ARTstor Workshop

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This is a presentation for faculty/staff development workshop at the University of Miami Libraries.

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  • 1. Images for Research & Instruction: An Introduction to ARTstor Chella Vaidyanathan History, Political Science, & Govt. Docs. Librarian University of Miami Libraries Education & Outreach Phone: 305-284-6027 E-mail: cvaidyan@miami.edu
  • 2. What is ARTstor?
    • ARTstor – Digital library/database
    • Provides access to more than 1,000,000 images
    • Excellent collections
    • Images are used by students, faculty, and researchers in the fields of art, art history, architecture, humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies
  • 3. Why use ARTstor?
    • Promoting visual literacy among students
    • James Aanstoos (from the Cary Academy) defines it as “the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images, as well as to be able to convey ideas or messages through imagery”
    • Students enjoy learning through images and working with them
  • 4. Why use ARTstor? (Continued)
    • Aristotle –“Without image, thinking is impossible”
    • Images help to stimulate students’ critical thinking skills and comprehension of concepts, themes, events, etc.
    • Faculty are interested in integrating images into teaching and research – fits well into the current trend – the use of multimedia
  • 5. Features of ARTstor
    • Images can be browsed by collections, geography, and classification
    • Easy to set up an account and request instructor’s privileges
    • You can create your own image folders and share them with your students and colleagues
    • Images can be downloaded and used for presentation
  • 6. Online Support & Via Web 2.0
    • ARTstor help is available online at http://help.artstor.org/wiki/index.php/Welcome_to_ARTstor_Help
    • ARTstor blog can be accessed at http://artstor.wordpress.com/
    • ARTstor on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/artstor
    • ARTstor on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/ARTstor/6173948332
  • 7. Shared Shelf Initiative
    • Shared Shelf – Artstor helps many educational and cultural institutions to host their image collections on the ARTstor server
    • Only available to students, faculty, and staff of those institutions
    • University of Miami is one of them
    • University of Miami has three of its collections on ARTtor
  • 8. Shared Shelf Initiative (Continued)
    • The Problem: Members have had to develop their own tools and methods for adding content to the Artstor database. Shared Shelf will make it easier for institutions, libraries, and academic departments to build collections using the Artstor system.
    • What will Shared Shelf do? A set of web tools that will enable institutions to build, manage, access and share visual content across their own campuses and with other campuses.
  • 9. Shared Shelf Initiative (Continued)
    • Who’s Involved? ARTstor, eight partner colleges and universities, and the Society of Architectural Historians. The institutional partners include Colby College, Cornell University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, New York University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Miami, and Yale University.
    • When will it be available? A beta release will be available next spring and a full production version is expected January 2011.
  • 10. Contacts
    • For instruction, please contact:
    • Chella Vaidyanathan, Education & Outreach Librarian, 305-284-6027
    • For copyright questions, please contact:
    • Scott Britton, Director of Access, Information and Research Services, 305-284-6466
    • For technical problems/questions, please contact:
    • Anthony Smith, Director of Digital Initiatives & Services, 305-284-4055