William Broom

Project Manager, The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

William Broom is an independent research assistant and project coordinator for the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database, with extensive  experience in creating FileMaker Pro databases and the development of image cataloging and visualization projects. For many years he also served as visual resources curator and IT analyst in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. As associate slide curator during the mid-1980s he implemented the first computerized image cataloging system in the visual resources unit. In the early 1990s Bill created Duke’s first digital image-study resource which deployed stand-alone computer clusters in two university libraries for students’ out-of-class study of art history images.

Bill received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocal music. He pursued doctoral studies in musicology at the University of Louisville with a secondary concentration in art history, and speaks and/or reads Italian, French, Spanish and German with varying fluency. In his current affiliate appointment with the Kingdom of Sicily image project he supervises student and affiliate catalogers, reviews data entries, helps track tasking and implementation issues, and serves as a technical liaison between the project’s directors and its chief database and web developer.


The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

Publications & Presentations

Bruzelius, Caroline, William Broom, and John Taormina. “The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project: From Conceptual Design to Management,” Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 6-7, 2018.