Monday, November 12, 2012

ARTSTOR November 2012

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ARTstor welcomes new participating institutions
As of November 1, there were 1,472 institutions participating in the ARTstor Digital Library. During October, ARTstor welcomed Pepperdine University (CA); Lehman College (NY); University of Newcastle, Australia; Curtin University (Australia); Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France); Hogeschool Gent (Belgium); Commonwealth School (MA); Greenwich High School (CT); and Ortega Elementary School (FL).

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Take a look: ARTstor Digital Library webinars
Preview the scholarly resource that
Library Journal calls "the de facto standard for institutional image repositories" by watching an introductory demonstration of the ARTstor Digital Library. Our webinars have become a popular way to learn how to teach and study with ARTstor and are scheduled so you can attend at your convenience. All that is required to view these online demonstrations is a computer with Internet access and audio. Special treat: Attendees chosen at random will receive one of our coveted ARTstor tote bags! Try your luck and register for a session now.
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Architecture survey
The ARTstor Digital Library now includes nearly 400,000 architecture-related images. We invite librarians and faculty members working in architecture-related areas to participate in our brief online survey to gather information about the digital content that will further enhance your teaching and research. The first 50 respondents to complete our survey will receive a free ARTstor tote bag!

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Collection news
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Dante's Divina Commedia
Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divina Commedia has had an incalculable impact on Western culture, not least through its inspiration of visual artists. After all, Dante's descriptions of grotesque figures, fantastic landscapes, and inventive punishments virtually beg to be depicted visually. Now approximately 1,000 of these images are available free in Shared Shelf Commons courtesy of Cornell University Library's Divine Comedy Image Archive (DCIA).
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The ARTstor Digital Library is now sharing more than 1,500 images from the Rhizome ArtBase, an online archive of new media art.
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The Corcoran Gallery of Art
ARTstor and The Corcoran Gallery of Art are sharing approximately 1,200 images from the Gallery's permanent collection in the Digital Library. The collection focuses primarily on American works from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, as well as some European works.
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Pre-Columbian Artifacts (Justin Kerr and Barbara Kerr)
ARTstor has collaborated with Justin Kerr and Barbara Kerr to share more than 500 photographs of Pre-Columbian artifacts in the Digital Library.
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Images from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
ARTstor Digital Library has collaborated with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University to share nearly 25,000 additional images of Pre-Columbian, African, Native North American, and Oceanic objects.
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Prints and photographs of Parisian interior design from the New York School of Interior Design

ARTstor and the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) are collaborating to share approximately 350 images of pochoir prints of interiors by well-known Parisian interior designers and photographic depictions of interior retail architecture and design in Paris dating from 1928-1932.
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Behind the scenes: Light value and color adjustments
At ARTstor we have a philosophy of maintaining the integrity of the original artworks we feature in the Digital Library and representing them as accurately as possible. Lily Galib, Production Associate, explains what that entails.
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What is ARTstor?
ARTstor is a nonprofit organization that makes available a Digital Library of more than 1.3 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a set of tools to use images for teaching and learning.
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Trial Access
We invite you to explore the Digital Library during a 30-day trial to determine if the content and tools provide a solution for your institution's image needs.
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Join the ARTstor Community
Currently over 1,450 institutions from the higher education, museum, K-12, and public library communities participate in ARTstor. We invite nonprofit institutions to license ARTstor for research and teaching needs.
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Image Credits
a) René Magritte | The Eye, c. 1932/35 | The Art Institute of Chicago Collection | © 2009 C. Herscovici, London / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; b) Gian Giacomo Macchiavelli | La Divina commedia di Dante Alighieri con tavole in rame, 1821| Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library: Fiske Dante Collection; c) Kenneth Hung | 60X1.COM, 9/1/2001 | Image courtesy of Rhizome; d) Gene Davis | Black Popcorn, 1965| Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., | © 2008 Estate of Gene Davis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; e) Maya | Diving God Container| U.S. Library of Congress, J. Kislak Collection | Kerr Archive; f) Nootka?; Salish? | Carved and painted wooden mask | Vancouver Island, Canada | Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard University),

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

African American Librarians Proudly “Represent” at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

African American Librarians Proudly “Represent” at the 2012 Annual Conference of the

Association for the Study of African American Life and History


Sibyl E. Moses, Ph.D.

(with contributions from Kathleen Bethel, Janet Sims-Wood, Aslaku Berhanu,

Deborah L. Dandridge, Emily Guss, Rebecca Hankins, and LaVonda Broadnax)


            For generations, African American librarians have served as a vital force in the preservation and promotion of African American history and culture.  Such was the case on September 26-30, 2012 when more that eighteen (18) African American librarians, many of whom are members of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, actively participated in the governance, academic programming, book signings, and general proceedings of the 97th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The conference theme:  “Black Women in American Culture and History” attracted more than 1,400 attendees and featured well over 250 lectures, panel discussions, films, poetry slams, etc. covering the history of little known and well known African American women and their activities. 

            Academic and research librarians from the District of Columbia, Illinois, Texas, Maryland, South Carolina, Kansas, and Pennsylvania presented papers on topics that included African American women as health activists, scholars, library and literacy activists, artists, community activists, and club women. The following account provides one lens through which we may see a portion of the extensive scholarship undertaken by African American librarians in the field of African American history and culture.

ASALH Executive Council Members: 

Kathleen Bethel, African American Studies Librarian, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois and Janet Sims Wood, Librarian, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland.

Recipient of an Award:

Janet Sims-Wood, received the 2012 Mary McLeod Bethune Award, in honor of her service to the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture for over a 10 year period in the areas of branches, Executive Council, fundraising, Black History Month Kit, essay contest, and the Carter G. Woodson educational programs; the award also acknowledges her service to education, African American history, and to the community.

Presenters of Papers:

Aslaku Berhanu, Librarian, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, presented a paper, “Dr. Caroline Still Anderson: A Nineteenth Century Black Physician,” on the panel entitled “Collecting and Preserving Black Women’s History and Culture: Primary Sources in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.”

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, BCALA Executive Board, and Librarian, Prairie View A& M University, Prairie View, Texas, presented a paper (with co-presenter Chieko Sato), “Fitting the First Ladies:  Black Female Fashion Designers in the White House,” on the panel entitled “Celebrated and Grassroots Women Leaders.”

Deborah L. Dandridge, Special Collections Librarian, University of Kansas,  presented a paper:  “Refusing Extinction: African American Responses to Health Care Needs in Jim Crow Greater Kansas City, 1900-1970,” on the panel entitled “'We're Still Here': Black People Defining Health.”

Emily Guss, Librarian, University of Illinois Library, Chicago, Illinois, presented a paper, “Vivian Harsh and Charlemae Rollins: Transformation of Chicago's Hall Branch Library into a "People's University" on the panel entitled “Grassroots Make Big Trees:  African American Women’s Local Organizing Efforts in the Twentieth Century.”

Ida Jones, Manuscript Librarian, Moorland Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington, D.C., presented a paper "The Sister Six: Select Women Scholars at Howard University during the Golden Age 1926-1960" on the panel entitled “Organized Black Womanhood: A Look at Historical and Contemporary Black Club Women.”

Georgette Mayo, Librarian, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, presented paper “Georgette Seabrooke Powell: Advocating Art on Her Own Terms,” on the panel entitled “Black Female Trailblazers in the 20th Century.”

Irene E. Owens, Cultural Resource Coordinator, Chester Heights, Pennsylvania, presented a paper, “Barbara Johns Powell: A Woman of Courage and Conviction in Virginia Civil Rights History," on the panel “Pioneering Advocates For Black Children: Barbara Johns Powell and Eloise Greenfield.”

Janet Sims-Wood, presented two papers:  “Eloise Greenfield: Bringing the Gift of Reading to Children," on the panel entitled “Pioneering Advocates For Black Children: Barbara Johns Powell and Eloise Greenfield”; and, "Dr. Martha Putney: Pioneer Service in the Women's Army Corps," on the panel “Lifting as We Climb: The Role of Education and Activism in the Lives of Terrell, Putney, and Williams.”

Panel Chairs:

Rebecca Hankins, Certified Archivist, Associate Professor, and Africana Studies/Race & Ethnic Resources Librarian/Curator at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas chaired a panel, “I Am Not My Hair:  Reclaiming Black Beauty."   The panel prepared a guide to resources on the subject, and it is available from Rebecca Hankins:

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, chaired a panel, “Grassroots Make Big Trees:  African American Women’s Local Organizing Efforts in the Twentieth Century.”

Ida Jones, chaired a panel, “Creative Resistance: African American Women Opening Restricted Spaces and Effecting Lasting Social Change.”

Author Book Signings:

Roland Barksdale-Hall, author of Images of America Farewell.

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, author of An Ordinary Man:  Black Power in Overalls.


Glenda Alvin, ACRL/AFAS Liaison to ASALH, Assistant Director for Collection Management and Administration and Head, Acquisitions and Serials at the Brown-Daniel Library, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee

Lavonda Broadnax, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Lucius Edwards, Head of Special Collections & Archives, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia.

Arif Abdullah Jamal, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Charlynne Spenser Pyne, Librarian (retired), Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Lainey Westbrooks, Librarian, East Cleveland, Ohio.

Founded in 1970, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is an affiliate of the American Library Association. BCALA serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African American community; provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

EasyBib: Student and Educator Resources for Election Season

Election Day is less than two weeks away, and we're sure it's a hot topic of discussion at your school. After hearing great feedback about an earlier blog post, we found some new political resources you might find useful like Politifact and Read more about them here!
Election 2012 with EasyBib
We also pulled data from EasyBib to see how our users are citing sources related to the election. Comparing the past two months, there's been a 66% increase in use of political sources. That's quite a jump! Students are exploring different websites to gather information relating to American politics, which are specified in the blog post, too.
We've gotten feedback this political season that our website evaluation feature has helped students assess political sources that frequently carry bias. Learn more about website evaluation with our School Edition product.
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