Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Uktena Monster? Subject Cataloging for Images

  • Karen L. Kessel M.A. Sonoma State University
Keywords: image cataloging, image retrieval, tagging


This article describes the difference between cataloging images and cataloging books, the obstacles to including subject data in image cataloging records and how these obstacles can be overcome to make image collections more accessible. I call for participants to help create a subject authority reference resource for non-Western art. This article is an expanded and revised version of a presentation for the 2016 Joint ARLIS/VRA conference in Seattle.

Author Biography

Karen L. Kessel M.A., Sonoma State University

Karen Kessel has been the Visual Resources curator for the Art and Art History Department at Sonoma State University for 25 years after nine years in the same position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and currently is serving as secretary for the Visual Resources Association Foundation Board of Directors.

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