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New Look for the Visual Resources Collection

New features and a bold new design are now available for Yale University Library's Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The VRC contains over 250,000 images of art, architecture, and art objects used by students and faculty in teaching and learning.

The new design, released now in its initial beta phase, is called Metagallery and allows users to login and create groups, browse groups created by others, and even add their own items to groups. Metagallery is available to anyone on the Yale campus at http://images.library.yale.edu/metagallery.

Specific Features Include:

•Guided image searching including the VRC DL, ARTstor, and Google. The combined image collections of the VRC’s DL and ARTstor now exceed 1,000,000 images. Google searching is a preferred means for discovering non-Yale image resources.

•Collecting, organizing and annotating image groups for individual study and research (Private Groups)

•Collecting, organizing and annotating image groups for collaborative teaching and learning (Public Groups)

•Incorporating web-based images from non-Yale resources in seamless integration with local Yale image resources, especially images available from museum, library, and archive web sites

•Searching content collected in Public Groups

•User annotations/tags for individual images

•Multiple/batch image downloads for using images in other presentation tools such as PowerPoint or Keynote

Questions or comments about Metagallery are welcome and may be sent to Robert Carlucci or Scott Matheson.