Collection: A collection of digital objects is any group of objects that have been coordinated together by Joyner Library staff because of some similarity, such as objects created by the same person or on the same subject. In some cases, these digital collections mirror physical collections of materials that are held throughout the library. Physical collections can be explored through the Special Collections department's finding aids.
Database: An ordered set of data that can be systematically searched. Digital Collections is driven by an underlying database with information about each digital object. When you perform a search, you are looking through the information in the database to find an object that matches what you searched for.
Digital object: any digital version of a physical item. Digital versions may be created through scanning, photography, or tape to digital conversion. Digital objects may be composed of many individual scans or recordings, or some combination of these, such as in the case of a book where each page has been scanned and a digital audio recording is made of someone reading the text for playback at the same time.
Digital Collections: is the online home of Joyner Library's database of digital objects. Anyone can come here to browse through or search for digital objects from Joyner's many collections.
Digital Collections Unit: The Digital Collections unit is a group of people at the library responsible for creating and maintaining Digital Collections. In addition, they provide services for a few other databases of digital objects related to the library. Find out more about the unit on our About page.
Finding Aid: A written guide to a physical collection containing a description of the materials in the collection. In some cases, finding aids also contain an inventory of items, a biographical description of the creator or subject of the materials, donor information, and copyright information. Many items in digital collections are also described in a finding aid for the physical collection they reside with. In many of these cases, the finding aid contains links to the digital object.
Record: All of the information about a particular digital object. The record contains descriptive, administrative, and technical information about the digital object and the physical item it was created form.
Subjects: Subjects are simply terms assigned to digital objects (in the object's record) that described the subject matter contained. For example, an image of a college dance might contain the subject "Dance and Dancing". These subjects help you find records and digital objects that do not contain text that you can search.
Subject Cloud: A visual representation of all of the subjects in every record in the database. When a subject appears in more than one record it has a heavier weight and will appear bigger in the cloud. There are three types of subject clouds in Digital Collections: one containing the most frequently appearing subjects, one containing some of the most unique subjects, and one that is randomly generated. Clicking on any term in any cloud will retrieve each digital object and record that contains that subject.
Thumbnail: A small version of an image used when a large number of images are being viewed at once. In nearly every case, clicking on a thumbnail will lead to a larger version of the image along with all of the information about it in the database.