The Imaging Center centralizes Smith's rich collection of images, solidifying the college's standing as one of the leaders in digital imaging among liberal arts colleges and universities.
Smith was the first educational institution to adopt Luna's Insight visual database, a powerful software program that has been developed to serve the imaging needs of higher education. Thanks to a major grant from the Andrew Mellon foundation, Smith went online with 2,500 images in 1998. Since then, the digitized collection has grown dramatically, in part with support provided by the Davis Educational Foundation.
The imaging center allows students unprecedented access to the college's vast and growing collection of images. Convenience is also an added advantage, as students can access digital images from any place on campus, including their residence hall rooms, at any time, day or night.
The imaging center is staffed by curators, catalogers, information management professionals, image production specialists and visual communications specialists, who are part of an emerging field on today's campuses. The center is administered by the department of art, with support from the college's educational technology department.