Visual Resources Collection
About the Visual Resources Collection
The Visual Resources Collection is a consolidation of several sub-collections of digital images maintained in support of the instruction of fine art, architecture, and related fields. Content development is driven by the curricular needs of the Art Department and, in areas of overlapping focus, those of other academic departments on campus. Created through partnership among those departments, the Library, and central ITS, the collection is currently being expanded through a two-year project to transition all core art courses from analog- to digital-based teaching with respect to images presented for study. See the updated schedule of the project's goals and progress to date.
All collection materials are currently made available through the ARTstor digital image library interface. The college became a charter subscriber to ARTstor upon its inception in 2005 in order to begin addressing the demand for high-quality digital image content in teaching and research conducted on campus. Since that time the various collections which make up the ARTstor service have grown to include over one million images and will expand to over twice that number in the immediate future.
Additionally, Lafayette maintains several institutionally-exclusive collections on ARTstor. Access to these materials is limited to Lafayette students, faculty, and affiliates:
The Lafayette College Art Department Visual Resources Image Collection comprises those images produced locally in the Digital Imaging Center, amassed by faculty, or individually licensed from various commercial photo-archives in support of specific course needs and research requests. Growth of this collection will continue indefinitely to meet all anticipated user needs.
The Archivison Library is a licensed collection of images depicting world architecture and related arts. The various Archivision modules represent regular photographic campaigns undertaken annually in selected geographic regions, and its current coverage includes 40,000 images.
On the ARTstor welcome page are tools to search and browse these collections individually or collectively. Please note that unless otherwise specifically stated, all of the images in these collections are protected under the copyright of their owners and are provided solely for non-profit, educational use.
The Digital Imaging Center
Established in 2009 within the existing Visual Resources Center in the Williams Center for the Arts, the Digital Imaging Center is the first product of what promises to be an ongoing and mutually-beneficial partnership between the Library and the Art Department. See “Art Department and Library Establish Digital Imaging Center” in the Spring, 2010 issue of Bytes and Books.
Conceived as a satellite facility of the central Library, the center is a response to the increasingly recognized need to consolidate expertise and resources in order to provide wider access to collections via digital technology. Thus the center is able to supply digitization services to benefit the campus at large while drawing on the imaging experience of staff already present at the extant, departmentally-maintained analog collection.
Production capabilities at the center encompass digital capture from a wide variety of analog media, including:
Overhead copy photography: Canon 5D Mark II 21 megapixel SLR camera and Kaiser rePro system copy stand with Kino Flo lighting allow accurate capture of originals up to 24 × 33 inches.
Flatbed Scanning: Epson 10000XL large-format scanner for precise digitization of reflective and transmissive media up to 11 × 17 inches.
Film Capture: Nikon 5000ED scanner with strip film attachment and bulk slide feeder allows dedicated capture from 35mm positives and negatives.
Color Management: X-rite Eye-One Pro calibration system allows color profiling of all equipment, ensuring accurate reproduction at all stages of workflow from point of capture through final output.