May 27th, 2009
This year, the Jen Library’s Special Collections, the Visual Resources Center, and the ACA Library of SCAD collaborated on a project to provide more access to artists’ books by providing images and information in SCAD’s Digital Image Database. Our goal was to provide enhanced access to 100 titles contributed by the Savannah Campus and an additional number for the Atlanta campus. The detail oriented work of creating the enhanced descriptive elements took some thought and research, but mostly, the scanning and image uploading went well. Some of the books in our initial selection were not included in the project for a variety of reasons. Even though our definition of artists’ book was broad, on closer examination, some of the initially selected titles fell outside that definition. Several titles proved too large for the scanner and will be photographed at a later date. One may be even too large for our copy stand. For the majority of the books, we included the cover and at least one and usually more of the interior pages. The Visual Resources Center did the scanning for the Savannah campus’s books and they did an outstanding job of creating high quality images. The Atlanta campus worked with scans, photographs, and slides, and their entries are equally as excellent.
To see the collection in its entirety, log into MySCAD. Click on the Resources tab at the top. On the right, you will see a menu for Department Directory. Scroll down the list to find the Visual Resources Center and click on that. It will bring you to an informational page with several links. Click on the on for SCAD’s Digital Image Database. This will bring you to an agreement page. Click on the “I Agree” after reading the paragraph. This will take you to the database’s Image Search. You have to select 2 search terms. Select Book Art under Category and type in Savannah in the box next to Repository. This will get all the entries from the Jen Library of the Savannah College of Art and Design and the ACA Library of the Savannah College of Art and Design. If you would like to see just the entries for the Jen Library, next to Repository, type Jen. If you want just those in Atlanta, type ACA in that box.
See an image you want to know more about? Click on it and it will display descriptive information underneath as well as a link to the book’s catalog record in the Library’s online database. For a few interesting Highlights from the Jen Library’s Artists’ Book Collection, see our mini exhibit.