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July 28, 2015

Did you know you can make notes on an entire image group?

adl_image-group-notesDid you know that once you’ve created an image group you can annotate it for future reference? Registered users can add an image group description to any groups they create, and they can control who can view their annotations. Instructors can make hidden notes for their own reference or create visible notes to add context or instructions for students. For students, an image group description can be a way to takes notes while studying images.

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July 22, 2015

A new, easy way to browse through Artstor’s Teaching Resources

Good news: You can now access all of Artstor’s Teaching Resources through the Artstor Digital Library’s Browse menu!

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All three of our AP® Teaching Resources–for Advanced Placement courses in Art History, European History, United States History–as well as our Curriculum Guides, Case Studies (from our Travel Award winners), and our popular surveys of selected images for Art, Architecture, and other Humanities and Social Sciences topics are all easy to browse under Teaching Resources on the Artstor Digital Library home page.

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July 21, 2015

Shared Shelf Tips: The best way to report problems

SSTuesdayTipErrors, problems, bugs, glitches! We hate them too, which is why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you efficiently report any issues you encounter with Shared Shelf for a faster resolution.

In brief:

1) Before you report an issue to support@sharedshelf.org, check support.sharedshelf.org for a possible solution. If something isn’t documented and you think it should be, let us know!

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June 30, 2015

Did you know Artstor features more than just images?

Stanford White, Bronx Community College (formerly New York University), Gould Memorial Library; Interior view #1 of rotunda, 1896. Data from: The Trustees of Columbia University, Visual Media Center, Department of Art History and Archaeology, learn.columbia.edu

Stanford White, Bronx Community College (formerly New York University), Gould Memorial Library; Interior view #1 of rotunda, 1896. Data from: The Trustees of Columbia University, Visual Media Center, Department of Art History and Archaeology, learn.columbia.edu

In addition to still images, you can find videos, audio files, 3D images, and panorama (QTVR) files within the Artstor Workspace. You can search by media type using the file extensions as keywords:

  • Videos – search for mov. Clicking movieicon will open your default video player.
  • Audio – search for mp3. Clicking sound will open your default audio player.
  • Panoramas (QTVR) – search for qtvr. Clicking i-qtvr2 will open a QuickTime Player window where you can view the environment by panning 360°.
  • 3D images – search for 3D. Clicking i-3d will open the 3D image in rotation in the image viewer. To stop or restart the rotation, click the rotatation icon.

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February 3, 2015

Master Artstor with our easy training videos

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My school has Artstor, now what? Check out our quick and easy training videos and learn how to get the most out of the Artstor Digital Library!

View images in the Artstor Digital Library Learn how to view images in the Artstor Digital Library and discover the tools available in Artstor’s Image Viewer.

Register for an Artstor user account Learn how to register for an Artstor user account and get access to more advanced features of the Artstor Digital Library.

Export to PowerPoint  Learn how to easily turn your Image Groups to PowerPoint presentations.

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November 4, 2014

Keeping up with the Artstor Digital Library

new-featuresArtstor has implemented several initiatives to keep you abreast of updates, improvements, and issues with the Artstor Digital Library.

  • There are now Site Status sections on the homepage of the Artstor Help site and on the Artstor Blog.
  • We’ve created an Artstor Digital Library Release History page on our Help site listing known issues and bugs. Known issues will be listed with a status, any work-arounds that are available, and an expected fix date when possible. New issues that arise between releases will be classified under the most recent release so that they are easy to find at the top of the page.
  • We’ve revived the Artstor Discuss list, which users can join by sending a blank email to subscribe-artstor-discuss@lyris.artstor.org. Subscribers will be the first to hear about new features, site maintenance, and bugs/bug fixes. The list will also serve as a forum for users to discuss their experiences with Artstor.
  • When necessary, we’ll be posting a maintenance alert box on the Artstor Digital Library home page to notify users of upcoming site maintenance downtime or major known issues.

We are also working on release histories for the OIV, expect those in the coming weeks.

Questions? Email the User Services team at userservices@artstor.org.

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August 29, 2014

Get the most out of the Artstor Digital Library

Wurts Bros. , New York Public Library Picture Collection, Miss Javitz, Miss Louise Riley, and Naomi Street helping customers to select prints, 1949. Museum of the City of New York

Wurts Bros. , New York Public Library Picture Collection, Miss Javitz, Miss Louise Riley, and Naomi Street helping customers to select prints, 1949. Museum of the City of New York

Start the school year off right by registering for a free Artstor Digital Library account. Among the many benefits: you can organize images into groupsexport these groups as PowerPoint presentations or download them in zipped files, share them with other users at your institution, add searchable annotations to individual images, and access the Digital Library away from campus or on your mobile devices.

To register, simply visit library.artstor.org from your institution, click on Register on the upper right corner, and fill out the required fields. You’re done! Now you can log in from anywhere. Remember: You will need to log in to your registered user account at your subscribing institution once every 120 days to maintain your remote access.

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July 30, 2014

Narrow your results and find what you’re looking for

Adolph Menzel | General Moltke's Binoculars, ca. 1871 | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Adolph Menzel | General Moltke’s Binoculars, ca. 1871 | Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin | Image and original data provided by Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Ah, the problems of having 1.8 million images to choose from: your keyword search might get you too many results! Not to worry—simply click on the + sign or on Narrow your results in the beige bar above your search results to expand the filter panel and, in most cases, the graphical timeline. You can then filter by classification, geography, and dates.

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How do you browse through 1.6 million images?

Four Easy Tricks to Help You Search the Artstor Digital Library

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June 11, 2014

1.8 million images – in 80 languages

google-translateArtstor’s Technology team has embedded a Google translator button into the Digital Library, providing you with the ability to translate the site, collections, and metadata into the language of your choice.

Located at the top of the page to the right, the drop-down menu offers translation into 80 languages. We hope that this feature will ease your workflow and enable greater specificity in your research.

Buona ricerca!

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May 29, 2014

Take Artstor home this summer

Byron Company |  Sports- Bathing 1896 Far Rockaway Beach | Museum of the City of New York; mcny.org

Byron Company | Sports- Bathing 1896 Far Rockaway Beach | Museum of the City of New York; mcny.org

School is out for summer and everyone is headed home. Why not take the Digital Library with you? One of the many benefits of registering for an Artstor account is the ability to access the Digital Library away from campus.

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