Archive for December, 2011

VRA issues new Fair Use statement

December 14, 2011

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) has released a statement on “The Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study.” The statement focuses on 6 types of image uses regularly confronting academic users: preservation and transferring images to new formats for preservation purposes; use of image for teaching purposes (be it face-to-face teaching or non-synchronous teaching); use of images in course websites or other online study materials; adaptions of images for teaching and classroom work by students; sharing images among education and cultural institutions to facilitate teaching and study; and reproduction of images in theses and dissertations. The statement aims to address uncertainties and misconceptions surrounding the fair use doctrine as it relates to new technologies and media, the sometime overly conservative and restrictive policies of campus legal gatekeepers, and copyright litigation in non-academic contexts.

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Leonardo Live!

December 8, 2011

Leonardo da Vinci will be coming to a movie theater near you. “Leonardo Live,” a HD film produced by the National Gallery in London, is a virtual tour of their blockbuster exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.” Now you can avoid the long lines for this latest blockbuster and catch the film when broadcasting starts February 16. Until then, you can view the vimeo trailer here.

Occupy images

December 2, 2011

The Occupy Movement that started at Wall Street has quickly spread around the globe, aided in part by the vivid, compelling and, at times, chilling images produced by participants or (citizen) journalists. The Occupy Movement is also actively producing and syndicating some pretty amazing protest posters for distribution among its various movements through a site called OCCUPRINT: Posters form the Occupy Movement. Occupy participants can submit and share their own creations. Occuprint has established a PrintLab to generate prints for use in the protest movement (not to generate money — all prints are free).

The Visual Resources Facility has also documented the art and architecture produced by UC Davis Occupy. In our image catalog,  you can see the memorial produced by Robin Hill and her students at the campus rally (November 21) and the UC Davis encampment aka Quad Village.

Research grant opportunity at Columbia University

December 2, 2011

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Columbia University Libraries have announce the Libraries Research Awards Program designed to facilitate research access to the Libraries’ special collections. The Libraries will award ten grants of $2,500 each to those researchers who demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia Libraries special collections for their work. All US citizens are welcome to apply and  preference will be given to those outside the New York City metropolitan area. The intent of the grant is to help defer the cost of visiting the Libraries for research needs.
Participating libraries and collections include: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries’ Area Studies Collections.
Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2012, with research expected to be conducted at Columbia between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. For eligibility, application guidelines, conditions, and more
information about the special collections at Columbia University, please visit the Libraries Research Awards Program.