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Giotto | Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds, predella of Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmatta | c. 1295-1300 | Musée du Louvre | Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y. ; artres.com

Giotto | Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds, predella of Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmatta | c. 1295-1300 | Musée du Louvre | Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y. ; artres.com

October 4 is generally recognized as the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of the animals, steward of nature, and author of the Canticle of the Creatures.  In a divinely ordained cosmos, Francis considered all elements – sun, moon, and stars, water and fire, and the animals – our sisters and brothers, and he is often depicted and described preaching to the birds, as in Giotto’s panel shown here, 1295-1300.  The cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York famously marks his feast day with the blessing of the animals (this year the closest Sunday falls on Oct. 6).  Thousands of creatures, from tortoises to camels, process though the nave, gather in the yard, and are blessed by clergy.  This scene is replayed throughout churches around the globe, a celebration of the beasts that surround us and enhance our lives.

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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. (more…)

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ARTstor is collaborating with the Ex Libris® Group to allow subscribers to search the Digital Library at libraries using the Primo Central Index, a mega-aggregation service of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources. Users can currently find ARTstor through discovery services including EBSCO Discovery Service™, Paratext’s 19th Century Masterfile database, and Serials Solutions®’ Summon™ service.  Agreements with more discovery services are on the way.

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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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New instructional videos have been added to ARTstor’s YouTube channel, and they are all now close-captioned in the language of your choice! Currently available: “Registering,” “Faceted Search,” “Export to PowerPoint,” “Folders and image groups,” and “How to unlock a password-protected folder.” More topics will be added in the coming weeks. You can find these videos at YouTube.com/artstor and on our Help Wiki.

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Discover ARTstor images through JSTOR and CSA Discovery Links
Did you know that you can search and find ARTstor images from other resources? ARTstor is actively developing relationships with other electronic resource providers to enhance discovery of images across databases. We recently established enhanced discovery options with JSTOR and CSA .

The JSTOR/ARTstor cross search allows you to keyword search JSTOR article content, JSTOR image captions, and ARTstor images. The combined search result page is separated into three tabs – Articles, Images from Articles, and ARTstor Images. If your institution participates in ARTstor and JSTOR, you will see ARTstor image thumbnails as well as the title, creator and date information in your search results. You can click to view the full-sized image through the ARTstor website.
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CSA Discovery Links allow you to link out and discover alternative content related to your research. After initiating a search within the CSA “Arts and Humanities” subject area, you can access ARTstor results in the Discovery Links window. Thumbnails and basic information for the first ten ARTstor results will be displayed. When you click on the image or the link, you will connect to ARTstor and open the image in the ARTstor image viewer.
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Integrating ARTstor with Courseware
Instructors can share ARTstor content with students through campus courseware systems, such as BlackBoard, WebCT, Sakai, or Moodle. You can upload images, provide URLs to link students to individual images or entire image groups, or share OIV presentation files. Our courseware guide explains how ARTstor content can be shared through courseware systems.
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Export image citations to citation management software
Citation management software is used to manage citations and create bibliographies. You can create image lists in ARTstor and export the image citations directly to RefWorks, EndNote, ProCite, or Reference Manager. You may also share lists of ARTstor images with others by printing, emailing, or downloading the citation list.
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Interactive features of ARTstor
ARTstor contains many interactive features that allow instructors and students to communicate within the ARTstor environment. Instructors may share image groups with students by creating shared folders. Students can register to an instructor’s shared folder to view the instructor’s image groups, analyze images and metadata, study, and annotate images.

Instructors can also create student work folders associated with instructor shared folders. Student work folders give students a place to create image groups, add comments to images, and share this work with the instructor.
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ARTstor participants that also use ProQuest CSA can now discover ARTstor content through the CSA Illumina platform. CSA Discovery Links allow researchers and students to link out and discover alternative content related to their research. Subscription administrators can elect to activate Discovery Links and include ARTstor within Discovery Links results for users at your institution.

Once you activate Discovery Links and add ARTstor as a resource to be included, users that initiate a search within the “Arts and Humanities” subject area will be able to see ARTstor results in the Discovery Links window. Thumbnails and basic information for the first ten ARTstor results will be displayed. When users click on the image or the link, they will connect to ARTstor and open the image in the ARTstor image viewer. If the users are working remotely and not connected through the institution’s proxy server, they will be prompted to enter an ARTstor email address and password to view the image.

Use the following instructions to activate Discovery Links from ProQuest CSA. If you have any questions, please contact ProQuest CSA support at support@csa.com. If you have any questions about ARTstor, please contact user services at userservices@artstor.org.

Instructions for activating Discovery Links in CSA Illumina:

  1. Login to the Administrative Profile Module with your ProQuest CSA Illumina username and password: CSA Administrative Profile Module
  2. Under the ‘Profile’ tab, click on the ‘Resource Options’ tab
  3. Click on the Discovery Links tab
  4. Select the Discovery Resources that you would like to present to your users
  5. Click ‘Submit Changes’ button to activate Discovery Links

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JSTOR/ARTstor Searching

By creating and maintaining a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, JSTOR, like ARTstor, serves the scholarly community. In an effort to enhance the benefits of these two resources and to enable researchers to discover useful content across all formats, JSTOR has developed a way to search both JSTOR and ARTstor content simultaneously.

Specifically, users have the opportunity to keyword search JSTOR article content, JSTOR image captions, and ARTstor image metadata. The combined search result page is separated into three tabs – Articles, Images from Articles, and ARTstor Images — so that users can easily view and choose among their results. If your institution participates in ARTstor and JSTOR, you will see ARTstor image thumbnails as well as the title, creator and date information in your search results. You can click to view the full-sized image and complete metadata through the ARTstor website.

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JSTOR | ARTstor Search Prototype

JSTOR and ARTstor would like to announce the availability of a prototype which aims to facilitate searching across the archived content in JSTOR and the image content in ARTstor. The JSTOR/ARTstor Search Prototype is available in the JSTOR Sandbox, an area of the JSTOR website used to showcase possible new features and to gather feedback to help direct future development of JSTOR.
The JSTOR/ARTstor Search Prototype allows JSTOR users to conduct a basic search across three types of content: JSTOR article text, JSTOR image caption text, and ARTstor image metadata. After conducting a search, users are presented with search results separated into three tabs:

  • The Articles tab lists JSTOR search results for matches in journal article text.
  • The Images from Articles tab shows results of a JSTOR caption search, and includes thumbnails of each article page containing an image with a keyword match in the image caption.*
  • The ARTstor Images tab lists results of matches for the keyword or phrase in ARTstor image metadata. The search is performed on the creator, title, and subject terms of the metadata.

Users at sites that participate in both JSTOR and ARTstor will be able to view thumbnails of ARTstor images, and may link directly from JSTOR to content in ARTstor. Users at institutions which are not currently ARTstor participating sites may view ARTstor image metadata in the search results but will not see.

The main goal of featuring prototypes in the JSTOR Sandbox is to assess their value to JSTOR users. We encourage you to try the prototypes and send us your feedback via the “Comment on this feature” link on any Sandbox page.

*To date, JSTOR has acquired captions for approximately 65% of the titles held in the archive, and is continuing to capture them retroactively. As a result, caption searching will be less successful for archive content digitized before 2002 (including all Arts & Sciences I journals), when JSTOR first began to acquire caption text. Captions have been acquired for images in all Language & Literature, Architecture & Architectural History, and Art & Art History journals, as well as the journal Science.

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As part of our continued effort to increase the convenience of accessing the ARTstor Digital Library, we have developed an XML gateway to facilitate the metasearching of ARTstor content. Many of our participating institutions have implemented metasearch engines that allow users to search multiple electronic resources using a single interface and have requested that ARTstor facilitate similar functionality. In response, ARTstor created an XML gateway that provides both a stable, standardized method for querying the ARTstor Digital Library, as well as a technique for retrieving search results that can be easily utilized by a metasearch program. Please see <metaserching> in our public website for more information.

The ARTstor XML Gateway is currently is production with Exlibris. Additional partners not yet in production include WebFeat, Serials Solutions’ Central Search, and CSA. For a complete list of all our current partners, please see the Metasearch Partner Contact Information Page located in the Technology section of our website. If you know of an organization or vendor that we should contact to facilitate metasearching, please contact us.

If you have any questions about these new developments, please do not hesitate to contact User Services. We can be reached Monday through Friday by email at userservices@artstor.org or by phone at 888.278.0079.

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