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September 18, 2014

Pulling back the curtain on Artstor’s ideas

Artstor Labs

Artstor Labs

Artstor is always working on improving its services. While you may notice some changes immediately, others might prove more subtle. In the case of Shared Shelf, our digital media management solution, the developments are sometimes dramatic as we work in close collaboration with users.

What is the thinking behind these changes? We’re pulling back the curtain in Artstor Labs (, a cross section of ideas, inspirations, and experiments that inform the ongoing digital design of Shared Shelf, the Digital Library, and other initiatives.

Focusing on topics related to visual culture, graphic design, and user experience, Artstor Labs offers a glimpse of our design process in relationship with the broader trends occurring in new media and digital humanities. In keeping with this spirit, entries are arranged hierarchically rather than chronologically to reflect their relationship with previous ideas. As the repository grows, a richly layered listing of nested links will track these ideas over time.

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May 27, 2014

The Long Conversation: the Classicizing Philadelphia Project

This post was edited to reflect the change from Shared Shelf to JSTOR Forum.

We invited Lee T. Pearcy of Bryn Mawr College’s Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, to discuss the Classicizing Philadelphia project.


One way to think about America’s relationship with ancient Greece and Rome is to imagine a dialogue. Listen carefully as you wander around Philadelphia. You may be able to hear the conversation. Girard College emulates the Parthenon. The Art Museum, with its Corinthian porticoes and classical pediments, talks to Rome, and the Doric Waterworks below it talks to Greece. At the Arch Street Theater in 1858, Ernst Legouvé’s Medea talked to Euripides, and in the 2006 Mummers’ Parade, the Aqua String Band consulted Rome before it went “Roman Up Broad.” For three hundred years, Philadelphia has generated part of its own special look and feel, its culture, through a conversation with ancient Greece and Rome.

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November 26, 2013

200 turtles: the Field Guide to Biodiversity in Artstor

Rob Stevenson  | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston;  Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

Rob Stevenson | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston; Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

Rob Stevenson’s Electronic Field Guide Project’s image collection is composed of more than 200 images of turtles, many of them photographed by Susan Speak. Stevenson is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at UMass Boston, where he works on problems related to conservation physiology, environmental informatics, and science education.

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October 21, 2013

Meet Artstor at the Charleston Conference 2013

Charleston Conference 2013
November 6-9
Charleston, SC

Artstor/Shared Shelf staff is attending the Charleston Conference. Drop by table 75 on Wednesday, November 6, 10 AM-6 PM, to find out what’s new (there’s a lot). That same day, Katie O’Connell, Artstor User Services Associate, will moderate “From Accession to Access: Opening Collections through the Digital Public Library of America” from noon to 12:30 PM. Speakers will be Artstor Collection Development Manager Ian McDermott and Camilla MacKay, head of the Rhys Carpenter Library, Scholarly Communications librarian, and editor of the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. More info here. Also, Shared Shelf staff will present a “Five Minute Preview” at Charleston Premiers, November 9, 8:00-9:30 AM; full details here.

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June 26, 2013

Join ARTstor’s President James Shulman at ARLIS UK/Ireland

ARLIS UK and Ireland Annual Conference 2013
July 10-12, 2013
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Join ARTstor President James Shulman for a discussion on “the shared management of image content: open works registries and content sharing networks,” 2:30-3:15 PM and 3:45-4:30 PM. Visit the ARLIS UK and Ireland Conference website to learn more.

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June 12, 2013

Now available: Shared Shelf support for users


Good news: Shared Shelf subscribers can now bulk-publish image files and associated metadata to collections in

With the Shared Shelf Link plugin, metadata is mapped to Omeka’s Dublin Core fields from customizable schemas in Shared Shelf to publish projects to an site.

To get started using this plugin, contact Shared Shelf Support.

Want to find out more about Shared Shelf? Watch this short video.

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June 7, 2013

Vera V. Zlatarski joins ARTstor as General Counsel and Secretary


Vera V. Zlatarski has been named ARTstor’s new General Counsel and Secretary. Ms. Zlatarski is responsible for overseeing ARTstor’s legal affairs and managing the organization’s legal team. She succeeds Gretchen Wagner, who served in the position from 2003 to 2013.

From 2004 to 2012, Ms. Zlatarski served as General Counsel, and, from 2009 to 2012, Secretary, of the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.  In her position, she was responsible for the legal affairs of the organization and its branches and affiliates across the globe; provided legal counsel to the board, senior management, and other staff on a broad range of corporate, regulatory and compliance matters; and served as corporate secretary of the parent organization.

Before that, she was a corporate associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1999 to 2004 , where her work included assisting the American Museum of Natural History and advising the Opelousas Museum of Art, Magnum Photos, and public artists.  She also served on the New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee from 2003 to 2006 and on the Nonprofit Organizations Committee from 2007 to 2010.

Ms. Zlatarski graduated magna cum laude with distinction in History of Art from Yale and received a law degree from Columbia. While studying at Columbia, she was an editor of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts and was awarded the Andrew D. Fried Memorial Prize for an article on intellectual property and related law.

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May 29, 2013

Meet Shared Shelf staff at ALA 2013

American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference
June 27-July 2, 2013
McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL

Visit us at ALA booth #2653 to learn about Shared Shelf, ARTstor’s media management software.

We also invite you to join ARTstor President James Shulman for a Shared Shelf informational session on June 30, 8:30-10 AM at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie Room. RSVP here. Guest speakers:

  • Ivy Anderson – Director, Collections, California Digital Libraries
  • Jason Kovari – Metadata Librarian, Humanities and Special Collections, Cornell University
  • Beth Sandore – Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Planning and Policy and Associate Dean of Libraries, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Gregg Silvis – Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Digital Initiatives, University of Delaware
  • Judy Thomas – Director, Arts & Media Services, University of Virginia

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May 28, 2013

Learn about Shared Shelf at NASIG

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Vendor Expo
June 6, 2013
Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center, Two Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY

Colleen Hunter, Assistant Director, Library Relations, will be at the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference Vendor Expo, June 6, 3-7 PM at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Stop by to learn about Shared Shelf, ARTstor’s media management software, and our new consortial discount promotion. Colleen will be in attendance at the conference all week; she is originally from Buffalo, so you may also want to ask her for tips on where to eat in town!

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