After filling out employee paperwork, meeting other staff of the Repository & Digital Curation department and getting a brief tour of the library and staff areas, I began getting acquainted with my project.
For my internship, I will be cataloging multiple volumes of images from 'La Caricature’. La Caricature was a satirical weekly published in Paris between 1830-1843 during the July Monarchy. Its cartoons repeatedly attacked King Louis-Philippe, whom it typically depicted as a pear. This collection resides in Northwestern University’s special collections. Holley Clayson, Professor of Art History and Bergen Evans, Professor in the humanities asked the Digital Curations department to reformat and ingest the images into Haithi (object level) and Repository | images (item level). The data entry will happen in MENU (Metadata Editor Northwestern University) a locally developed web-based tool, which uses VRA Core.
The Repository and Digital Curation advances the University's teaching and research mission by providing digitization services and support to Northwestern faculty and graduate students. We partner with other Library and University departments to provide these services and to undertake special digitization projects that bring Northwestern's unique and rare collections to researchers around the world. The department is responsible for the development and administration of the Library's digital repository. This repository provides the infrastructure for preserving and making accessible digital content on a wide variety of web sites.
My supervisor gave me an orientation on the Digital Image Library, as well as, the history of project Hydra. I also read about Fedora, which stands for Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture. The Digital Image Library is an image database that houses over 114,000 high-resolution images with item-level descriptions. Personally, The goal of this project is to make the images available for search and discovery in Northwestern University Library's repository. I will be gaining experience in structured project management, work flows, tools and best practices for managing digital content. As well as, VRA Core, and becoming more knowledgeable about image repositories and their corresponding software/applications/plugins.