Optical Society of America (OSA) provides free access to ImageBank

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Optics ImageBank, OSA’s new image database site, offers browse and search access to over 200,000 images from OSA’s core journals hosted on OSA’s Digital Library, Optics InfoBase. OSA will continue to upload more back volume images to the ImageBank in the coming months along with uploading current images as soon as an article is published.

Search and Filters

Search by keywords within the figure caption of the image. Narrow your results using journal, date range, topic area, or OCIS codes.

OSA ImageBank sample

OSA ImageBank sample

Optics ImageBank Features

  • View a full-size image of a figure.
  • Export images into PowerPoint or PDF files for classroom use.
  • Scroll through all of the images within the article.
  • Browse by related scientific images to discover related scientific articles across OSA’s core titles. Related images are identified when the OCIS (Optics Classification and Indexing Scheme) codes of the source article match closely with OCIS codes of another article.
  • Share the URL link to the image file with your colleagues.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

ARTstor releases images from Solomon R. Guggenheim collection

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ARTstor  has added more than 750 images of major artworks from the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The images document the Guggenheim Museum’s superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others.

This is the first release of a projected 7,000 images of art, exhibition installation views, and architecture from the Foundation. Future releases will include 5,000 installation views spanning from the 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, more than 1,000 installations views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museum buildings.

About ARTstor
ARTstor is a digital library of over 1.3 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Any UML user can create an account and save collections. Instructor privileges allow collections to be shared by a class or the entire UML community. Instructors can also add their own images to their collections.

ARTstor Digital Library update

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The President and Chairman of ARTstor included an update on the Digital Library’s progress in the Fall Newsletter.

As of August, the Newsletter states, “teachers, scholars, students, and staff at over 1,375 educational institutions are using ARTstor images for their academic and curatorial work. ARTstor Digital Library now includes over 1.3 million very large image files that are sought out in response to what scholars, educators, and students want to use.”

Other new features available to users include teaching and learning tools, such as the ability to easily make Powerpoint presentations or take “flashcard” quizzes on iPhones and iPads. In addition, “over 40 institutions now are able to use Shared Shelf—the web-based cataloging and image management system that will help institutions to manage their own local content.”

Besides the 1.3 million images now available in the U.S., ARTstor has another million images in production. “Collections continue to grow rapidly with some 160,000 new images released from 55 new and expanded collections in the past year. ARTstor also reached agreements for 26 new collections, including: Guggenheim Museum; the Courtauld Institute; Museum of the City of New York; Pre-Columbian Artifacts from the Kerr Archives; Columbia University: Architecture of Japan; ART on FILE: United Arab Emirates; Via Lucis: Medieval Christian churches in France and Spain; Julius Shulman (Getty Research Institute); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: University Library, and more.”

New members to ARTstor in the past year include 83 Institutions and 7 new countries. Subscribers now represent institutions in 46 countries.

The complete Fall Newsletter is available online or as a PDF download.

Springer Images app for iPhone, iPod, and iPad

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Springer Media has released a new Images App that provides three levels of access to the SpringerImages database:

  • Basic: Free Access to scientific images from peer-reviewed, Open Access articles.
  • Medical and Life Sciences: Paid mobile access to over 1.6 million medical and life sciences images. Available via SpringerImages.com
  • Full: Paid mobile access to the complete collection of over 2.8 million images. Available via SpringerImages.com

The SpringerImages app is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

SpringerImages is a continually updated and expanding collection of over 2.8 million images spanning the scientific, technical and medical fields. The SpringerImages database is composed of photos, graphs, diagrams, figures and tables from Springer’s ebook collection, journal portfolio and images.MD.

  • View images and related text.
  • Search image captions, keywords and references to refine search results.
  • Bookmark images for later research.
  • Email images to your friends and colleagues.

More information about SpringerImages can be found on the SpringerImages Help pages.

SpringerImages is provided by Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com), a leading global scientific publisher.

HW Wilson Cinema Image Gallery trial

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H.W. Wilson is providing extended trial access to their Cinema Image Gallery database.

The Cinema Image Gallery is one of the most comprehensive online collections of still images from movies, television and the entertainment industry. It presents the history of movie-making, still images of films in production, directors working on-set with the stars, set, costume and production design, as well as, hair and make-up shots and rare behind-the-scenes material. Cinema Image Gallery also offers an extensive TV stills archive, covering comedies, dramas, series, TV movies, game shows and thousands of pictures of the stars in this medium.

Cinema Image Gallery features:

  • More than 217,000 superior-quality images – with substantial quarterly additions, all rights-cleared for use in educational settings, with substantial additions on a regular basis.
  • A treasure trove of more than 6,200 posters and lobby cards used to promote the movies.
  • New! Seamless links to your library’s video holdings.
  • Links to more than 500 full movies, as well as links to reviews and other articles about the titles, and to biographical materials about notable figures in the industry.
  • Portrait photography and biographies of the stars of film and television.
  • Database-specific search parameters developed specifically for this resource—Title, Director, Actor Names, Genre, Awards (Academy Award, Cannes Film Festival, Screen Actors Guild)—to ensure accuracy and speed in locating relevant material.
  • My WilsonWeb functionality: save searches or specific images; print images; email images; receive email alerts when new results matching a specific query are added to the database.

For information about more trials and new online resources, please visit the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page.

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Springer eProducts Trials

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Springer has provided UMass Lowell with free trials for its four new eProducts databases: eBooks, SpringerMaterials, SpringerProtocols, and SpringerImages. The trials run through 31 October 2010.

Springer eBooks offers access to over 20,000 titles divided between twelve subject collections ranging from Behavioral Science to Professional and Applied Computing. The trial includes access to all English/International language content from 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as well as book series dating back to 1997. This constitutes close to 20,000 titles. These are the eBook Packages that are currently being marketed in the Americas.

SpringerMaterials includes 165,000 substances and material systems, 3,000 properties, and 1,000,000 literature citations, based on the high-quality source Landolt-Börnstein, and presented in a user-friendly one-stop web platform.

SpringerProtocols includes more than 22,000 protocols based on tried and tested resources grouped in 15 fully indexed and searchable subject specific Online Libraries. The Springer Protocols content originates from Methods in Molecular Biology and several other highly acclaimed book series and monographs, including: Neuromethods, Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Methods in Biotechnology, and the Springer Protocols Handbook.

SpringerImages is a rapidly growing collection of over 2.5 million scientific images, graphs, histograms, tables and more.

ARTstor Adds New Features and Updates

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ARTstor has recently released new features and made updates to the Digital Library.

All registered users can now export image groups as Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 files in just a few clicks. When viewing an image group, look for the Export to PowerPoint icon in the utility bar Export to PowerPoint icon or click Tools > Export to PowerPoint. The resulting PowerPoint file will include:

  • A title slide displaying the name of the image group
  • Individual slides for each image in the group, in the order in which they appear in the image group
  • ARTstor descriptive data for each image, appearing in the notes field of each slide
  • Embedded hyperlinks in each image that will launch the ARTstor Image Viewer when clicked in presentation mode (requires web access)

Learn more about Export to PowerPoint.

Export to PowerPoint icon
ARTstor has also enhanced the functionality of the notes feature. Registered users can now add Rich Text formatted notes to individual images. The notes field will now allow users to:

  • Insert hyperlinks to external websites
  • Format notes with bold, italics, or underlined text
  • Create lists with bullets or numbers

Learn more about notes.

Alongside these new features, ARTstor has also implemented the return of the full-screen functionality of QuickTime Virtual Reality files (QTVRs). This is a type of image file format supported by Apple’s QuickTime. It allows the creation and viewing of photographically captured panoramas and the exploration of objects through images taken at multiple viewing angles. It functions as a plugin for the standalone QuickTime Player, as well as working as a plugin for the QuickTime Web browser plugin. QuickTime VR will play on Windows computers as well as Apple Macintosh computers.

ARTstor has also addressed several requested changes to error messaging and the behavior in the Personal Collection management window. THey have also corrected the display of saved details after they are exported to PowerPoint.

Grove Art Online updates from Oxforn University Press

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Contemporary Art Update

The newest updates at Grove Art Online focus on globalization.

Newly added articles investigate themes of globalisation in respect to contemporary art, addressing such topics as biennials and art fairs, and Brazilian art after 1980. In addition, new and revised biographies offer a sampling of contemporary artists from around the globe working in various media and forms who are expanding the international reach of contemporary art.

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

This month Grove introduces content from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan Marter, Professor of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Editor of Woman’s Art Journal. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art will deal with all aspects of American art from Native American architecture to contemporary installation art.

More information about both of these additions is available at Grove’s What’s New page.

Tips for Oxford Art Online Users

Available now for Oxford Art users is a new printable, reader-friendly Oxford Art Online users’ guide containing tips about how to navigate Oxford Art Online and make the most of the content available.

About Oxford Art Online

 Oxford Art Online is an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location.

Oxford Art Online users can search or browse biographies, subject entries, or images, enabling access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images contained within Grove Art Online and over 5,000 entries from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Grove Art Online is today’s foremost scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes) – the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries.

Through partnerships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and numerous other international organizations, galleries, and artists, Grove Art Online now offers over 5,500 searchable images of works of art, maps, and line drawings. There are also over 40,000 editorially selected image links to museums and galleries around the world in order to help users find visual support for the scholarship in GAO.

ARTstor adds new architectural and Colby College collections

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ARTstor has added a new architectural collection covering the South Asia and added additional images from its architectural collection of the United Arab Emirates. In addition, a new collection agreement was established with Colby College to add images from their Museum of Art permanent collection.

New Collection Agreement: Colby College Museum of Art
The Colby College Museum of Art is sharing approximately 2,600 images in ARTstor from its permanent collection, which specializes in American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the 18th century to the present. Highlights from the collection include works by notable artists such as George Bellows, Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Chuck Close, John Singleton Copley, Dan Flavin, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Sol LeWitt, John Marin, Agnes Martin, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Serra, Kara Walker, James McNeill Whistler, and Terry Winters. Included as well will be 760 works by the American artist Alex Katz (b. 1927). The museum’s holdings also include examples of American folk art, European prints and drawings, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Chinese art and ceramics.

Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia
In collaboration with Cornell University Library, ARTstor has added more than 6,600 photographs of South Asian architecture from the Beyond the Taj collection. Included in these photographs are significant works of architecture, pilgrimage sites, cultural traditions,  monasteries, temples, and rituals. The core of the collection was created by UniversityRobert D. “Scotty” MacDougall (1940-1987), a former Professor of Architecture at Cornell , who was also an anthropologist and practicing architect . MacDougall specialized in domestic, devotional, and vernacular aspects of Asian architectural traditions. MacDougall’s photographs have been supplemented with images of domestic architecture in Sri Lanka and Aiyanar temples in southern India.

Additional images of contemorary architecture from the Arab Emirates
In partnership with ART on FILE, ARTstor has added 1,000 new direct-digital photographs of buildings, built-environment projects, and landscape architecture from the United Arab Emirates. The new photographs by Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson focus on Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

These new photographs will join the approximately 9,700 images by ART on FILE already in the ARTstor Digital Library.

ARTstor adds Cook Voyage illustrations and more Lichtenstein

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Images from the Natural History Museum of London added to ARTstor

ARTstor has collaborated with the Natural History Museum, London to share 1,647 images of botanical and zoological illustrations associated with Captain James Cook’s expeditions to the South Pacific from 1768 – 1779. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the museum has digitized watercolors and drawings and made them available for scholarship and education in the ARTstor Digital Library.

James Cook (1728 – 1779) commanded three epic voyages of exploration, charting the largely unexplored Pacific Ocean and twice circumnavigating the globe. Cook’s expeditions contributed significantly to contemporary geographic, oceanographic, and astronomic knowledge.

ARTstor previously released approximately 960 images of plant and animal specimens collected by naturalists Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820) and Daniel Solander (1733 – 1782) during Cook’s first expedition aboard the HMS Endeavour (1768 – 1771). The current release includes more than 680 images associated with Cook’s second (1772 – 1775) and third (1776 – 1779) voyages. Executed by resident artists Johann Georg Adam Forster (1754 – 1794) and William Wade Ellis (c. 1756 – 1785), these drawings and watercolors depict animals and plants collected throughout both journeys.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas (Natural History Museum, London) collection page.

Additional images of works by Roy Lichtenstein

ARTstor has made available an additional 395 images of Lichtenstein’s works in the ARTstor Digital Library.  This third release from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate to ARTstor includes high-quality images of Lichtenstein’s paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture from the 1970s along with the associated cataloging records, bringing the total number of images in the Roy Lichtenstein collection to 1,172 images.

To view the Roy Lichtenstein collection, go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click on “Roy Lichtenstein.” Or search the keywords: lichtenstein estate.