The mission of the Visual Resources Center is to provide art and related images in various formats to supplement teaching and learning and support faculty and students with image presentation, as well as review emerging image technologies for adaptation in digital projects and support faculty and students in their use.
Access to Digital Images
All Williams College faculty and students may access the Williams Visual Resources digital image collection directly: http://drm.williams.edu/vrc/, or by navigation from the following department websites: Williams College Department of Art (Resources) and Sawyer Library (How to Find, Images, Art and Museum Images). During the 2016-2017 academic year, the VRC digital collection may also be accessed in the Artstor Digital Library by any Williams faculty, staff and students; register as a williams.edu user on the Artstor website and enter the Artstor Digital Library.
Additionally, the VRC website “Find Images” section provides links to major image databases as well as specific sites on the web related to art department courses. The VRC blog, The VRC Post, highlights news of image use and access.
Remote access to digital images while off campus is possible through the Sawyer Library website; directions are found under Research Help / Researching Off-Campus.
"How To" Find and Use Digital Images
The “How To” section of this website offers many detailed directions and suggestions for digital image use. You may also call or email any of the VRC staff with questions.
Classroom Image Presentation
All Lawrence Hall classrooms are equipped for digital projection using image presentation programs or direct access of the internet. Additionally, L231, L3 and Brooks Rogers Auditorium are equipped for dual digital projection for both Mac or PC users. For simultaneous dual projection from one computer, one may use either the Artstor OIV (Offline Image Viewer) or PPT’s PowerShow program. The VRC staff can assist you in creation of this type of presentation and its use in the classroom.
Historical Collection Access
The VRC maintains a lantern slide and a study photograph collection of images created during the late 19th century and the early 20th century. These images often depict monuments, architecture and landscape prior to excavation, world wars and development. Some of these images have been scanned and are accessible through the Williams VRC collection. The 35mm slide collection is undergoing a gradual process of de-accession and selective scanning, and also contains images not yet available in digital form. VRC staff can assist with image search in any of these manual collections. The VRC also maintains slide projectors in the Lawrence Hall classrooms for projecting 35mm or lantern slides.
Requesting New Images
The Visual Resources Center will create digital art images per request from all members of the Williams College community for access through the VRC website or Artstor. We often order high quality images from commercial image vendors or directly from museums and selected educational sites; please place a request with a VRC staff member.
Copyright for Images
The use of images is restricted by “fair use”: noncommercial education and scholarly uses for Williams College faculty and students.
Use may vary with format and examples of permitted use include:
Classroom instruction and related activities such as presentation, research and assignments; display or performance as part of a non-commercial educational presentation; student or faculty portfolios, term papers and theses and restricted course websites for study purposes.
Copyright law of the United States, specifically the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17, US Code 512), governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Any individual who makes a photocopy, digital copy or other reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, may be liable for copyright infringement.
For current information concerning the use of digital images and copyright, please refer to the website of the College Art Association (CAA), http://www.collegeart.org/fair-use/ . Publications include: Code of Best Practices in the Visual Arts, and Copyright, Permissions and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report: http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/FairUseIssuesReport.pdf. The website of the Visual Resources Association http://vraweb.org/resources/ipr-and-copyright/ includes a useful tool, the Digital Image Rights Computator and several additional guidelines.
For clarification, please contact Linda Reynolds, Visual Resources Curator.
The Visual Resources Center employs a limited number of student assistants, advertising through WSO (Williams Students Online) when needed. A 7 to 8-week summer employment opportunity is usually available for one student.