ARTstor & Shared Shelf
Purchase College Library subscribes to ARTstor, a digital library of more than one 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.” The Digital Collections Center provides training and support in this valuable resource. ARTstor allows you to:
- Browse content by collection, classification, or geography
- Search content by keyword or advanced search terms (e.g., date and geographic origin)
- Sort search results by date, creator, or title
- View images and image data
- Zoom in on and pan images for greater detail
- Print and save images and related data to other hardware (e.g. CD, memory stick, hard drive)
- Create groups of images for future retrieval and presentation
- Organize image groups into shared folders
- Direct other ARTstor users to images or image groups
- Upload personal images and sound files to the ARTstor platform
- Export presentation-sized images to your computer, and and saved image groups directly to PowerPoint and to ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool
- Save citations for images or image groups, and email or print these, as well as export them directly into EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks, Reference Manager, or a text file
Shared Shelf is a content management system that allows members of the Purchase community to access locally created digital collections through the ARTstor Digital Library interface. Digital collections in Shared Shelf are available only to the Purchase College community and are primarily used as a teaching resource. Purchase’s Shared Shelf collection is actively developed in connection with the curricular research needs of faculty and staff.
Shared Shelf allows us to:
- publish teaching resources, providing a single point of access for art history visuals, videoed college lectures, audio oral histories, and textual archives from the Library
- produce authoritative metadata for collections digitized here at Purchase
- publish digital collections that Purchase owns full copyright to in the open-access version of Shared Shelf: Shared Shelf Commons
Anything published in Shared Shelf Commons is subsequently published to Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in order to be discovered worldwide. DPLA is a large-scale collective featuring research from colleges, museums, libraries, and archives. The goal of the collective is to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available online anytime, anywhere.
ARTstor has excellent help documentation available on their website. The most important things to know first about ARTstor:
- Access to ARTstor is limited to faculty, staff, and students on the Purchase campus and off-campus with Purchase College credentials. To access ARTstor, please visit Databases by Title or this custom link.
- ARTstor is a heterogeneous collection of collections. ARTstor gets its digital images and associated descriptive information from a variety of sources, such as museums, archives, collectors, and vendors. Because cataloging standards can vary from collection to collection, it is important to remember that search results can at times be inconsistent. Some images are cataloged with more detailed and granular records than others, and spelling may not always conform to the same standards (such as “thangka” and “tanka”). It’s best to begin a search with broad parameters and narrow it as needed, and consider possible alternate spellings of names and terms.
- Offline Image Viewer: ARTstor offers free streamlined image presentation software called the Offline Image Viewer (OIV). The OIV is like PowerPoint designed especially for images. All ARTstor images may be downloaded into the OIV (where they are encrypted in the software) and viewed at a higher resolution (up to 3500 pixels wide). This software permits to add your own images, and import existing PowerPoint presentations. The DCC can provide support and training in the use of the OIV software. Download Offline Image Viewer | Offline Image Viewer Help Documentation