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July 5, 2003

Artstor Announces Two New Board Members

The Artstor Board recently approved the appointment of two new members: Anne d’Harnoncourt, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Carol A. Mandel, the Dean, Division of Libraries at New York University.

Miss d’Harnoncourt has served as The George D. Widener Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1982 and as both Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum since 1997. During her tenure as Director, she has built a distinguished professional staff and encouraged a sequence of major exhibitions and publications by Museum curators, in addition to overseeing a massive project to reinstall all of the European collections and the recent purchase of a neighboring landmark building to enable future expansion. Prior to her role as Director, Miss d’Harnoncourt served as Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Museum from 1972 to 1982. As a specialist in the art of Marcel Duchamp, she organized a major retrospective exhibition in 1973-1974, which also traveled to The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Art Institute of Chicago. While Miss d’Harnoncourt was curator, the Museum made a commitment to build its contemporary collections and acquired important works by Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Katherine Anne Porter, and Frank Stella, among others. Miss d’Harnoncourt has written numerous articles and publications about Duchamp, John Cage and other topics in 20th-century art.

Ms. Mandel has served as the Dean, Division of Libraries at New York University since 1999, where she provides leadership for a system of libraries and special collections, the University Archives, TV and Media Services, Classroom Media Services and the New York University Press. Previously, she served as the Deputy University Librarian at Columbia University. The focus of her professional interests includes digital library development, scholarly publishing, and preservation and bibliographical access. She serves in board or advisory committee capacities for the Digital Library Federation, the Association of Research Libraries, OCLC, and the Research Libraries Group. Ms. Mandel’s recent scholarly articles and presentations have explored the transition of research libraries into digital libraries.

In announcing these appointments, Neil L. Rudenstine – Chair of the Artstor Board – commented: “I want to join with all the members of Artstor’s Board in welcoming Anne d’Harnoncourt and Carol Mandel. Anne is one of the pre-eminent museum Directors in the United States and abroad, and Carol is widely admired for her pioneering work in developing digital and related resources within the context of traditional research library systems. Together, these two distinguished individuals will bring extraordinary talents, experience, and wisdom to the Board’s deliberations, and we appreciate their willingness to devote time and energy to helping shape Artstor’s future.”

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March 19, 2003

Artstor’s Fall 2003 Testing

Artstor (in collaboration with 14 colleges, universities, and museums) will be conducting a test during the Fall of 2003. During the test period, users at these institutions will have access to the Artstor content and tools for their educational and scholarly work; institutional staff will work closely with Artstor staff on assessment of how well Artstor serves various user needs. During the testing period, Artstor will also be engaged in expanding its operational capacity so that it will be prepared to work with a larger number of institutions in 2004.

Key areas Artstor will explore with its test partners include:

Technology Issues

  • Evaluating the functionality and usability of the Artstor interface(s)
  • Exploring the various ways in which Artstor can help institutions to support the creation and management of image groups for use on course websites or electronic course reserves
  • Examining solutions for “interoperating” with institutional image management systems, learning management courseware, and other digital resources
  • Identifying different institutional contexts for authorizing and authenticating users
  • Understanding and managing network performance issues

Users and Uses

  • Understanding how Artstor will be used by different segments of the community
  • Exploring how Artstor can partner with institutions to promote broad use of this new resource, in pedagogy as well as in individual research
  • Identifying potential barriers to adoption of the Artstor service
  • Evaluating the training and support needs of different types of users, and understanding how institutions are likely to address these needs
  • Assessing image and metadata quality standards for various users and uses
  • Assessing and improving user awareness and understanding of the terms and conditions of use

It should be noted that any feedback gathered in this area will influence longer term planning, since content development is a complex, ongoing process.

  • Gathering feedback on the content and presentation of the charter collections
  • Identifying promising areas for collection development that will address the needs of a broad range of users
  • Understanding how Artstor collections complement local image collections, both analog and digital

This test represents only one aspect of Artstor’s dialogue with the community. In order to become a truly community-wide resource, Artstor staff will continue to engage in conversations with a range of individuals and institutions in an ongoing basis to learn more about the issues outlined above, as well as other issues surrounding the building, disseminating, and usage of image collections. Indeed, through this test Artstor hopes to learn how best to gather this sort of feedback routinely, in order to assure that such assessment and learning develops as a core element of the Artstor service.

Test Participants

The following institutions will be participating in the fall 2003 test. These institutions were selected based on their ability to provide a diverse range of perspectives on the key issues identified above.

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Harvard University
  • Hunter College (City University of New York)
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • National Gallery of Art
  • New York University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Smith College
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Williams College/Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute*

*The staff and faculty at Williams College and The Clark Art Institute deserve special thanks for their participation in an early pilot Artstor project in the Fall of 2002.

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