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December 6, 2011

Celebrating the season with Artstor

Pieter Bruegel I | Peasant’s Dance, 1568 | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

In The Elementary Structures of Kinship, French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss noted that we often reserve rich foods for celebrations: “These are some of the delicacies which one would not buy and consume alone without a vague feeling of guilt.” And guilty we would feel if we were to celebrate the passing of another year without sharing some of the morsels found in the Artstor Digital Library.

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October 26, 2011

ARTstor Awarded IMLS Grant for Searching and Social Tagging

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a three-year grant of $413,378 to support a project investigating and evaluating ways of improving library and museum searching and social tagging by presenting users with thesauri, taxonomies, and other structured vocabularies as a way to discover relevant content. The results will ultimately be useful to a wide range of museum and library users and can be directly applied by library and museum service providers and search engine designers. The project consists of lead applicant Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology as well as ARTstor, University at Buffalo, Getty Research Institute, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Visit the IMLS website for more details.

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May 16, 2011

Winners of the ARTstor Travel Award 2011

Congratulations to the five winners of this year’s Artstor Travel Awards! They will each receive $1,500 to be used for their teaching and research travel needs over the course of the next year.

Artstor would like to thank all of the participants for their wonderful submissions. We are very inspired by the ways our community teach and study with the Digital Library, and we have learned from you new ways in which we can grow our collections and services. Your continued use and support of the Digital Library in your daily work is vital to the Artstor mission.

We received more than 100 submissions that revealed the many creative ways that scholars, curators, educators, and students at universities, community colleges, museums, K-12 schools, and libraries are integrating Artstor Digital Library image collections into their interdisciplinary teaching and research.


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February 24, 2011

Paul Courant joins ARTstor Board of Trustees

ARTstor is delighted to announce that Paul Courant has joined its Board of Trustees. Courant is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. He is also Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics, Professor of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy), and was a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. Courant currently serves on the HathiTrust Executive Committee, serves as the Vice-Chair for the Board of Directors of the Center for Research Libraries, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council of Library and Information Resources.

Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, he is studying the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the changes in the system of scholarly communication that derive from new information technologies.

Paul Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974).

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December 21, 2010

Season’s Greetings, New York Style!

The Artstor staff wishes you happy holidays with some extraordinary images of our hometown of New York City during the holiday season stemming back to the 19th century. For example, the crowds of shoppers in D. Rellam’s print from 1874, “Holiday Greens–A Scene in Washington Market, New York” 1 are recognizable today. While the market was razed in the early 1970s, the image echoes the crowds in the popular Union Square Holiday Market, where many of us will be shopping this month.

D. Rellam, “Holiday Greens--A Scene in Washington Market, New York” (1874). Image provided by Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

The eternal hustle and bustle of the holidays in our metropolis is captured in abstract form in New Yorkers Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner’s “Christmas Card for Ray and Charles Eames” (1946) 2.

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, “Christmas Card for Ray and Charles Eames” (1946). Image provided by Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress). © 2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Another timeless image that many of us in New York recognize is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Angel Tree” (18th-19th century) 3, which was first exhibited in 1957 and has since become an annual tradition.

“Christmas Tree with Neapolitan Crèche; Angel Tree,” 18th-19th century.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964 (64.164.1-.167). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Inge Morath, “Ice skaters at Christmas Show on Madison Avenue,” (1958). Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos. ©Inge Morath/MAGNUM PHOTOS

The audience in Inge Morath’s three photographs of “Ice skaters at Christmas Show on Madison Avenue” (1958) 4 radiates an innocence that unexpectedly reappears decades later in Erich Hartmann’s “World Financial Center; Christmas lights” (1990)4. Meanwhile, Susan Meisela’s series of Santa Claus photos (1976-1977) 4 portray the grit that we all know and—most of the time—love in the city, as does Nan Goldin’s “Sharon with the Christmas Tree, New York City” (1990) 5.

Susan Meiselas, “New York City, 1977.” Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos. ©Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos

Season’s Greetings, wherever you are! We invite you to search the Artstor Digital Library for more holiday images from around the world, including places as far-flung as Cuba, Lebanon, Hungary, and Cambodia.

[1] Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Collection
[2] Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress)
[3] The Metropolitan Museum of Art
[4] Magnum Photos
[5] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Collection

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December 10, 2010

ARTstor Travel Awards 2011

While the digital age is opening up new ways of using images of the world’s cultural heritage in teaching and scholarship, there is no substitute for engaging with original works and sites or primary source material, or for attending conferences with colleagues. In recognition of this need, ARTstor is providing five travel awards in the amount of $1,500 each (to be used by December 31, 2012) to help support the educational and scholarly activities—such as flying to a conference—of graduate students, scholars, curators, educators, and librarians in any field.

To be considered for an award, applicants must create and submit an ARTstor image group (or a series of image groups) and a single accompanying essay that creatively and compellingly demonstrates why the image group(s) is useful for teaching, research, or scholarship. These submissions will help us better understand the uses that scholars and teachers are making of the ARTstor Digital Library’s content and tools and will provide insight into how we can better serve the educational community. The five winning submissions will be determined by ARTstor staff. Please note that this award is not intended to sponsor new photography for the ARTstor Digital Library.

If you have questions about how to use ARTstor, see:
How to register for an account:
How to build an image group:

Please email if you have further questions.

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December 10, 2010

ARTstor and Avery Library Awarded IMLS National Leadership Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a three-year National Leadership grant to ARTstor and The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The funds will be used to support the new Built Works Registry (BWR), a community-generated data resource for architectural works and the built environment. BWR will be available to scholars and catalogers from academic and cultural heritage organizations worldwide. BWR data will also be contributed to the Getty Vocabulary Program’s planned Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA). See the BWR press release.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. For more information about the 2010 National Leadership Grants, go to the IMLS website.

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December 10, 2010

Mary Miller joins ARTstor Board of Trustees

ARTstor is delighted to announce that Professor Mary Miller has joined its Board of Trustees and will serve in the board beginning fall 2010. Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of History of Art, became dean of Yale College on December 1, 2008. Prior to assuming the deanship, Miller served as master of Saybrook College for nearly a decade. Miller earned her A.B. from Princeton in 1975 and her Ph.D. from Yale in 1981, joining the faculty that year. She has served as chair of the Department of History of Art, chair of the Council on Latin American Studies, director of Graduate Studies in Archeological Studies, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Women Faculty Forum at Yale.

A specialist of the art of the ancient New World, Miller curated The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2004. For that exhibition, she wrote the catalog of the same title with Simon Martin, senior epigrapher at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. In 2009, her essay on George Kubler, “Shaped Time,” appeared in Art Journal; her book, The Aztec Calendar Stone, co-edited with Khristaan Villela, was published in 2010. Among her other books are The Murals of Bonampak, The Blood of Kings (with Linda Schele), The Art of Mesoamerica, Maya Art and Architecture, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (with Karl Taube), and A Pre-Columbian World (co-edited with Jeffrey Quilter).

For her work on ancient Mexico and the Maya, Miller has won national recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. In April and May of 2010 she delivered the 59th Andrew W. Mellon lectures at the National Gallery of Art. She is scheduled to deliver the Slade Lectures at Cambridge University during the academic year 2014-2015.

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October 25, 2010

Artstor on Facebook

Get up-to-date ARTstor news, fun facts, and helpful tips and tools for using the ARTstor Digital Library via Facebook updates! Visit to learn how to incorporate the Digital Library into your everyday study and teaching!

News & updates

More than ever, ARTstor makes information and services easily available to our community via Facebook. Keep up to date with the latest ARTstor collections, events, site changes, and more. Never be the last to know about important ARTstor news — “like” us on Facebook to easily receive our updates.

Tips & Tools

ARTstor’s Facebook page is a great place to find out about invaluable tips and tools for using the Digital Library. Our page offers helpful information for users interested in learning how to easily search, save, and export images. Don’t miss out on these informative posts — become an ARTstor fan on Facebook.

Fun Facts and Ideas

Not only does the ARTstor Facebook page provide a convenient place to get news and tips for using the Digital Library, but it also provides a lively way to receive interesting facts and great ideas for searching images to use in your teaching and study. Have fun while searching the Digital Library with image hunts, fun facts, quizzes, giveaways, event photos, and collection highlights courtesy of the ARTstor Facebook page. Get in on the fun — visit us on Facebook!


The ARTstor Facebook page is an ever-growing online community of educators, scholars, curators, and students at hundreds of universities, colleges, museums, libraries, and K-12 schools worldwide. Our Facebook page offers visitors a way to keep informed and to connect and communicate with other ARTstor fans. Post your questions, comments, and see who else is a fan of ARTstor. Join the ARTstor community — “like” us on Facebook, and don’t forget to “share” our posts with your friends and colleagues.

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October 4, 2010

Artstor Joins National Digital Stewardship Alliance as Founding Member

Artstor is pleased to serve as a founding member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) along with 50 other prominent organizations. As an outgrowth of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), the NDSA is headed by the Library of Congress as “a collaborative effort among government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to preserve a distributed national digital collection for the benefit of citizens now and in the future.”

Artstor was invited to join the NDSA as the recipient of a grant through the NDIIPP program in 2007. The Library of Congress recognizes Artstor for advancing the understanding of the management of born-digital still images by encouraging its contributing photographers to use embedded metadata as a means of packaging and delivering their content. In fulfillment of the original grant, Artstor advocates the use of existing metadata structures and tools for embedding metadata and has developed an application for extracting metadata — Artstor’s Embedded Metadata Extraction Tool (EMET). EMET is an open-source software tool that will be freely available for download as a stand-alone application by December 2010. EMET will facilitate the life-cycle management of digital images and their incorporation into external databases and applications.

As a member of the NDSA, Artstor will participate in two working groups:

  • Standards and Practices: Developing, following, and promoting effective methods for selecting, organizing, preserving, and serving digital content.
  • Infrastructure: Developing and maintaining tools for curation and preservation, and providing storage, hosting, migration, or similar services for the long-term preservation of digital content.

Johanna Bauman, Senior Production Manager, will represent Artstor in the Standards and Practices working group. Continuing the work already begun as part of the NDIIPP grant, Bauman will bring her experience to bear in collaborating with the photographers and institutions who are sharing their images in the Artstor Digital Library. William Ying, Chief Information Officer, will participate in the Infrastructure working group. Ying has years of expertise overseeing and building the architecture of the Digital Library and is now spearheading the development of Shared Shelf, a web-based image management software service. Both the Artstor Digital Library and Shared Shelf are major infrastructure projects that will further enhance the ability of institutions to curate, share, and preserve digital content.

Artstor looks forward to continuing its work with the Library of Congress and the NDSA partners to advance the standards and practices of the digital preservation.

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