Wow ~ There's a way to quickly find your favorite photos in our Digital Collections! Whatever your item of interest; people, locations, buildings, scenery, or any of the other fascinating subjects in our databases, you can create your own personalized searches to enhance your experience.
Our ContentDM system has a feature that allows a user to create tags, which makes it possible to bring a disparate group of images together in one simple search. At the bottom of each photo record, are links to "tags" and "comments." People use the comments quite a bit, trading information with other users and our ContentDM administration. The tags are less used, probably because they are less understood.
To tag your photos, just think of a single word that captures the essence of what you're tagging, to allow for more items to collect under that word. One of the tags I use is "composition," for images that catch my eye as having graphic impact or creating a strong impression at a distance, before one even knows about the subject or details. To search for your tags, just enter "tag:" with your tag, like this: "tag:composition." Don't make more than 240 of any single tag, because above that number they disappear altogether, (?!) which is a known bug that awaits a fix.
Enhance your experience of our collections with the tag feature, and become an expert!