help and resources

What is the visual resources portal about?

The visual resources portal was created to increase knowledge on issues surrounding media in scholarship, including finding appropriate images, creating engaging presentations, using media in print and digital publications, and media editing. Please contact Sarah Christensen, Visual Resources curator, with questions related to any of these topics. 

I'm having trouble logging into ARTstor from home. What's wrong? 

To access ARTstor from off campus, registered users can go directly to ARTstor and log in. ARTstor allows for a 120 day remote access period which can be reset by logging in on-site or through a proxy server. If you are not yet registered for ARTstor, you can still log-in remotely through either a proxy server or VPN

Are there scanners I can use in the library?

Yes, there are several flatbed and Book2Net scanners available throughout the Main Library as well as other campus libraries. In addition, the Scholarly Commons has a Nikon SuperCool Scan 5000 slide scanner and a document feeder. More information about technology in the library can be found here

Can I request to have images digitized?

If your department is funding student assistants to perform digitization services, please use this form to request images. If your department is not currently funding digitization work, but you have a small order, please contact Sarah Christensen, Visual Resources Curator, to discuss.

Can I use image and video editing software in the library?

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is available in the ACES Academic Computing Facility in room 024, and Adobe Photoshop CS6 is available in the Undergraduate Media Commons as well as the Scholarly Commons. Adobe Premier Elements CS6, Apple Motion, and iMovie are available in the Undergraduate Media Commons. A full list of software supported by the University Library with locations is available here

I'd like to use a certain piece of software, but I'm not sure how. Can someone teach me? 

The Undergraduate Media Commons offers consulting services during selected hours on topics ranging from presentations tools to video production. The Scholarly Commons also offers consultation services by appointment on a wide variety of topics, and provides subject guides for those that prefer self-directed learning. Additionally, the library provides Savvy Researcher Workshops that sometimes covers software, and the University maintains a campus wide subscription to Lynda.com which offers detailed training tutorials on hundreds of subjects. 

I'm digitizing personal photographs to share with my family and friends. What is the best way to go about this?

The Digital Content Creation Unit of the University Library maintains a webpage detailing best practices for creating digital collections. The Library of Congress also maintains a web portal on personal digital archiving

I found an image through a Google image search that I'd like to use for a presentation. Can I use it? 

While the library cannot offer legal advice, there are numerous sources available to provide copyright guidance. The Scholarly Commons offers workshops and consultation services on issues related to copyright, and resources such as the Copyright Education & Consultation Program can provide further guidance. Exploring links found on the Finding and Using Images libguide may yield more detailed guidance.