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Last Updated: Apr 15, 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.


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.


Shared Shelf Training Schedule: Spring 2015

We are happy to announce the ARTstor Shared Shelf Faculty Training Sessions for April 2015. All sessions are held in the Flaxman Library, Sharp 613, the Flaxman Library Instruction Room unless otherwise noted, and will cover the basics of using ARTstor and the transition from MDID. The dates for through the month of April are:

Wednesday, April 15 at 4:15 pm
Wednesday, April 22 at Noon
Friday, April 24 at Noon
No Scheduled Sessions During CRIT Week
Feel Free To Request A Session During This Period

You may also request one-on-one instruction or group training sessions. 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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