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adl_image-group-notesDid you know that once you’ve created an image group you can annotate it for future reference? Registered users can add an image group description to any groups they create, and they can control who can view their annotations. Instructors can make hidden notes for their own reference or create visible notes to add context or instructions for students. For students, an image group description can be a way to takes notes while studying images.

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Good news: You can now access all of Artstor’s Teaching Resources through the Artstor Digital Library’s Browse menu!

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All three of our AP® Teaching Resources–for Advanced Placement courses in Art History, European History, United States History–as well as our Curriculum Guides, Case Studies (from our Travel Award winners), and our popular surveys of selected images for Art, Architecture, and other Humanities and Social Sciences topics are all easy to browse under Teaching Resources on the Artstor Digital Library home page.

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SSTuesdayTipErrors, problems, bugs, glitches! We hate them too, which is why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you efficiently report any issues you encounter with Shared Shelf for a faster resolution.

In brief:

1) Before you report an issue to support@sharedshelf.org, check support.sharedshelf.org for a possible solution. If something isn’t documented and you think it should be, let us know!

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Stanford White, Bronx Community College (formerly New York University), Gould Memorial Library; Interior view #1 of rotunda, 1896. Data from: The Trustees of Columbia University, Visual Media Center, Department of Art History and Archaeology, learn.columbia.edu

Stanford White, Bronx Community College (formerly New York University), Gould Memorial Library; Interior view #1 of rotunda, 1896. Data from: The Trustees of Columbia University, Visual Media Center, Department of Art History and Archaeology, learn.columbia.edu

In addition to still images, you can find videos, audio files, 3D images, and panorama (QTVR) files within the Artstor Workspace. You can search by media type using the file extensions as keywords:

  • Videos – search for mov. Clicking movieicon will open your default video player.
  • Audio – search for mp3. Clicking sound will open your default audio player.
  • Panoramas (QTVR) – search for qtvr. Clicking i-qtvr2 will open a QuickTime Player window where you can view the environment by panning 360°.
  • 3D images – search for 3D. Clicking i-3d will open the 3D image in rotation in the image viewer. To stop or restart the rotation, click the rotatation icon.

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It’s easy to ensure that your media collection is properly catalogued in Shared Shelf when publishing it on the Artstor Workspace, Shared Shelf Commons, DPLA, or other publishing targets.SetFieldRequiredUsing Shared Shelf’s admin tools, you can make it a requirement for any field to be cataloged before your media can be published, ensuring that a minimum cataloging standard is met. Check out our helpful step-by-step guide in the Shared Shelf support site.

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My school has Artstor, now what? Check out our quick and easy training videos and learn how to get the most out of the Artstor Digital Library!

View images in the Artstor Digital Library Learn how to view images in the Artstor Digital Library and discover the tools available in Artstor’s Image Viewer.

Register for an Artstor user account Learn how to register for an Artstor user account and get access to more advanced features of the Artstor Digital Library.

Export to PowerPoint  Learn how to easily turn your Image Groups to PowerPoint presentations. (more…)

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new-featuresArtstor has implemented several initiatives to keep you abreast of updates, improvements, and issues with the Artstor Digital Library.

  • There are now Site Status sections on the homepage of the Artstor Help site and on the Artstor Blog.
  • We’ve created an Artstor Digital Library Release History page on our Help site listing known issues and bugs. Known issues will be listed with a status, any work-arounds that are available, and an expected fix date when possible. New issues that arise between releases will be classified under the most recent release so that they are easy to find at the top of the page.
  • We’ve revived the Artstor Discuss list, which users can join by sending a blank email to subscribe-artstor-discuss@lyris.artstor.org. Subscribers will be the first to hear about new features, site maintenance, and bugs/bug fixes. The list will also serve as a forum for users to discuss their experiences with Artstor.
  • When necessary, we’ll be posting a maintenance alert box on the Artstor Digital Library home page to notify users of upcoming site maintenance downtime or major known issues.

We are also working on release histories for the OIV, expect those in the coming weeks.

Questions? Email the User Services team at userservices@artstor.org.

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