Describes the development of the Paul R. Williams Project website by the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM).
Deborah Brackstone, AMUM, Art Museum, University of Memphis Kay Cunningham, Plough Library, Christian Brothers University
AMUM, the University of Memphis' Art Museum, created an educational website devoted to the work of African-American architect Paul Revere Williams, the "architect to the stars." With the assistance of libraries and archives from across the country, AMUM assembled a comprehensive bibliography, verified and collected images of Williams' works, and enhanced the images with background text to create a research tool useful for K-12 students, college architecture majors, researchers, or the general public. The presenters describe the development of the project, giving particular attention to the collaboration between art historians, archivists, librarians, and the public.
Who was Paul Revere Williams?
Why make a website in his honor?
Paul R. Williams Portrait, 1951 Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library
Basic Magnesium Plant, Las Vegas, NV Photographer: Fritz Henle, 1942 Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USW3-053849-E Roosevelt Naval Base, 1996 Photographer: William B. Dewey. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division: Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS CAL, 19-LONGB, 3-9
Accessible for all levels
K-12, architecture majors, researchers, general public
Attractive, professional design
Easy navigation, professional technical support
Achieve high rankings in search results
Incorporate appropriate new technologies
Communicate new information
Point for questions
Disseminate known information
Accessible by any browser
Uniform, professional design
Langston Terrace, Washington, D.C. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Theodor Horydczak Collection, ca. 1920 - ca. 1950. Roosevelt Naval Base, 1945 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division: Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS CAL, 19-LONGB, 3-10.
Select collection management software
Edit for currency
Update website (quarterly)
Allows the collection and classification of references to articles, books, and other research resources
Can be edited to include customized as well as standard information
Generates bibliographies with ease
*One of many options for citation management. Requires subscription and registration. For more details see http://www.refworks.com
An example of a reference in RefWorks Editing screen for the same reference
Working well with other institutions
Paul R. Williams at Hollyhock House with a model of LA Junior Arts Center, 1965 Photographer: Harry Chase Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections and Reference Department
Library of Congress
Los Angeles Public Library
University of Southern California Library
OAC: Online Archive of California
University of California at Los Angeles Library
State Library of California (picture catalog)
Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles
Neon Museum, Las Vegas
And many more
See: http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/resources/archives/ for detailed listing
What kind of browser/computer/search strategy theyre using
Where theyre navigating from
Google? Wikipedia? One of your own pages?
Expand your horizons
Get out of your comfort zone
Understand the changing needs of potential clients
Think of new applications for old tools
Be able to explain your technologies
Be open to meeting with people
Be willing to be a hand-holder
Not everyone is on the same page as you are
Cultural literacy is dead
Common knowledge is a thing of the past
Being approachable makes friends for the research process
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Betty Ford and Cary Grant on the Beverly Wilshire Hotel mirrored staircase, 1976 Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA Contact: Deborah Brackstone AMUM, University of Memphis [email_address] Kay Cunningham Plough Library, Christian Brothers University [email_address] This presentation will be available at http://www.slideshare.net