Visual Resources FAQ

I need help using Artstor for my classes. Where should I go?

Request a consultation with a trained visual resource specialist.

Where do I go to have images scanned for a class?

Center for Teaching Innovation will scan slides and flat material for faculty at no charge, with an approximate turn-around time of 1-2 weeks. Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) will scan slides, monographs, oversized material, and flatbed material for a fee (faculty should check with their department chairs to determine whether or not their departments will cover costs) within 1-2 weeks. There are also many self-service scanning facilities on campus.

I want to use an image of something in Cornell's Rare and Manuscript Collections. Can I find the image online, and do I need to ask permission to use it?

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) maintains an online collection of images. You may also request digitization of material from RMC, subject to curatorial approval. Visit RMC's reproduction services for more information about ordering images. For permission requests, please contact the Permissions Coordinator at RMC.

I need to prepare a PowerPoint presentation using high-quality images. What resources are available to me?

Cornell University Library maintains many image databases, which are available in Artstor and the Library's Digital Collections portal. Artstor includes presentation tools that allow you to export your presentation to PowerPoint. Faculty, staff, and other Cornell affiliates who have a need for special account privileges for instruction, research and development may gain access to the presentation tools by emailing a request to VR Help. Select "image database help" as the type of help you need, and include in the "description" field, "Artstor Instructor Password Request" and indicate if you are faculty, staff, or other Cornell affiliate.

Cornell University Library maintains the Copyright Information Center Web site, which serves as an information clearinghouse for Cornell policies, general information, reference materials, and information on the University's copyright awareness and education programs. You can also find information about the copyright clearance and consultancy services to assist you with your copyright-related questions.

I want to use image resources in my lectures. Who can assist me?

Cornell University Library has trained visual resources specialists on staff to support your instructional needs. Schedule a consultation.

I'm a TA and need to obtain instructor-level privileges for sharing image folders with students. How do I obtain a password?

Cornell University faculty and graduate students may request a password to obtain instructor privileges. To request an instructor password, contact VR Help. Select "Image database help" as the type of help needed, and indicate "Artstor Instructor Password Request" and your departmental affiliation in the "description" field.

I need images uploaded into Artstor. How can I get this done?

Faculty and graduate students can work with Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) to make their images available via Artstor. Contact for more information.

Where can I get support for a digital collection project that I am involved in?

Digital Consulting and Production Services (DCAPS) provides a suite of services to support the digital collection building process. Contact for more information.

I own an image I think is valuable. Can Cornell librarians help me assess its value?

Since Cornell librarians adhere to the ACRL code of ethics for special collections librarians, we are not permitted to perform appraisals. You may consider seeking assistance from a professional appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers.