Users and Policies

The Visual Resources Centre supports the teaching and research needs of faculty and students of the Department of Art History by providing access to digital images and slides, instruction on scanning and imaging software, and assistance utilizing our local and subscription image databases.

The digital collection is available to anyone from the Penn State community with a valid Penn State User ID, and is accessible through the University Libraries web site.

The VRC still maintains and circulates its slide collection, as it remains a valuable image resource for our faculty and students. Use of this collection is primarily for the Department of Art History, but it is also available to other Penn State University departments, and members of the community as long as department needs are not compromised. All slides borrowed by users from outside of the Department of Art History must be checked out by the VRC staff and returned within one week. Slides may be used for educational purposes only; they may not be duplicated.

If you are a newcomer and wish to use the slide collection, please make an appointment with the VRC staff for a brief orientation.

VRC services include a public scanning station for Art History faculty, staff, and students. We provide training in scanning and digital imaging as well as support and training for our local image database (CONTENTdm) and the ARTstor image database. Reservations for the use of the scanning station as well as for training services should be scheduled with the VRC staff.

The use of materials in the VRC is subject to the copyright restrictions of the 1976 Copyright Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The VRC abides by the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Act and also follows the Image Collection Guidelines produced by the Visual Resources Association. Materials borrowed by patrons are to be used for educational, non-profit use only. Penn State faculty, students, and staff may use images for in-class display, as well as academic presentations, papers, and assignments.

The Department of Art History does not supply slide projectors or screens. This equipment may be obtained from Media and Technology Support Services (MTSS).

For further information, please contact the VRC staff.