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From Picture Collection to Picture Collection Online

Lucia S. Chen (Associate Chief Librarian, Mid‐Manhattan Library, New York Public Library, New York, New York, USA)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



This article provides a historical overview of the creation of the New York Public Library's Picture Collection and its evolution from a physical collection to a virtual collection – Picture Collection Online. The Library built a unique Picture Collection 90 years ago to answer the users' needs for searching pictures from the subject point of view, a venture that resulted in a rich New York cultural resource. Today, the Library has once again risen to the challenge of a new information age to break the boundary of physical walls in order to expand its service via the World Wide Web to a global audience. From Picture Collection to Picture Collection Online, this article provides an account on what and how decisions were made to provide users with online access to a digitized version of the Picture Collection.



Chen, L.S. (2004), "From Picture Collection to Picture Collection Online", Collection Building, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 139-146.



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