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Alliance will enhance access to multimedia digital resources to support education and research


James Shulman, President of Artstor, and Kevin Guthrie, President of ITHAKA, today announced a new strategic alliance between the two nonprofit organizations that will benefit thousands of colleges, universities, schools, museums, and other educational institutions. Artstor, the provider of the Artstor Digital Library of images and the Shared Shelf platform for cataloguing and digital asset management, will now function under the umbrella of ITHAKA, which currently operates the services JSTOR, Portico and Ithaka S+R.


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Shanghai: colors, textures of traffic, advertising and housing

Shanghai: colors, textures of traffic, advertising and housing. Image and original data provided by ART on FILE, http://www.artonfile.com

More than at any other time in history, images dominate our lives. Instructors need the resources to teach students how to find visual media, interpret its meaning, evaluate its sources, use it effectively, and explain the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding its creation and use.

Join Artstor’s User Services team and your fellow instructors on Twitter to share your experiences, successes, and challenges—and your questions—on teaching Visual Literacy.

Among the questions up for discussion will be:

  • What place does visual literacy have in your curriculum?
  • Which departments teach it?
  • What resources do you use?

Follow and participate with @ArtstorHelp on Tuesday, February 9, 1-2 PM EST (10-11 AM PST) using the hashtag #artstorchat

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The Artstor Digital Library now boasts more than two million images in all subjects and periods from more than 290 collections worldwide! In 2015 we added more than 200,000 new images, as well as our first video collection of 50 groundbreaking art performances from the Franklin Furnace Archives. We also reached new agreements with museums, galleries, artists, universities, and archives to keep the Digital Library growing in scope and comprehensiveness. And we continue to add new resources and expand existing ones. Check out our full lists:


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We want to thank you for your continued interest in the Artstor Blog. With more than 244,000 visits, you’ve made 2015 our biggest year yet!

In case you missed any of them, here are our top ten most popular posts from the year:

  1. Hopping through cultures: the rabbit in art Our gallery of rabbits and hares through the ages was our biggest draw, jumping way past its Easter theme.
  2. Game of Thrones and the House of Artstor No surprise–our readers are as hooked on the show as we are.
  3. No longer scandalous: Manet in America It turns out the artist who shocked Paris did not raise eyebrows in New York or Boston.
  4. Shopping paradise: Émile Zola and the world’s first department store Inspired by another TV show, we delved into the history of the department store.
  5. The secret names of Italian Renaissance artists Bronzino is a nickname that means “the bronze one,” referring to his dark complexion. There’s lots more where that came from.
  6. The art of looking slowly Museumgoers spend an average of just 17 seconds looking at an individual artwork. Meet the man who wants to change that.
  7. Artstor Arcades: Introducing our new crowdsourcing software We’ve made cataloging fun–and addictive!
  8. The infinite variety of artists’ books We drew up a selection from two collections that cover the range of this surprisingly diverse genre.
  9. A missing piece? Coordinating cataloging controls in the networked world Artstor’s president on the similarities between the cattle business in the 19th century and the Digital Humanities today.
  10. #thatdress Was it  black and blue, or white and gold? The debate might be over but our gallery of interesting dresses lives on.


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Jacksonville Female Academy

The students of the Jacksonville Female Academy seated in front of Academy Hall, ca. 1890. The team at Illinois College plans to incorporate this photo into the Jacksonville Female Academy collection on Shared Shelf Commons.

Jenny Barker Devine, Associate Professor of History at Illinois College and the author of On Behalf of the Family Farm, shares her thoughts on how the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research will impact her upcoming book. This essay first appeared on her blog American Athena.

With American Athena, I want to write a new kind of book – one that exists in a dynamic and living space, responsive to readers and as instructive in design as it is in content. This new kind of book acknowledges the reader as an active participant in producing new knowledge. A kind of crowdsourcing.

In addition to the blog and the book manuscript, I am creating online collections that will allow you, the reader, to interact with the same documents, photographs, and artifacts that I see (and hopefully offer your own interpretations of them). With any luck and lots of hard work, the first images will be available in spring 2016.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but Illinois College’s digital infrastructure just didn’t support my end goal. Then, Danielle Trierweiler, IC’s Digital Services Librarian, approached me last spring with the idea to apply for the Council of Independent Colleges’ Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, which, in cooperation with Artstor, provides Consortium members with access to Shared Shelf, “a cloud-based asset management service.” This allows us to make key records of the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives available to a global audience and forces me, at an early stage, to curate important documents central to my research. As an author, I find this incredibly exciting.


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ArtstorEarlier this summer we announced that with $2.2 million in support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Artstor and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) will support the digital documentation of collections held by 42 liberal arts colleges and universities. The Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, as the project is known, subsidizes the use of Shared Shelf, Artstor’s digital asset management service, to catalog the institutions’ collections and make them publicly accessible via the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Though the project has barely started, the schools’ local newspapers are already expressing enthusiasm:


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Artstor Arcades

We are delighted to announce the beta release of Artstor Arcades (arcades.artstor.org), new crowdsourcing software developed by our research and design team, Artstor Labs.

Currently, the first test for Arcades is a crowdsourcing project to identify cataloging data for the D. James Dee Archive. The project involves a trove of nearly 125,000 uncataloged photographs of contemporary art exhibited in New York City from the 1970s until 2013, when Artstor acquired the archive. You can read more about the Dee Archive in the New York Times and on the Artstor Blog. Mr. Dee, the “SoHo Photographer,” worked for hundreds of galleries and artists for nearly 40 years. The archive contains images of works by major artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Peter Halley, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Murray, Sue Coe, Joseph Beuys, and many others. His clients included Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Paula Cooper Gallery, Holly Solomon Gallery, and OK Harris.


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