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After the success of institutions of higher education such as Middlebury CollegeLawrence UniversityBowdoin College, and Bucknell University in managing their campus museum and gallery collections with Shared Shelf, Artstor is now making its multimedia collection management software available to museums. If you would like to try Shared Shelf at your institution, please contact us at subscribe@sharedshelf.org or call +1 212-500-2421.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art was the first museum to adopt Shared Shelf, and we’ve invited Evan B. Towle, their Librarian for Digital Collections and Services, to share his experience.

Shared Shelf record for the Sculpture Garden

Shared Shelf record for the Sculpture Garden

Shared Shelf in the large museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has been exploring the use of Shared Shelf within the museum environment for roughly a year and a half, introducing it in stages. In the first stage, “study images” for upcoming exhibitions were delivered through the Shared Shelf and Artstor tools to our corps of volunteers so they could study for upcoming exhibitions at home. In the second stage, archival exhibition views were cataloged into Shared Shelf to test its ability to represent these materials alongside similar installation shots from peer museums in Artstor, and they were further shared through Shared Shelf Commons. In the third stage, we explore Shared Shelf as tool for managing all non-object[1] museum assets. These include archival photographs, event photography, recorded lectures, portraits of executives, and views of our various museum sites.

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Louise Nevelson, Untitled [1], 1967, Amon Carter Museum of American Art. © 2012 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Louise Nevelson, Untitled [1], 1967, Amon Carter Museum of American Art. © 2012 Estate of Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artstor and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art are now sharing nearly 3,000 images in the Digital Library.

The collection includes a substantial number of works from the museum’s Artists Archives, which consist of the archival collections of eight prominent American photographers of the twentieth century: Clara Sipprell (1885-1975), Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947), Karl Struss (1886-1981), Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), Nell Dorr (1893-1988), Eliot Porter (1901-1990), Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988), and Helen Post (1907-1979). These photographic collections are comprised of over 22,000 prints plus over 150,000 negatives. Other highlights to be released include Mexican War daguerreotypes and works by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Eadweard Muybridge, David Octavius Hill, and Southworth & Hawes. (more…)

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Oliverio Toscani, Double Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1974, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo © MFAH, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BILDKUNST, Bonn

Oliverio Toscani, Double Portrait of Andy Warhol, 1974, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo © MFAH, © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / BILDKUNST, Bonn

Artstor and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston have released more than 5,000 images from the permanent collection in the Digital Library.

The images in this release include works by artists such as Diane Arbus, Alexander Archipenko, Robert Arneson, Uta Barth, George Condo, Delacroix, Dan Graham, William Klein, Dorothea Lange, Annie Leibovitz, Roy Lichenstein, Brice Marden, Claes Oldenburg, José Clemente Orozco, Irving Penn, José Guadalupe Posada, Frederic Remington, Gerhard Richter, Diego Rivera, Milton Rogovin, Ed Ruscha, Andres Serrano, Jennifer Steinkamp, Rufino Tamayo, James Turrell, Peter Voulkos, Joel Peter Witkin, Minor White, Rachel Whiteread, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many more.

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Chinese | Covered Box with Design of Scholar and Attendant in a Landscape, late 16th-early 17th century | Image and original data provided by Saint Louis Art Museum, slam.org/

Chinese | Covered Box with Design of Scholar and Attendant in a Landscape, late 16th-early 17th century | Image and original data provided by Saint Louis Art Museum, slam.org/

More than 800 additional images of works from the Saint Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection of world art are now available in the Digital Library.

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Jacques-Louis David | The Oath of the Horatii | 1784 | Musée du Louvre | Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y.; artres.com

Through a collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) and Art Resource, Artstor will share nearly 7,000 additional images of works in the permanent collections of French national and regional museums in the Digital Library. This will bring the total of RMN images in the Digital Library to more than 14,000. The images will be selected from the archives of the Agence photographique de la RMN, which include the collections of 28 museums, including the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou.

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logo-mauritshuisArtstor and Mauritshuis are collaborating to make available 1,200 images of works and their versos from the museum’s permanent collection.

The Mauritshuis is home to the very best of Dutch Golden Age painting. More than two hundred key works from Dutch and Flemish masters are on display in the intimate rooms of this seventeenth-century mansion in The Hague, ranging from such masterpieces as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl EarringThe Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, and The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, to genre paintings by Jan Steen, landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, still lifes by Adriaen Coorte, and portraits by Rubens.

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Visitors viewing display cases and Bird Dome, Hall of the Birds of the World, 1927, American Museum of Natural History, Photographer: H. S. Rice. Image and original data provided by Library, American Museum of Natural History

Visitors viewing display cases and Bird Dome, Hall of the Birds of the World, 1927, American Museum of Natural History, Photographer: H. S. Rice. Image and original data provided by Library, American Museum of Natural History

Visiting the Museum of Natural History was high on my list of priorities on my first trip to New York City. This was in big part due to its mention in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye—even if, to be honest, I didn’t quite remember the role it played in the book.

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