WISER courses in week 4

Bodleian Libraries will be running the following workshops during week 4:      

ARTstor and Bridgeman: Using images in teaching and learning [Tuesday 15 May 14:00-16:00] – This workshops covers two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University – ARTstor and Bridgeman Education – geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences.  The session will cover searching, viewing, presenting and managing images.    Presenters:  Clare Hills-Nova and Vicky Brown.  > Book your place

WISER: Getting information to come to you [Wednesday 16 May 14.00 – 15.30] – How to keep abreast of new publications and papers in your research area, research news and opportunities using RSS feeds and email alerts. The session will include a demonstration and time to set up an RSS reader or email notifications.  Presenters: Jane Rawson and Penny Schenk.  >Book your place.

WISER: Manuscripts [Wednesday 16 May 15.30 – 17.00] – An overview of the rich heritage collections preserved in the Bodleian. This session will also help readers to locate relevant material and describe the procedures for access and getting assistance.  Presenter: Mike Webb. > Book your place

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences [Friday 18 May 14.00 – 17.00] – RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples. Presenters: Nia Roberts and Shona MacLean > Book your place

Bodleian Libraries workshops–  Check http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops for the full WISER programme and for details of other training opportunities offered by Bodleian Libraries.     Why not follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser,  visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com/ or join our mailling list by sending an empty email to wiser-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk

Not a member of Oxford University? – If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a workshop please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

If you have any questions please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

National Gallery of Art offering open access images

The National Gallery of Art has launched NGA Images at http://images.nga.gov.  NGA Images is a digital image repository of National Gallery of Art collections, which allows users to search, browse, share, and download images believed to be in the public domain.  Many of the open access images have been digitized with the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

20,000 Open Access Digital Images

NGA Images homepage

NGA Images hold more that 20,000 images that can be downloaded and used for free.  The site includes a reproduction guide (PDF) and a large help section.  There is a Quick and and Advanced Search option and browsable collections prepared by Gallery staff (e.g. on 19th Century French Art)

Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Other features for users include the ability to create one or more “lightboxes,” or images sets, and to save, share, and download multiple images at a time. Users may add individual labels and notes to their lightboxes or to images within them. Links to users’ customized lightboxes may be shared via e-mail or may be copied and pasted to social media sites.

Open Access Policy

With the launch of NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain (those not subject to copyright protection). Under the open access policy, users may download any of these images free of charge and without seeking authorization from the Gallery for any use, commercial or non-commercial.  More information about the policy is available at http://images.nga.gov/openaccess.

New in ARTstor: images of medieval churches

ARTstor has added a new image collection which might be of interest to medievalists historians:

Via Lucis  Collection:

“ARTstor and Via Lucis have released more than 1,300 high-resolution images of medieval Christian churches in France and Spain by photographers Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey in the Digital Library. The collection primarily features interior architecture, especially the arches, vaults, domes, and buttressing that define the Romanesque and Gothic styles. The collection also features a selection of images of the Vierges Romanes, stylized wooden statues of the Madonna and Child from the 11th century to the 13th century, usually polychrome but sometimes covered in plate and jewels. A subset of these sculptures includes the Black Madonnas, which are particularly venerated in Spain and France.  The Via Lucis collection also includes images of church exteriors.”

Oxford users can view the Via Lucis collection or enter the keyword search: “Via Lucis”.

Taken from ARTstor blog.

ARTstor news: Now available: Special collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ada Rehan as Sylvia and Virginia Dreher as Mistress Melinda in a scene from "The Recruiting Office," 19th century. University of Illinois Theatrical Print Collection.

Ada Rehan as Sylvia and Virginia Dreher as Mistress Melinda in a scene from “The Recruiting Office,” 19th century. University of Illinois Theatrical Print Collection.

Today’s ARTstor news:

“ARTstor Digital Library has released nearly 4,000 images from a variety of special collections from the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The collection in ARTstor consists of images digitized from visual materials held in the University Library, which are relevant to a variety of fields, including Irish political history, theater and costume history, and campus architecture and design.”

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New online collection tells story of British women’s struggle for the vote

Poster by Hilda Dallas, c 1912

A unique collection relating to British women’s fight for the vote 100 years ago has been revealed online yesterday through the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

The digitised material represents a selection of the vast collections housed at the Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University, and includes posters, photographs, postcards, badges, and other memorabilia relating to the British suffrage movement.

Particularly remarkable and moving items from the online collection include a photograph of a crowd attacking suffragettes, and the purse that was held by Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in 1913, when she stepped in front of the horse of King George V, which resulted in her death four days later.

The Women’s Library is the oldest and largest collection of women’s history in the UK and was founded in 1926 as the Library of the London Society for Women’s Service, a non-militant organisation led by leading suffragist, Millicent Fawcett. It is now held by the London Metropolitan University and is an internationally acclaimed specialist library, archive, and museum with collections that have broadened since its inception to include a wide range of subjects which focus on the lives of women in Britain. The collection now consists of 60,000 books and pamphlets, 3500 periodical titles, over 450 archives, and 5000 museum objects.

The collection of valuable documents, from the Women’s Library and the Parliamentary Archives, which tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement has also recently been selected as one of twenty collections to represent the outstanding heritage of the United Kingdom on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register.

The online selection provides a taster of these extensive collections, and adds to the national repository of over 120,000 digitised images available through VADS from a range of collections across the UK. In particular, this latest addition complements the existing online collection of Women’s Library Suffrage Banners, which includes almost 250 banners and associated artworks which have been made available online for free use in education and research.

To view the new Women’s Library Suffrage Collection, see http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/WLS.

ARTstor and Bridgeman: Using images in teaching and learning

ARTstor and Bridgeman: Using images in teaching and learning

Wednesday 18 May 9.15-11.15

The course examines two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University, ARTstor and Bridgeman Education, geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images are also covered.

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ArtSTOR mobile arrived

All 1,000,000+ images from the ARTstor Digital Library are now accessible through iPad, iPhone, and the iPod Touch to registered ARTstor users.

ARTstor Mobile provides read-only features such as searching, browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups. Also try the new Flashcard View, which allows you to test your knowledge by viewing the image without textual information, and then flipping the image to reveal the image record.

There’s no need to download special software, just go http://library.artstor.org from your mobile device. ARTstor Mobile is only available through the Safari browser.

More content on John Johnson Collection for printed ephemera

More images

Facsimile images of more than 13,700 items have been added to the John Johnson Collection, bringing the total number of scanned items to 62,421 (a total of 167,356 images), including more than 19,700 pieces of theatrical and non-theatrical ephemera from the Nineteenth-Century Entertainment category and more than 9,500 items from the Booktrade category. Over 10,900 Popular Prints are now available in facsimile form, along with more than 20,700 items from Advertising and over 1,400 from Crimes, Murders and Executions.

Introductory essays

Also new are the publication of a series of 14 specially commissioned essays that respond to a diverse selection of items from the John Johnson Collection. They include e.g.

  • Slavery in Visual Advertising by Troy Bickham
  • Royal Vauxhall Gardens by Rob Banham
  • Theatre Programmes for Gilbert & Sullivan Comic Operas by Catherine Haill
  • Imagining the Orient by Marina Warner

and more.

Oxford University users have access to the John Johnson Collection for Printed Ephemera via OxLIP+.