Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CIC is offering member institutions the opportunity to be part of a Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research to improve teaching and learning, enhance faculty and student/faculty research, and streamline administrative capabilities through a uniform and cost-effective system. Each institution in the Consortium will identify at least one collection that could be made more valuable and used more frequently if it were stored and shared via a networked solution. The members of the Consortium will convene once each year for three years to share ideas, collections, research projects, and teaching strategies. This Consortium is endorsed by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
About Artstor and Shared Shelf
Artstor, a nonprofit organization created by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2001 to serve the educational community, has helped hundreds of CIC colleges and universities make slide collections and storage space for slides unnecessary. Artstor has given faculty members and students access to almost two million images from hundreds of museums, colleges and universities, and archives that have contributed their holdings to the Artstor Digital Library.
Based on this success, Artstor is now making available Shared Shelf, a cloud-based asset management service that enables faculty and staff members across many disciplines and departments to organize and access documents, video collections, audio collections, and digital images. Shared Shelf is ideal for institutions that lack the expertise, time, or software to manage digital collections on their own.

Read an article about the program in the Independent.

 Current Status

Teams from 42 CIC member institutions were selected to participate in the Consortium and are working together with CIC and Artstor staff, to use Shared Shelf to manage and make use of the digital resources they create.

 Resources from the Workshop

​A successful Consortium workshop was held September 8–10, 2016, in Washington, DC. The following materials from presentations are available. CIC extends its thanks to all of the speakers for helping make the workshop a success and for their willingness to share their time and materials with participants.

 Thursday, September 8


 Friday, September 9

  • Creating Chaos out of Order: Archives and Special Collections in the Classroom
  • Drupal and Omeka: An Introduction
    • Lindsay Schettler, Special Collections and Content Management Librarian, University of Saint Mary; Erin McCall, Implementation Manager, Shared Shelf; Susan Falciani, Special Collections and Archives Librarian, Muhlenberg College
  • Engaging Reluctant Faculty Members: Winning Support for Shared Shelf
    • Lizah Ismail, Assistant Professor and Library Director, Limestone College; Justin Bailey, Associate Professor of Psychology, Limestone College
  • Lightning Round 2 – A Rapid Update on Six Projects
  • Teaching with Digital Collections: Lessons from Year One
    • Dolly Madison Kristine Jones, Assistant Library Director, Coker College; Andrea Coldwell, Assistant Professor of English, Coker College; Carolyn Baugh, Assistant Professor of History, Gannon University; Kendra Hamilton, Director of Southern Studies and Assistant Professor of English, Presbyterian College; Moderator: Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Associate Dean for Digital Learning, Professor of Media and Communication, Muhlenberg College
  • The Plot Thickens: Digitizing Reel to Reels Cannot Be that Difficult
    • Dana Chandler, Assistant Professor of History and University Archivist, Tuskeegee University

 Saturday, September 10

  • Digital Collections Outreach and Inreach: Connecting to and Collaborating with Users
    • Gwen Gosney Erickson, Friends Librarian and College Archivist, Guilford College; Danielle Dion, Director, De Paul Library, University of Saint Mary

 Contact Information

If you have questions about the project, please contact CIC Senior Advisor and Director of the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, Susan Barnes Whyte, at or (202) 466-7230.