Assessing digitized photo collections at small historical societies
Laura Loveday LIS5937.751
Time of staff or volunteers How it will be maintained / used in the future Money for hosting or equipment Will it be self-hosted, through state resources, or with a consortium?
Sites focusing on localized history were selected for having an online collection of photos despite having a small size and budget Attention was also paid to location to ensure diversity
Section 257.35(6), Florida Statutes, "Any use or reproduction of material deposited with the FloridaPhotographic Collection shall be allowed pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (1)(b) and subsection(4), provided that appropriate credit for its use is given."
Photos can be protected by their size or use of a watermark Online visibility allows visibility of the society as well “The majority of organizations who have shared their materials would probably say that the benefits theyve gained from the exposure and the value the public has gained from having access to their collections far outweigh any revenue they may have lost.” -Kate Theimer
Sites hosted by society staff members allow future editing and maintenance Vendors have the latest technology to make it user friendly (OCR, speed) Taking part in a consortium can give staff time to improve skills while benefitting from having some control over material
Tagging allows users to have the best search results Include names, events, buildings, etc. Archivists may want to consider including numbers for their organizational needs
Invest time in learning new software and improving the society’s website Direct community members to the archives to recognize people or places Digitize existing finding aids Create an online presence for exhibits