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March 28, 2014

Artstor secrets: image group panels

You’ve probably figured out that the description panel you see when you open an image group is a handy way to keep notes together with each group. But did you know it also helps you find what you’re looking for without having to open any image groups?

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January 13, 2014

Did you know? 120-day remote logins

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If you have taken a couple months off of Artstor, you may notice an error message that pops up the next time you log in explaining that your “120 day remote access period has expired.” Don’t fret! All of those image groups and future OIV presentations you’ve created are still there.

Artstor counts down from 120 days of your last login on campus or via the library’s proxy server. When that time limit is up, your remote account is frozen. To restart your 120-day remote access period, you can either log in the next time you are on campus or access the Digital Library from your library’s proxy server, easily done through your library’s homepage. Click on the link for Artstor and you’ll be prompted to log in to your institution’s proxy server before gaining access.

And remember—if you have any further questions or problems regarding accessing your account, simply contact Artstor’s User Services team at userservices@artstor.org!

– Christina Riley, Artstor User Services Assistant

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December 19, 2013

Take Artstor home for the holidays!

Byron Company | Cantilever Aero Co., Aeroplane, Christmas Bullet, at factory Babylon, L.I | 1919 | Museum of the City of New York

Byron Company | Cantilever Aero Co., Aeroplane, Christmas Bullet, at factory Babylon, L.I | 1919 | Museum of the City of New York

Wishing you could access the Artstor Digital Library at home over the winter break? You can! 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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November 26, 2013

A tip before finals: Study with Artstor’s Flashcard feature

Printing flashcards to help you study for your Art History finals? Use Artstor Mobile instead!

Sandro Botticelli | Primavera; Allegory of Spring | c. 1478 | Galleria degli Uffizi | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com | (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Sandro Botticelli | Primavera; Allegory of Spring | c. 1478 | Galleria degli Uffizi | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com | (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

It’s easy: Simply visit the Artstor Digital Library on your mobile device, open an image group, and then tap on the Flashcard button on the upper right.

Tap within an image to turn the image over to reveal the caption information; tap again within the box to restore the image. And you can sort the images randomly by tapping the Shuffle button in the upper left.

Prefer to study on your desktop? Go to mobile.artstor.org on Safari or Firefox and follow the instructions above.

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October 28, 2013

Introducing the Teaching with Artstor discussion list

Raphael | School of Athens; detail | circa 1510-1512 | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com

Raphael | School of Athens; detail | circa 1510-1512 | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com

We are happy to introduce the Teaching with Artstor discussion list, a forum where you can share ideas about teaching and where your questions can be addressed. Teachers and academics working at all levels of education are invited to contribute ideas and brainstorm ways to address content, find the perfect images on your topic, and present them in the classroom and lecture hall. In addition to Artstor-related topics, we encourage you to share other websites and resources you find helpful in your teaching practice.

Whether you are a seasoned specialist, a new faculty member or an overwhelmed teaching assistant, we want to hear from you! To join, simply send a blank email to subscribe-teaching-with-artstor@lyris.artstor.org. We encourage you to forward this invitation to other faculty at your institution.

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September 13, 2013

Free webinars

email-4-trainingSign up for a free webinar to learn the many ways to use the ARTstor Digital Library – including advanced features, our ever-growing list of interdisciplinary image collections, and how to find images for specific areas of study.

Live sessions are available for users at subscribing institutions as well as for anyone interested in learning more about subscribing to ARTstor. Please note that registration closes 24 hours prior to the webinar.

Subject-specific webinars for subscribers and non-subscribers:

What’s New in the ARTstor Digital Library? September 17, 3:00 PM
Latin American Studies September 19, 3:00 PM
The History of Photography September 26, 3:00 PM
Medieval Art October 22, 3:00 PM

Webinars for subscribers:

Register for an upcoming session:
ARTstor Mobile September 18, 2:00 PM

View the complete webinar schedule for subscribers

Are you a non-subscriber who wants to learn more?

Register for an upcoming session:
What Can You Do with ARTstor? September 18, 10:00 AM

View the complete webinar schedule for non-subscribers

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August 29, 2013

Free webinars

email-4-trainingSign up for a free webinar to learn the many ways to use the ARTstor Digital Library – including advanced features, our ever-growing list of interdisciplinary image collections, and how to find images for specific areas of study.

Live sessions are available for users at subscribing institutions as well as for anyone interested in learning more about subscribing to ARTstor.

Are you a user at a subscribing institution?

Register for an upcoming session:
View, Print, and Download Images August 30, 10:00 AM

View the complete webinar schedule for subscribers

Are you a non-subscriber who wants to learn more?

Register for an upcoming session:
What Can You Do with ARTstor? August 29, 3:00 PM

View the complete webinar schedule for non-subscribers

Subject-specific webinars for subscribers and non-subscribers
Psychology September 6, 10:00 AM
Using ARTstor Images in the Classroom September 12, 1:00 PM
Fashion and Costume September 12, 3:00 PM
What’s New in the ARTstor Digital Library? September 17, 3:00 PM
Latin American Studies September 19, 3:00 PM
The History of Photography September 26, 3:00 PM
Medieval Art October 22, 3:00 PM

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July 30, 2013

How do you browse through 1.6 million images?

It’s great to know that the ARTstor Digital Library offers more than 1.6 million images when you’re searching for something in particular, but a bit overwhelming when you just want to explore. With 235 collections from museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates, where to start browsing? We have some tips.

random3Let’s begin with an open secret: the slide show on the Digital Library’s search page. You’ve probably noticed the image at the top of the page, and that it changes each time you visit. But did you know you can open the image by double-clicking it? You can also learn about the collection it comes from by clicking on “INFO” on the upper right, or dive straight into the full collection by clicking on the name below the image. And you can scroll through the slide show by clicking on the arrows on either side of the slide to discover a wide selection of hand-picked images from other collections.

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April 23, 2013

Did you know? Saved searches

We are constantly adding new content to the ARTstor Digital Library, and searches you performed in the past will very likely yield additional results in the future. Did you know you can now save search parameters to easily run the same search again?

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After you perform a search, you will see an option to Save this search in the upper right of the thumbnail page of search results. Click on it, then click Save and enter a name for your saved search. You can save up to 30 searches.

To run a saved search record, click My saved searches near the search box on the front page of the Digital Library or on a search results page.

Done with a particular saved search? To delete it, click on My saved searches, then click on the X next to the search you want to delete. You’ll see a prompt asking if you want to delete it; click Yes and you’re finished.

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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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