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      Creating a web-based digital photographic archive: one hospital library’s experience

      , MLS, AHIP, , MLS, MBA

      Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA

      Medical Library Association

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          Abstract

          Background

          Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a nonprofit community hospital based in Los Angeles. Its history spans over 100 years, and its growth and development from the merging of 2 Jewish hospitals, Mount Sinai and Cedars of Lebanon, is also part of the history of Los Angeles. The medical library collects and maintains the hospital’s photographic archive, to which retiring physicians, nurses, and an active Community Relations Department have donated photographs over the years. The collection was growing rapidly, it was impossible to display all the materials, and much of the collection was inaccessible to patrons.

          Case Presentation

          The authors decided to make the photographic collection more accessible to medical staff and researchers by purchasing a web-based digital archival package, Omeka. We decided what material should be digitized by analyzing archival reference requests and considering the institution’s plan to create a Timeline Wall documenting and celebrating the history of Cedars-Sinai.

          Conclusion

          Within 8 months, we digitized and indexed over 500 photographs. The digital archive now allows patrons and researchers to access the history of the hospital and enables the library to process archival references more efficiently.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                J Med Libr Assoc
                J Med Libr Assoc
                mlab
                Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA
                Medical Library Association (65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60601-7246 )
                1536-5050
                1558-9439
                April 2017
                : 105
                : 2
                : 155-159
                Article
                jmla-105-155
                10.5195/jmla.2017.220
                5370607
                Copyright: © 2017, Authors.

                Articles in this journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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