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December 29, 2015

The Top Ten Posts of 2015

We want to thank you for your continued interest in the Artstor Blog. With more than 244,000 visits, you’ve made 2015 our biggest year yet!

In case you missed any of them, here are our top ten most popular posts from the year:

  1. Hopping through cultures: the rabbit in art Our gallery of rabbits and hares through the ages was our biggest draw, jumping way past its Easter theme.
  2. Game of Thrones and the House of Artstor No surprise–our readers are as hooked on the show as we are.
  3. No longer scandalous: Manet in America It turns out the artist who shocked Paris did not raise eyebrows in New York or Boston.
  4. Shopping paradise: Émile Zola and the world’s first department store Inspired by another TV show, we delved into the history of the department store.
  5. The secret names of Italian Renaissance artists Bronzino is a nickname that means “the bronze one,” referring to his dark complexion. There’s lots more where that came from.
  6. The art of looking slowly Museumgoers spend an average of just 17 seconds looking at an individual artwork. Meet the man who wants to change that.
  7. Artstor Arcades: Introducing our new crowdsourcing software We’ve made cataloging fun–and addictive!
  8. The infinite variety of artists’ books We drew up a selection from two collections that cover the range of this surprisingly diverse genre.
  9. A missing piece? Coordinating cataloging controls in the networked world Artstor’s president on the similarities between the cattle business in the 19th century and the Digital Humanities today.
  10. #thatdress Was it  black and blue, or white and gold? The debate might be over but our gallery of interesting dresses lives on.

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September 22, 2015

Writing a Book in a Digital Age

Jacksonville Female Academy

The students of the Jacksonville Female Academy seated in front of Academy Hall, ca. 1890. The team at Illinois College plans to incorporate this photo into the Jacksonville Female Academy collection on Shared Shelf Commons.

Jenny Barker Devine, Associate Professor of History at Illinois College and the author of On Behalf of the Family Farm, shares her thoughts on how the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research will impact her upcoming book. This essay first appeared on her blog American Athena.

With American Athena, I want to write a new kind of book – one that exists in a dynamic and living space, responsive to readers and as instructive in design as it is in content. This new kind of book acknowledges the reader as an active participant in producing new knowledge. A kind of crowdsourcing.

In addition to the blog and the book manuscript, I am creating online collections that will allow you, the reader, to interact with the same documents, photographs, and artifacts that I see (and hopefully offer your own interpretations of them). With any luck and lots of hard work, the first images will be available in spring 2016.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but Illinois College’s digital infrastructure just didn’t support my end goal. Then, Danielle Trierweiler, IC’s Digital Services Librarian, approached me last spring with the idea to apply for the Council of Independent Colleges’ Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, which, in cooperation with Artstor, provides Consortium members with access to Shared Shelf, “a cloud-based asset management service.” This allows us to make key records of the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives available to a global audience and forces me, at an early stage, to curate important documents central to my research. As an author, I find this incredibly exciting.

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September 15, 2015

Enthusiasm for the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research

ArtstorEarlier this summer we announced that with $2.2 million in support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Artstor and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) will support the digital documentation of collections held by 42 liberal arts colleges and universities. The Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, as the project is known, subsidizes the use of Shared Shelf, Artstor’s digital asset management service, to catalog the institutions’ collections and make them publicly accessible via the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Though the project has barely started, the schools’ local newspapers are already expressing enthusiasm:

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August 31, 2015

Artstor Arcades: Introducing our new crowdsourcing software

Artstor Arcades

We are delighted to announce the beta release of Artstor Arcades (arcades.artstor.org), new crowdsourcing software developed by our research and design team, Artstor Labs.

Currently, the first test for Arcades is a crowdsourcing project to identify cataloging data for the D. James Dee Archive. The project involves a trove of nearly 125,000 uncataloged photographs of contemporary art exhibited in New York City from the 1970s until 2013, when Artstor acquired the archive. You can read more about the Dee Archive in the New York Times and on the Artstor Blog. Mr. Dee, the “SoHo Photographer,” worked for hundreds of galleries and artists for nearly 40 years. The archive contains images of works by major artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Peter Halley, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Murray, Sue Coe, Joseph Beuys, and many others. His clients included Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Paula Cooper Gallery, Holly Solomon Gallery, and OK Harris.

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August 17, 2015

Temporary technical problems

square_logo (2)We have been experiencing some temporary technical difficulties with our phone lines and emails recently due to our move to new offices. If you need help or have questions—or if you tried to reach us unsuccessfully—please call us at 877-771-4908. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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June 11, 2015

Deadline extended: Become a student Artstor Ambassador!

Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ('The Ambassadors') | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London

Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (‘The Ambassadors’) | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London

We are looking for students in all concentrations to become the voice of Artstor on their campus for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, and we’ve extended the deadline until June 30th!

The selected participants will get to work with professionals from Artstor’s New York office to develop valuable business skills; learn how to create effective social media campaigns with campus-wide and international exposure; network at Artstor events with peers from institutions across the country; and add Artstor to their resume and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Plus they get to take part in special events and win prizes!

To apply, fill out this questionnaire by June 30, 2015. We will reach out to selected candidates for a brief interview. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and selected candidates will be notified by July.

We encourage administrators and faculty members to pass this on to their students.

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June 8, 2015

Introducing the Artstor Digital Library User Advisory Board

Artstor has named the 30 community members of the new Artstor Digital Library User Advisory Board. The members represent a variety of areas of our user community and will gather online three times a year to identify critical issues regarding new tools, features, and functionality of the Digital Library and provide recommendations for improvement.

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May 27, 2015

Students: Become an Artstor Ambassador!

Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute (TJUPDI) (Master Plan, Regulatory Plan, Special Subject Study and Plan), Shanghai EXPO overviews; flags representing all of the countries represented at the EXPO, 2010, Shanghai EXPO, Shanghai, China. Image and original data provided by Art on File, artonfile.com

Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute (TJUPDI) (Master Plan, Regulatory Plan, Special Subject Study and Plan), Shanghai EXPO overviews; flags representing all of the countries represented at the EXPO, 2010, Shanghai EXPO, Shanghai, China. Image and original data provided by Art on File, artonfile.com

We are looking for students in all concentrations to become the voice of Artstor on their campus for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

Who are we looking for?
Good communicators who know and use the Artstor Digital Library in their studies and who are passionate about improving education.

What you get: 

  • Work with professionals from Artstor’s New York office to develop valuable business skills, such as event planning, marketing, and public speaking.
  • Learn how to create effective social media campaigns, including writing blog posts, with campus-wide and international exposure.
  • Network at Artstor events with peers from institutions across the country.
  • Add Artstor to your resume and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
  • Take part in special events and win prizes!

To apply, fill out this questionnaire. We will reach out to selected candidates for a brief interview.

Deadline is June 12, 2015. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and selected candidates will be notified by June 19, 2015.

We encourage administrators and faculty members to pass this on to their students.

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May 1, 2015

Artstor Awarded IMLS Grant for DPLA Museum Hub

IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded Artstor and five collaborating institutions a three-year National Leadership Grant, with an award of $749,418. The funds will be used to support the development of free software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open access through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

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April 29, 2015

Join the Artstor Digital Library Advisory Group!

The Artstor Digital Library is at an exciting point of progress and innovation and we would like the community to help guide our development. Made up of 30 members representing a variety of areas of our user community, the Advisory Group will gather through virtual meetings three times a year to identify critical user issues regarding new tools, features, and functionality of the Digital Library and provide recommendations for improvement.

Being on the Artstor Digital Library Advisory Group will give you the opportunity to:

  • Be a voice and an advocate for your institution and the community.
  • Get involved in Artstor’s planning and decision-making process at an earlier stage and on a more strategic level.
  • Get free Artstor SWAG!

All are invited to apply! Whether you’re a long-time Artstor user or someone who has had limited exposure, we’d love for you to apply by filling out this brief questionnaire. Please feel free to pass this on to your colleagues.

The application deadline is Friday, May 15th. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and selected candidates will be notified by May 25th.

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