On Thursday May 31, 2012, Getty Research will unveil their Getty Research Portal, a free online search site that will provide access to digitized art history and architectural texts in the public domain. This portal will assist students, researchers, and museum staff by allowing wider access to publications in the public domain from libraries worldwide.
“Traditionally, research for art historians has meant expensive travel and long, laborious visits to archives and libraries; a shortage of free, digitized art history books compounds this problem of access. To address this shortage, the Getty Research Institute is spearheading an international collaboration with libraries that are digitizing such books. Contributing institutions pool their digitization efforts and make the results accessible to a larger audience. Initial contributors include the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University,the Biblioteca de la Universidad de Málaga, the Frick Art Reference Library, the Getty Research Institute, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg. Paving the way for a new digital future of art history, the Getty Research Portal will especially benefit students and scholars without access to a major art history library.” (from the Getty Research Institute).
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