As a reader of our blog, you’ve seen many of the wonderful images we provide. The Smithsonian Libraries’ Galaxy of Images contains image reproductions from our deep collections of books and manuscripts. Our image categories range from animals through literature, plants and flowers, science, technology, and beyond.
Now you have the opportunity to add keywords to your favorite images through our new tagging feature! When viewing an image’s details page, simply click on the Add Tags button on the bottom left. Add whatever terms you feel appropriately describe the image. Once vetted, these words will be added to the image’s metadata to enhance the Galaxy of Images’ search function and make our images more findable.
We hope this encourages scholars, scientists and other experts in their fields to help us add context to the images in our collection. However, all of our users, regardless of background, are invited to participate.
In addition, we’re looking for ways to increase awareness of the Galaxy of Images website and to improve the site’s functionality in other areas. If you use our images in publications or other projects, please take a few moments to complete a brief survey telling us about how you select images, the ways in which you use them, and the places where you find images. Your response will help us determine the friendliest methods for providing access to our images, as well as new and better ways to find the best images for the media you produce!
We encourage your participation in both the survey and our new tagging feature. Thank you so much for helping us to improve the Galaxy of Images.
—Bonnie Oliver, intern and Erin Clements Rushing, Digital Images Librarian