News & Events: February 20, 2017

Netsuke of Two Cats, 19th century Japan, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) has released over 375,000 images of artworks from their collection for free download, with no restrictions under the copyright law. That means you are free to download the images and use them in assignments, papers, blogs, tumblr, journal articles and anyplace else that calls for an image! MMA partnered with institutions and companies including Creative Commons, Wikipedia and Pinterest. to make this collection as accessible as possible.

To access the images, users can search through the Creative Commons database. Here, you can find drawings of historic architectural works like the Pantheon, as well as paintings from masters such as Vincent van Gogh. From there you can search for images and download them to your desktop or to Pinterest. Images will also be available in Wikimedia Commons, where the museum’s new in-house “Wikipedian in Residence,” will work to pair images within the WikiProject. Users can also search through the collection on the Met’s webpage, though not all images here are included in the public domain so select the “public domain artworks” box in the search menu.

COLLOQUIUM ON SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY – March 2, 10:30 am – noon, Bender Library at American University – In this presentation entitled “How Libraries and Faculty Are Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication,” Marilyn Billings,  Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will focus on how the UMass Amherst library established a journal publishing program within its suite of scholarly communication services, the process of getting started, providing ongoing support, and will share lessons learned along the way. Faculty, administrators and graduate students interested in issues in scholarly communication are encouraged to join us for this series. The event is free, but an RSVP is required.

THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVES IN THE DIGITAL AGE  – The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives will be hosting a free conference, “The Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: The Fate of Religious Order Archives,” in the Pryzbyla Center on March 29th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The event will feature a range of scholars and archivists of the American Catholic experience and archival stewards of religious order records. For the full schedule and to register, visit the website:   The conference is generously funded by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, and sponsored by the American Catholic History Research Center/University Libraries, the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, and the Department of Library and Information Science.

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