Volume Twelve, Summer 2009 - ARTstor
v. 12 SUMMER 2009 l e t t e r f r o m t h e c h a i r m a n a n d p r e s i d e n t On July 1st, ARTstor celebrates its first five years of serving the educational and arts community. We want to thank you for all that you have done during those five years. We are grateful to the University of Delaware (where the library signed up for ARTstor on the very first day that the service was announced); grateful to museums, scholars and artists who have contributed images; and – most of all – grateful to all who have cared enough to be candid and critical of our early work. If we had not heard from you – about the range and quality of content in ARTstor, the value of our tools, and many other subjects – we would not have been able to make progress during the past five years. In 2004, the ARTstor library contained 300,000 images. Today, we distribute more than one million images. In 2004, we did not include modern and contemporary art, because we were still working on agreements with the major artists’ rights societies; today, we have more than 350,000 images of works from the 20th and 21st centuries, and have agreements and excellent working relationships with the leading artists’ rights societies. When we first launched in 2004, our download size was limited to 400 pixels. Today, 1000 pixel images can be used for full screen presentation in other software such as PowerPoint. We also now distribute images for academic publication at no fee for those content contributors who allow us to do so – led by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s bold decision to take that step. There is obviously far more that we want to do – and that you, with vigor and candor, urge us to do. One direction in which ARTstor is growing might best be illustrated by a description of recent work that we are doing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The UIUC libraries have joined ARTstor to help us develop “Shared Shelf,” the cataloging and image management system that the campus will use to share images across all departments. At UIUC, a team of faculty and librarians from the colleges of Fine and Applied Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Media, as well as the Krannert Art Museum explored solutions to developing a common digital visual resource collection for the campus. The team realized that ARTstor, with its Shared Shelf component, offered a flexible technology foundation that will allow for growth and adaptation, as well as access to a growing critical mass of well-curated visual resources that support teaching and research. ARTstor and Shared Shelf will enable the institution to address multiple needs for faculty, curators, and students to identify, locate, organize and present visual images. Participation in ARTstor’s Shared Shelf Steering Committee also gives the University a role in shaping the future of this essential discovery, research and teaching technology. Over the next year, Beth Sandore (Associate University Librarian for Information Technology Planning and Policy and Associate Dean of Libraries) and her colleagues (along with others from Cornell, Harvard, NYU, the University of Miami, Yale, and Colby and Middlebury Colleges) will help us design and test the Shared Shelf system that we are building to bring images together from library special collections, campus museums, and faculty research collections (and integrate them seamlessly with ARTstor). The system will also allow the library to manage different collections in different ways, including placing some collections (such as the University of Illinois Built Environment, Digital Emblematica, and Portraits of Actors, 1720-1920) on publicly accessible sites such as Flickr. in t h i s n e w s l e t t e r Letter from the Chairman / President.......p.1-3 Technology Timeline........................................p.2-3 Celebrating One Million Images ..................p.4-6 Celebrating the broad range of content in ARTstor New Collection Agreements & Releases....... p.7 Learn about future collections to be added to ARTstor Participant Viewpoint.........................................p.8 Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries New ARTstor features Associated Images Discover the collective preferences of ARTstor users by exploring which images are most frequently used and associated with others in ARTstor image groups. Export to PowerPoint Download individual or groups of selected images directly to a formatted PowerPoint presentation.