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Online Image Collections

Image Resources at UCSB*

Image Resource Center
Phone: 893-2509
Location: Arts 1245

Jackie Spafford, Image Resources Curator

Christine Fritsch-Hammes, Assistant Curator

Good starting points
•    go to Resources -> Online Image Resources - list of annotated links to variety of image resources
•    also a link to the IRC blog “The Red Dot”, which contains regular updates on collection news and new image sites: http://ucsbvrc.wordpress.com

The Image Resource Center’s online image database (MDID):
•    Request account from Jackie Spafford (request link on log-in page)
•    Image collections we host on MDID:
   -   History of Art and Architecture Department Collection (over 36,000 images)
   -   Archivision (35,000 vendor-licensed architecture images)
   -   The Richard Ross Photography Collection (UCSB)
   -   UCSB PreModern Bibles
   -   UCSB Theater & Dance Department Collection
   -   UCSB Classics Department Collection
   -   UCSB Film & Media Studies Department Collection
•    MDID allows instructors to save, download, organize, share and present images
•    MDID Help menu has useful tutorials and guides


  • A licensed digital image library, with over a million images and growing, covering areas of art, architecture, humanities and social sciences
  • Self register for regular account, request instructor privileges from Jackie at spafford@hfa.ucsb.edu
  • Users must log in on campus at least once every 120 days to ‘refresh’ the account
  • Instructor privileges allow user to save image groups, upload personal images, and access/use the Offline Image Viewer (OIV)
  • Features to try out: Browse, Simple Search, Advanced Search, search filters, associated image groups, image clusters, IAP (Images for Academic Publishing), download images (and details), saving image groups, QTVR, 3D, save/export citations, downloading to PowerPoint
  • ARTstor has excellent Help resources: http://help.artstor.org/wiki/index.php/Digital_Library
  • UC Shared Images currently hosted in ARTstor (Collaboration of CDL and all UC campuses)

ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV)
• to download: log in to ARTstor, go to Tools, Download OIV (requires Instructor privileges)
• behaves like PowerPoint but with added features: image palette for organizing images, drag and drop images and captions, image zoom

GauchoSpace and Images
• images can be linked from MDID or ARTstor in a variety of ways: hard URLs to individual images or groups, Slideshows, flashcards/PDFs, read-only PowerPoints, etc.

Contributing/Sharing/Storing your images
• The IRC can offer hosting services to orphan collections through MDID, ensuring safe image file storage and backup (required: adequate documentation for images).

*the information on this page was supplied by Jackie Spafford, Image Resource Curator, Department of Art History, UCSB.  893-2509  [Updated Jan 2012].


consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
Aisha Wedlaw ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
Breana Barakoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915