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June 26, 2006

Collaboration between the Artists Rights Society (ARS), the Société des auteurs dans les arts graphiques et plastiques (ADAGP) and ARTstor

The French artists’ rights society (the Société des auteurs dans les arts graphiques et plastiques (“ADAGP”)), The Artists Rights Society of the United States (ARS), and ARTstor are pleased to announce that they have recently reached a collaborative agreement. Under the agreement, ARTstor will make available through the ARTstor Digital Library the digital images of art works by thousands of ADAGP artists and estates for teaching, research and study. The agreement builds upon and extends the agreement reached in August 2005 between ARS and ARTstor under which ARTstor is making available images of works by ARS artists.

Under this agreement, ARTstor expects to make available shortly to ARTstor participating institutions worldwide images of modern and contemporary art works by ADAGP artists. ADAGP, the preeminent European rights society, represents such artists as (to name a few): Joan Miro, Pierre Bonnard, Constantin Brancusi, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Andre Derain, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Le Corbusier, Fernand Leger, Rene Magritte, and Edouard Vuillard.

ADAGP is the French collective society for the rights of authors in the visual arts (such as painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, and others)

ARS is the preeminent organization for visual artists in the United States. Founded in 1987, ARS represents the intellectual property rights interests of over 40,000 visual artists and estates of visual artists.

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June 14, 2006

ARTstor Welcomes Carole Ann Fabian as its new Director of Strategic Outreach and User Services

Artstor is pleased to welcome Carole Ann Fabian as its new Director of Strategic Outreach and User Services. Ms. Fabian joins Artstor from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she has served for the past nine years in a variety of roles at the Science & Engineering Library, Architecture & Planning Library, Arts & Sciences Libraries, and Educational Technology Center, most recently as the Director of the Center. In that role, she assisted faculty, instructors, and staff in the creative and effective application of technologies for teaching, learning and scholarship; facilitated the integration of library resources and campus-wide instructional technology products; fostered technology-enhanced curricular research and development activities through the administration and coordination of an institutional educational technology grants program; and collaborated with campus IT units to provide access to the latest equipment, software, technology instruction and support. She also served as Project Director for UBdigit, an online environment for interdisciplinary multimedia digital collections at the University at Buffalo.

Carole Ann brings to Artstor deep and rich experience in the realms of art, visual resources, the library, and educational technology. She has written extensively on educational technologies and the use the electronic media in teaching and learning, and she is an active professional member of the academic library community, currently serving on the board of ARLIS/NA

As the Director of Strategic Planning and User Services, Carole Ann will be responsible for assessing, tracking, supporting and promoting use of the Artstor Digital Library and the Artstor software environment at the more than 600 institutions presently licensing Artstor. Strategic outreach activities will focus on building strong ongoing relationships with these participating institutions, and with staff at those institutions who help support the use of Artstor and its integration into the wider environment of teaching and learning. She will also be responsible for leading a growing User Services team that provides support and training services to institutions participating in Artstor and individuals at those institutions.

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June 9, 2006

ARTstor at ALA Annual Conference

User Services will be attending the upcoming American Library Association (ALA) meeting in New Orleans later this month. We will be available to provide updates on ARTstor activities, answer questions about using the ARTstor Digital Library, and to offer training to participants. Please be in touch to schedule a convenient time for training in the suite, or feel free to forward this message to others at your institution as you see appropriate.

Suite Location

  • Courtyard New Orleans Convention Center Marriott
  • 300 Julia Street
  • New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Tel: 504-598-9897
  • There will be signs and flyers available in the lobby at the concierge desk with the suite number.

Contact the User Services team at userservices@artstor.org to schedule training during the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, June 24, 2006: 10:00am- 1:00pm
  • Sunday, June 25, 2006: 10:00am- 5:00pm
  • Monday, June 26, 2006: 10:00am-1:00pm

We would also like to invite you to a special ARTstor reception for participants and non-participants:

  • Saturday, June 24, 2006
  • 1:30-3:30pm
  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside
  • Jasperwood Room
  • Two Poydras Street
  • New Orleans, LA 70140
  • Tel: (504) 561 0500

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May 4, 2006

Recent addition to ARTstor’s Image Gallery: Cuban Heritage Collection

We are pleased to announce that the University of Miami Libraries’ unique Cuban Heritage Collection is now part of the ARTstor Digital Library.

The Cuban Heritage Collection, part of the University of Miami Libraries, is the premier collection of research materials for Cuban and Cuban-American studies. It is the most comprehensive library of manuscripts, rare and contemporary books, and unique materials for the study of Cuba, its history, its people, and its culture in the island and abroad. The images provided through ARTstor represent an important, thoughtfully curated subset of the material available through the Cuban Heritage Collection. The images to be made available through ARTstor have been selected from The Manuel R. Bustamante Photograph Collection and the Cuban Postcard Collection.

The Manuel R. Bustamante Photograph Collection consists of more than 600 black and white photographs of Cuba from the early 1900s to the 1930s. Many of these images were published by New York-based Munson Steamship Line in its Cuba Review magazine. The photographs depict various aspects of the life, architecture, and culture of Havana and other Cuban towns at the turn of the 20th century.

The Cuban Postcard Collection is a collection of postcards of Cuba and the Cuban experience outside of Cuba from the early 20th century to the present. It includes photographs and artist drawn postcards and provides views of many parts of the island as well as various aspects of Cuban communities in the United States and elsewhere.

In reaching this agreement, William D. Walker, University Librarian, University of Miami, and Max Marmor, ARTstor’s Director of Collection Development, expressed their shared enthusiasm in collaborating to use digital technologies to make these high quality images more broadly available for noncommercial educational and scholarly purposes. “We are delighted to make the Cuban Heritage Collection’s distinctive resources available to the larger ARTstor community. The benefits of this collaboration extend far beyond the partnership between the University of Miami Libraries and ARTstor. Students and scholars across the country will now have a unique vantage point for viewing photographs and postcards previously accessible only by visiting Miami. ARTstor’s venue provides the ideal way to study images and we are excited that others will have access to our rare resources” comments Walker. “We are especially pleased that our friends at the University of Miami Libraries have decided to share these wonderful collections, initially part of ARTstor’s nascent ‘hosting’ service, with the broader community of ARTstor users, ” adds Marmor. “Our hope is that other institutions for which we are hosting digital collections will similarly conclude they wish to foster the development of a rich ARTstor “network” in this manner.”

The University of Miami Libraries hold more than 2.5 million volumes and provide access to over 46,100 periodical titles. The Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection preserves and provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and archival materials on Cuba and the Cuban exile experience.

The contents of the Cuban Heritage Collection have, like other new elements of the ARTstor Digital Library, been integrated into the ARTstor Image Gallery. The Bustamante Collection and the Cuban Postcard Collection may be most readily searched for in ARTstor using the keywords “Bustamante collection” or “Cuban postcard collection” respectively. “Cuban heritage collection” will retrieve both source collections simultaneously.

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May 2, 2006

ARTstor at Art Libraries Society of North America conference

We wanted to remind you that we will be attending the upcoming 34th Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) in Banff, Alberta, May 5-9, 2006.

We will have a suite at the conference hotel to provide updates on ARTstor activities, answer questions about using the Digital Library, and offer training to participants. Representatives from User Services, Library Relations, Collection Development, and Museum Relations will be available to answer any questions and conduct demonstrations of the Digital Library and content in ARTstor.

Suite Location: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Please be in touch to schedule a convenient time for visiting the suite, or feel free to forward this message to others at your institution who may be attending the conference. To schedule an appointment in advance, please contact User Services at userservices@artstor.org or 888.278.0079. Shalimar Fojas will be staying in the suite; please ask for her at the hotel front desk to find the suite number. There will also be a poster in the lobby directing you to the suite.

Suite Hours:

  • Sunday, May 7, 2006: 9:00am- 3:00pm
  • Monday, May 7, 2006: 9:00am- 5:00pm

ARTstor User Group Meeting
There will be an ARTstor User Group meeting on Sunday May 7, 2006 from 7:00 – 8:30am in the Shaughnessy/Beatty Rooms in the hotel conference center. Both participants and non-participants are welcome. The program will include updates on new collections, new enhancements, and upcoming initiatives. There will be time for questions and a light breakfast will be served. Please feel free to send questions ahead of time to User Services at userservices@artstor.org . We look forward to seeing you in Banff!

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April 18, 2006

ARTstor at Society of Architectural History (SAH) Conference

We wanted to let you know that ARTstor will be attending the upcoming Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA. From April 26-28, 2006, we will have a booth in the Savannah Ballroom at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel (100 General McIntosh Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401). ARTstor representatives will be on hand to provide updates on ARTstor activities and answer questions about using the Digital Library. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the booth for demonstrations during the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2006: 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday, April 27, 2006: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday, April 28, 2006: 8:00 am-5:00pm

If you have any questions about ARTstor’s presence at this event, or any other upcoming conferences, please do not hesitate to contact User Services at userservices@artstor.org or 888.278.0079.

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April 17, 2006

ARTstor works with Museum Education departments and the K-12 Community

ARTstor is pleased to announce a new initiative that is designed to help museum education departments work with K-12 teachers in their communities as a means of integrating the study of works of art into arts education, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and science curricula. Museum education departments at participating museums will be able to create presentations using images of art works and other materials depicted in the ARTstor Library. The presentations can be stored on the OIV tool, an offline presentation tool created by ARTstor, and then given to K-12 teachers working with those museum education departments for use in the classroom.

Museum education departments and teachers accessing images of art works through OIV can zoom in on images, display images together to compare and contrast individual images, view the data associated with the images, and create classroom presentations with the images. K-12 teachers using the OIV images do not have to be at institutions participating in ARTstor. Instead, teachers will be able to obtain OIV presentations from museum education departments. To obtain the OIV presentations, teachers will need to follow a few simple steps. We hope this initiative, which has been prompted by feedback from museum educators, will facilitate the work of museum education departments with teachers in their communities, and will help develop the visual thinking skills of K-12 students.

If you have any further questions about how you can get involved please contact our Director of Museum Relations, Nancy Allen, at na@artstor.org.

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March 1, 2006

ARTstor at Visual Resources Association Conference

ARTstor User Services will be attending the upcoming Visual Resources Association conference being held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore next week. We will have a suite at the nearby Harbor Court Hotel to provide updates on ARTstor activities, answer questions about using the ARTstor Digital Library, and to offer training to participants. Individuals who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should ideally schedule an appointment in advance by contacting User Services at userservices@artstor.org. Please feel free to forward this message to others at your institution as you see appropriate.

Suite Location:

  • Harbor Court Hotel
  • 550 Light Street
  • Baltimore, MD.
  • (401)234-0550

Kimberley Henrikson will be staying in the suite; please ask for her at the hotel desk to find the suite number. There will also be a poster in the lobby directing you to the suite. Contact the User Services team at userservices@artstor.org to schedule training during the following dates and times:

  • March 7, Tuesday, 2006: 10:00am -5:00pm
  • March 8, Wednesday, 2006: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • March 9, Thursday, 2006: 10:00am-12:00pm

We would also like you to join us at the ARTstor Open Forum to be held on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. ARTstor representatives from User Services, Library Relations, Metadata, and Collection Development will be available for a Q and A at this forum open to both ARTstor participants and non-participants.

Thursday 12:30-2:00pm
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Constellation B

Monday 9:00-10:30am
Session 1: Mission and Metamorphosis: Changing approaches to sharing images and information online
Constellation A
Nancy Allen, Director of Museum Relations, will be speaking along with Kenneth Hamma, Susan Chun, and Clifford Lynch about the costs of digitization, cataloguing, and rights and reproductions management.

Wednesday 2:00-3:30pm
Special Users Group 3: AMICO Aftermath User’s Group
Constellation B
Barbara Rockenbach, Assistant Director of Library Relations, will be speaking about the former AMICO images now in the ARTstor Digital Library. Other speakers in the session include Ron Miller, Anna Miller and Ricky Erway.

Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm
Seminar 4: Using Digital Images in a Copyrighted World Constellation A
Gretchen Wagner, ARTstor General Counsel will speak at this seminar addressing intellectual property rights, recent legislative news including orphan work and fair use issues.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule training, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at userservices@artstor.org or by phone at 888.278.0079. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

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February 27, 2006

Collaborative Agreement Reached Between Canyonlights World Art Image Bank and ARTstor

Canyonlights World Art Image Bank and ARTstor announced today that they had reached an agreement to collaborate on the digitization and distribution through ARTstor of nearly 3,000 high quality digital images from the rich Canyonlights archive of original photography. As an art historian and photographer, Susan Silberberg-Peirce of Canyonlights has been professionally documenting ancient sites – especially throughout the Mediterranean region, as well as in Europe and the American Southwest – for 20 years. Her slides and photographs of Megalithic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval, and Southwest Native American sites are widely used in teaching and research in universities and museums throughout America, Canada, and Europe, and have frequently been published in reference books and journals; many are also available as photographic prints. These images will significantly enhance ARTstor’s value to teachers as well as scholars.

As part of this collaboration, ARTstor will also sponsor a 2006 photographic campaign in the American Southwest, intended to help Canyonlights expand and deepen its already strong documentation of both Prehistoric and Native American sites, especially thoughout New Mexico.

In reaching this agreement, Dr. Susan Silberberg-Peirce of Canyonlights and Max Marmor, ARTstor’s Director of Collection Development, expressed their shared enthusiasm in collaborating to use digital technologies to make these high quality images of art works, architectural monuments and archeological sites more broadly available for noncommercial educational and scholarly purposes. “As a scholar and professor, I am acutely aware of the educational community’s need for high quality images. As a photographer, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my documentation with a wider audience through ARTstor’s distinguished portal,” comments Dr. Silberberg-Peirce. “Our new partnership with Canyonlights represents an important milestone in ARTstor’s ongoing effort to provide teachers, scholars and students with high-quality digital images, especially images that document key archeological and architectural monuments and sites. Susan Silberberg-Peirce’s images have been widely used by teachers and scholars in slide form, and we are delighted to help make them available now online as well,” adds Marmor. “We are especially excited at the prospect of working with Canyonlights in an ongoing way to further develop both their already extraordinarily rich archives and ARTstor’s growing library of digital art images.”

Canyonlights has been, for many years, a key source of high quality art images for teaching, research and publication, with special strengths in the documentation of archeological and architectural monuments and sites in the Mediterranean region (Megalithic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish sites), in Great Britain (Megalithic and Medieval sites), and in the Southwestern United States (both Prehistoric and Native American sites). In addition to its archive of original slides and photographs, which is the focus of the present collaboration, Canyonlights also represents a number of European and Australian museums and vendors.

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February 23, 2006

Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings and ARTstor Reach Collaborative Agreement

The Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings and ARTstor are pleased to announce that they have formed an ongoing collaboration with a goal of creating a digital version of the Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings, the renowned photographic archive of more than 184,000 old master drawings.

For more than half a century, the Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings has been documenting old master drawings in scores of archives, libraries and museums around the world. An ongoing effort of Dr. Walter and Dr. Jutta Gernsheim, the Corpus embodies an unsurpassed commitment to serving the scholarly needs of the international community of art historians. The Corpus presently embodies more than 184,000 extraordinary black-and-white photographs of European old master drawings from the 15th to the early 20th century. As a subscription service, the Corpus is available in its entirety at only a very small number of scholarly photo archives in Europe, Britain and America. Incomplete copies of the Corpus may be found in a few other locations. But this remarkable resource has never been readily accessible to the majority of scholars, teachers and curators who would benefit from consulting its riches.

ARTstor has now developed an ongoing partnership with the Gernsheim Corpus, the goal of which is to progressively digitize and distribute through ARTstor a comprehensive online version of this invaluable art historical resource. As the project proceeds, the two partners will seek to engage the participation of the many museums whose drawings collections are represented in the Corpus, and ARTstor accordingly anticipates making digital versions of the images available to ARTstor participants in phases.

The British Museum has already expressed its enthusiasm for the distribution through ARTstor of the nearly 17,000 old master drawings from its collections that have been photographed over the d ecades by the Gernsheim Corpus. These will be the first fruits of this exciting collaboration. The British Museum will also share with ARTstor its online cataloging data for these drawings. Antony Griffiths, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, voiced the museum’s strong support for ARTstor’s effort to both preserve the Gernsheim Corpus and help it enter a new era as a key resource for the art historian – something that has been high on the agenda of the larger community of drawings curators. “The British Museum has been associated with the Gernsheim Photographic Corpus since its beginning, and has seen it grow into the greatest archive of photos of Old Master drawings in the world. We are now delighted that it will be made more widely available through ARTstor.” ARTstor is now inviting further museums to participate in this important project. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have recently added their support to that of the British Museum.

In reaching this agreement, James Shulman, Executive Director of ARTstor, expressed ARTstor’s enthusiasm in collaborating to use digital technologies to make this unique resource more broadly available for noncommercial educational and scholarly purposes. “The Gernsheim Corpus is truly a unique labor of love,” says Shulman. “We at ARTstor are privileged and excited to be playing a role in making this unrivaled reference resource more widely available to the community of scholars and curators in a new medium.”

ARTstor anticipates inviting a team of collaborators, including both collaborating museums and such key photo archives as the Biblioteca Hertziana (Rome), The Frick Art Reference Library (New York), and the Getty Research Institute (a program of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles), to join in a coordinated effort to normalize, enhance and convert to electronic form the cataloging data associated with the Gernsheim Corpus. ARTstor also welcomes the collaboration of the Cleveland Museum of Art in this project. The museum’s copy of the Gernsheim Corpus is both comprehensive and well-preserved, and using this copy as a scanning source will allow ARTstor to take full advantage of the enormous care with which the photographic prints have been developed by the Gernsheims.

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