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About Digital Decker

Digital Decker is the repository for digital collections from special collections and MICA Archives. It also serves as the institutional repository for recent Masters Theses. Digital Decker is maintained by the Digital Initiatives Unit of Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


About the Digital Initiatives Unit at Decker Library



The Digital Initiatives Unit implements, manages, and promotes digitization programs, including digital repository services, and serves as intellectual partner to digital pedagogy and scholarship efforts.


Selection Criteria

Items are selected for digitization based on the following:





The digitized collections are accessible for research purposes. Copyright is indicated within the record for each item. However, we are not always able to accurately depict copyright. We welcome feedback from researchers or rights owners.


The Digital Initiatives Unit make digital collections accessible in the following situations: copyright is held by Decker Library, works are in the public domain, permission has been granted to make them accessible, access is granted through fair use, or there are no known restrictions.


Digitization and Metadata Specifications


If the appropriate equipment is available, items held within the Decker Library collection will be digitized in-house. Masters Theses are submitted in digital form (created by the author).


For the Book Arts Collection, three views of each item will be taken and include:


Master Images


Master images are typically the highest resolution and from which derivatives are created.


Master images are:



Access Images


Access images are derivative files created from the Master, high-resolution TIFF for web purposes.


Access images are:



The standard copyright field states:


Images made available by the Decker Library of the Maryland Institute College of Art for private study, scholarship, or research only. Written permission from the copyright owner and any other rights holders must be obtained for any reuse of this item that extends beyond fair use or other statutory exemptions.




Dublin Core metadata schema (DCMI) is used for the collections in CONTENTdm (Simple Dublin Core). LCSH, AAT, RMBS, and local controlled vocabulary is used.


QC Process

Masters Theses Collection


Masters Theses are submitted to the library through the MICA Graduate Studies office. The final documentation form for each work also serves as the archive submission form. Students agree that if appropriate, they have obtained and provided a written permission statement from the owners of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in their work and they grant to MICA and its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions explicitly indicated, their work in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. They agree that they retain ownership and rights and rights to use in future works.


Students indicate whether they would like their work to be:

If students provide additional media (audio, video, images), they can choose to circulate the media on-campus only, or restrict from circulation. Additionally media will not be added to the collection on Digital Decker.


Students submit written work in PDF/A format.




Katherine Cowan, Senior Reference Librarian

Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian

Meredith Moore, Media Assistant

Arthur Soontornsaratool, Media Coordinator

Kelly Swickard, Catalog Librarian


About Decker Library


The Decker Library is the campus library of the Maryland Institute College of Art, located on the first floor and lower level of the Bunting Center. The library contains over 100,000 books and serials, over 5,000 DVDs and access to thousands of electronic journals through subscription databases and hundreds of print journal titles.


Additionally, the library has access to over 100,000 ebooks, over 40,000 digital images and over 1,000 streaming video titles all available through the library catalog.


While the main focus of the library is the visual arts, the collection also includes a broad and balanced selection of academic and recreational material relating to many subjects.

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