Art History - Digital Image Collection

The Digital Image Collection at Fairfield University was begun in the fall of 2006 to provide high quality digital images for the teaching of art history. Collection development is active and ongoing through the acquisition of images from many sources including, licensing from Scholar's Resource, scanning images from books, scanning slides from the collection, donations of faculty photography, and other original digital photography. The majority of classes in the Art History Program are now taught digitally using the University's subscription to ARTstor augmented with digital images from our nascent collection. Most faculty use the ARTstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV) as their presentation tool.

Digital Image Databases

ARTstor - a digital image library with nearly 1,000,000 images. When off campus, ARTstor can only be accessed through the DiMenna-Nyselius Library website with your my.Fairfield ID login.

Fairfield University Art History Collection (ARTstor Institutional Collections Pilot Program) - this digital image collection should be available to the Fairfield University community on ARTstor in January 2009.

Oxford Art Online - this database includes Grove Art Online (which corresponds to the print Grove Dictionary of Art in its entirety), The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aethetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. It includes links to color images - art, maps, site diagrams, and line drawings. When off campus, Oxford Art on Line can only be accessed through the DiMenna-Nyselius Library with your my.Fairfield ID login

VCat - this is the database of the Mutrux Visual Resources Collection. It is a FileMaker Pro-based relational database that is compliant with the Visual Resources Association's VRA Core 4.0 and CCO (Cataloguing Cultural Objects). Through the use of these standards, the hope is that shared cataloguing with other institutions will be a possibility in the near future.

Presentation Tools

Offline Image Viewer - developed by ARTstor, the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) is a presentation tool for using images in the classroom. The OIV allows users to create digital slide show presentations that enable side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides. This tool is free to all ARTstor subscribers and can be accessed and downloaded onto your computer after you have logged into ARTstor.

PowerPoint - for questions regarding PowerPoint presentations follow this link to Computer & Network Services PowerPoint tutorials.

Collection Development

Digital Image Order Form - Please download this form and fill it out completely to place an order for digital images scanned from books or slides.

Scholar's Resource - For Faculty Only. Login in as yourself and create an account with your own password. Create new list (upper right menu). In the line "allow others to view" choose: visible to others at my institution. Search for needed image, select "add to list." It will automatically tell you if the image is already licensed to Fairfield University. If not, add it to your wish list.