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ARTstor offers Research Travel Awards

March 23rd, 2012 by Daniel Goldstein

“Travel Awards 2012
The ARTstor Travel Awards are back! Five winners will receive $1,500 each in support of educational and scholarly activities, such as flying to a conference. The contest is open to graduate students, scholars, curators, educators, and librarians in any field.

To apply, submit one or more ARTstor image groups and a single essay that creatively and compellingly demonstrates how the image group(s) is useful for teaching, research, or scholarship. The five winning submissions will be determined by ARTstor staff and will be featured in the Digital Library. More details and the entry form can be found at artstor.org/travelawards


December 12th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

The Visual Resources Association, the international organization of image media professionals dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management, has released a Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study. The Statement describes six uses of copyrighted still images that the VRA believes fall within the U.S. doctrine of fair use. The six uses are: 1) preservation (storing images for repeated use in a teaching context and transferring images to new formats); 2) use of images for teaching purposes; 3) use of images (both large, high-resolution images and thumbnails) on course websites and in other online study materials; 4) adaptations of images for teaching and classroom work by students; 5) sharing images among educational and cultural institutions to facilitate teaching and study; and 6) reproduction of images in theses and dissertations.

This Statement on the Fair Use of Images draws from the academic community’s longstanding practice of relying on fair use for teaching and learning, and highlights one area – the use of images in theses and dissertations – where the Association believes the community should return to its previous practices of being more assertive. The Statement also relies heavily on recent fair use jurisprudence and aims to provide image users within the educational and cultural heritage communities with greater certainty when relying on fair use.

The Statement was developed by the VRA’s Intellectual Property Rights Committee, with the guidance of a Legal Advisory Committee of preeminent copyright scholars and legal experts, whose members include: Robert W. Clarida (Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman), Jeffrey P. Cunard (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), Jackie Ewenstein (Ewenstein & Young LLP), Georgia K. Harper (Scholarly Communications Advisor, The University Libraries, University of Texas at Austin), Virginia Rutledge (PIPE Arts Group) and Jule Sigall (Associate General Counsel – Copyright, Microsoft; Formerly Associate Register for Policy & International Affairs, U.S. Copyright Office).

Maureen Burns, VRA President, noted the Association’s aims in producing the Statement: “An important aspect of VRA’s mission is to inform educational image users about, and to help form consensus around, best practices in the field of visual resources. These guidelines reflect a consensus (albeit largely unwritten to date) within the Association – and by extension the broader educational community – that the practices described within the guidelines are reasonable assertions of fair use. Our hope is that this document will help to ensure that images are robustly and widely used to facilitate uninhibited academic inquiry.”

For more information about the Statement, please visit the Intellectual Property Rights Committee page on the VRA website at http://www.vraweb.org or go directly to the document here: http://www.vraweb.org/organization/pdf/VRAFairUseGuidelinesFinal.pdf

Bibliography of Asian Studies Upgrade

October 3rd, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

A new version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies was recently launched, along with an upgrade having close to 800,000 entries. This new version offers a state-of-the-art discovery system with simplified searching and facet-based browsing. Refinements based upon such categories as Author, Subject, Country/Region, Journal, Publication date, or Type of publication are provided through facets, and can be easily combined; the number of entries in each category is provided. A new category, Language, has been added. In addition, all records have been converted to standard Unicode, which means that the diacritic-rich entries of the BAS are now accessible to any modern browser without any need for special settings on the part of the user; these can be easily copied, pasted and printed in standard programs and are compatible with all generally available Unicode fonts. Export to bibliographic management programs has also been improved and is provided through the RIS format.

Reading September 11, 2001: A chronological bibliography

September 8th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

An online guide created by Daniel Goldstein, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Librarian, Shields Library,UCDavis.


Immediately following the attacks on September 11, 2001, people around the world began to write books and make films reflecting their analyses, theories and reactions. They published in quantity and with great speed as they sought to comprehend a changed world. UCDavis librarians determined to acquire a selection of those books and films in order to document the range and depth of responses published in the United States and abroad. The UCDavis library catalog, Harvest, now contains records of thousands of books, videos and government documents related to the September 11 and all that has followed. Nearly 700 of them have been cataloged under a single subject heading—“September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.” This guide presents a chronological selection of the books and films (but not government documents) listed under this subject heading. Some of these titles were acquired within months of the attacks while others have arrived within the past few weeks. Year by year, these books and films show how initial responses evolved into recurring themes and how new issues emerged as time continues to pass. continues. . . .

Adam Siegel on Lexical Borrowing

March 22nd, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

Congratulations to colleague Adam Siegel on the recent publication of his article, “Resolving an Anomaly in Balkan Lexical Borrowing: Turkish Loanwords in Serbian / Croatian,” Osmanli Arastrirmalari/The Journal of Ottoman Studies35, 2010: 245-259.

3 New Image Collections added to ARTstor

February 25th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

ARTstor, the digital image database is constantly adding new collections from museums and other sources. You can see the new collection announcements here.

The three newest additions are:

  • The American Folk Art Museum: Over 1600 images of traditional folk art.
  • The City College of New York: Over 1800 images including ancient artifacts, plaster casts, and murals, as well as prints, drawings, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • The Fondazione Federico Zeri, Università di Bologna:  Over 28,000 photographs of 16th century Italian paintings.

Grant Opportunities in Digital Images and History

February 25th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

Here are descriptions and links for two grant opportunities

ARTstor Travel Awards 2011

While the digital age is opening up new ways of using images of the world’s cultural heritage in teaching and scholarship, there is no substitute for engaging with original works and sites or primary source material, or for attending conferences with colleagues. In recognition of this need, ARTstor is providing five travel awards in the amount of $1,500 each (to be used by December 31, 2012) to help support the educational and scholarly activities—such as flying to a conference—of graduate students, scholars, curators, educators, and librarians in any field.

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Living With Complexity

February 11th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

I’m reading Donald A. Norman’s Living with Complexity, a book about technology and design, and came across this description of a design consultant’s work. It seemed to me an apt way of thinking about reference service and what distinguishes it from information delivery.

Never solve the problem the client has asked you to solve. Why? Because the client is usually responding to the symptoms. The first job of the designer, sometimes the hardest part of the entire task, is to discover what the underlying problem is, what problem really needs to be solved.

How to Equalize Access to Digital Collections

September 16th, 2010 by Daniel Goldstein

I published this essay in the July, 2010 issue of the Newsletter of the History of Science Society.

How to Equalize Access to Digital Collections

It is no news that scholars at major universities have better access to research materials than do their colleagues elsewhere. But lately, there has been growing concern that the imbalance is getting worse because of the way that digitized collections are being made available. It turns out that, in terms of equalizing access, digitization is a mixed bag.
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New Report, “Support for the Research Process: An Academic Library Manifesto”

November 16th, 2009 by Daniel Goldstein

Take a look at this think-piece about how libraries can continue to support the research process.  The related blog links are also informative.

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 11 November 2009—This brief call-to-action document includes a list of ten action items for libraries in today’s rapidly changing scholarly research landscape.

Written by the RLG Partnership Research Information Management Roadmap Working Group, the report alludes to the changes in academic research and offers several principles to ensure the library is near the heart of the research process. It is intended to provide a wake-up call for academic libraries that the status quo no longer sufficiently serves researchers’ needs.

More information

Support for the Research Process: An Academic Library Manifesto Report (.pdf: 57K/2 pp.)

Research Information Management Roadmap Activity

Ricky Erway’s Academic Library Manifesto Blog Post on Hangingtogether.org

Chris Bourg’s Academic Library Blog Post on Feral Librarian