The Met’s Publishing Program Goes Online

In What's the Buzz by Vinutha Mallya

By Vinutha Mallya

Gwen Roginsky of the MetPublications

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.

About the Author

Vinutha Mallya

Vinutha Mallya is an independent publishing consultant, editor and journalist, based in Bangalore, India. Currently, she is a consulting editor to Mapin Publishing, a contributing editor to Publishing Perspectives, and visiting faculty for National Book Trust's publishing course. She is also an advisor to the annual Publishing Next conference.