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January 29, 2009


Using the Microsoft technology Photosynth, CNN is hosting a collaborative project for anyone who wants to be involved. Simply go to the CNN the Moment site and upload your own photos taken from the event. There are three categories: the steps of the Capitol building, the Washington Monument, and your own television watching from home. In order to view the synthesis of all of the photos, you'll have to download Silver light, a Microsoft viewing program. If you're running on a Windows platform, you'll be able to try your hand at your own Photosynth, but for the moment, Mac users are out of luck as Microsoft hasn't produced a cross-platform version.

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January 27, 2009

2nd Annual Library Photo Contest

Always taking that extra step to get the good shot?

Enter the Library's Photo Contest

This year's theme is Architecture on Campus to be interpreted however you like; just remember to include an explanation of how the image relates.

Submit up to three original photographs with your personal information and a description of the work to libphotocontest@umich.edu. Three photos will be selected to be hung in the library, and the winners will receive gift certificates from the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce.

To see submission guidelines click here.

A press photographer takes a photo from above in Chicago, Il. August 23, 1971 Picture was taken outside of National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse hearing Monday. (© AP Photo/Charles Knoblock)

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January 22, 2009


Aluka is an online resource dedicated to scholarly research about Africa and African Culture. Aluka consists of three major collections. The first archiving effort began in 2003 to document the Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa, and then just a few months later the initiative to catalogue African Plants was begun. The third collection, African Cultural Landscapes was added when Aluka teamed up with Capetown University to utilize the advanced imaging equipment there.

Throughout the site, you can find maps, images, renderings, primary and secondary documentations, and images of archaeological sites and plants. The site is easily navigable for browsing. You can select collections, subject areas, or featured content. Many of the archaeological sites have been rendered in 3D using Quick Time and are available for download. Some of the other featured content includes the Zimbabwe Serials, Curtis Botanical Magazine, and even full periodicals like Amandla.

Image: Amandla, Vol. 14, no. 10, 1990, cover For full magazine please visit Aluka here.

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January 20, 2009


Sometimes, you may simply want to find an image relating to the day's events like the historic inauguration occurring today.

For starters you might want to try the Library of Congress's Today in History page. As part of the Library of Congress's American Memory Project, the Today in History page connects different images, documents and Memory Project Collections to the date. For today, January 20, you can find a link to the presidential inauguration collection, I Do Solemnly Swear..., see a manuscript of the poem Robert Frost read at Kennedy's inauguration, the inaugural addresses of past presidents and more.

For something more image based and contemporary, the AP Photo Archive homepage lists the top six categories for U.S. Domestic News, International News, Financial News, and Sports. At the time of this blog posting there were over 600 images relating to today's inauguration alone.

Image above: President Barack Obama, right, is congratulated by daughter Sasha, lower left, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on, Washington, DC © AP/Susan Walsh

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January 16, 2009

How to cite multimedia objects

Just like you need to cite articles and other text resources, you need to cite visual images as well. Below are links to guides on how to cite different multimedia resources:

Art Museum Image Consortium Guide to citing art work

Library of Congress Guide to citing photographs

Library of Congress guide to citing sound pieces

Library of Congress guide to citing films

Library of Congress guide to citing illustrations

Library of Congress guide to citing special presentation or interactive media within website

Library of Congress guide to citing entire website

The above image is part of the Citation Needed sticker phenomena. It stems from its use on the popular cooperative community-edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia where it occurs when another user believes that a statement in an article needs a citation. Now here's an example of the proper citation for the image (as a photograph):

Mechtley, Matt. Existential Nonsense [Citation Needed]. 2008. Citation Needed Series June 25, 2008. MMechtley Photos. Flickr. 19 Dec. 2008 http://flickr.com/photos/mmechtley/2610907673/

Because the image is licensed as Attribution-Share Alike (see post on Creative Commons licenses), it means we are allowed to post it on our blog as long as we give credit where credit is due.

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January 15, 2009

Quick Time Videos in ARTstor

Through a partnership with Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archeaology, ARTstor now offers Quick Time Virtual Reality images known by their acronym as QTVR. These virtual reality nodes allow the viewer to experience the architectural space in 360º. The Visual Media Center a division of the Art & Archeaology department has documented many important ancient, Renaissance and Baroque architectural sites as well as a handful of contemporary works. You can read more about the project on ARTstor's site, here.

To search for these images, you must go to the advanced search function. Type QTVR in the keyword box and make sure "in any field" is selected from the drop down menu. Once you have your search results, you must click on the link labeled QTVR beneath each thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail alone will give you the simple still frame picture. While there isn't a direct way to download the QTVR clips as there is with the images, you can link to the QTVR in presentations or use QuickTime Pro to download the virtual realty clip.

Image: Le Corbusier, Church of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France © Columbia University Visual Media Center, photographed by Andrew Tallon

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January 13, 2009

University of Texas Map Collections

The University of Texas Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection is great resources for many kinds of maps. The UT website is split into convenient categories for browsing. You can choose by location and type of map. Another great asset are the links to outside references; the list ranges from Rand McNally road maps to West Nile Virus maps to the NASA earth observatory. One thing that separates them from many other map resources is that they also group maps according to topical interest.

And just in case you need a refresher, here's a guide to map citations from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Above: Gaza Crisis Map, original scale 1 mm=2.5km, BBC News, Jan. 13, 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7812136.stm

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January 09, 2009

New VRC Items list

The Visual Resources Collection is constantly growing. To help you keep up with all the new materials, a New Items list has been added to the video database. You can search and browse the list that will be regularly updated. Whether you're a regular at the VRC or a new student, you might just find the video you've been looking for.

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January 08, 2009

Lantern Slide Collections

Before there were digital images, glass or Plexiglas slides, there were lantern slides. Lantern slides are larger than more modern film-based slides and usually have dimensions between 3" and 4". Sometimes the slide is developed directly onto emulsion coated on the glass, and other times film is placed between two pieces of glass. In many cases the images are painstakingly hand-colored.

The Art, Architecture, & Engineering Library has its own Collection of Lantern Slides. The majority of the collection has been digitized, but many of the undigitized images are of poor quality, damaged or fragile.

Because lantern slides production ended with the advent of smaller more sturdy glass and film slides, their production ended in the mid-twentieth century. This makes them a great resource for historical images.

Click here to view a sampling of the Lantern Slide Collection.

There are other lantern slide collections available on the web, a good one to check out is the George Eastman House Collection. There is also the Walter McClintock Glass Lantern Slide Collection at Yale.

Click on the image to view information details.

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January 06, 2009

Finding general images

Much of the time when you need an image, you aren't looking for something specific. What you really need to find is a general image like a photograph of a woman walking down the street in a sari or people around the table at a business meeting. When looking for a general image, it can be frustrating because you feel certain what you want must be out there. While you may not find exactly what you're looking for all of the time, here are some tips to help when doing a general image search.

-Try to narrow down the details of the image you want as much as possible. Do you want it to be historical or contemporary? Are you interested in an artistic image or a more journalistic one? Would the images be limited to a certain region? This will help you choose where to start looking.

-Use the advanced search. Try Boolean search methods to limit or expand your search. Also check the Library of Congress search tips page.

-Try using search engines if your image is not limited to a specific field. The Creative Commons is a good place to start because you can limit your search to royalty free images, but here is a list of other search engines that might be helpful.

As always, if you ever need help with an image search, please contact the staff of the VRC, who will be more than happy to help.

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January 02, 2009

Historical Anatomies on the Web

Whether looking for anatomical illustrations to bolster your medical and biological studies or in preparation for your figure drawing class, the National Library of Medicine provides the Historical Anatomies on the Web. The collection while relatively small still offers many historical highlights such as Andreas Vesalius and Albrecht Dürer.

From the Historical Anatomies site, you can also access the National Library of Medicine site, History of Medicine, and National Institutes of Health sites from the header bar.

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