.org • Project CHART creates BVH website - a new public digital resource of historical photography Above: Pratt, North Hall, 1973 (BPL) Below: Coney Island Boardwalk, 1984 (BPL)
  10. 10. Project Outcomes and Impact • Education & Students • 18 students graduated with their MSLIS • 100% of CHART graduates gained professional positions • Images continue to be added Pratt Institute- Lantern slide, 1899 (BM) • Brooklyn Visual Heritage Children at Dodger parade, 1949 (BPL) • Work on social media in progress • Digitized over 14,000 historic photographs of Brooklyn
  11. 11. Brooklyn Visual Heritage – A work in Progress Student project using GIS Pratt Institute Gateway features BVH images Photo left: The first trolley car in Brooklyn was run in 1891. The first trolley car in Brooklyn was run in 1891. BVH page with metadata
  12. 12. A Research Core Cultural Informatics Lab http://research.prattsils.org Classrooms designed for a research/ project pedagogy Faculty and Student Research Student Showcase Practicum/ Internships
  13. 13. Digital Convergence & Commonalities Across Libraries, Archives and Museums “Increasingly we see the world and ourselves as well in digital images - our digital self and reflections now seem real, or more so, as the space between real and digital blurs in our imagination and in reality.”
  14. 14. Why should educational and cultural institutions collaborate on digitization projects through funded partnerships? • Link the physical and digital worlds • Opportunities for external funding • Prepare information professionals for careers • Foster innovation, creative work, access and use • Expand online scholarly resources for research • Increase public awareness, collection connections, user participation
  15. 15. Grant projects create a dynamic learning environment fund new ideas, directions and development • Collaboration – Partnerships, funded projects • Trends over grant period – 2004-present – digital collections and tools of the information professions • Grants support commonalities across libraries, archives and museums Pratt’s IMLS grants support curriculum development, pedagogy and research
  16. 16. Thank you giannini@pratt.edu jonathan.bowen@bcu.ac.uk www.brooklynvisualheritage.org mw2014.museumsandtheweb.com/paper/ the-brooklyn-visual-heritage-website/

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