New VRC Collection

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

If you’re a WSU student, faculty, or staff, you now have access to Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture in Luna, a collection of 350 scans taken from various public domain works. These historic illustrations were originally published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and cover a wide range of objects from Europe and the Middle East. Many originally appeared in publications that predated the widespread use of photography for art documentation. These engravings, line drawings, and plans for many well-known historic structures reflect both the technological and aesthetic standards of their time.

VRC Faculty Workshop Materials

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

For those unable to attend the faculty workshop, we’re making available some documents that should help you get started using the Visual Resources Collection.

Stay tuned for future faculty workshop dates later in the Fall ’09 semester and instructional videos–they’ll be announced here.

VRC Faculty Workshop Slides

VRC Faculty Workshop Handout

Visual Resource Collection Workshops

Monday, August 10th, 2009

You’ve heard us mention the Visual Resources Collection on the blog before, but now, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be offering VRC workshops for WSU faculty.

The introduction to the VRC workshop for faculty will be offered on two dates: Wednesday, 19th from 12:30-1:50 pm and Tuesday, August 25th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Lab A on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library. The workshop will include learning how to create, manage, and copy media groups; Export image files and presentations to PowerPoint; How to use Flickr to supplement presentations; Professors will be provided an extra lesson how to use VRC to aid in teaching and learning.

For more information please call the TRC at (313)-577-1980 and direct all calls to Jon McGlone. To register for the workshops send an e-mail to indicating which day you would like to attend along with your name, contact information, and department.

Student walk-in workshops are in the works but will be provided at a later date in the fall semester. They will not be required to register for the workshop and location may change from the faculty workshop. Students, keep an eye out for emails and notices on Pipeline and your classroom Blackboard messages from professors on when the student workshops will be available.

For those not able to make the workshops, the Technology Resource Center will be developing instructional videos to provide a step – by – step process on how to interact with the Luna software and make use of the tools available. The videos will not be available until about early – mid fall semester.

Visual Resources Information Page
Visual Resources Collection

Visual Resources + Flickr (Part I)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Did you know you can search and add images from Flickr into your Visual Resources Collection media groups? Flickr is a rich resource with millions of images to choose from, ranging graphic design to scientific imaging to historical artifacts. Or perhaps you have your own Flickr account? You can use your Flickr account as a quick way to load your own images into your Luna presentations.

3-Easy Steps: Accessing Your Flickr Account in Luna

1) After logging in or creating an account,  under the “Explore” tab, select “External Media Search”


2) Under the username search field, simply enter your Flickr account username and select search…easy.


3) Find the images you’d like to incorporate into your presentations, and add them to your default media group by clicking the icon in the upper-left corner.


Alternatively, you can use the username search to find the collections of participants in the Flickr Commons, a collection of unknown or out of copyright images from libraries and archives across the world.


NEW! Visual Resources@WSU

Monday, March 30th, 2009

We’re happy to add to our digital collections–and make available WSU wide–the new Visual Resources Collection.

This collection is an outgrowth of a project to digitize, catalog and make available portions of the Art and Art History Department’s analog slide library.  These efforts by the Art and Art History department have increased access to the collection along with preserving the slide library in digital format.  Most importantly, the Visual Resources Collection contains over 100,000 images from other resources: licensed images from Scholars Resource and AMICA, Art Images for College Teaching, and faculty slide collections housed in the Art and Art History Department.

But what can you do with these images?  The Visual Resources Collection is powered by the latest web-version of Luna, which provides a host of viewing tools, image management, and presentation tools that allow you to embed images in Blackboard and search for images in Flickr.

The collection is available to all WSU faculty and students.  We’re planning to add flash tutorials in the future and the OTL is creating training workshops for Luna, so stay tuned for more.  In the meantime, create an account and start exploring the endless possibilities with the Visual Resources Collection!