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There are many reasons why a project administrator might want to suppress or delete records on their projects in Shared Shelf.

What’s the difference? Deleting, as you probably guessed, gets rid of the record entirely. Suppressing, on the other hand, only retracts the media file and data from the published environment so it is no longer viewable to end users. The advantage is that you can always return to the record to edit the data or replace the media for republishing at a later time.

For that reason, we suggest that if you want to delete a record, you suppress first so the records are automatically retracted from the published environments.

The process is very straightforward. Learn how to do it on the Shared Shelf support site.

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By now you know that Shared Shelf Commons is Shared Shelf’s open-access library of digital media. And you know that its contents include everything from flowers and turtles to medicine labels and political memorabilia. And you may even be aware that Shared Shelf Commons’ collections are now accessible alongside the images in the Artstor Digital Library. But did you know that the Commons are also becoming a great resource for theatre studies? Four collections are now offering a fascinating view of the history and art of theatre, including books, costume and set design, and even photographs of productions.

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square_logo (2)If you want your Shared Shelf project to be discoverable with the faceted search functionality in the Artstor Workspace or Shared Shelf Commons, you should always include Artstor Classification and Artstor Country. Get the full details in the Shared Shelf support site.

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square_logo (2)Confused about how Shared Shelf Commons fits in with the Artstor Digital Library and what we mean by the Artstor Workspace? We hear you! Let’s clear up the difference between Artstor the organization, your institution’s Artstor Workspace, the Artstor Digital Library, and Shared Shelf Commons.

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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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shsh_omekaDid you know that with Shared Shelf you can publish your collections to locally hosted Omeka.org sites or to their hosted sites at Omeka.net?

Visit our Shared Shelf support site for step-by-step instructions. You’ll also find great external resources, including Omeka’s own support information and a helpful blog post by a digital humanities scholar with instructions for building your own locally hosted Omeka install.

Best of all, you’ll also find a list of awesome Omeka sites your colleagues have built using the Shared Shelf plugin, from campus history to faculty artwork and local architecture.

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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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