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Images for Research & Presentations: Shared Shelf

Begin searching for images and photographs with the best available databases curated by the visual arts librarian.

Artstor’s Shared Shelf is a media management solution that enables institutions to upload, catalog, and share digital collections. Users can easily manage a library’s special collections, a faculty member’s research, student video projects, and more. Collections are discoverable alongside Artstor's content on campus, and may be shared with other institutions or published to the Open Web via Shared Shelf Commons, or your own Omeka site.

  • There's no software to install
  • No local media storage required
  • Artstor offers free online support and training
  • On campus support is available from the Dartmouth College Library and the Instructional Designers at Information Technology Services
  • Browse Shared Shelf Commons Collections to see what other institutions have created
  • Checkout Shared Shelf's Research Guide for more tips

Check out the IFA project below, to see some of what Shared Shelf can do.


The list below outlines some aspects to think about, when setting up a new Shared Shelf project.

  • Project Name
  • Project Owner (Dartmouth College is currently the only option)
  • Project Metadata Template : Astronomy Core, Darwin Core, Dublin Core (Book/text), or Artstor (image, object)
  • Permissions: email addresses for who will need to access the project and at what level, administrator or cataloger.
  • Publishing Target: Artstor campus subscription only, Shared Shelf Commons (open access, published simultaneously to our Artstor subscription), Omeka web site, etc.
  • Brief Collection Description
  • Collection Rights or Use Statement *note there are are also fields for rights statements and rights holders for individual objects. Some sample statements are listed below
    • These images are intended only for the use of Dartmouth faculty and students, within the context of the curriculum at Dartmouth.
    • This image may be protected under copyright law and may only be used for educational, teaching, and learning purposes. If intended use is beyond these purposes, it is the responsibility of the user to obtain the appropriate copyright permissions.
    • Copyright 2015 Trustees of Dartmouth College
    • The Cornell University Library has made a reasonable effort to identify all possible rights holders in this image, but in this case, the current rights holders remain unknown.  The Library has elected to place the item online as an exercise of fair use for non-commercial educational use. If would like to learn more about this item and to hear from individuals or institutions that have any additional information as to rights holders: contact 
  • Once the project has been set up the proposer may want to schedule a meeting to discuss cataloging fields and templates that need to be developed and mapped to publishing targets with a metadata librarian, who could customize the templates for that project.

Contact your library liaison, instructional designer or Laura Graveline to set up an account in the live Shared Shelf environment.  We can also set you up with an account in the closed sandbox environment, if you'd like to learn how shared works, but don't have a specific project in mind.

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