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Visual Services / Image Library

ABOUT

The School of Art Image Library (SoAIL) houses: physical work space for faculty who use 35mm slides a collection of 350,000 35mm slides of artwork the image cataloging staff

The slide collection circulates to School of Art faculty, staff, and students; other UW faculty and graduate students; and curators at the Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum. The collection is not currently open to UW alumni, other institutions, or the public.

Access to the School of Art’s digital image database (soaMDID) is limited to current School of Art faculty and graduate students and is arranged through the Director of Visual Services, whose office is in the SoAIL. 

BLOG

Simulacrum, the SoAIL blog, provides information about image resources for teaching and image presentation tools. Updates are made approximately once a week. Check it regularly or subscribe to the RSS Feed through the link at the bottom of the blog.

SoAIL: Digital Image Database (soaMDID)

Our digital image database, known as soaMDID, provides images that fulfill the unique teaching needs of School of Art faculty. It also provides access to other image collections at the UW and beyond. The soaMDID is a local implementation of the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) open source software, which was developed at James Madison University.

ACCESSING THE DIGITAL IMAGE COLLECTION (SoaMDID)

The soaMDID can be accessed from any computer with browser software, Flash Player installed, and an internet connection. An account must be set up by the Director of Visual Services. School of Art faculty, teaching assistants, and graduates students are eligible for access. Undergraduate students have indirect access through online images reserves (eRes) for their individual School of Art classes.

A soaMDID user is able to search the database and save groups of selected images in slideshows. One can then choose to use the MDID ImageViewer for presentations or download images for use in other presentation software such as Adobe Acrobat (via pdf creation), PowerPoint, or ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV).

Other UW faculty and graduate students are not eligible for a soaMDID account, but they may access digital images through the UW Libraries’ subscription to ARTstor or the UW Image Bank. The Image Bank’s web page also provides links to other image collections available through the UW Libraries.

TRAINING

Once an account has been established, the new user(s) will receive an email from the Director of Visual Services that includes information on scheduling a training session. Group training sessions for School of Art graduate students who are not teaching assistants will be scheduled at least once a year or through a request to the Director of Visual Services.  More information can be found on the Visual Services Vimeo channel

TERMS OF USE

The collections accessed through soaMDID are only for use by current UW School of Art faculty, staff, and students for purposes related to the UW’s teaching mission. Other uses may be a violation of the U.S. Copyright Code. Publication is not allowed. By using the soaMDID, account holders are agreeing to these terms.

SoAIL: 35mm Slide Collection

The slide collection circulates to School of Art faculty, staff, and students; other UW faculty and graduate students; and curators at the Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum. The collection is not currently open to UW alumni, other institutions, or the public.

ORIENTATION

When visiting the SoAIL for the first time, please ask a staff member for an orientation. We can also provide a map of the collection.

Slide carousels are available for checkout from the SoAIL.

LOAN PERIODS AND RESTRICTIONS

Note: all slides may be placed on hold up to one week prior to checkout.

School of Art (SoA) Faculty
Loan period: 1 week
Faculty with slide-intensive courses are assigned work areas in the SoAIL.
People with these spaces do not need to check out slides, provided that the slides remain in their SoAIL work space (except for in-class use).
Slides taken to offices or for use in non-class lectures must be checked out.

Non-SoA Faculty and Curators
Loan period: 24 hours

Graduate Students
Loan period: 24 hours (teaching status does not alter loan period)

Undergraduate Students
Loan period: time of class
Slides may be borrowed only for assigned class presentations.
No browsing is allowed; students must be looking for specific artists.

FEES

Replacement of lost or overdue slides is $10 per slide. Repairs to damaged slides or slide mounts is prorated based on damage.

 

HOURS

During quarter
Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

Interims
Monday-Friday, noon-4pm
Closed during all university holidays

CONTACT

Art Building, room 120
Tel: 206-543-0649
Email: soail@uw.edu
Supervisor: Jeanette Mills, Director of Visual Services