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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded Artstor and five collaborating institutions a three-year National Leadership Grant, with an award of $749,418. The funds will be used to support the development of free software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open access through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).


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The Artstor Digital Library is at an exciting point of progress and innovation and we would like the community to help guide our development. Made up of 30 members representing a variety of areas of our user community, the Advisory Group will gather through virtual meetings three times a year to identify critical user issues regarding new tools, features, and functionality of the Digital Library and provide recommendations for improvement.

Being on the Artstor Digital Library Advisory Group will give you the opportunity to:

  • Be a voice and an advocate for your institution and the community.
  • Get involved in Artstor’s planning and decision-making process at an earlier stage and on a more strategic level.
  • Get free Artstor SWAG!

All are invited to apply! Whether you’re a long-time Artstor user or someone who has had limited exposure, we’d love for you to apply by filling out this brief questionnaire. Please feel free to pass this on to your colleagues.

The application deadline is Friday, May 15th. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and selected candidates will be notified by May 25th.

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Have you heard about Artstor’s Curriculum Guides project? Instructors around the world are curating sets of images from the Digital Library as an aid in teaching a variety of subjects.

Would you like to share your work with colleagues at institutions around the world? We are looking for faculty collaborators who teach in areas such as history, the social sciences, and cultural studies. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Megan O’Hearn, Digital Collections Specialist, at megan.ohearn[at]artstor.org to learn more.

We look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to pass this on to your colleagues!

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We recently wrote about Slow Art Day, and were quite happy to finally try it ourselves this past weekend.

To recap, a recent study estimated that museumgoers spend an average of just 17 seconds looking at an individual artwork. To combat this habit, Phil Terry, CEO of Collaborative Gain, started a movement in which a volunteer host selects art at a gallery or museum, participants meet at the venue to examine several works for five to ten minutes each, and then discuss their impressions over lunch or coffee.

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We invite you to visit the new artstor.org! In addition to being clearer, better-organized, and easier to navigate, the site includes a number of enhancements.


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artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor announces the first four recipients of a new initiative to preserve and increase the availability of at-risk collections. The selected projects are:

  • The James Cahill Archive of Chinese art (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Excavations and finds in Oaxaca by Judith Zeitlin, 1973 and 1990 (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
  • Ronald M. Bernier Archive, Buddhist initiation rituals in Nepal in the ’70s and ’80s and key historical sites from Myanmar (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • The Mohamed Makiya Archive, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT’s archive of Iraqi architect and urban planner Mohamed Saleh Makiya (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


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arlisMark your calendars, we’re headed to ARLIS/NA! Join us in Fort Worth, TX this March 19-23, where we’ll be moderating a panel, hosting a user group lunch, and taking part in ARLISpalooza.


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