Visual Resources FAQ

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

The library offers one-on-one and group consultations in the use of Artstor. See the Olin/Uris Workshops page for a schedule of upcoming workshops, and look for Finding Images. You may also request a consultation with a trained visual resource specialist.

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

The Academic Technology Center (ATC) (Room 124 Computer and Communications Center) 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.

I've heard that Artstor has its own presentation software called OIV. Where can I get a copy of this?

Members of the Cornell community may download the OIV from the Artstor website. You must first register with your current Cornell University email address to indicate that you are a member of the Cornell community in order to use all of Artstor’s features, including the OIV.

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. Please contact VR Help to 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. In addition, CIT holds an annual grant competition to support technology-related faculty projects. The Faculty Innovation in Teaching (FIT) program is designed to allow faculty to develop innovative instructional technology projects that have the potential to improve the educational process. The program provides faculty with the technical staff and other resources necessary to plan and implement their projects, thus allowing faculty to focus on their pedagogical objectives.

For more information, contact VR Help.