January 22, 2014

2013 in review: Artstor collections and technology improvements

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the spring 2014 semester! As students and faculty are returning to campus we'd like to recap some of the improvements we made to the Artstor Digital Library in 2013.

Collections summary 
Thanks to our contributors and the support of our subscribing institutions, 2013 proved to be yet another fruitful year for the Artstor Digital Library. In the past twelve months we launched approximately 112,500 new images from 22 new collections and expanded the content in 12 existing collections, bringing our total close to 1.7 million images in the United States and 1.4 million internationally.

Among the highlights, we now make available images from the Courtauld Gallery, the World Monuments Fund, the National Gallery, London, Condé Nast (fashion photography and New Yorker cartoons), Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Lukas: Art in Flanders, the Berlin State Museums, and Denmark's Statens Museum for Kunst.

We also reached agreements for 17 new or expanded collections last year from institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the American Museum of Natural History, the Mattress Factory, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum.

These collections are making an impact at more than 1,500 institutions in 48 countries: In 2013, our users performed approximately 9 million searches, viewed more than 10 million individual images, and downloaded more than 1.6 million images. You can see the full list of new and expanded collections and agreements here.

Technology improvements
• You can now export image groups of up to 150 images as PowerPoint presentations, and you can also download batches of up to 150 JPG files from image groups in a zip file. Watch our short video to learn more.

• Additionally, we have doubled the maximum number of images that can be exported or downloaded in a 120-day period from 1,000 to 2,000.

• We've also dropped Java, making your experience in the Digital Library safer.

• We have launched the Selected Monuments project, with images, related artworks, and teaching materials for significant works of art as identified in the Advanced Placement Art History curriculum. It's a wealth of information on important works from around the globe and across time periods.

• We introduced the Teaching with Artstor discussion list, a forum where you can share ideas about teaching and where your questions can be addressed.

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