Visual Resources Collection

Faculty use digital images for research assignments, course study pages, and classroom presentations. Students use digital images for study and research, term papers, multimedia and poster presentations.

All about the Image

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Overview

The Visual Resources Collection (VRC) is a unique campus resource that supports the visual instructional needs of the Department of Art and Art History, and where possible, the rest of the College.

Conveniently located inside the Cornell Fine Arts Center (CFAC 115), the collections consist of over 7,000 digital images, over 200 audio visual materials, and over 200 reference books, encompassing Western and non-Western cultures across multiple time periods, with an emphasis on the visual arts, architecture, design and related fields.

VRC Services

The VRC researches, acquires, processes, digitizes and catalogs images and other media for educational use; provides instruction, training and user support in the use of images in the classroom, and collaborates with IT to provide support for digital technologies in the Department’s teaching classroom (CFAC 116).

Research

When searching for images online, the first place people tend to go to is Google, but the quality of the images may not good enough to use in PowerPoint or poster presentations, and the images may also be copyright. Searching for images within specialized databases, created with educational use in mind, can sometimes be more productive than a Google search.

We research images in online resources such as Artstor, a library of over 2 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with software tools to enable the use of the images in the classroom.

Artstor covers a wide variety of subjects, including anthropology, art, architecture, dance, design, fashion, geography, history, languages, literature, medicine, music, photography, religion, theatre, women's studies, as well as African studies, African-American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, and Middle Eastern studies.

Artstor is licensed by the Olin Library and is available for use by the Rollins community.

The VRC stores the Department of Art and Art History's Digital Image Teaching Collections (over 7,000 digital images) in an online resource called CONTENTdm. Access to the teaching collections is restricted to the Rollins College community, via password authorization.

  • Email the Visual Resources Curator to request CONTENTdm orientation/training, user support, and password authorization

Browse the Rollins College Student Art Gallery and Archive for samples of art work by graduating Rollins Art majors.

For more links to digital image resources, check out the Olin Library Art & Art History LibGuide

Digitize

We use digital image capture and photo editing techniques to produce high resolution, high quality images for classroom presentations and materials. Image capture methods include copy photography and flatbed scanning of books and periodicals, as well as processing and managing vendor supplied digital image files.

Catalog

We catalog digital image files in CONTENTdm using standards and guidelines recommended by the Visual Resources Association (VRA). This involves using VRA Core 4.0 and Cultural Cataloging Objects (CCO) standards, as well as established vocabularies and authorities from the Getty Research Institute and Library of Congress, to create original image catalog records.

VRC Guidelines

Rollins College faculty and adjuncts should email the Visual Resources Curator to schedule an appointment to use the VRC during VRC office hours.

Rollins College students should email the Visual Resources Curator with their professor's written permission to use the VRC, and request an appointment to be scheduled to use the VRC during VRC office hours.

The VRC contains copyrighted, licensed and copyright free materials made available to the Rollins College community for educational, non-commercial, and scholarly purposes, such as classroom projection, class assignments, research, etc.

The materials are not for use in commercial purposes, such as electronic or printed publications, including public access websites, alumni and scholarly publications, exhibitions, broadcasts, etc.

In making these collections available, the VRC does not thereby grant permission to reproduce or redistribute items, in part or in full. The VRC does not own the copyright to any of the materials, and cannot grant any requests for permission to reproduce them.

Digital Image Collection

It is the patron's responsibility to provide materials (books, etc.) from which new digital images are to be made. New digital image files generally  become part of the Department of Art and Art History's teaching collections in CONTENTdm.

  • Requests for less than 10 images - please allow at least 3 weeks for the VRC to process the images
  • Requests for greater than 10 images, or to build a new collection, or to enhance an existing collection – please schedule a consultation with the Visual Resources Curator to plan the VRC’s workflow

Audio Visual Collection

The Audio Visual Collection is in constant use by Department of Art and Art History faculty. For a complete list of DVD and VHS titles available for viewing, download the VRC's Audio Visual Catalog (pdf)

These guidelines are designed to ensure the Audio Visual Collection materials are available, as needed, for regularly scheduled classes:

Department of Art and Art History Faculty and Adjuncts

  • May check out audio visual materials overnight, for viewing off campus if needed
  • Items must be signed out on the VRC Audio Visual Materials Check-out Form, and returned to the VRC's in-tray in the VRC
  • Items must be returned to the VRC the next day, unless a longer loan period has been agreed with the Visual Resources Curator
  • Items may be renewed after being returned to the VRC, providing there are no reservations placed on them. Exceptions to this may include items already placed on the Olin Reserve Shelf.
  • Reservations must be written on the VRC Audio Visual Materials Check-out Form in the VRC

Students of Faculty and Adjuncts in the Department of Art and Art History

  • Department of Art and Art History Faculty and Adjuncts may check out audio visual materials on behalf of their students, to be viewed in the Olin Library
  • When checking out the item, please let the Visual Resources Curator know when it will be put on the Olin Reserve shelf as well as the date the item will be returned to the VRC
  • Alternatively, if the item is to be viewed in CFAC 116, Department of Art and Art History Faculty and Adjuncts should advise their students to ask the Visual Resources Curator to reserve the room in advance
  • Before viewing the item, students must sign the Student Audio Visual Materials Check-out Form
  • Immediately after viewing, the item must be returned to the VRC's in-tray in the VRC

Faculty and Adjuncts from outside the Department of Art and Art History

  • All audio visual materials are NON-CIRCULATING and may be viewed in CFAC 116, after prior consultation with the Visual Resources Curator

Equipment

VRC equipment (projectors, remotes, camera, copy stand, etc.) is for use by faculty and adjuncts of the Department of Art and Art History only. A copy stand, designated for public use, is available in the Olin Library, outside OLIN 151 on the first floor.

Contact The VRC

Dawn Feavyour, Visual Resources Curator
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2774
Winter Park, FL 32789
407.646.2413
dfeavyour@rollins.edu

VRC Office Hours

Semester. Monday - Friday:
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Non-Semester. Monday - Friday:
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The VRC is CLOSED on college holidays. There may be times when the VRC is closed during posted hours. We advise calling 407.646.2413 ahead of your visit.

Department of Art and Art History
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2774
Winter Park, FL 32789
407.646.2498
407.628.6395
artdepartment@rollins.edu