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Cataloging Tools Produced by the Prints and Photographs Division

"How to" Tip Sheets

The tip sheets are handouts or teaching aids that address topics frequently asked about by librarians and archivists working with pictorial materials. New tips will be added as needed.

Resource Lists

Articles and Presentations

  • Arms, Caroline R. "Getting the Picture: Observations from the Library of Congress on Providing Online Access to Pictorial Images," Library Trends 48:2 (Fall 1999): 379-409. Also available online, -- This extensive article covers the challenges of providing access to pictures by summarizing the history and goals of the Prints & Photographs cataloging, digital imaging, and reference services through early 1999.

  • The Digital Challenge: Accessioning, Description, and Reference for Contemporary Pictures from September 11th. Web cast lecture, November 13, 2003. Presenters:
    Brett Carnell, "Accessioning Born-Digital and Computer-Generated Pictures"
    Mary Mundy, "Extending Graphic Materials Rules for Born-Digital and Computer-Generated Pictures"
    Mary Ison. "'Can We Use It?' Capturing and Conveying Rights Information for Contemporary Images"

  • Zinkham, Helena. "Bridges & Whirlpools: Best Access Practices for Pictures." Power Point lecture, July 2000. Covers the kinds of information to record for visual materials; tools for description and indexing; need for separate or integrated access with books; benefits of collection summary records and item-level records. (Note: Select Slide 1 in the left navigation area to launch the text and visuals.)

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