Building a new Artstor: 2017 in review
2017 was a big year for Artstor. Not only did we add over 350,000 new images, but we also completely overhauled the Artstor platform, creating a new interface and tools while improving the back-end systems that power the site to increase search speed and reliability. Here’s what changed:
- Artstor got a facelift with a new, streamlined interface design.
- Images open on a new page rather than as pop-ups. Pop-ups are difficult to navigate when you aren’t able to adjust your browser settings, as is often the case on computers managed by an IT department. This change also allows you to link directly to an image and its data without opening a pop-up, which is confusing to recipients (especially those who have pop-ups blocked and find a link leads to nowhere).
- Images are now on a IIIF viewer with fullscreen capabilities and side-by-side comparison mode. Read more about IIIF’s incredible work on their site.
- We simplified image-group sharing: all registered users can share image groups with other users at your institution, not just faculty. Now, students can collaborate on image groups and faculty can more easily work with students and TA’s to curate groups.
- Artstor now includes a flashcard mode in the fullscreen image view to study for exams. Read more about this feature on our support site.
- We increased Artstor’s web accessibility for users with disabilities.
- Our URLs are now shorter for easier linking in LibGuides, course websites, emails, and more.
- The entire site is mobile friendly. Direct your smartphone’s browser to library.artstor.org, sign in, and enjoy Artstor’s full set of features. Remember to turn your phone sideways for full-screen views!
- Image citations are now available in many formats, including APA, Chicago, and MLA style.
Building a website is an iterative process and we’re continuously refining existing tools and adding new ones. To stay up to date on the latest site changes, sign up for the Mastering Artstor newsletter. You’ll get a bi-monthly email with information about new and improved features, collections, LibGuides, training sessions, and more.
We’d love to hear your feedback! You can meet with us at these conferences this spring:
College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, February 21-24, Los Angeles, CA
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS), February 25-March 1, New York, NY
Visual Resources Association (VRA), March 27-30, Philadelphia, PA