Susan J Garrett

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2394 Duderstadt Ctr
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Imageworks: Cataloger and Coordinator


I am coordinator and cataloguer of Imageworks, the visual resources collection of AAEL. This collection includes circulating videos, blueprints, the Materials Collection, and the AAEL Digital Images database.  I oversee the daily operations of the unit, supervise staff, provide reference services, perform specialized original cataloging of images, and manage digital production processes.   I also work with digital image projects based in collections held in the AAEL's Special Collections, such as the Artists' Books and the Lantern Slide Collection.

Accessing and appropriately using quality curated images and video is increasingly important for the academic community.  Thus my service priority is assisting internal and external patrons in finding images and video for research, teaching, and publication; searching image databases; using imaging software and presentation tools; and attending to copyright responsibilities.

I also provide original cataloguing for newly acquired digital and analog images, developing and maintaining taxonomies and descriptive standards appropriate to the image and user needs. Many of the analog (gift) images are unique and of archival value - ranging from roof-thatching techniques in Japan to Brutalist architecture in Israel - while new born-digital images are acquired for curricular needs.   I work with DLPS staff to improve accessibility of these resources and also promote awareness of them via posters, social media, and video tutorials.


B.A. History of Art, Wellesley College

M.A., ABD History of Art and Architecture, Brown University