Artstor and JSTOR Forum

Fondren Library subscribes to ArtStor an online digital image library and JSTOR Forum which manages online media collections. 


Rice University is an active subscriber to ArtStor, a non-profit digital library of more than 1.8 million images covering the arts, architecture, the humanities, and the social sciences, as well as a growing selection of science related images. ArtStor allows Rice community members to search a wide breadth of digital images for inclusion in slideshows or for export as individual files. ArtStor’s newest feature, Images for Academic Publishing (IAP), makes available a growing collection of publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge.

Rice community members with questions about ArtStor usage or features may contact Kelley Vernon, Curator of Visual Resources, via e-mail ( or phone (713-348-3324).

JSTOR Forum (formerly Shared Shelf)

Beginning in 2012, Rice University become a subscriber to JSTOR Forum, Artstor’s hosted multi-media management and cataloging system that allows community members to create local digital project collections and publish out to the larger ArtStor collection. Rice’s JSTOR Forum collections currently publish into the ArtStor workspace include the Rice Art History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, and the Rio de Janeiro Iconography project.

JSTOR Forum enables Rice community members to manage, store, use and publish institutional and personal media collections within their institution or publicly on the web through JSTOR Forum and Omeka. Benefits of the service include cataloging tools with customizable metadata schemes, links to controlled vocabularies, and powerful workspace tools for visual content, as well as remote storage and backup of media files.

JSTOR Forum offers many possibilities for Rice faculty members with unique media collections who are looking for opportunities to share these collections through classroom use or broader community availability. If interested in learning more about the possibility of creating a JSTOR Forum collection, please contact Monica Rivero, Digital Curation Coordinator ( or Kelley Vernon, Curator of Visual Resources (