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New Resources Available

NOTE: New resources listed below may not yet be in the CDL Directory of Collections and Services; they will be added within the next 2 weeks.  You can access them directly from the URL provided.

a. Image Collections via Luna Imaging’s Insight Software

In response to recommendations from both visual resources and art & architecture bibliographer groups and in consultation with the Joint Steering Committee on Shared Collections, the CDL has concentrated during the past year on acquiring or licensing visual images.

Access Information: There are two ways to access these image collections: the web version and the downloadable java client version.  We created an interim web page for each collection that contains links to both the web and java client versions and explains their differences.  Direct links to the collection are also provided below (note: it is not possible to bookmark the web version; for this reason we encourage you to use the interim pages listed below). Complete access information has been sent to Users Council members.

1. Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) Library (Christine Bunting, UCSC)

Adding to the CDL’s growing body of accessible visual images, CDL has licensed, through co-investments from all the general campus libraries and for all campuses, the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) Library.

1. See page:

2. Direct links to the web and downloadable java client
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b. Java Client: (Windows) (Mac OSX 10.2+ only)

AMICO is a not-for-profit organization of institutions with collections of art which are collaborating to allow the innovative educational use of high quality digital museum media.  At present 39 member institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain offer over 102,000 images with supporting documentation for use in academic settings. Included images represent a variety f European, American, African, and Asian cultures, with coverage from prehistoric artifacts to contemporary art installations.  A full range of object types, including painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, costume, books and manuscripts, prints, and drawings have been contributed by some of the world’s most renowned and richly endowed cultural institutions.  For example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Art, Boston, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum are all members.  More specialized collections, such as New York’s Asia Society Galleries and the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography, broaden the subject and cultural content. Access to contemporary art works is currently provided by more experimental members such as the Walker Art Center.  From California, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are all contributing members enhancing accessibility to “local” collections.

One of AMICO’s goals is to assist museum members to improve their information infrastructure and documentation practices by guiding the standards for subject indexing, vocabulary control and data capture.  While the depth of the contributors’ documentation does vary, works represented in the AMICO Library each have a record giving core fields of creator, title, creation date, object type, materials & techniques, dimensions, AMICO contributor, and credit and rights information, at least one still image, and a metadata record referring to the image file. High-resolution image files are available for most works, and some include multiple views and additional textual documentation, including curatorial commentary and detail on provenance.  Sound and video clips will enhance some works as well.

The AMICO Library, available through Luna Imaging’s Insight management and delivery software, allows searching by creator name, object type, data field, AMICO contributor or keywords.  Results bring up a gallery of images where, when available, higher resolution single image files can be “zoomed in” using Luna Insight’s tools for close inspection and formal analysis.  All images in the AMICO Library have rights clearance for non-commercial educational use (beyond museums AMICO has also negotiated rights with artists and artist estates), allowing for digital works to be used in class lectures and academic presentations.  Image files may be downloaded for educational use or incorporated into class web pages for study, review, and reserve purposes.  As printing is an option, class assignments and papers may be illustrated.  (An AMICO Educator’s Guide is available as a PDF file at ).

As the CDL explores the possibilities of offering a full spectrum of visual material contributed from commercial sources and local production, the AMICO Library is a welcome first addition to a growing consortium of digital art collections that will benefit research and instruction.

2. Saskia Ltd. Cultural Documentation (Christine Bunting, UCSC)

For more than three decades Saskia Ltd. Cultural Documentation has been providing high quality 35 mm slides of art and architecture to academic institutions for pedagogic and research purposes.  The CDL has now licensed for perpetual use and for all campuses Saskia’s entire digital repertoire of over 26,000 images.


1. Interim page: [] (suggested URL)
2. Direct links to the web and downloadable java client
a. Web version:

b. Java Client: (Windows) (Mac OSX 10.2+ only)

Saskia’s coverage aims to provide visual material that supports introductory courses on Western Art History, and as such their offerings have been synchronized to images reproduced in many of the standard art historical survey texts. The company provides professional photographs of works from the major collections of Western Europe, with representation from the Neolithic period to the 20th century.  Holdings in painting and sculpture are particularly strong.  (Of the 26,000 images available, 14,000 are of paintings, 5,324 of sculptural works.)  There is focused attention on the holdings of eminent museums such as the Louvre, Vienna’s Kunsthistorishes, the Prado, and the Fine Arts Museum in Budapest. Architectural views, some architectural elements and drawings, urban views, minor arts, tapestries and frescoes are also represented. Some important collections within European Museums, such as the Musee Guimet’s Asiatic Collection, have been photographed and provide some diversity in Saskia’s digital collection.

Boolean searching by keywords or by data fields is available. Descriptive metadata is provided for each image.

Using first generation transparencies as sources for all digital images has enhanced accuracy of color and tonal qualities.  Saskia includes thousands of detail views, and Luna Insight’s tools permit “zooming in” on higher resolution image files, allowing for extremely close pictorial observation and formal analysis as well as high quality projection in classrooms.  Since many faculty are already familiar with Saskia’s slide images and have built lectures around its content, the material should encourage faculty to take the next step in using this digital collection in their instruction.

3. MOAC (Museums in the Online Archive of California)

The MOAC (Museums in the Online Archive of California) has also been added to the Luna Insight database.  MOAC contains over 60,000 images, 37,000 of which are now available in Insight. Currently, there are only 4,500 of the UCR/California Museum of Photography’s images in Insight; the remaining 30,000 will be added in the coming months. The full collection of MOAC images will remain available from the OAC (

The Insight MOAC collection contains a selection of images from the permanent collections of 8 California museums and libraries:

-Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
-Japanese American National Museum
-Oakland Museum of CA
-Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology
-UC Berkeley Bancroft Library
-UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts
-UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
-UCR California Museum of Photography

1. Interim page: [] (suggested URL)
2. Direct links to the web and downloadable java client
a. Web version:

b.Java Client: (Windows) (Mac OSX 10.2+ only)

b. Significant Additional Content in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (David Gilbert, UCLA)

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Online, also known as Grove Music, <> has expaned considerably with the addition of the New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 volume) nd the recently added New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (6 volume).  This Tier 2 resource is available to all campuses, except UCSF.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the “Encyclopedia Britannica” of music.  The five volume Dictionary was first published in 1904; the 2nd edition was released in 2000.  The full content of the 29 volume 2000 print Dictionary is included online and articles and bibliographies are now updated quarterly.

One search in Grove Music Online–for example, for George Gershwin or Frank Zappa–will retrieve entries in all three resources.  Some images and photographs in the print versions are not available online, but Grove Music now contains hundreds of musical examples with sound files.  Grove Music was recently purchased from Macmillan Reference by Oxford University Press.  The addition of the Jazz dictionary broadens the scope of Grove Music into the social sciences, American and African American studies, and popular culture research.