“The Art of Seeing: teaching visual literacy in the library and classroom”: ARLIS VRC event, 5th June

May 14, 2014
Aditya Thaokar / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Aditya Thaokar / CC-BY-SA-3.0

In recent years museum educators, librarians, visual resources curators and University tutors have been developing workshops and talks aimed at helping their users develop the set of abilities often referred to as Visual Literacy. Visual literacy skills are immediately relevant to art and design students but there will be a chance at this event to hear also about sessions that were developed for wildly different groups such as student doctors and members of the New York police. Speakers from UK Universities will describe some of the interesting Visual literacy sessions they deliver to their students and we will learn about the variety of aims and objectives that led to these new kinds of teaching sessions. At lunchtime there will be an expert from JISC Digital Media to take questions about Image Copyright and at the end there will be an open forum giving everyone ample opportunity to question and discuss with speakers issues and ideas that have come up during the course of the day.

For full programme details and booking form go to the ARLIS Workshop & Events page


Into Obscurity: exhibiting the slide collection

July 1, 2013

exhibition slide projection imagesA recent installation in the library gallery space at The CASS Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, curated by ACADI member; Susan Skingle.

Slides and associated paraphernalia were displayed in the manner of (soon- to-be) rare artifacts. The exhibition drew attention to the physicality of the slides and the collection processes. More information and photographs on the exhibition webpage.


Next ACADI meeting

May 30, 2013

This will be at Bath Spa University on Tuesday, 25th June from 11.00am – 3.30pm. Topics for discussion will include the new CLA licence, social media and copyright, and displaying images of students work.

If you are involved in visual resources and education, why not join ACADI and come along? Our meetings are informal, informative and friendly.


ACADI members’ meeting notes December 2012

December 19, 2012

Many thanks to Maureen for a stimulating and useful meeting at The Department of History of Art at the University of Warwick. It was good to see everyone and the hospitality was memorable!

We talked about…

ACADI Reports on developments: image resources, use of social media, changing visual resources roles, ACADI membership and the ACADI blog

Copyright  The imminent implementation of the Hargreaves Review.  CLA Licence news. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 (ERRA)

Proposal for a specimen slide library   Archival advantages of analogue collections over digital. The history of art history teaching.  Current  interest from researchers and artists in slide libraries, codes and collecting.

Preservation of photographs and related material A possible archive collection of  slide-supplier catalogues and related material.

Image resources and presentation tools Brief reports from members on the status of their collections, image management tools and other news.

We were given an  online demonstration of Warwick University’s  image bank which operates with the CONTENTdm image management system.

The minutes will be posted in the members’ area in due course


ACADI members’ meeting December 2012

November 30, 2012

The Department of History of Art at University of Warwick has kindly agreed to host the next ACADI members’ meeting on Thursday 13th December .
Further details and the minutes of the last ACADI meeting can be found in the members area.


ACADI meeting March 2012

February 14, 2012

The next ACADI meeting will be held at Kingston University on Thursday 15th March 2012.

If you are involved in visual resources and education, why not join ACADI and come along?  The meetings are informal and friendly. The agenda covers issues such as the perennial image copyright,  subscription image databases and image management systems.


Creative Ownership in a Post-Scarcity World

October 12, 2011

Monday 31 October, at Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ

The Guardian’s Tech Weekly will host a debate about ownership, copyright and intellectual property.Panelists will join Ed Vaizey MP (Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) to discuss the Hargreaves Report and the Digital Economies Act.

Read more…


ACADI meeting summary July 2011

August 1, 2011

ACADI members met at the University of Oxford, Department of Art History.
Topics discussed included:

  • The issues associated with moving or disposing of institutional slide collections.
  • Image quality in subscription image database resources.
  • An update on the Copyright Licensing Agency Licence and the campaign for a digital image licence.
  • The wording of a proposed letter to the Times Higher Educational Supplement was discussed. It will highlight the difficulties of using images under the current copyright legislation.
  • The changing role of the Visual Resources Librarian. Members shared a long list of new tasks included in their remits.
  • A slide catalogue archive was proposed. A list of members’ holdings will be published on the blog.
  • Adoption of electronic visual resources; international comparative study.Vicky Brown and Catherine Worrall are researching the take up of electronic visual resources in the UK & Ireland vs. the USA. ACADI members were encouraged to fill out the survey emailed to the list on 6th July 2011.

Many thanks to Vicky Brown and Christine Robertson for hosting the useful and enjoyable day.

The complete minutes may be downloaded from the members’ page. Join us to read the details!


ACADI Members’ Meeting July 2011

June 21, 2011

ACADI members will be meeting on July 12 2011 at the University of Oxford.

If you are already an ACADI member and would like to come along, please contact victoria.brown@hoa.ox.ac.uk

If you are not yet an ACADI member, please contact n.paine@bathspa.ac.uk


Acadi meeting summary January 2011

February 9, 2011

Acadi members spent a useful and interesting day at the meeting hosted by the University of Birmingham. There was a full agenda but there was time to visit the fascinating Barber Institute Gallery at lunchtime. Many thanks to Maria and Aileen for their hospitality.

Slide disposal or relocation The original DACS licence will be checked for conditions relating to this subject. If clarification can be found it will be posted on this blog for reference.

UUK/CLA licence
Negotiations have begun for a new licence (August 2011) with surveys circulated by both organisations. Using the existing licence for images is unworkable – a radical change is needed. It was suggested that individual institutions, or ACADI as a group should make representations directly to the newly appointed CLA HE executive.

DACS digital image licence
Reports from members on the ongoing ACADI campaign for a digital image licence for educational use. UUK (Universities UK) and the LISCOPYSEEK list have been lobbied. The ACADI wishlist for a digital image licence will be posted on the blog.

Image quality in subscription image databases for art and design
Some low-resolution images have resulted in negative feedback from academics. This becomes apparent when the images are projected. It was decided to raise the problem again with the suppliers; providing examples of “good” and “bad” images.

The future of slide collections
It was agreed that we are now at a “crunch point” Discussion covered planning ahead, weeding strategies, the archival value of slide collections and their record of the “history of the history of art”

The changing role of the librarian in visual resources
New responsibilities include  subscription database assessment, image management software implementation and involvement with research repositories and student archives. Teaching/instructional duties are now common; inductions, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, webpage creation and research theory.

Grant awarded
ACADI members Vicky Brown and Catherine Worrall have been successful in their bid for the ARLIS ProQuest Research Award. Their research will investigate the take-up of electronic resources in education, with a comparison between UK and USA. They will contact individual members of the VRA (Visual Resources Association) and ACADI for their views.

Moving images & sound websites Jenny Godfrey’s list of recommended websites will form the basis of a new information page on this blog.