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Visual Resource Library (VRL)
The Visual Resources Library has supported instruction and research in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design since the early twentieth century, originally as an archive of analog materials (35mm slides, lantern slides, photographic plates, and VHS tapes). In the past decade, the focus of the unit has switched to digital materials, primarily raster images, but also a growing collection of video, audio, and other multimedia (textual and numerical data are not a focus of the collection, except within the context of metadata).
The main services of the unit are to provide faculty and students (both graduate and undergraduate) with visual materials, and the corresponding tools and support, needed to facilitate teaching and research of visual art. The Visual Resources Library's online media database and software tools allow search, retrieval, and organization of media, as well as the capability of users to create their own media groupings, presentations, and collections, based on images already contained within the collection, or by uploading their own images and metadata. Additionally, the unit provides cataloging, consulting, digitization, reformatting, photographic and printing services, and some hardware/equipment support.
- Research Data Planning & Design
- Data Collection
- Short Term Data Storage & File Sharing
- Data Publishing & Reuse
- Graduate Students
- Undergraduate Students
Visual Resources Library
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Kresge Art Center, Room 113
600 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824