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William P. Barrett, The Library of George Frederick Ernest Albert Prince of Wales, 1904. UD Library: William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection

William P. Barrett, The Library of George Frederick Ernest Albert Prince of Wales, 1904. UD Library: William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection

Despite entreaties to the contrary, the debate about e-books vs. printed books doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Traditionalists frequently tout the sensual pleasures of paper (smell, which doesn’t have much to do with reading, comes up often), while readers of electronic devices usually point to convenience. There have even been studies about which format is better for comprehension and retention.

One thing that never comes up? Bookplates! Laugh if you want, but those small decorative labels with the book-owner’s name can be quite beautiful, and we haven’t yet seen an e-reader with one. Take a look at these examples from the University of Delaware’s William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection to see what they’re missing. (more…)

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Shared Shelf CommonsNew collections featuring approximately 3,000 files have been added to Shared Shelf Commons in the past month, including Brooklyn College HistoryBrooklyn College’s Farm Labor ProjectBucknell University HistoryCornell University’s Squeeze Collection, and University of Delaware Art: Abby Donovan and the 181.

Shared Shelf‘s open-access library of digital media now includes nearly 90 collections. Browse the full list here, and explore highlights on the blog by checking out our Shared Shelf Commons tag.

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Byron Company, Sports, Field Sports, Manhattan Field, 1896. Museum of the City of New York.

Byron Company, Sports, Field Sports, Manhattan Field, 1896. Museum of the City of New York.

Reminder: The deadline for Artstor’s Digital Humanities Awards is October 15, 2014.

The award aims to facilitate the most innovative and intellectually stimulating projects in the field. Winners will receive five years’ free access to Shared Shelf, Artstor’s digital media management software, to upload, catalog, manage, store, and share their project.

To enter, simply describe your Digital Humanities project in 1,000 words or less.

Full rules and application instructions at artstor.org/dha.

Winners will be announced in early December.

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After the success of institutions of higher education such as Middlebury CollegeLawrence UniversityBowdoin College, and Bucknell University in managing digital collections from their campus museums and galleries 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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Artstor Labs

Artstor Labs

Artstor is always working on improving its services. While you may notice some changes immediately, others might prove more subtle. In the case of Shared Shelf, our digital media management solution, the developments are sometimes dramatic as we work in close collaboration with users.

What is the thinking behind these changes? We’re pulling back the curtain in Artstor Labs (labs.artstor.org), a cross section of ideas, inspirations, and experiments that inform the ongoing digital design of Shared Shelf, the Digital Library, and other initiatives.

Focusing on topics related to visual culture, graphic design, and user experience, Artstor Labs offers a glimpse of our design process in relationship with the broader trends occurring in new media and digital humanities. In keeping with this spirit, entries are arranged hierarchically rather than chronologically to reflect their relationship with previous ideas. As the repository grows, a richly layered listing of nested links will track these ideas over time.

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Rob Stevenson | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston; Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

Rob Stevenson | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston; Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

The number of free images and video in Shared Shelf Commons, an open-access library of digital media, has now topped 100,000. The files come from institutions that subscribe to Shared Shelf, Artstor’s Web-based service for cataloging and managing digital collections.

We invite you to explore the entire resource at sscommons.org, or get started with some of the collections we have previously highlighted on this blog:

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Byron Company | Ships, Cunard Line, S.S. "Umbria", ca. 1897 | Museum of the City of New York

Byron Company | Ships, Cunard Line, S.S. “Umbria”, ca. 1897 | Museum of the City of New York

Artstor is pleased to announce the release of Shared Shelf 1.0. The most recent version of Artstor’s digital media management software includes three important new features: work record functionality, media batch-replace capability, and the addition of media URLs in Excel exports.

Shared Shelf is an enterprise-wide media management solution that enables institutions to catalog efficiently and consistently, make collections accessible to a targeted audience, and keep files safe. With Shared Shelf 1.0, users can now create work records and automatically copy all their data to multiple files in a manner compliant with VRA Core 4 metadata schema; replace media files in bulk without modifying data records; and generate a shareable URL linking to a media file within a Shared Shelf project by exporting selected data records to Excel.

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