Teaching and Researching with Images


Using ARTstor


In collaboration with Academic Technology, Swem Library staff hosted a recent brown bag as the first part of a three-part series called Thinking About Next Semester: Simple Tools You Can Use to Enhance Your Classes. In this post, based on the “Images in the Classroom – and Beyond!” brown bag, I’ll give you a brief overview of what the presenters covered at the session, as well as highlights that you may find helpful. I will also be providing future blog posts on the second and third brown bags on video in the classroom and using reference managers.

At this brown bag, we had three brief presentations – two on using image resources available at Swem and one on strategies for managing your personal image collection. Director of Visual Resources for Art and Art History Pam Hawkes shared an overview of William and Mary’s image database WMDID, showing how to search the database, create slideshows, and use Image Viewer to display slideshows in the classroom. Next, Arts Reference Librarian Kathleen DeLaurenti introduced us to another image database, ARTstor. She showed us how to find, group, and display images from within the database, as well as how to create and share slideshows. Our last presenter was our own Academic Technologist Pablo Yañez – Pablo spoke on how to best manage your personal image collection using Google’s free photo management application Picasa, emphasizing the importance of adding ‘tags’ to your photos to help organize them.

You can find both image databases – WMDID and ARTstor – not only through the above links, but also in Swem’s Art and Art History Resource Guide under the “Find Images” tab. WMDID is accessible via your W&M username and password, while in order to use ARTstor, you will need to create an account and request instructor privileges from Kathleen. Image management application Picasa is available to download for free for Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems from Google’s Picasa website. Below I’ve provided overviews and time-stamped highlights of each speaker’s presentation (view the recorded the Adobe Connect session).


Overview of WMDID with Pam Hawkes (0:01:05)

WMDID is a database that has “More than 30,000 images from Art History, Iberia & the Americas and the Spaeth classical arts collection.”  You will need to sign in with your W&M username and password to access it.

In this segment of the video, Pam shows how to:

  • Search WMDID for images (0:02:30)
  • Create slideshows using images from WMDID (0:03:35)
  • Upload your own images to a slideshow (0:06:15)
  • Display slideshows in classroom with the Image Viewer software (0:09:45)


Overview of ARTstor with Kathleen DeLaurenti (0:13:20)

ARTstor is a database that contains “More than 1 million art and architecture images that you can group, annotate, download and export into powerpoint. Includes images pre-approved for academic publication.” Unlike with WMDID, W&M faculty are not automatically hooked up to log in using their W&M username and password – faculty must create their own account and request instructor privileges from Kathleen (0:13:55).

In this segment of the video, Kathleen shows how to:

  • Find images both through browsing collections in featured groups and searching (0:14:45)
  • Create an image group (16:45)
  • Use image group as a slideshow from within ARTstor (0:18:40)
  • Download, print, and annotate images or portions of images (0:20:00)
  • Upload images and audio files (0:22:08)

Be sure to contact Kathleen via the chat reference button on the “find images” tab at Swem’s Art and Art History Resource Guide or via email with any questions about ARTstor or to request instructor privileges, as she is the College’s ARTstor expert.


Strategies for Managing your Personal Image Collection with Pablo Yañez (0:27:00)

Picasa is a Google application available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems – according to Pablo it is a great (and free!) application for photo collection management – it gives users the ability to do basic photo editing, create slideshows, and upload images to the web. At the brown bag Pablo went over Picasa’s basic functions and emphasized the importance of creating tags and other information (“metadata”) for your photos in order to help you find and sort them at a later date.

In this segment of the video, Pablo shows how use Picasa to:

  • Do basic image management (0:31:00)
  • Edit photos (0:32:00)
  • Upload images to web albums (0:33:25:00)
  • Make images easy to find by tagging them with keywords (0:35:27)
  • Create slideshows and movies (00:37:45)
  • Use the face recognition function, which automatically finds faces in your image collections (0:39:55)


Our next in this series of posts on the brown bags Thinking About Next Semester: Simple Tools You Can Use to Enhance Your Classes will be on using video in the classroom.

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.