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Acquiring New Images



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Image Collection Library Contact Information

Image Collection Library
221 Bartlett Hall
130 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9269
545-3314 (voice)
545-3135 (fax)

Image Collection Library Staff

Brian Shelburne
Head of ICL

Annie Sollinger
Digital Image Metadata Librarian

Mike Foldy
Senior Image Cataloging & Processing Asst

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 12-4 PM

(Other times by appointment)


Collections » Image Collection Library » Acquiring New Images

Acquiring New Images

The Image Collection Library only accepts orders for digital images and purchases and/or licenses digital images from vendors whenever possible. Slide offerings from vendors will not be considered for purchase unless there is no other means for acquiring the image. If requested images are unavailable through commercial sources the Library staff generates copies of the required images for campus teaching use.  The Library gives first priority to acquiring new materials based on order requests for materials needed specifically for use as instructional or research tools.            

Order requests may be submitted by filling out the image request form. Please submit one form for each print source, and provide as much of the requested information as possible. In particular, we would like to know the key concepts, subjects, and styles that you would attach to the image. Currently, only Art History faculty members may request the production of images for inclusion into the collection.

Please allow 15 business days for the capture and processing of a digital image order. Rush order requests should be drawn to the attention of the Image Collection Librarian and will be processed at the Librarian’s discretion.

Points to consider when requesting images:

  • In cases when the image submitted for duplication is not ideal for digital display, the Image Collection Library staff will make efforts to locate another image of the same work to substitute. If the specific image requested is the only acceptable version, please note that with the order.
  • The Image Collection Library must respect the laws regarding copyright protection. If you wish to place orders for large numbers of images from one source, or if you have any questions regarding the application of Fair Use, consult with the Image Librarian.  If the Librarian believes that an order request constitutes a violation of copyright laws, he or she will consult with the requesting faculty member to attempt to resolve the situation in a manner acceptable to both parties.
  • Copies of images are only as good as the original source images from which they came. When choosing an image for duplication, please try to select a source image that is at least 2” x 3”. If you can see that an image is of poor quality with the naked eye, it will appear much worse when projected. If possible, the ICL staff will attempt to find a better image for the database.


Last Edited: 27 September 2013