A Digital Library: Leslie Jones Photography

The front page of the collection introduces Leslie Jones, who preferred thinking of himself as a "Camera Man", not a photojournalist. Its main features include both tagged browsing (standardized by the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials) as well as hierarchical category browsing (broken into Subject Series and Name Headings).
The front page of the collection introduces Leslie Jones, who preferred thinking of himself as a "Camera Man", not a photojournalist. Its main features include both tagged browsing (standardized by the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials) as well as hierarchical category browsing (broken into Subject Series and Name Headings).
Selecting a tag/category narrows the collection down to a gallery of pertinent images. Selecting these images leads to either a pop-out image browser, or a more detailed inspection of the image meta-data itself.
Selecting a tag/category narrows the collection down to a gallery of pertinent images. Selecting these images leads to either a pop-out image browser, or a more detailed inspection of the image meta-data itself.
The meta-data about the object is presented beneath each image. Here, as well, the user has the option to click on the image to see a larger pop-out version.
The meta-data about the object is presented beneath each image. Here, as well, the user has the option to click on the image to see a larger pop-out version.
Given the collection's size, an extensive index is provided for browsing each of the individual subject and name categories, or image tags. Shown here is how this index has been integrated with a faceted search.
Given the collection's size, an extensive index is provided for browsing each of the individual subject and name categories, or image tags. Shown here is how this index has been integrated with a faceted search.
The results of a faceted search therefore allows a user to narrow down their search terms with subject terms, name headings or tags.
The results of a faceted search therefore allows a user to narrow down their search terms with subject terms, name headings or tags.

This work stems from my involvement in the digitization project spearheaded by Tom Blake of the Digital Re-production Studio of the Boston Public Library.  As an intern, I was involved in the creation of meta-data standards and especially the digital photography of over 8,000 of the 34,000 photographic plates that make up the collection. Leslie Jones was a photojournalist for the Boston Herald-Traveler active from 1917 to 1956. While the standards and digitization took place in the studio, this digital library was conceived and created on my own. There are still thousands of photos that require uploading to complete the collection.