Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research

About the Program

​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 has identifed 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 have convened 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 JSTOR Forum

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 JSTOR Forum (previously 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. JSTOR Forum is ideal for institutions that lack the expertise, time, or software to manage digital collections on their own.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Consortium Development Grants

​Consortium Development Grants are available in amounts up to $6,000 to member institutions in CIC’s Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research that continue to broaden the use of collections developed during the first years of the project, engage with new constituents and departments, encourage greater use of the collections by students, and increase the use of digital collections in teaching and research. The grants are generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and may be used for:

  • Interdepartmental collaboration across campus, including creation of online and physical exhibitions, and to extend the use of collections in class and for student assignments;
  • Collaboration beyond the campus with other colleges and universities (including institutions outside of the Consortium) and/or museums, cultural institutions, and other nonprofit organizations;
  • Staff or faculty travel to scholarly conferences or other campuses to share knowledge and best practices; and
  • Development of additional collections especially by faculty members and departments that previously have not been involved in the work of the Consortium.

Proposals should be submitted electronically with supporting materials as a single packet at by the application deadline, October 15, 2018.

Current Status

Teams from 40 CIC member institutions were selected to participate in the Consortium and are working together with CIC and Artstor staff, to use JSTOR Forum to manage and make use of the digital resources they create. The final workshop for Consortium members took place in Washington, DC, September 7-9, 2017.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Guidelines and Application Instructions

The institution will select a college librarian and the staff or faculty member most knowledgeable about that collection, and this campus team will work with similar teams from approximately 48 other CIC institutions, together with CIC and Artstor staff, to use Shared Shelf to manage and make use of the digital resources they create. The application deadline is April 3, 2015.

Please review the Announcement and Invitation for Applications and the Frequently Asked Questions before preparing an application:
Then use the Online Application Form to submit the application:

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Informational Webinars

​If you or others on campus have interest, CIC staff members Stephen Gibson, director of programs, and Susan Barnes Whyte, senior advisor and director of the Consortium, will be available with Artstor staff members Laura Friedman, vice president of sales and marketing, and Megan Marler, director of strategic services, to provide an overview of the project, explain the application process, and answer questions during informational webinars scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST on February 5 and 19 and 2:00 p.m. EDT on March 19, 2015. To register for a webinar, click on the appropriate link below. Registration confirmation and instructions for joining the webinar will then be sent to you by Artstor.

February 5, 2pm EST

February 19, 2pm EST

March, 19, 2pm EDT




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.