Resource Library: Content Presentation Guidelines
Since the inception of Resource Library Magazine in 1997, with a later name change to Resource Library, content presentation guidelines have evolved. In some years there have been substantive changes while in other years minor changes or none at all. The following information reflects the current guidelines. For articles and essays published in the earlier years of the publication, other presentation conventions may be present. Please see About TFAO for more information on the evolution of the publication.
Please read how Resource Library differs from paper-printed publications.
Each article or essay is digitized in HTML format for presentation on the Web. A "page" in Resource Library is the same as a separate URL.
To identify Resource Library pages there is usually a white background with the words "Resource Library" in faint blue color repeated throughout each page.
Article and essay headers:
At the top of the initial Resource Library page for a text there is usually a header block containing source and contact identification for the article or essay text. The header may be preceded by double solid lines and followed by double solid lines.
Headers for Resource Library article source material provided by institutions without named authors in most cases contain the name of the institutional source and contact information usually including the phone number of the institution and, wherever available, its home page URL.
Headers for articles or essays published in Resource Library with named authors usually contain the source name and date of publication permission. The header may also contain information concerning the name and dates of an exhibition pertaining to the text and other relevant information. Contact information for the source may also be provided.
In instances where relevant information is not placed in headers, it is usually placed in editor's notes following articles and essays. Also, in some instances, certain header information is repeated in editor's notes.
For articles and essays with named authors, wherever available, there is a condensed biography of the author following the article or essay text. Here is an example.
For the convenience of readers, at the bottom of each Resource Library page (see the bottom of this page as an example) is usually located a block of information containing links to the homepages of both Resource Library and Traditional Fine Arts Organization.
Article and essay Resource Library editor's notes
On the main page for each article and essay there are usually Resource Library editor's notes. In the notes are guidance to links containing further information relevant to the article or essay located both inside and outside the TFAO Web site. Also included may be other information to help the reader better appreciate the article or essay. Editor's notes are placed immediately above the routing block noted above. Links to Resource Library texts are placed first, followed by links to texts and other media outside TFAO's Web site. In instances where the article or essay relates to a specific institution, immediately above the routing block is a legend directing readers to the sub-index page of the institution. An example: "Read more articles and essays concerning this institutional source by visiting the sub-index page for the Wichita Art Museum in Resource Library." If the article of essay references deceased artists, there may be placed another legend saying:"For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists." If there are revisions to the text after the date of original publication, a revision date may be posted. Also please see Errors and omissions for the use of editor's notes related to that subject.
Editor's notes for articles or essays with named authors originally published on paper and reprinted digitally in Resource Library may contain information including, where available: (1) the ISBN number of the paper-printed exhibition catalogue or book containing the original text; (2) the title of the original paper-printed exhibition catalogue or book; (3) the year of authorship of the text; (4) the name of the author; (5) available information concerning the name and dates of the exhibition pertaining to the text; (6) directions for readers who wish to purchase a copy of the related paper-printed catalogue, book or magazine; (7) the date of reprinting in Resource Library, (8) other relevant information. The methodology for describing scholarly texts has evolved over time.
When named authors are recognized, a legend may be placed such as: "Resource Library wishes to extend appreciation to Christine Doolittle of the Des Moines Art Center for her help concerning permissions for reprinting the above text." Information on books or magazines containing texts published in Resource Library may be placed inside or outside editor's notes.
In some instances some or all editor's notes information is presented on a separate page. Please see recently published articles and essays for examples of current presentation methods.
Stylebook conventions of of original paper-printed text:
Resource Library follows, wherever possible using its HTML authoring software, the stylebook conventions used by authors and publishers in each original paper-printed text with the exceptions contained in Resource Library's text presentation and formatting conventions.
Text presentation conventions:
Human formatting and proofreading performed at service bureau:
Images and photo credits
Please see Submitting materials for preferences in publication of images. Images may be published in sizes other than TFAO's preferred sizes depending on the shape of an art object or the need to show detail within the artwork, or for other reasons. Location of images on a page is at the discretion of Resource Library, unless there are specific instructions by the provider of an image. Resource Library usuallly does not embed captions or photo credits within image boundaries. A thumbnail image of an image may be placed on a text page with a link to an enlargement of the image in order to conserve space on the text page. Images contained in pages relating to exhibits and institutional exhibitors themselves are courtesy of the indicated exhibitor unless otherwise noted. Publicity images provided by sources are used only for their intended purpose.
The text presentation conventions followed by * are at the analog to .doc or plain text file conversion level (which may be outsourced through service bureaus or done internally by TFAO or a museum). The text presentation conventions followed by ** are completed during the .doc or plain text level to .htm process (completed at TFAO). In cases where TFAO utilizes service bureaus, the output to TFAO also includes a .pdf file of the source document so that TFAO may conduct a final check of the text conversion provided at the service bureau. This .pdf file is not published -- due to copyright issues concerning embedded images of art objects in the text -- unless expressly permitted by the copyright holder of the source document. For text conversion quantity estimates please see TFAO's section on methods and costs. TFAO may provide financial assistance to museums for conversion of analog text to digital files and online publication of scholarly texts.
Resource Library reserves the right to change Content Presentation Guidelines at any time and without notice. Since the guidelines have evolved over many years, some articles and essays may not conform to the latest guidelines.
Note: Please see TFAO's Digital Library description.
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