Shared Shelf Commons collections now available alongside the Artstor Digital Library

New York, June 3, 2015 - Artstor is now making all media collections from open-access library Shared Shelf Commons accessible alongside the Artstor Digital Library. More than 200,000 image, video, document, and audio files from Shared Shelf subscribers in the ever-growing resource can now be searched alongside the 1.9 million images in the Artstor Digital Library.

The content in Shared Shelf Commons from institutions such as Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, and Washington University in St. Louis is now discoverable alongside collections from Artstor Digital Library contributors such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Library of Congress, and more than 200 other museums, archives, and scholars.

For Artstor Digital Library users, this development conveniently brings media as varied as City College of New York's Science Animation collection and The University of Delaware’s Franklin C. Daiber Botanical Collection to their searches. For Shared Shelf Commons contributors, this means exposure of their collections to Artstor subscribers in more than 1,600 universities, K-12 schools, and museums worldwide.

About Artstor

Artstor is a non-profit initiative, founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts and associated fields.

Artstor assembles and makes available the Artstor Digital Library, an aggregation of over 1.9 million images from more than 200 museums, photo archives, artists and artists’ estates, libraries, and individual scholars, covering subject matter from prehistory to the present; and Shared Shelf, a Web-based cataloging and image management software service that allows institutions to catalog, edit, store, preserve, and share local collections. Artstor also collaborates with other institutions to offer a number of services, many of them free, including serving as a hub for the Digital Public Library of America, providing Images for Academic Publishing (IAP), and hosting the Built Works Registry.

For press information about Artstor, contact Giovanni Garcia-Fenech, Communications Manager, at 212-500-2404.

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