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dpla_logo3Artstor has collaborated with six institutions to provide access to nearly 35,000 additional high-quality images in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The release is part of an ongoing initiative; last year, Artstor also provided access in DPLA to more than 23,000 high-quality images from major American museums and universities.

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artstor_logo_rgb2July 1, 2014 will mark ten years since the Artstor Digital Library became available for educational use. Today, nearly half a million registered users at more than 1,500 educational institutions around the world use the Library for their research and teaching. We are always fascinated by the work being done using Artstor – from Lois Kuyper-Rushing, the music librarian at Louisiana State who curated dozens of image groups related to musicology, to Lera Boroditsky, professor of psychology at Stanford, who tracked the gender representations of ideas (such as Liberty) across cultures and times.

As the Artstor Digital Library continues to expand its multidisciplinary content (including cartoons from The New Yorker and anthropological objects from The American Museum of Natural History), we continue to develop on other fronts. Last year, we worked with six museums to support the launch of the open Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Soon after, institutions such as the University of Delaware, Bryn Mawr College, and Cornell University contributed special collections of images and video to the DPLA via our Shared Shelf service.

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arlisARLIS/NA Annual Conference
May 1-5, Washington, DC
We hope to see you at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America. We’ll be moderating two panels and hosting a user group lunch:

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.
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Requests for new features for the Digital Library may come out of conversation with a user, a committee meeting, or by keeping an eye on what everyone else is doing, but the implementation should always happen in the same way.

It takes many hands to turn an idea for a feature into something our users can see. First, we need to document what the feature is. The product strategist along with the interaction designer will document the requirements and user flow. She’ll get input from the stakeholders (whoever asked for it) and the developer (whoever is going to build it). If the feature is a big one, it will be broken up into phases.

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.

The core responsibilities of Artstor’s Metadata Department are to analyze, edit, enhance, and map the data we receive from our collection contributors, with the goal of aiding image discovery in the Digital Library. Working with the Collections, Legal, Production, and Technology teams, we strive to find efficient and innovative ways of adding new content to Artstor.

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Artstor has been providing digital resources to enhance teaching and scholarship for ten years. In celebration, we have events scheduled for every day of this year’s VRA Conference. Join us to learn how we help VR professionals manage media for education and research.

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.

The Production Department is responsible for handling and processing the images that make up the Artstor Digital Library. We collaborate with contributors and other Artstor teams to bring together collections from all over the world and provide the best possible images to our users. Our role can be roughly divided into three parts:

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Guy de Cointet | Two Drawings | 5/9/1978 | This image was provided by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Guy de Cointet | Two Drawings | 5/9/1978 | This image was provided by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

We are delighted to announce that Artstor is collaborating with the Franklin Furnace Archive to introduce videos in the Digital Library in the coming months. Franklin Furnace has been championing performance and other ephemeral arts for more than three decades. Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace’s founding director, elaborates on the significance of this collaboration:

While there is undeniable value to gathering objects from performances such as costumes, props, and ephemera, video offers an irreplaceable key to understanding temporal works. Moving images are the best window we have into the past—no amount of caption text or notes from scripts can convey the look and feel of this pivotal time! Franklin Furnace is pleased to be working in collaboration with Artstor to bring video documentation of our performance art events to a broad scholarly audience.

We hope these fifty videos featuring Franklin Furnace alumni such as Alice Aycock, Ericka Beckman, Lee Breuer, John Cage, Guy De Cointet, Constance De Jong, Richard Foreman, the Kipper Kids, Jill Kroesen, Matt Mullican, Michael Smith, and William Wegman will provide insight into the intentions of avant-garde artists from 1976 forward, and will help to embed the value of ephemeral art practice in art and cultural history.

- Martha Wilson, January 2014

You may also be interested in 35 Years of Ephemeral Art: Martha Wilson on Franklin Furnace

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.

You know us as the friendly voice on the phone when you were uncertain if you could project images as a backdrop for a play. Perhaps you know us through quick email exchanges to help you learn how to update your software. Or maybe we met at an educational conference where we shared ideas on how to use Digital Library content in your classroom or research.

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Henri Rousseau | Surprised! | 1891 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph: ©The National Gallery, London

Henri Rousseau | Surprised! | 1891 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph: ©The National Gallery, London

Artstor Collections Summary 2013

Thanks to our contributors and the support of our subscribing institutions, 2013 proved to be yet another fruitful year for the Artstor Digital Library. In the past twelve months we launched approximately 112,500 new images from 22 new collections and expanded the content in 12 existing collections. Among the highlights, we now make available images from the Courtauld Gallery, the World Monuments Fund, the National Gallery, London, Condé Nast (fashion photography and New Yorker cartoons), Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Lukas: Art in Flanders, the Berlin State Museums, and Denmark’s Statens Museum for Kunst. We are happy to announce that we now make available close to 1.7 million images in the United States and 1.4 million internationally.

We also reached agreements for 17 new or expanded collections last year from institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the American Museum of Natural History, the Mattress Factory, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum.

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