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Poster Session Marks VIA Anniversary

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Dozens of HCL and HUL staff gathered in the Lamont Forum Room to celebrate the 10th anniversary of VIA, and the addition of the 500,000 image to the catalog of visual materials. From left: Maggie Hale, Librarian for Collections Digitization, Paula Lupton, General Artemas Ward House Collections Manager and Alison Scott, the Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History and Senior Collection Development Librarian.

March 9, 2009 - Dozens of Harvard College Library and Harvard University Library staff gathered at the Lamont Forum Room this week to celebrate both the 10th anniversary of VIA, Harvard's catalog of visual materials, and the addition of the 500,000th image to the online catalog.

Hosted by the VIA Working Group, the celebration included cake and a poster session highlighting the rich and varied content available through the VIA system, including several displays of photographs and other images held by Harvard College Library.

Among the College Library materials highlighted were several collections of historical photographs of Asia held by the Harvard-Yenching Library, collections of photographs of the Middle East from the Special Collections of the Fine Arts Library, Chinese rubbings from the Harvard-Yenching Library and the Fine Arts Library, the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, images from the Judaica Division and a new collection of Images of Colonialism held by Widener Library.

Librarians from the Visual Resources Department of the Fine Arts Library collaborated with colleagues in other libraries and the Harvard Art Museum in the creation of a poster on the History of Art and Architecture.

"The posters created by the VIA Working Group members and other VIA contributors provided an excellent overview of the great variety of materials available in VIA," said Maggie Hale, Librarian for Collections Digitization and chair of the VIA Working Group. "We were delighted with the turnout - over 100 people, including library and museum staff, students, and faculty, dropped in to view the posters. As images are increasingly being used for teaching and research- often in new and interesting ways - the importance of  VIA continues to grow. New images are added to the system daily, and more repositories will be contributing to the system in the coming year."

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Andrea Younfert, Photograph Conservation Technician at the Weissman Preservation Center, examines a poster detailing several collections of historial photographs of Asia. Wallace Dailey, Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Houghton Library, and Bill Comstock, Head of Imaging Services for Harvard College Library.
Heather Caldwell, Head of Conservation Services for Harvard
College Library, talks with Brenda Bernier, the Paul M. and Harriet
L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center.
A poster display highlighting the image collections of the Widener Library Collection Development's Judaica Division.
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A poster highlighting the collections of photographs of the Middle
East from the Special Collections of the Fine Arts Library.
Sheila Connor, Horticultural Research Archivist at the Arnold Arboretum and Harvard Forest Archvist and Miriam Leigh, Collections Digitization Assistant.