Developing a Robust Photo Archive
Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication is one of the top photojournalism programs in the country, and has been twice recognized as a Program of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents.
Housed in the E.W. Scripps College of Communication, VisCom, as it is known, has produced award-winning photographers, photojournalists, and designers who work for media outlets around the world.
The school produces graduates who go on to work for organizations such as Time and National Geographic, often winning national awards for their work. The collections of prominent alumni photojournalists, found in the library’s archives, can help all colleges and schools to teach visual literacy. Photos from these collections can be used by current and future students, faculty, historians, political scientists, and scholars in related fields.
The hundreds of thousands of images that have been donated must be arranged, catalogued, and preserved so that they are discoverable —which is a timely and labor-intensive process. Storing and maintaining photographs requires a different process than caring for books and documents, and we need librarians and archivists who are image experts to manage them.
Your support toward a strong photo archive will reinforce the connection between Alden Library’s resources and students in all classrooms.