April 29, 2013

Enriching Scholarship

The Teaching and Technology Collaborative here at the University of Michigan is offering this year's Enriching Scholarship from May 6-11! Offered free to all UofM instructional faculty and staff, this annual event comprises over 120 workshops, discussions, seminars, a keynote speech and a poster session, all addressing the role of technology in effective teaching, learning, and research.

A number of sessions cover topics related to images, such as Images for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Copyright Basics, Omeka.net: Creating Online Exhibits in the Cloud, Drawing with Illustrator, Images for Sciences, Visualization in Virtual Reality, and more!

Register for courses now, at the Enriching Scholarship site.

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October 23, 2012

Many Voices Video Workshops at UMMA, Fall 2012 - Winter 2013

Battery of lights are prepared for the making of a television commercial at the new
Filmways production center in New York, December 28, 1959

© AP Photo/Dave Pickoff
Source: AP Images

Apply by October 25th, 2012!

Be one of the 12–16 people ages 16 and up who create 2–3 minute videos about works of art in the University of Michigan Museum of Art collection. The videos will be shown in the museum's galleries and DialogTable next spring. Filmmakers, artists, writers, photographers, storytellers, and art enthusiasts are invited to apply.

After the four workshops scheduled on Saturdays 10am – 1pm, November 10 and 17, December 1 and 15, production and post-production of videos will start in January. Participants should be available on Saturday mornings through the end of February.

Visit University of Michigan Museum of Art for more information and to apply.

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November 03, 2011

"Citizen Architect" (video review)

At left, the Music Man and Rural Studio instructor Jay Sanders oversee the construction of a handrail on the back steps of the "Music Man House" in rural Hale County, Alabama, May 20, 2003.
© AP Photo/Michael E. Palmer
Source: AP Images

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
directed and edited by Sam Wainwright Douglas

Instructor Jay Sanders and his students from the Rural Studio work to create a new home for Jimmie Lee Matthews, also known as the "Music Man", in Newbern, Alabama. Begun by Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee in 1993, the Rural Studio has worked to give architectural students of Auburn University hands-on experience in building the structures they design as well as the opportunity to help and make a difference in poor, rural communities. While Sambo passed away in 2001, his legacy continues with the Rural Studio. Family, friends, students, and co-workers comment on Sambo’s groundbreaking approach to architecture and how he sought to make architecture something for everyone. The film also covers some of the many different architectural projects conducted by the Rural Studio such as the Yancey Tire Chapel, the Butterfly House, and at the end the results of the Music Man’s new house.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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October 25, 2011

Play Gallery

Play Gallery is the virtual exhibition space for the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design. The site offers a plethora of videos, images, interviews, tutorials, and news items about and by artists in the UM community. And, if you're an undergraduate or graduate student at the U, submit an image of your work for the image gallery!

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September 16, 2011

"Engineering Connections" (video review)

© Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

Engineering Connections
National Geographic Channel

Follow Richard Hammond as he links the engineering innovations of the Airbus A380, Hawaii's Keck Observer, Norway's Troll A Platform and Taipei 101 in the captivating first series of Engineering Connections. Hammond explores the surprising elements such as Mongol bows, sand blasters, racing cars and bamboo, that were used to achieve these engineering feats . Conducting experiments involving everything from chicken guns to electric guitars in order to demonstrate how construction designs and materials work, Hammond has fun presenting complex ideas with creativity. And most fascinating of all are the unusual connections drawn between history, nature and everyday items with engineering design.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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September 06, 2011


Old library interior [Haven Hall] ca. 1877
Source: Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library

The University Library has changed a bit since these fellows matriculated!

One of the "modern" resources is Imageworks, the producer of this blog. We're your source for digital images, DVDs, viewing stations, scanners, and project tools (paper cutters, pens, rulers, etc.) Stop by for help finding and using images for your research, papers, and presentations. Check out our videos covering art, architecture, engineering, performance, urban planning, and more.

Find Imageworks on the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, just east of the Reserves Desk. Online you'll find this blog, our video database, and a very useful Images Research Guide. Questions? Email us at imageworks@umich.edu

Best wishes for the new semester!

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August 02, 2011


Visuwords™ is a free online dictionary that draws upon the data in WordNet to create a graphical "neural net" of word meanings and associations. Enter a word in the search box: the color-coded results yield synonyms, antonyms, and a variety of relationships to other words. The dynamic interface allows for infinite exploration of terms and relationships.

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March 01, 2011

BBC Dimensions

With BBC Dimensions, Google maps are used in innovative ways to provide a sense of scale for everything from the Great Wall of China, to Glastonbury festival to the Marianas Trench. Ever wonder how the Gulf Oil spill would look in London or the Colosseum in Berlin? Simply type in an address or place name to compare, say, the size of Stonehenge to your backyard or the size of the moon to your continent. A work in progress, BBC Dimensions aims to bring new perspectives to the understanding of history and events with the latest in mapping technology.

Below, see the Pyramids of Giza at Michigan Stadium, with the Pyramid of Khafre covering the Big House:

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February 15, 2011

Art Project

Recently launched by Google, Art Project brings famous works of art with stunning image quality directly to you. Using floor plans and 360° views, navigate your way through art galleries around the world from the Palace of Versailles to the MoMA. You can choose to “Explore the Museum” or to examine individual works with amazing zoom abilities that allow you to perceive the thick application of paint on Van Gogh’s The Bedroom or the fine details of Holbein’s The Ambassadors. Find information on artists and paintings, and sign in with your google account to create and share your own artwork collections complete with details and notes.

See behind the scenes footage of the Art Project:

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October 26, 2010

The New Addition to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

The Kelsey Museum's latest addition, the William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing, allows even more of the Kelsey collection to be displayed than ever before. With two spacious floors, the addition houses a wide variety of objects from locations such as the Ancient Near East, Dynastic Egypt, Rome and Pompeii. The addition provides a light and open gallery space with a plan which progresses seamlessly through the various displays. A plethora of objects provide surprises around every corner from jewelry, sculpture, and Egyptian mummies to the everyday items discovered on archaeological digs such as ancient preserved food and inscribed eggshells. Also on display is the full-scale replica of a room in the Pompeiian Villa of the Mysteries with a watercolor rendition by Italian artist Maria Barosso of the fresco frieze that wraps around the whole of the interior. The new space features the Edwin E. Meader and Mary U. Meader Special Exhibition Gallery, which currently displays the exhibition Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium running until January 23, 2011. A collection of the photography of Ahmet Ertug, Vaults of Heaven covers Byzantine art and architecture from exquisite mosaics to magnificent domes displayed along with items from the Kelsey's own collection such as Byzantine coins and ivories. Free to the public, the Kelsey Museum is a rich find that offers something for all ages.

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September 14, 2010

Creative Commons License for UMHS ImageBank

Dr. Paul Park using the O-Arm precision surgical imaging unit in OR, June 4, 2008
Photo by Martin Vloet

The University of Michigan Health System has a terrific image database of the architecture, campus and urban setting, and work of the hospital and medical school system.

And, in consultation with the University Library Copyright Office, the University of Michigan Medical School Public Relations and Marketing Communications has adopted a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license for all of the images in their Health System ImageBank!

What does this mean? You can use any image posted to their imagebank provided your use of the image is noncommercial and provided you give appropriate attribution: cite the image!*

Michigan Stadium, May 18, 2009
Photo by Martin Vloet

Biomedical Science Research Building

*Courtesy University of Michigan, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license

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November 05, 2009


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension "that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways".

You can enter your bibliographic records by hand, but you can also have Zotero extract them directly from online. It works with most library OPACs, with Google Scholar, and with some of the major article databases like ProQuest and JSTOR.

Zotero is useful to anyone who uses the Internet for research and needs a simple way to organize references. By emphasizing accurate citations and automating the process, Zotero helps students learn and adopt proper practices.

via EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

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September 04, 2009

Welcome to the University!!

Moving In (1981?)
Photo the Bentley Historical Library Digital Image Bank.

Welcome back or welcome! Times may have changed and more than likely you didn't come here in the family station wagon. What hasn't changed is the "Go Blue!" bumper sticker, a supply of Vernors ginger ale, and the fact that you need the best resources available. Keep an eye on this blog for all sorts of image-gathering and image-using ideas. If you don't find what you need, ask us!! aael/vrc@umich.edu

Keep an eye on the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library webpage for resources and tips to help you in your studies.

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August 27, 2009

Open KSA at Ohio State

Ohio State might be a dirty word on the football field here at Michigan, but if you're an architecture student you might want to put aside your rivalries and check out the Open KSA. Open KSA is the media resources web site for the Knowlton School of Architecture at OSU. Here you can find tons of great links on subjects ranging from copyright law to statistics to Geotagging. Also available are streaming videos from Architecture 200: Outlines of Architecture course which uses specific buildings to teach about themes and the history of the field.

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July 09, 2009


Jing is a product from Techsmith, a screen capture and media sharing company. Jing performs both still screen shots as well as video capture of your screen and microphone. Automatically upload these captures to Screencast, a media storage site, or to YouTube, Vimeo or Viddler with the Pro version. If you upgrade to the Jing Pro version for $14.95/year, you get added features like logo free captures, the option of saving files as MPEGs, and the ability to capture from your computer's built-in video as well.

Check the Jing Blog to get tips on posting captures to blogs, tips for working with bugs, and other helpful hints. TechSmith's Education Blog can also be a good place to learn about ways other educators are using TechSmith's products.

If you have a PC, and you're looking for something a bit more powerful than Jing that you can also use for simple editing, you might want to check out the pricier Camtasia.

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July 07, 2009

UMMA's Dialog Table

The University of Michigan Museum of Art opened its new wing just a few months ago, and the addition as well as the pre-existing portion of the museum are full of delightful surprises. Located in the vertical gallery on the first floor of the new wing, the Dialog Table allows you to browse the museum's collection, watch videos related to content, compare different works from similar periods or styles, and create your own portfolio. After you leave the museum, your interaction with the collection doesn't have to end either, you can retrieve the portfolio you made at the dialog table, email it, tag it, and submit your own content about the works you chose.

There are a few other delights in the restored and expanded museum as well including the Open Storage Room on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Hall. The Open Storage is a room loaded with art objects from many eras and places stored in well-lit, glass cabinets. If a particular objects strikes your imagination and you want to learn more about it, you can scroll through the collection on two computers in the room and click objects for more information.

Finally, keep your eyes open for display cases with drawers. There are a few of these located throughout the museum, and they house delicate prints and drawings that can't be exposed to light for long periods of time. However, you're free to open the drawers to take a peek!

Don't forget that you can stop in for quiet study or to meet a friend in the commons area from 8 am - midnight daily, even though the full museum hours are:

Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday/Friday 10 am–10 pm
Sunday 12–5 pm

Images: top photo: UMMA's Dialog Table, Photo by Christine Hucal ummaphotog3's photostream; bottom photo: UMMA Open Storage, Photo by Lainie Kokas UMMA Museum's photostream (both images on Flickr)

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May 29, 2009


A new website may make getting all kinds of information a whole lot easier. Data.gov promises to host data sets from geospatial information to census data thanks to the Open Government Initiative. You can search by types of data, search for widgets, and find source pages for most of the material.

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May 14, 2009


Voice Thread is an interactive slide sharing community that has some great uses, particularly for those teaching classes containing important visual data. You can upload images from your computer, your flickr account, facebook page, or a URL to create a slideshow. Then leave an audio, video or text comment and use the draw tools to highlight areas of the slide. Others can also leave comments about the slide in different formats, and the slideshow can be made private or public. This way if you're showing images for educational purposes under fair use practices, you can allow only those on your class roster to view the slides. VoiceThread even allows you to turn off commenting, so if you wanted to create a class discussion for a certain period of time, you can cut off commenting after the due date.

hat tip to MPB Reflections: 21st Century Teaching and Learning for highlighting this tool

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May 05, 2009

KallOut Application and Plug-in

KallOut is a plug-in and application that makes searching easier. Highlight text, and a blue quote bubble icon will appear just above the phrase or word. If you click on this icon, you will be given a menu that allows you to search several different sites using that phrase. You can choose what type of search you'd like and which engine you'd like to use. For example, you can search a location in Google Maps, an artist in Flickr, a battle in Wikipedia, or a person on Facebook.

For PC users, you can download the full application which works with Word Documents, PDFs, and any webpage. For everyone else, you can download a plug-in for Firefox or Internet Explorer that works with text on webpages. It's a great way to get reference or background data without being distracted from your task at hand.

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April 30, 2009

Art21 Blog

You may already know that Art21 has a great website full of useful material and videos, but did you know that they also keep a regularly updated blog? The blog keeps tabs on the artists who have been featured on the documentary. You can find teaching tips, videos, and news about shows and grants awarded to Art 21 artists. They even posted the sneak peak for season 5 (seen above).

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April 08, 2009


ArtBabble is a video website with only art-related content that went public Tuesday. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has partnered with several other institutions to bring high quality videos of artists and exhibitions to a central site. ArtBabble is simple, user friendly, and reminds its users they don't have to have an art degree to use the content. To help viewers find out more information on artists mentioned or tangential topics, ArtBabble has included a notes panel beside each video. This panel lists links to wikipedia entries for artists mentioned as well as related resources. Try it out today!

Story about the roll out in NYT. Become a Facebook fan of ArtBabble, here.

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April 07, 2009


What happens when a small group of professors found themselves frustrated with the unengaging massive texts for introductions to Art History but weren't satisfied with stifled web content? You get a resource like Smarthistory, an interactive "web-book" currently focusing on Western Art History. There's little text on the site, but what's left out in textual information is made up for with videos, images, and interactive timelines. One of the nice things about the video material available is its conversational style. It takes the same raw information one might hear in a lecture and places it the more natural flow between two speakers. While the site is limited to more introductory material, it doesn't mean that there isn't something for everyone.

Smarthistory also shares and collaborates on Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, and Dippity, an online timeline tool.

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April 02, 2009

Slide Show wherever you go

A cool new website, 280 Slides, allows you to create and share slideshow presentations online. You can choose to upload a pre-made presentation or make the presentation on the web. 280 Slides interfaces easily with Flickr, Google Images, Youtube, and Vimeo to allow you to search and import images and videos from these sites while 280 Slides takes care of the coding. When you've finished you're presentation, you can download it as a powerpoint, open document or pdf. If you'd rather share your presentation, you have options. You can upload it directly to Slideshare, a Flickr-like website for slide shows, email it to a colleague, or embed it in a website. The perk of embedding the show is that every time you update the file, the embedded show will play the updated show.

Need help or want to find out more? Try the support page and the blog

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March 10, 2009

E2 Series

If you're interested in environmentally conscious design, planning and architecture, the PBS series E2 Design might be of interest to you. The Visual Resources Collection owns season 1, 2, and 3. You can also watch the third season online for the time being at the E2 Design Website.

If you can't completely get you green fix from the episodes, there are PBS E2 podcasts to supplement each segment of the series. The PBS E2 site also provides teachers' guides and project suggestions to accompany the videos if shown in class.

logo above © Kontentreal and displayed here for promotional and educational reasons

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February 24, 2009

VRC Tutorials and YouTube Channel

Above is a tutorial on how to use the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library's Online Image Collection. We've posted it to the new Visual Resources Collection's YouTube Channel. There you can link to resources we've found useful like the Art21 videos and the Tate Modern's channel through our subscriptions. We'll also be highlighting videos we've found useful in our favorites section. Keep checking back because we'll be posting more tutorials, subscriptions and favorites from time to time.

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December 10, 2008

iTunes U

In several of the entries, we've mentioned how particular institutions offer podcasts or streaming audio or video. However, there's also a great source of broader strictly educational material available on iTunes U. Many students and faculty may already be using the University of Michigan materials located on iTunes U, whether public lectures or private course offerings.

The Penny W. Stamps Lectures as well as TCAUP lectures are frequently posted to iTunes U, but access to audio and video podcasts through iTunes U is not limited only to University of Michigan programs. Many museums and other Universities also post lectures or instructional videos. In the Fine Arts category, for example, you can find everything from lectures on Rembrandt to demonstrations of how to use Final Cut Pro or Dreamweaver.

If you want to find lectures or performances from a museum, click the "Beyond Campus" button on the left of the screen, this will bring you to a list that includes institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the National Science Digital Library. So, whether you're a mac or pc person, art student, chemistry major or engineering grad, there's something on iTunes U for you.

If you're a faculty member and are interested in offering extra items or recordings of your lectures on iTunes U contact: UMiTunesinfo@umich.edu. Make sure to check out the contribute page on Michigan's iTunes U for copyright policies and other instructions.

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