Brewer Bookplates in Artstor

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, University of Delaware Library, Newark

The University of Delaware Library’s own William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection is the subject of a recent post in the Artstor Blog. The story highlights the Library’s collection of well over 12,000 bookplates dating from the 18th through 20th centuries, all of which can be viewed in Artstor.

The Brewer bookplates represent just one of many image collections from the UD Library that are available in Artstor. And even for non-Artstor subscribers, the Library’s collections are made freely available to anyone through the open-access Shared Shelf Commons.

OIV 4.0 Now Available

OIV logoArtstor has released a new version of its Offline Image Viewer (OIV). For Mac users, OIV 4.0 is compatible with OSX Mavericks (version 10.9), but it is not yet compatible with Apple’s newest operating system, OSX Yosemite (version 10.10). So if you use OIV, I would recommend waiting to upgrade your system to Yosemite until Artstor has addressed this known issue.

You can find more information about new features in OIV 4.0, along with detailed instructions for installing it, in the Artstor Blog.

New Images Available in Artstor

George Caleb Bingham, The Country Election, 1851-1852, Saint Louis Art Museum

George Caleb Bingham, The Country Election, 1851-1852, Saint Louis Art Museum

New images have recently been added to the Artstor Digital Library:

Open Access Images from the Met

Edo culture (Court of Benin, Nigeria), Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba, 16th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Edo culture (Court of Benin, Nigeria), Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba, 16th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made more than 400,000 images of public domain works in its collection available for non-commercial use through its new Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) initiative. You may now download images from its website and use them for scholarly purposes–including print and online publication–without having to request permission or pay a fee. The Museum is letting users decide if their own projects qualify as “scholarly” or “non-commercial”; you can find definitions and examples on the Met’s OASC FAQ page. You may also want to consult the fine print in the Terms and Conditions for the Met’s website. Commercial use of these images is not permitted.

This is not the first time the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made its images available for free. You have been able to download large images for personal use since its website was redesigned a few years ago, and its collection has been the cornerstone of Artstor’s Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) since that program’s creation. OASC gives users yet another avenue for accessing and using the Met’s images.

Artstor and Shared Shelf in UDaily

ARTstor logoYou probably already know that UD is a longtime subscriber to Artstor, but you may not know what Shared Shelf and Shared Shelf Commons (sometimes called “Artstor Commons”) are.

UDaily has just published an article about Artstor and Shared Shelf at UD that may answer some of your questions. The Visual Resources Center has been working with Artstor and the UD Library for years, so please feel free to contact me anytime if you need more information about any of these services!

Apply for our 2014 Summer Internship

The Visual Resources Center is pleased to announce its 2014 Summer Internship in Visual Resources Management.

Undergraduate interns have to be enrolled and in residence in Newark during the summer, and will devote about 10 hours a week to their projects from the beginning of June to the end of August. Your exact schedule is flexible. There is no pay for the internship, but you will receive 3 credits at the completion of your project. You do not have to be an Art History major to apply.

Applying is easy: all you need to send are a cover letter and résumé. Click here to learn more about the internship and how to apply for it. And please feel free to contact me at if you would like to discuss possibilities for the internship in person.

All applications must be received by Monday, April 21, 2014.

OIV and Mac OSX Mavericks

OSX Mavericks logoUsers of Artstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) should be aware that it does not yet work with the newest Apple operating system, Mac OSX Mavericks (version 10.9). Artstor is aware of this incompatibility and is working to fix it, but it may be a few more months until a compatible version is available.

This is a problem that has happened before, and I can pretty much promise you that it will happen again the next time Apple moves to a new version of OSX. For the time being, I encourage OIV users to hold off on getting the free upgrade to Mavericks if at all possible. And please feel free to contact me if you need any help!

ARTstor Workshop

ARTstor logoSusan Davi and I will be offering an introductory workshop on ARTstor on Tuesday, November 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in 116A Morris Library. We will offer training and tips on how to find and download images, create image groups, and use the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) for classroom presentations. We will also discuss Shared Shelf, the new partnership between the University of Delaware and ARTstor to unite our digital image collections in one convenient and easy-to-use website.

All are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Please click here to register for the workshop.

Image Group Download in ARTstor

ARTstor has announced a new feature: Image Group Download. This allows you to download Dowload Image Group Icongroups of up to 150 images at once, rather than one image at a time. It’s similar to ARTstor’s Export Image Group to Powerpoint feature, only this way the downloaded images don’t automatically go into a Powerpoint file. This can be a real timesaver, and it gives you more flexibility in how you use your images once they’re on your desktop. Note that you may use this new feature to download no more than 2000 images every 120 days.

ARTstor has posted a brief video here to get you started.

Condé Nast Images in ARTstor

Jack Ziegler, "Damn it, man, do I look like I have any yellow ochre?" (Jack Ziegler/The New Yorker Collection)

Jack Ziegler, “Damn it, man, do I look like I have any yellow ochre?” (Jack Ziegler/The New Yorker Collection)

Although it has not yet been officially announced, you will now find nearly 5000 images from Condé Nast publications available in ARTstor. This includes, perhaps most significantly, cartoons from The New Yorker (left) and fashion photography from magazines such as Vogue and Glamour.

You can read ARTstor’s original announcement of the Condé Nast collection here.

UPDATE, October 10, 2013: ARTstor has now posted its official announcement of the Condé Nast collection.