Visual Resource Center
The Visual Resource Center of the School of Art at TTU is located in room B10 in the basement of the art building. The Visual Resource Center houses over 140,000, 35-mm art historical slides, 500 books, and 200 DVDs for students and faculty to use for course-related study and instructional material. The VRC maintains a collection of art magazines, including Modern Painters, eyeMagazine, afterimage, and FlashArt.
The VRC provides a convenient access point for art students to use Adobe Suite applications, access the Internet, print papers and make copies using their RaiderCard. The VRC contains a public scanning station where students and faculty can digitize material using a large-format Epson GT-15000 scanner (capable of scanning up to 9,600 DPI). The VRC also supplies a Nikon SCS 4000 slide scanner. Patrons can edit images using Adobe Suite applications, including Photoshop and Illustrator on a 24-inch iMac.
The mission of the VRC is to supplement art curricula and faculty instruction by providing access to technological and material resources to all members of the School of Art. Students pursuing any discipline of art are encouraged to take advantage of the wide array of software, magazines, books, movies, and slides the VRC provides.
Students use their RaiderCard to pay for prints and make copies in the VRC. Printing costs 10 cents per page. Your RaiderCard account is not the same as your Dining Bucks plan. For information on how to add funds to your account, visit www.raidercard.ttu.edu. You can also use the print kiosks in the main library to add funds to your card with cash. The VRC cannot accept cash or coinage.
USING VISUAL MATERIAL FOR CLASSES
Faculty are encouraged to use Blackboard for teaching instruction with visual material. Blackboard is an online course system that allows instructors to disseminate images, slides, articles, and assignments to students under an easy to access, protected educational umbrella. To place a course on Blackboard, please visit http://www.blackboard.ttu.edu.
The VRC can no longer provide web space for instructional material. Faculty are welcome to come to the VRC to receive help developing online instructional material from scanned images and articles. The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) in the main library offers courses on how to use Blackboard. For a complete class schedule please visit http://www.tltc.ttu.edu/content/asp/blackboard/trainingschedule.asp.
The TLTC also offers online tutorials on how to use Blackboard, available at
SCANNING REQUEST FORM
Faculty can download and print a scanning request form to request images, articles, or slides to be scanned. Please allow the following amount of time for requests:
1 to 50 images: 3 days
50 to 100 images: 5 days
100+ images: 10 days
Please submit all requests at least two weeks before the start of a semester.
BOOK AND DVD COLLECTION
The VRC maintains a modest collection of books and DVDs intended as an art-focused supplement to the main library. Several course textbooks are available, as well as reference books and job search-related material. Students may review textbooks, art books, and DVDs within the VRC. Checkout of material will be determined by the curator in extenuating circumstances.
PERIODICALS & MAGAZINE COLLECTION
The VRC keeps an updated stock of art-related magazines for students to review within the VRC. We also keep archived copies of several magazines, such as issues of The Art Bulletin dating back to 1955 and issues of Art in America dating back to 1958.
CAREER CENTER RESOURCES
The VRC has a computer workstation dedicated to electronic resources relating to careers, education and funding for the arts. These resources include:
* Alliance of Artists Communities, a searchable database of artists' residencies
* Chronicle of Higher Education and College Art Association job search engines
* National Network for Artist Placement, a searchable database of internship opportunities
* Peterson's Guide to graduate schools, a searchable database
* Various websites listing job opportunities and career advice for artists and art historians
* TTU Career Services and live chat with School of Art advisor Ryan Scheckel
* Grants for Arts, Culture and the Humanities, a searchable PDF published by The Foundation Center
* Texas Commission on the Arts (information on grants and many other resources for artists)
Related career and artist resource books are available on a cart next to the computer. View the available list of books here.
In addition, the computer is available to use as a resource of information on any incoming visiting artist or speaker at the School of Art. If you'd like to add any links or resources on related artists and future guest speakers to this computer please see VRC staff.
Students and faculty should be aware of copyright guidelines when duplicating or preparing material for courses. “Fair use” guidelines allow instructors to use portions of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Please refer to Texas Tech’s Guidelines for Educational Use of Copyrighted Works under TTU OP 30.22
For a broader understanding of the legal history regarding fair use and copyright, please review the Circular 21 issued from the United States Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ21.pdf; as well as the Visual Resources Association page on copyright and fair use: http://www.vraweb.org/resources/ipr/copyright.html.
For something a little more colloquial, please refer to an excellent write-up on the University of Texas System Web site at http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/intellectualproperty/copypol2.htm.
8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Monday – Friday
Hours during inter-sessions and holidays may vary and will be posted.
Curator: Paula Yeager
Visual Resource Center
Texas Tech University School of Art
PO Box 42081
Lubbock, TX 79409-2081