The Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art is excited to announce the launch of its book digitization program, which will allow anyone with internet access to use its collections. The library is focusing initial digitization efforts on its holdings of rare and unique lace and armor books in the public domain. Over 100 volumes are currently online and accessible through the Internet Archive. The library also submits metadata records to the Getty Research Portal, which is an authoritative, worldwide resource that provides one-stop multilingual access to art history texts, rare books, and related literature without restriction. The Portal currently has over 20 contributors including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallica – Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Smithsonian Libraries.
The library uses the i2S SupraScan Quartz A1 overhead book scanner to produce high resolution scans. PDF access copies are then uploaded to the Internet Archive, links are added to the local catalog, and MARC records are submitted to the Getty Portal.
The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives offers comprehensive access to art information and serves the general public, students from every school and degree level, independent researchers, and all museum departments. With more than 500,000 volumes of scholarly publications in many languages covering all periods and geographic areas of art history, and institutional records and manuscript collections, the library has been the museum’s foundation for research since opening in 1916. For more information and to search the catalogs visit library.clevelandart.org.