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Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014 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.


Other Image Resources

In addition to the MDID@SAIC database, the Flaxman Library provides a wide selection of image resources. For a complete list visit


Shared Shelf Training News: Next Session 7/23

Thanks for everyone who came out for our first Faculty Artstor Training Session. I learned a lot and while have better information to share for our second. Our second "soft-launch" training session will be Wednesday, July 23rd at noon. The session will be in Sharp 613, the Flaxman Library Classroom. I'll go over the basics of using Artstor and how to reproduce many of the tasks from MDID. As a reminder MDID will remain available through the end of Spring Semester 2015 so you do not need to start using Arstor this fall. But we want everyone to start working with it and to bring us their questions on how to best use it for classroom instruction. 

I'll try to continue to have sessions on a weekly basis for the rest of the summer, and will try different days and times. If you have times that work better for me please contact me and I'll keep that in mind. In the meantime, feel free to start to play around with the images. You'll find links to our collections on the main page of Artstor. If you have any questions that you want addressed or have an requests for training times please drop me a line at

Shared Shelf

Thanks and I look forward to seeing some of you on Wednesday or the following weeks.


MDID@SAIC Collection Transitioning To Artstor Shared Shelf


Our collection is moving to Artstor Shared Shelf!

The MDID@SAIC digital image collection is transitioning to a new software platform, Artstor Shared Shelf. This will provide you with simultaneous access to our 180,000+ locally curated images (now in MDID) alongside the 1.6 million images in the familiar Artstor database.

When will Shared Shelf be available?

It is available now! The migration of our MDID collections is already under way, and all current images will be available in Shared Shelf by the end of May 2014.

Faculty digital image requests, and other current services, will continue as normal in the new system. All new images will be added to Shared Shelf, starting Summer 2014.

How can I view Shared Shelf images?

Shared Shelf images will come up alongside all other images in any search within Artstor. Shared Shelf images will be identified with an “S” in the lower right corner of the thumbnail image (main Artstor images have a small “A” in the same place). Our Shared Shelf images can also be browsed or searched separately by double-clicking on the “SAIC Art & Art History Visual Resources Collection” link under the Shared Shelf heading in the center of the main Artstor page.

When will MDID disappear?

MDID@SAIC will remain fully accessible through the end of the Spring 2015 semester, but new images will only be added to Shared Shelf. The one-year grace period will give faculty plenty of time to learn the new system and set up image groups of teaching

What do I need to do during the transition?

You should take a look at your MDID presentations and identify the ones you’ll want to recreate in Artstor, and which ones you no longer need. Also, if you have images you have personally uploaded and want to continue to use, go to “My Images” in MDID and click the “Suggest” check box under the thumbnail. We can then migrate these images into Shared Shelf for you.

There will be no other changes to our services!

Library staff in the Visual Resources Center will continue to take and process faculty requests for digital images, adding these new images to Shared Shelf. We will continue to develop the collection ourselves, highlighting new images on the Library’s Tumblr Site! We will also be available to support you in your use of Artstor and related databases.

What if I have further questions?

Shared Shelf training and orientation sessions will be conducted throughout the summer and fall of 2014 to help faculty learn more about Artstor and get their presentations ready in the new system. Updates and announcements will be posted on the Visual Resources Center website as well as here.

We also suggest these Artstor Help sections for further investigation on your own:



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Christopher Day
Digital Services Librarian
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Grace Gaynor
Senior Cataloging & Metadata Assistant

Joseph Meads
Senior Cataloging & Metadata Assistant

Elise Tanner
Digital Imaging Technician
phone: 312.899.6527
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