Unpacking UCL’s Magic Lantern Slide Collections

July 23, 2014

Nice article on UCL’s blog from Margaux Bricteux, UCL student intern at the Grant Museum. She has been delving into dusty wooden boxes to clean, sort and audit thousands of lantern slides. Margaux also includes a link to a rather wonderful 1947 film on how to make handmade lantern slides, courtesy Indiana University.

 

Ceratosaurus skull from the D.M.S Watson collection

 

Craters on the lunar surface


Into Obscurity: exhibiting the slide collection

July 1, 2013

exhibition slide projection imagesA recent installation in the library gallery space at The CASS Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, curated by ACADI member; Susan Skingle.

Slides and associated paraphernalia were displayed in the manner of (soon- to-be) rare artifacts. The exhibition drew attention to the physicality of the slides and the collection processes. More information and photographs on the exhibition webpage.


The Micrarium, or, a slide librarian’s dream

June 26, 2013

The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL, is a gem of a collection but it is especially worth visiting if you are an ex-slide librarian who still hankers for the glow of a light box. Here you can stand in a back lit booth whose mirrored ceiling stretches and multiplies the 2000 plus glass slides. It must be pointed out these lantern and microscope slides actually contain tiny creatures rather than 35mm film, but that doesn’t detract from the totally immersive experience.

For more details and a nice little video about the Micrarium’s installation go to http://bit.ly/VFWEOn

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ACADI discussion topics autumn 2012

November 29, 2012

What have we been talking about on the ACADI list recently?

ARTstor ACADI members offered positive reviews and comments on image database  in regard to image size and quality. The image citation tool was also commended.

Slide Libraries – dump, weed or preserve? An ACADI member started a lively discussion on the list by proposing her idea ” to preserve a specimen (Art & Design) Slide Library in its physical form – pre the sort of weeding going on in UK collections, as slide libraries are seen as redundant and space hungry”

The National Portrait Gallery now provides free downloads of a large range of images from its Collection for academic and non-commercial projects. The news was very welcome.

The VRA annual travel award was publicised and an attendee gave the last conference a big thumbs up.

Thesaurus- building software recommendations.

The Hooper Report on the need for the creative industries need to play a key role in leading and funding the Copyright Hub.

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ACADI meeting summary July 2011

August 1, 2011

ACADI members met at the University of Oxford, Department of Art History.
Topics discussed included:

  • The issues associated with moving or disposing of institutional slide collections.
  • Image quality in subscription image database resources.
  • An update on the Copyright Licensing Agency Licence and the campaign for a digital image licence.
  • The wording of a proposed letter to the Times Higher Educational Supplement was discussed. It will highlight the difficulties of using images under the current copyright legislation.
  • The changing role of the Visual Resources Librarian. Members shared a long list of new tasks included in their remits.
  • A slide catalogue archive was proposed. A list of members’ holdings will be published on the blog.
  • Adoption of electronic visual resources; international comparative study.Vicky Brown and Catherine Worrall are researching the take up of electronic visual resources in the UK & Ireland vs. the USA. ACADI members were encouraged to fill out the survey emailed to the list on 6th July 2011.

Many thanks to Vicky Brown and Christine Robertson for hosting the useful and enjoyable day.

The complete minutes may be downloaded from the members’ page. Join us to read the details!


Acadi meeting summary January 2011

February 9, 2011

Acadi members spent a useful and interesting day at the meeting hosted by the University of Birmingham. There was a full agenda but there was time to visit the fascinating Barber Institute Gallery at lunchtime. Many thanks to Maria and Aileen for their hospitality.

Slide disposal or relocation The original DACS licence will be checked for conditions relating to this subject. If clarification can be found it will be posted on this blog for reference.

UUK/CLA licence
Negotiations have begun for a new licence (August 2011) with surveys circulated by both organisations. Using the existing licence for images is unworkable – a radical change is needed. It was suggested that individual institutions, or ACADI as a group should make representations directly to the newly appointed CLA HE executive.

DACS digital image licence
Reports from members on the ongoing ACADI campaign for a digital image licence for educational use. UUK (Universities UK) and the LISCOPYSEEK list have been lobbied. The ACADI wishlist for a digital image licence will be posted on the blog.

Image quality in subscription image databases for art and design
Some low-resolution images have resulted in negative feedback from academics. This becomes apparent when the images are projected. It was decided to raise the problem again with the suppliers; providing examples of “good” and “bad” images.

The future of slide collections
It was agreed that we are now at a “crunch point” Discussion covered planning ahead, weeding strategies, the archival value of slide collections and their record of the “history of the history of art”

The changing role of the librarian in visual resources
New responsibilities include  subscription database assessment, image management software implementation and involvement with research repositories and student archives. Teaching/instructional duties are now common; inductions, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, webpage creation and research theory.

Grant awarded
ACADI members Vicky Brown and Catherine Worrall have been successful in their bid for the ARLIS ProQuest Research Award. Their research will investigate the take-up of electronic resources in education, with a comparison between UK and USA. They will contact individual members of the VRA (Visual Resources Association) and ACADI for their views.

Moving images & sound websites Jenny Godfrey’s list of recommended websites will form the basis of a new information page on this blog.


ACADI list discussions Summer 2010

September 21, 2010

ACADI Summer Meeting

An enjoyable and useful meeting of ACADI members was held at the University of Nottingham. Many thanks to Matt for his hospitality. The minutes can be be found in the members’ area.

An updated list of image database subscriptions and image management systems used at ACADI members’ institutions will be added to the members’ area.

There was a report on the most recent developments towards a digital image licensing scheme for educational use. Feedback from ACADI members will be passed back to the working party.

Slide archiving and slide collection disposal policies were discussed. Is there a way of recycling slides? Can they be offered to academics without contravening licence agreements?

Discussions about new image software and resources

Free open source image or digital asset management systems

A new subscription image database

A social bookmarking service for images