GIGI, the Graphic Interface of Gathered Images, is the American Antiquarian Society’s Digital Assets Management system. Collected in this image archive are representatives from all of the Society’s curatorial collections including manuscripts, rare books, children’s books, graphic arts (including prints and fine arts), newspapers and periodicals.
The system was implemented in April of 2011 and GIGI now boasts and impressive 50,000+ items, many of them with metadata fields (title, author, date and description) attached to the files enabling ease of browsing and searching. The number of items is being added to weekly.
Finally, the name GIGI is an acronym which also is the name of the Society’s former Curator of Graphic Arts, Georgia (Gigi) Barnhill. Whenever anyone was in need of a particular illustration for an article, monograph or book cover, the phrase, “go ask Gigi” was a common utterance.
While this system is not meant to supplant the titular person, it nonetheless hopes to relieve some of the burden by having patrons conduct their own searches.