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March 26, 2013

Meet ARTstor and Shared Shelf staff at ARLIS-NA

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-NA) Annual Conference
April 25-29, 2013
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California

ARTstor and Shared Shelf staff will be at the ARLIS-NA Conference.

We are celebrating our 10th year as an independent nonprofit devoted to using technology to support teaching, learning, and research. Join us for lunch on Saturday April 27 12:15 – 1:15PM, at Ballroom A, where we will provide updates on various ARTstor services including the Digital Library, Shared Shelf, and free services such as Images for Academic Publishing, Shared Shelf Commons, and the Built Works Registry.

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March 21, 2013

Join us at the Indianapolis Museum during the ACRL Conference

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Annual Conference
April 10-13, 2013
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

ACRL annual conference attendees are invited to join ARTstor President James Shulman on April 11 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for a presentation about Shared Shelf‘s growth from a community-driven initiative to a versatile media management platform. Colleagues will demonstrate how Shared Shelf’s features for cataloging and managing their institution’s media and data have brought diverse digital collections to life for faculty, students, and even other institutions. Newly-introduced features and upcoming developments will also be explored.

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March 19, 2013

Meet ARTstor and Shared Shelf staff at the VRA Annual Conference

Visual Resources Association (VRA) Annual Conference
April 3-6, 2013
Providence Biltmore Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island

ARTstor and Shared Shelf representatives will be at the VRA annual conference. We invite you to take part in our events:

  • VRA Sponsors Meet & Greet, Thursday, April 4, 4:30-6:30PM. Join us for a demonstration of Shared Shelf at L’Apogee (Biltmore Hotel, 17th Floor) and enjoy wine, cheese, refreshments, and presentations by other VRA sponsors and partners.
  • Shared Shelf Happy Hour, Thursday, April 4, 5-7PM. Take a break before the VRA Member Awards Dinner and join Shared Shelf users for a beer and wine happy hour in the balcony of the Biltmore Hotel. As part of “Thursdays at the Biltmore,” you will also enjoy live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Find ARTstor staff at the reception table in the hall to check-in and pick up drink tickets. Questions? Contact Rebecca Shows, rebecca.shows@artstor.org.
  • ARTstor Digital Library & Shared Shelf User Group Meeting, Friday, April 5, 11:00AM-12:00PM at the Providence Biltmore’ Grand Ballroom, 17th Floor. ARTstor’s Elizabeth Berenz, Ian McDermott, and Rebecca Shows will provide updates on the latest developments in the ARTstor Digital Library and Shared Shelf, followed by questions and discussion.

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March 5, 2013

ARTstor Travel Awards 2013 coming soon

El Greco | View and Map of Toledo | c. 1610 | Casa y Museo del Greco | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com | Photo Credit: Erich Lessing/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

El Greco | View and Map of Toledo | c. 1610 | Casa y Museo del Greco | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com | Photo Credit: Erich Lessing/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

The fourth annual ARTstor Travel Awards are coming soon, and for the first time the contest will be open to undergraduates!

Five winners— college and graduate students, scholars, curators, educators, and librarians in any field—will receive $1,500 each to help support travel-related educational and scholarly activities. Winning essays and other selected submissions will be featured in ARTstor and on the ARTstor Blog.

This year the theme is cities: their histories and development, their depictions in art and documentation, their architecture, their ruins, their governments, their peoples, their myths. To enter, create an ARTstor image group or groups and a single essay of 500 words or less that creatively introduces us to a city or cities we did not know or reveals an intriguing aspect of the cities we do know.

Deadlines and details on how to submit will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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February 26, 2013

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Pantheon; Interior view #1 | 118-126 CE | QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture (Columbia University) | Visual Media Center; learn.columbia.edu

Pantheon; Interior view #1 | 118-126 CE | QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture (Columbia University) | Visual Media Center; learn.columbia.edu

By Dana Howard

True confession: I was a sporadic—and inattentive—user of the Artstor Digital Library. My high school was a fairly early adopter of Artstor. I used it a lot on those early years, but as I had more and more of my slides “in the can,” I stopped paying attention to the changes taking place in the Digital Library.

I would periodically run to Artstor when I was asked to do presentations at the last minute, (I found the ability to do a quick download of Image Groups to PowerPoint very helpful), but for the most part I was too busy to explore new tools and new collections as they were announced. I think I was typical for a high school user; I was busy teaching and felt constantly bombarded with new resources elsewhere.

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February 26, 2013

Meet ARTstor staff

NERCOMP Annual Conference
March 11-13, 2013
The Omni Providence
Providence, RI

ARTstor will be taking part in the NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) 2013 conference, March 11-13. Visit us at booth 408 to learn about the newest developments in the ARTstor Digital Library and Shared Shelf. Please see the NERCOMP website for additional details.

ACSA/AASL Annual Conference
March 21-24, 2013
Grand Hyatt Union Square
San Francisco, CA

ARTstor will attend the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Association of Architecture School Librarians from March 21 to 24. Catch up with ARTstor staff to learn about the latest developments, including new architecture-related collections and teaching/study aids for the Digital Library. Please see the ACSA/AASL Annual Conference website for additional details.

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February 25, 2013

Remembering Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith and Cassy Juhl, Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto, May 19, 2010

Caleb Smith and Cassy Juhl, Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto, May 19, 2010

ARTstor celebrates the life and work of Caleb Smith, Director of the Media Center of Art History at Columbia University, who passed away suddenly on February 11, 2013 at the young age of 42. He was a generous and kind friend, colleague, and scholar.

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February 5, 2013

Issues with the ARTstor Digital Library and Java

email-4-tipsA number of ARTstor subscribers have contacted us recently to report that their campuses have disabled Java software on their Web browsers due to security concerns, which interferes with downloading individual images from the ARTstor Digital Library. Oracle, the company that created Java, has released a new version of the program that may resolve these issues, and it can be downloaded from their website: http://java.com.

Meanwhile, we are currently working on a new solution that will not use Java. Until then, we urge users who do not want to continue using Java to use our PowerPoint download instead. You can learn how here.

We will announce the details of our new solution in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we apologize for any inconvenience.

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January 28, 2013

Meet ARTstor staff at upcoming conferences


College Art Association Annual Conference
February 13-16, 2013
Hilton New York, Booth 111
New York, NY

ARTstor will be taking part in the 2013 College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference in New York City from February 13 to February 16, 2013. Come visit us at booth 111 to learn about the newest developments in the ARTstor Digital Library and Shared Shelf and take our quiz for the chance to win an iPad mini! Drawing will be held in the booth on Friday, February 15, at 12:15 PM. Please see the CAA website for additional details.

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January 25, 2013

Behind the scenes at ARTstor: Technology

John Marin | Hurricane | 1944 | Image © Indianapolis Museum of Art; imamuseum.org | © 2008 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

John Marin | Hurricane | 1944 | Image © Indianapolis Museum of Art; imamuseum.org | © 2008 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

How the ARTstor Digital Library Weathered the Storm
By Mary Finer, Project Coordinator

ARTstor is in the goal-setting time of the year, and expanding our disaster recovery efforts is high on the Technology department’s list—especially after last year. We’re in pretty good shape though. While sites such as Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post were down during “Superstorm” Sandy, the ARTstor Digital Library remained accessible.

ARTstor has servers in Manhattan and Denver, and each location has backups of each other in case disaster strikes. In New York our servers are at 60 Hudson Street, a.k.a. “the Hub,” a 1.8 million square foot facility where the Internet’s transatlantic cable lands. It used to be the center of Western Union’s telegraph network when it was built in the late 1920s, and is now the Grand Central Station of the Internet.

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