13.0108 new book; new agreement

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Sun, 25 Jul 1999 21:08:46 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 108.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Odin Dekkers <odekkers@swets.nl> (30)

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (114)
Subject: OhioLINK and AMICO Agreement

Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 21:09:50 +0100
From: Odin Dekkers <odekkers@swets.nl>

Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers (publishers of the journal CALL) announce the
publication of their new book, CALL: MEDIA, DESIGN & APPLICATIONS, edited by
Keith Cameron (ISBN 90-265-1543-x).

A number of international experts from seven different countries, who are
acknowledged as leading research into Computer-Assisted Language Learning,
were each asked to contribute to this publication with the aim of providing
a critical overview of many aspects of the use of the media, the design and
the applications currently being used and researched in CALL. It is thus at
the "cutting edge" of current activity in the domain. Each chapter reviews
what has been done, what exists, what are the current developments and gives
useful pointers for future research. Each chapter has a broad bibliography,
citing books, journal articles, software, URLs, etc., relevant to the
research issue discussed.

It has been written not only for those researchers at work in the field but
also for those about to start. Students embarking on a taught masters or on
a doctoral research program will find this book essential reading to find
state-of-the-art criticism of what CALL has achieved and inspiration for
further areas of research. It is a book which will be of use to research
councils and academic authorities as a testimony of the valuable scholarly
activity which CALL research involves.

For more information, please contact:

Acquisitions Editor
Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers
Heereweg 347B
2161 CA Lisse
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31-252-435287
Fax: +31-252-435447
E-mail: odekkers@swets.nl

Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 21:11:05 +0100
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: OhioLINK and AMICO Agreement

>> From: Kelly Richmond <kelly@amico.org>

AMICO Press Release
July 21, 1999

The Art Museum Image Consortium and OhioLINK Reach
An Agreement on Statewide Distribution of the AMICO Library

AMICO Headquarters; Pittsburgh, PA

The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), a growing not-for-profit
consortium currently made up of 27 museum members in North America, has
reached a distribution agreement with the Ohio Library and Information
Network (OhioLINK), a consortium of Ohio's college and university libraries
and the State Library of Ohio. Through this agreement students,
professors, and staff at 17 public universities, 23 community/technical
colleges, and 35 private colleges in the state of Ohio will have access to
the AMICO Library through OhioLINK's Digital Media Center starting in the
fall of 1999. "OhioLINK already has an established expertise in delivering
library resources such as the AMICO Library, so the fit was really natural
for us," commented AMICO Executive Director, Jennifer Trant. "With this
Agreement the broad, diverse community of OhioLINK institutions have full
access to the AMICO Library through a familiar portal. Our hope is that
our relationship with OhioLINK will become a model for similar statewide
distribution agreements," stated Ms. Trant.

The 1999 edition of the AMICO Library documents over 50,000
different works of art, from prehistoric goddess figures to contemporary
installations. More than simply an image database, works in the AMICO
Library are fully documented and may also include curatorial text about the
artwork, detailed provenance information, multiple views of the work
itself, and other related multimedia. "The AMICO Library is a welcome
addition to our digital resources collection because it will expand the
Digital Media Center with a rich image and multimedia database focused on
art objects," states Charly Bauer, Assistant Director of Library Systems -
Digital Media. Additionally, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), an AMICO
Member, looks forward to this agreement building bridges to Ohio professors
and students. "With this agreement providing AMICO Library access to so
many universities and colleges across Ohio it's akin to having a traveling
exhibition of our permanent collection visiting each school for an entire
year," observes Stephanie Stebich in the Director's Office of the CMA. She
goes on to say, "We hope this added exposure to the museum's fine works
will enhance users' knowledge and draw visitors in the museum itself."

AMICO envisions the Library functioning in innovative ways that
traditional resources can not. For instance, students may curate online
exhibitions using AMICO images, professors could give "on the fly" lectures
searching the AMICO Library in real-time class settings, restricted-access
course web sites could be created for review purposes with AMICO images
incorporated in them, and much more. To investigate how the AMICO Library
may be used in educational institutions AMICO has just completed a yearlong
University Testbed with 16 universities across the United States and
Canada. A summary of many Testbed projects may be found on the AMICO web
site at the following address,
<http://www.amico.org/projects/u.mtg.99/u.results.html>. "The AMICO
Library should be quite useful to our member institutions and a great
complement to the prodigious resources that our establishment already
provides. We hope that educators and students from many disciplines will
see the creative possibilities of the Library and infuse their educational
efforts in a new way," said Charly Bauer.

The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks on an
institutional subscriber basis. Images of artworks from museums such as The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art
Institute of Chicago, and the J. Paul Getty Museum are included in the
AMICO Library. A recent agreement with the Artists Rights Society provides
AMICO Library users unprecedented access to modern and contemporary works.
Interested users may preview a Thumbnail Catalog of the AMICO Library and
get further information at <http://www.amico.org>.

The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium
of Ohio's college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio.
Serving more than 500,000 students, faculty, and staff at 76 institutions,
OhioLINK offers access to more than 31 million library items statewide.
OhioLINK also provides access to 95 research databases, and many full-text
resources. Through OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center, users have access
to more than 2400 electronic journal subscriptions and over one-million
journal articles. OhioLINK also offers user-initiated online borrowing,
the ability to electronically request items while searching the OhioLINK
central catalog, and a delivery service among member institutions to speed
the exchange of library items. To date, the OhioLINK central catalog
contains more than 7 million master records from its 76 institutions,
encompassing a spectrum of library material including law, medical, and
special collections.

OhioLINK's Digital Media Center will provide access to images,
audio, video, and other types of digital information in a variety of
disciplines such as art and architecture, medicine, and geography. The
Digital Media Center will serve as a publishing outlet for OhioLINK members
to contribute digital resources from their own unique collections.

The AMICO Library is a product of the Art Museum Image Consortium
(AMICO). Founded in October 1997 as a program of the Association of Art
Museum Directors (AAMD) Educational Foundation, Inc., AMICO was separately
incorporated as an independent non-profit corporation in June of 1998,
ending its direct connection with the AAMD. The Consortium is today made
up of 27 major museums in North America and is open to interested
institutions with a collection of art. Its innovative collaboration
shares, shapes, and standardizes information regarding visual data
collections and enables its educational use. A full list of members can be
found at <http://www.amico.org>.

Contact Information:

Jennifer Trant Charly Bauer
Executive Director Assistant Director of Library
Art Museum Image Consortium Systems -
Digital Media
2008 Murray Avenue, Suite D Ohio Library and Information Network
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 2455 North Star Road, Suite 300
Phone (412) 422 8533 Columbus, OH 43221
Fax (412) 422 8594 Phone (614) 728 3600 ext. 338
Email: jtrant@amico.org Fax (614) 728-3610
http://www.amico.org Email: charly@ohiolink.edu

Kelly Richmond
Communications Development Intern
AMICO-Art Museum Image Consortium
2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
Phone: +1 412 422 8533
Fax: +1 412 422 8594

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