Digital technologies and photographic archives Birmingham Central Library : a case study
This thesis considers the use and potential of digital technologies for those
responsible for photographic collections in public libraries. Using the
Birmingham Central Library as a case study, the research has explored how
information comn1unication technologies have impacted on the way in which
photographic in1ages are created, stored and disseminated.
The study provides an overview of both the British library service and the
role of archives within this public provision. Following an examination of the
characteristics of digital media and a range of issues relating to the
preservation, dissemination and economic exploitation of photographic
il1aterials in digital form, the thesis goes on to adopt a variety of research
strategies, including a number of empirical projects used to assimilate
information relating to the practical application of information
communication technologies by those working in public libraries.
The major outcome of the research, identified in the later sections of the
thesis, has been to n1ake a unique contribution to the field of knowledge
relating to the provision of digital resources by those responsible for
photographic collections residing in archives within public libraries in the
United Kingdom. The conclusions to emerge from the theoretical and
empirical research contribute to knowledge by providing current information
about the utilisation of digital technologies for the purposes of enhancing
access to photographic material held within public library archives, whilst also
considering possible future developments relating to the area of investigation.