Library Technology Officer
The Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University has developed a system for managing and presenting digitized images for classroom use. This image management system is a pilot project, currently used for three Art History classes. The interface is entirely web- based, allowing instructors to select and organize images without locally loaded software. The key feature that supports the use of the system for classroom use involves its “Virtual Slide Trays”; Instructors can search the database of images and place selected images into slide trays they create and name, usually corresponding to each class session. Art History classes rely on a dual projection environment, presenting comparative images in addition to the work of primary interest. The system supports this dual-projection requirement, giving the instructor the ability to select whether each image in the slide tray will be presented on the left or right screen. Students can access the slide trays for exam study and class preparation, with access controlled through the university’s course management environment. This session will include an opportunity to provide feedback on the classroom presentation features.