Eric Reber, in-house librarian and Image Cataloger for SCAD’s Visual Resources Center, guest posts about the services offered by the VRC.
Greetings from the VRC! I am Eric Reber, the in-house librarian and Image Cataloger. Along with our Director, Robin Miller and the Access Services Coordinator, John Spurlock, we are responsible for a collection of over 125,000 digital images that are tailored to the needs of the SCAD community. We also manage an analog collection of about 375,000 slides, many of which have been digitized and added to the Digital Image Database (DID).
Of particular interest to our eLearning community are our digital resources. You can reach our in-house database by starting on your MySCAD page. From there select the “Library” tab. This will show you our catalog interface for the SCAD Libraries. Select the “Databases” tab. This will present you with three options for how to list the databases SCAD subscribes to. You can view them by title, subject, or limited to full-text resources. For the purpose of finding the VRC’s resources you would select Databases by Title. Our image repository is called the Digital Image Database (DID). If you click on the link it will pull up the database. You can search this database by selecting at least one item from the dropdown menus, Category or Period and filling in one of the fields. You can do this in any combination as long as you select or fill in at least two fields (Title, Artist Name, etc.). You can narrow your results by filling in more fields. Image records are available in two sizes: medium and high resolution. You can download these by right clicking on the images and “saving image as.” They will have all of the bibliographic information in the record so you can cite them correctly should you use them in your work or research.
But wait, there’s more! We also facilitate SCAD’s subscription to ARTstor. You can reach this resource in the same way you located the Digital Image Database. “The ARTstor Digital Library offers more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. (ARTstor)” ARTstor is a similar database to our DID, though it is much broader in scope. The advantage of the DID is that it is catered to the needs of SCAD’s students and faculty. It is constantly growing as we are cataloging over 500 images a week. Our collection choices are based upon the current course catalog and the direct requests of students and professors. As SCAD evolves, so do we. I personally have had a great education in visual literacy doing this work and we are proud to tell you about our resources on our social media sites. We are always eager to speak to our community and learn ways in which we can assist you better in your work and research. So please, never hesitate to contact us should you need help navigating our resources.
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