Call to Faculty for Imaging Requests
With the DAC Digital Imaging Initiative in its production phase, we invite Wesleyan faculty to submit requests for digital imaging from the Davison Art Center Collection. The museum website is now making available images from DAC objects for pedagogical use in connection with Wesleyan courses.
An initial Call for Requests was distributed in 1998 to certain faculty we thought likely to be interested; but because this is an ongoing project, there's no deadline for requests. In addition to new imaging in response to continuing requests, some images already online will be of use to more than one course. If you're viewing one of our pages for another professor's course and you see images that you'd like added to the DAC page for one of your courses, just let us know. This latter type of request can be accommodated almost immediately.
We do ask that DAC images provided online not be downloaded for reuse. Rather, students should be directed to the DAC home page, from which they can follow links to a page listing images for to their course. This is important. Descriptive captions, caveats crucial to interpreting each image as a replica, and the images themselves may all be frequently updated. If images were downloaded and re-presented in non-DAC pages, they wouldn't benefit from these improvements.
For an example of a DAC page for a course, please see:
If web-accessible images of DAC objects might be of use to your classes, please let us know. Please be as specific as possible regarding the objects you'd like to have imaged (referenced by accession number, or by artist, title, or other clues), and the course(s) that might use the images.
A few constraints during this phase of the project:
We're working towards providing networked access to descriptive information about the DAC's holdings, but this won't be possible until after our new collections database management system (currently under development) is up and running. Thus the collection is searchable at present only on the DAC premises. We encourage interested faculty and students to visit the DAC in order to do so (please call extension 2500 to arrange a time).
Please contact Rob Lancefield with any questions.