Cataloging images in library, archive and museum


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Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

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Joint Master Degree in Digital Library Learning (DILL)


This research was supposed to illustrate the process of image cataloging in a library, an archive and a museum in Oslo. Because of the importance and performance of visual items, cataloging becomes an effective aspect in preservation and irretrievability. This qualitative study could facilitate the possibility to investigate and analyze the theory and practice in this specific area. Information has been gathered by semi structured interviews. Data collection has been managed from cataloger side rather than users. In all these three places catalogers are treating the photo as a historical document. It was interesting to know whether the cataloging process is structured in sort of controlled way or no. It was absorbing to check whether catalogers are referring to any kind of national or international handbook, thesaurus or guidelines that literatures are introducing, in their daily work or no. It was also significant to know what the helpful competences are for cataloger and archivist. It is worth mentioning that it has not been done much research in this practice. The results of the interviews clarified in general prospect that there is a gap between theory and practice. International standards are not recognized as required tools for cataloging neither in Arbark and Oslo Museum (these two have larger collection than Bekkestua library) nor in Bekkestua library. Outcomes presented that interviewees think that learning by doing is the key factor in work development. In each of these places there are some creative and self-made tools like guidelines, structures and handbooks which are based on experiences rather than academic background or any other thing. It seems that they are feeling some needs. Due to this research and outcomes, there might be requirement for deeper studies in order to come up with better recommendations.


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