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September 27, 2018

On this day: the book that led to the creation of the EPA

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Chatham University, Rachel Carson in the Pennsylvania College for Women Yearbook, The Pennsylvanian, 1928. Image and data courtesy the Collection on Rachel Carson, Chatham University Archives & Special Collections.

On this day in 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published, bringing widespread attention to environmental issues caused by the use of synthetic pesticides in the United States. The book sparked controversy, particularly from chemical companies that dismissed Silent Spring’s assertions about the connection between pesticides and ecological health. However, Carson’s claims were borne out and the book is widely credited with sparking the modern environmental movement that eventually spawned the Environmental Protection Agency.

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September 18, 2018

Divine creation: tracing the rise of Tibetan Buddhism through art

Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul-Spiti, Dankhar Gompa, India. Offering table in front of second Buddha. c. late 17th - 18th century. Detail from mural painting (east corner, south wall) in sNa ka mTshang Hall. Image and data provided by Rob Linrothe.

Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul-Spiti, Dankhar Gompa, India. Offering table in front of second Buddha. c. late 17th – 18th century. Detail from mural painting (east corner, south wall) in sNa ka mTshang Hall. Image and data provided by Rob Linrothe.

An additional contribution of nearly 1,000 images has been made to the Rob Linrothe: Tibetan and Buddhist Art collection in the Artstor Digital Library, bringing the total to over 5,000.* Scholar/photographer Linrothe has provided this unique resource in collaboration with the Lucy Scribner Library, Skidmore College and Northwestern University.

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September 14, 2018

Artstor across disciplines: images for the humanities and social sciences

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Artstor’s global collections span time and cultures and provide a wonderful resource for teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Our “Artstor Across Disciplines” LibGuide outlines how Artstor’s collections can be used in over 20 disciplines, including American studies, religious studies, the history of medicine, women’s studies, and more.

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September 12, 2018

Fake news: the drowning of Hippolyte Bayard

Hippolyte Bayard, Self Portrait as a Drowned Man, 1840. Data from University of California, San Diego.
Hippolyte Bayard, Self Portrait as a Drowned Man (verso), 1840. Data from University of California, San Diego.

In a grainy 1840 photograph, a partially-covered corpse is propped against a wall, its decay evident in the darkening skin of the face and hands. The body is that of Hippolyte Bayard, an early inventor of photographic processes and supposed drowning victim, and written on the image verso is a strange note:

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September 10, 2018

Photographer Erich Lessing dies

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Funeral of a Patron, 1st century CE, Musée du Louvre. Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Renowned photojournalist Erich Lessing passed away on August 29th in Vienna, Austria at the age of 95.

A member of Magnum Photos and a former Associated Press photographer, he began his career photographing political events before switching his focus to cultural subjects.

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September 4, 2018

Webinar event: how Drew University library selects and shares special collections

Nestorian Cross. 1260-1368. Image courtesy of the Mark W. Brown Nestorian Cross Collection, Drew University.

Nestorian Cross. 1260-1368. Image courtesy of the Mark W. Brown Nestorian Cross Collection, Drew University.

Join Drew University librarians Jennifer Heise and Andrew Bonamici to learn how they use JSTOR Forum to manage a wide range of digital collections, including student work, campus history, and the second largest collection of Nestorian crosses in the world. Not sure what a Nestorian cross is? Tune in to find out (and explore the public collection below)!

We’ll be covering everything from how to select from among competing digital projects to promoting them once they’ve been published, and then taking your questions!

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Register here

Can’t make it? This webinar is being recorded, sign up to listen later.

Browse Drew University’s public collections at library.artstor.org:

Learn more about Drew University’s digital collections:

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August 30, 2018

Webinar: results from the 2018 AP® Art History exam

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Yaxchilán lintel 25, image and data courtesy the Kerr Archive.

As part of Artstor’s commitment to support high school faculty in teaching AP® Art History, we are pleased to have Professor Heather Madar back to share her Chief Reader’s Report on the results of the exam.

In her one-hour presentation she will share observations about student performance in the third year of the revised AP format, and provide suggestions for teachers about best practices in the teaching of AP Art History. We’ll focus on helping teachers understand the nature of the exam, its relationship to the curriculum framework, and the scoring methodology used. The session will conclude with audience questions and the opportunity for informal discussion.

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August 27, 2018

How do you browse millions of images?

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With nearly 2.5 million images making up 300 collections in Artstor–plus hundreds more public collections–where does one begin browsing in Artstor?

Browsing images may not seem like the best way to find an image, especially if you are looking for something specific. However, browsing allows you to serendipitously discover images you might not find with a more focused search. Next time you’re working in Artstor, try some of these techniques and see what you discover:

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August 22, 2018

Register for an Artstor user account

Maybe you’ve been searching and viewing images in Artstor, and even downloaded images from public collections, but you’d like to do more. Register for an account and you will!

Registered users at subscribing institutions can download images from Artstor’s core collections of 2.5 million images, save and organize these images into groups, export them to fully captioned PowerPoint presentations, and share the groups with students or collaborators.

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