Archive for the ‘Libraries & Archives’ Category

New collections coming to ARTstor

October 28, 2010

ARTstor is collaborating with Aida Laleian to share approximately 960 images of architecture in Romania and Armenia in the Digital Library. Laleian, a photographer and scholar, traveled extensively in both countries to document architecture and historic sites. In Romania, she photographed ancient and medieval churches, monasteries, and castles.
ARTstor is also collaborating with the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to share approximately 9,100 images from a variety of special collections in the Digital Library. The collection in ARTstor will consist 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.
Available now are new photos of ancient through medieval archaeological and architectural sites throughout Europe and the Middle East by Sites and Photos are now available in the Digital Library. The images provide broad and in-depth documentation of the ancient world, including Classical, Megalithic, Islamic, Crusader, and Gothic archaeology and architecture, as well as Greek and Roman painting, sculpture, mosaics, and decorative arts. The collection is especially strong in its coverage of religious and Biblical sites in Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and Cyprus.

‘Library Inc.’

October 24, 2010

Dan Goldstein, our arts librarian at UCD’s Shields Library, has written an interesting and provocative article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on the commercialization of academic libraries. “Library Inc.” discusses the effects of information technology on library collections and library users as the marketplace invades the library through digital content and innovations.

Database of art plundered by the Nazis

October 21, 2010

Adolf Hitler’s Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) was a Nazi agencies engaged in the plunder of cultural valuables in Nazi-occupied countries during the Second World War. During 1940-1944, the looted art from French Jewish and a number of Belgian Jewish collections was brought to the Jeu de Paume in Paris for processing by the ERR Sonderstab Bildende Kunst or “Special Staff for Pictorial Art.” A new online database allows access to more than 20,000 art objects taken from Jews in German-occupied France and in Belgium. The database is a detailed record of a small but important part of the vast seizure of cultural property that was integral to the Holocaust.

Why art books won’t become e-books any time soon

October 19, 2010

Jim Lewis argues that “Kindles, iPads, and the like will soon be the dominant medium—if, indeed, they aren’t already.  As a novelist this bothers me not at all. But novels and nonfiction aren’t the only things that come in book form. Unless you’re very dedicated, and very well-traveled, most of the art and photography you’ve seen has been on the printed page as well. Will these, too, gradually be replaced with e-books? I suspect not.” Read the entire article (“iPad, Meet Your Nemesis: Why art books won’t become e-books any time soon,” Slate, October 7, 2010).