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Berg Fashion Library portal to debut

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From dance costumes in French Polynesia to New York`s runway couture, the promises to be an online source for those who have pored over pages of international fashion magazines, or pondered the meaning of dress from the burka to the brassiere. The resource spans the globe and the centuries to uncover the vastness of world dress and costume culture.

Launching in September 2010, the library is a new portal that offers users fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content that also includes the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion in a convenient format. With an abundance of images, e-books, and reference works, this accessible resource has a lot to offer.

Features of the Berg Fashion Library include:

  • Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: 3.6 million words and the equivalent of 10 volumes in print
  • Colour image bank: including 1600 images from the V&A Museum`s internationally renowned fashion collection and 2000 from the Encyclopedia
  • E-Book collection: full text of c.60 Berg fashion e-books with regular updates
  • Extra reference resources: including an A-Z of Fashion and The Dictionary of Fashion History by Valerie Cumming, C.W. Cunnington and P.E. Cunnington

Functionality includes:

  • Rapid access to content via a single-term quick search, or for more targeted results – a sophisticated advanced searching
  • Taxonomy: a purpose-built classification system for the study of dress, will guide users via search and browse tools to the information they need and help refine search results
  • Cross-referencing both within the resource, and externally
  • (DOIs) will be available at chapter, article, and entry level; ensuring content can be reliably located
  • Interfaces with citation management tools will mean the content can be referenced accurately and with ease
  • Unlimited concurrent access via IP recognition, ATHENS/Shibboleth, library cards, and username and password for remote users
  • COUNTER compliant usage statistics and library branding for users within the institution
  • Marc21 records (from publication)
  • Customisation tools for individual needs
  • Social networking tools provided so that items within the portal can be shared by means of users’ tags and links
  • Extensive online help and customer and technical support

Sneak Peek:

  • Cross-searchable functionality with Berg fashion e-journals Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, and Textile for mutual subscribers. Available as part of the first update (early 2011)Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion – 67 primary documents and seminal essays on the subject of fashion
  • Two thousand images from The Costume Institute at the , which will be added in stages from 2011 onwards.