This is an excerpt from the website, specifically from the About the Berg Fashion Library section:
Berg Fashion Library - a fashion portal
Available from May 2010 on a subscription basis, the Berg Fashion Library is a cross-searchable online portal that incorporates a full range of resources essential for anyone working on dress or fashion from a broad range of disciplinary bases – anthropology and material culture, art history, theatre studies, history, sociology, cultural studies, human geography, folklore, and fashion studies.
Key content available at launch is outlined below.
- The Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online – updated twice a year
- E-Book collection: full text of c.60 Berg fashion e-books with regular updates
- E-Journals: the Berg Fashion Library will also be fully cross-searchable with Berg fashion journals (Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, and Textile) if your institution subscribes to them
- An extensive, colour, image bank with thumbnails that link through to enhanced content. This will include 1,600 images from the internationally renowned V&A collection and 2,000 images from the print encyclopedia
- Extra reference resources, such as an A-Z of Fashion and a Dictionary of Key Terms
Example from the Virtual Tour presentation
Other added-value resources for future stages may include the following:
- A regularly updated abstracting and indexing (A&I) database – covering journal articles, industry literature, books and images – this will enable users to locate relevant content with ease, and to gain access to the full text via Open URLs wherever possible
- 200 ‘position papers’ (1.7 million words) covering the state of the art in fashion research across all fields – from curation to business
- Specially-created materials through which key museums can be visited ‘virtually' – for example, videos of curators introducing major exhibitions and collections with links to exhibits
I can't wait to start using this resource. Just imagine the possibilities! I wonder how much the subscription will be? I hope it is affordable enough for private users. In the mean time, you can always take the Virtual Tour to get a taste of what it will be like.