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Last Updated: Jun 8, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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MacLean VRC Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Sat - Sun: CLOSED


Artstor Shared Shelf

Visit ARTstor to view the SAIC Shared Shelf collection along with the 1.6 million other art images made available through Artstor.


Request Digital Images

Digital images may be acquired through copy photography, slide scanning, or purchase. Please bring any materials to our offices along with this request form. VRC staff will work with you to create or aquire the images in a timely fashion. Staff require 3 Weeks to complete most requests.


Request One-On-One Training

Training  in ARTstor Shared Shelf, and other services of the VRC, is available on request. Sessions can be scheduled by contacting us at or with our online form.


WARNING: MDID Website Certificate Warning

We apologize for this inconvenience, but starting on May 20th you may have been met with a warning when  you tried to access the MDID site telling you that the "certificate for the website is invalid." This is because of a behind the scenes change and will unfortunatly continue to occur for the next few weeks. The actual MDID site is still working and will be available through the morning of June 15.

When the warning page comes up just click on the "CONTINUE" button to continue to the site. The site is safe, you don't have to worry about any warnings you might be getting. If you don't see a "CONTINUE" button look for an "Advanced" link or one that says "I Understand the Risks". There should be options there to continue on.

If you have any questions please contact us at or call 312-899-5101.


Final MDID@SAIC Retirement June 15!

The MDID@SAIC server will be permanently decommissioned on the morning of Monday, June 15, 2015. Former MDID users who would like to make a final check of their personal notes, slideshows or image collections must do so prior to that time. MDID can still be accessed at

The Flaxman Library will continue to hold instructional sessions throughout the semester (see schedule below) on both the use of ARTstor and tips for archiving your MDID material. Additionally, suggestions will be posted on the MDID announcements page and on the Transition FAQ tab of this page. As always, please contact us at to schedule a one-on-one session or with any other questions you might have.



This is the final week of ARTstor Training before we shut MDID down for good first thing Monday June 15th. I've scheduled four more ARTstor Shared Shelf Faculty Training Sessions for the week. All sessions are held in the Flaxman Library, Sharp 602, the Flaxman Library Media Viewing room, and will cover the basics of using ARTstor and the transition from MDID:

Tuesday, June 9 at 11:30 am
Wed, June 10 at 1:30 pm
Thur, June 11 at 2:30 pm
Fri, June 12 at noon
MDID Shut Down Mon June 15

If these times don't work for you, please contact me to schedule a one-on-one session. Contact us at or call at 312-899-5101


ARTstor Shared Shelf Resources

For more information on using ARTstor, we suggest these Artstor Help pages:

For assistance with Power Point, or other software tutorials, check out the resources at, available to you through the Flaxman Library.



37 South Wabash Ave 5th Floor
Room 507
Chicago, IL 60603-3103
phone: 312.899.5101
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Christopher Day
Digital Services Librarian
phone: 312.899.5101
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ARTstor Vocabulary

To assist you in finding the best terms to use for searching the collection, we have created a Google spreadsheet with the terms that we use, including newer terms and terms that had been used to describe the historical Fibers & Materials Studies collection.


What's New In ARTstor Shared Shelf

We add new images on a daily basis to the Library curated collection of images in ARTstor Shared Shelf. To see the latest images you can check out the SAIC Library Tumblr page or look in the "New SAIC Images" folder in ARTstor.

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