By Vinutha Mallya
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, will launch MetPublications today, an innovative portal to the museum’s comprehensive publishing program. The web resource offers access to 650 titles published by the Met since 1964. Of these, 140 out-of-print titles can be read online, downloaded as PDF, or even ordered print-on-demand. All titles are searchable entirely, and previews (20%) are displayed by Google Books with the Met’s branding.
“The entire project is mission driven, to provide wider access to the museum’s scholarship,” said Gwen Roginsky, the Museum’s Associate Publisher and General Manager. The exhaustive database was created with the help of nine interns who put in 5,000 hours identifying rights information, proofing, and tagging the content.