Kathleen Fear, a spring graduate of the Master of Science in Information program at SI, will be honored in August at the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists with the Theodore Calvin Pease Award. The award recognizes “superior writing achievements by students of archival studies.”
Kathleen’s paper, “User Understanding of Metadata in Digital Image Collections,” was cited for its innovation, scholarship, pertinence, and clarity of writing. The SAA will publish it in the spring 2010 issue of American Archivist. Kathleen wrote the paper as part of her independent study work at SI.
In her paper, Kathleen examined the usefulness of Dublin Core metadata for nonexpert users searching in digitized image collections. She sought to gain insight into the kinds of information users rely on when searching for images and to identify the vocabulary that best expresses that information.