Published October 18, 2013
ARTstor , Image tools
Individual ARTstor image downloads have become a nuisance due to the zip filing and extra steps. But they’ve now made it possible to download a whole image group as a zip file, which eliminates a lot of those steps. There’s a quick video here that explains how to do it.
Have a look at the ARTstor blog when you have a chance – there are lots of new content announcements and great ideas for optimally using the collections and features.
Published October 7, 2013
As we get closer to Hallowe’en we thought these artwork-inspired costumes would be inspiration for all of you. If you do make something super creative this year, please send Red Dot a photo.
Roy Lichtenstein is especially popular – lots of work, but the results are worth it.
With the beginning of the academic year fast approaching, ARTstor offers this refresher on navigating through their ever-growing library of images. This post covers browsing the four categories of Geography, Classification (i.e. media), Collection, and Featured Groups. Another helpful browsing tool is the Associated Images icon () at the bottom of some thumbnails: clicking on this icon returns similar images other users have saved into image groups with the image you’re viewing.
As always, if you’d like additional assistance with ARTstor stop by the IRC or contact us to set up an appointment.
Published July 2, 2013
We’ve periodically added links to fun things one can make with old slides, e.g. lampshades or curtains. Here’s something else in the crafty home decor department: mirror frames using painted slide carousels. The Red Dot gang can’t wait to get out the spray paint!
Published May 29, 2013
Well, not “mistaken for,” exactly. But a Michael Graves-designed kettle on a JC Penney billboard in Los Angeles bore enough of a resemblance to Hitler (if you squinted) that it suddenly became a hot item and sold out. People are so weird….
And just like that, the listing on JC Penney’s website is gone, as is the billboard.
Via The Atlantic
Published April 23, 2013
Each year ARTstor sponsors travel awards that provide $1,500 in funds for recipients to visit and photograph a site. All UCSB instructors, students, and librarians are eligible, as UCSB is an ARTstor-subscribing institution. Read the application rules here – deadline for entries is May 17. Good luck!
Published April 17, 2013
Last month we reported that ARTstor was working to eliminate the need for Java to download single images from the Digital Library. This went into effect yesterday. This change has advantages (no longer the need for seemingly-endless Java updates) and disadvantages (an extra step with your downloads and knowing how to unzip the file). Visit ARTstor’s announcement for more information and recommendations or download the step-by-step guide (pdf).
Published March 26, 2013
ARTstor announced today that it will be eliminating the need for Java for image downloading, effective “in the near future”. Instead, individual image downloads will come packaged in a zip file with the HTML text file. The full announcement is here. We will post an update on exactly when this will take effect, and provide the new downloading steps, so watch this space.
Published March 22, 2013
Tags: fun, photography
The Atlantic has posted 20 photos, some of paintings in the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and some taken from the International Space Station by photographer Chris Hadfield. See if you can figure out which is which (the answers are at the bottom).
Published October 26, 2012
Tags: fun, libraries, maps
A real estate agent with a sharp eye has saved a treasure trove of maps from a Los Angeles home set for demolition. As reported in the LA Times today, the agent was tasked with clearing out the house so it could be torn down, and came upon thousand and thousands of maps. The occupant, who died in February, had been quietly collecting maps for many years and stashing them in every nook and cranny. They included every kind of map of the LA region going back many decades, several copies of the Thomas Guide first edition, as well as a 1592 map of Europe. The Library staff say this windfall will bring their map collection into the calibre of the top five in the country, including the Library of Congress.