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ArtBabble.org is a site created by the Indianapolis Museum of Art that offers videos about art from sources including the Museum of Modern Art and the PBS series, “Art:21”. ArtBabble is free to users and will eventually seek corporate sponsorship.

New York Times, Art, Art & Design section:
ArtBabble Site Opens Window to World of Museums
by Kate Taylor
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/arts/design/07babb.html?_r=1&ref=design

“We can give an online viewer the opportunity to take countless tangents,” said Joshua Greenberg, director of digital strategy at the New York Public Library. “It fits the core premise of librarianship, that it’s not just about putting something in someone’s hands but contextualizing it.”

After reading this article, I felt ArtBabble and what the Indianapolis Museum of Art has done relates to topics that not only I have been contemplating but my colleagues as well. As I stated in a previous entry, many archives are now recognizing the importance of their internet presence. I left out the fact that most researchers who use an archive, don’t always realize that they can actually go to the repository to not only see an original photograph from the early 1900s but they could very well touch such a thing.

Sadly, newspapers that circulate now might not be around forever. As the holding institution, it is the Maryland Historical Society’s responsibility to do what is in our means to share a great resource like Der Deutsche Correspondent. Digitizing the collection and creating an online archive is how we propose to do just that.

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I tend to check the New York Times Art section several times a day. I find a lot of their articles extremely helpful and relevant to my position. I plan on continuing to post more articles in the future.

If you’re interested, please enjoy the article I’ve linked below. I found this article in the New York Times, Art, Art & Design section.

Keeping Art, and Climate, Controlled
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/arts/design/05kino.html?ref=design
Conservators look for environmentally sound ways to protect art objects
by Carol Kino

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The bound volumes of Der Deutsche Correspondent are too large to digitize here at the Maryland Historical Society. Each page of the newspaper will need to be scanned using a large book scanner. The newspapers will go to a vendor with experience, expertise, and the correct equipment. We are currently narrowing down our decision and hope to choose a bid from a vendor soon.

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When a collection needs to be outsourced for whatever reason (digitization, conservation, permanent relocation, etc.), the collection needs to be prepared to withstand such a move. The volumes come in two sizes that are fairly large. The large-sheet volume measures 27 inches by 21.5 inches and the small-sheet volume measures 22.25 inches by 17 inches. I am currently calculating which archival materials company to use to purchase Tyvek in order to cover each individual volume. A large roll of Tyvek (say, 60 inches by 1,800 inches) could cost hundreds of dollars. Between shipping and the actual digitization, sending a collection out could be fairly costly.

The Maryland Historical Society believes that this procedure is extremely necessary for such a delicate, priceless collection. I attended the National Archives and Records Administration 23rd Annual National Archives Preservation Conference in March. I noticed that the theme throughout the conference voiced by the speakers was, “if it doesn’t exist online, it doesn’t exist at all.” We would like to take these volumes out of the storage rooms and into a researchers hands in a way that does not harm the newspapers further.