Monday, September 21, 2015

What Jane Saw

A professor from the English Department at the University of Texas, Austin, has recreated in digital form an exhibit that Jane Austen visited in 1813 in London.  Janine Barchas, whose most recent book is about Jane Austen, used a contemporary published list of the paintings included in a memorial exhibition of Joshua Reynolds to create "What Jane Saw."

Viewers can click on each painting in the exhibit to see a larger version and a catalog entry about the painting, including its current whereabouts and sources for further reading.

The project is really enjoyable and well-designed--a great example of the so-called "Digital Humanities"!  A second recreation of an exhibition seen in London by Jane Austen in 1796 at the "Shakespeare Museum" will soon be added to "What Jane Saw."

Friday, May 1, 2015

Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections

The NEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center) announces a newly revised and expanded version of Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections, the "free online textbook that provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program, and includes discussion of preservation policies, building and environment, care and handling of collection materials, reformatting, emergency preparedness, and conservation practices."

This newly revised edition includes expanded information on caring for audiovisual collections, digital preservation and copyright, and emergency management. The textbook includes activities and readings designed to aid institutions and private individuals performing their own preservation planning. The Preservation 101 course has a long history as an authoritative and succinct reference for professionals, students, and individuals.

The online textbook can be used as a self-guided workshop on preservation techniques and principles.  The NEDCC also offers instructor-led Preservation 101 workshops throughout the year.

Friday, February 13, 2015

CAA publishes a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

CAA's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts was released on February 8, 2015.  The news release describes the project--which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and was begun in 2012--as providing:
...visual-arts professionals with a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials. It describes how fair use can be invoked and implemented when using copyrighted materials in scholarship, teaching, museums, archives, and in the creation of art.
Section 2 (page 10) of the Code addresses "Teaching about Art" and Fair Use. An equally informative document released by CAA discusses Frequently Asked Questions about copyright.  Both are relatively short (the Code is 20 pages) and very readable.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

George Eastman House's 12-part video series "Photographic Processes Series"!

The George Eastman House released a 12-part video series last month that examines the history of photography from the perspective of its technology. Photographic Processes Seriesavailable on YouTube, starts with the silhouette and traces photography’s development through daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, Kodachrome, and right up to digital.

This series looks really fascinating!  Eastman House uses photographs from its vaults to illustrate the series and demonstrate the processes.