Image Resource Center

About Us

The Image Resource Center is located in Arts 1245, near the main HAA office. It is part of the History of Art & Architecture Department but provides image-related assistance beyond into other areas of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We offer digitizing and online research facilities, digital image databases, and a wide variety of services (course support, workshops, training, assistance with image research and image copyright, image orders, course website help, room reservations, 35mm slide archiving, and more).

The Red Dot ,  the IRC's blog, is a good place to learn more about online image collections, image tools, and new developments in digital learning.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30
Phone: 805-893-2509
Jackie Spafford, IRC Curator: spafford@hfa.ucsb.edu
Christine Fritsch-Hammes, Assistant IRC Curator: christinef-h@hfa.ucsb.edu


Our Services

Electronic Resources and Image Research

The IRC’s image collections are housed in MDID (Madison Digital Image Database). In addition to an art and architectural history-focused teaching collection of 85,000 images, MDID contains collections from Archivision, UCSB Artists, and more.To obtain an MDID user account, email Jackie Spafford with your UCSB email.

The Artstor Digital Library is a licensed image database containing over 2 million images from numerous collections and sources, covering every field in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. As a member of the UCSB community you can create your own Artstor account on any campus computer.

In addition to MDID and Artstor there are thousands of general and subject-specific online collections available to you. Please contact the IRC staff, who can help you find the highest quality images for your needs.They can also provide orientation and training to MDID, Artstor, and many other resources.

Training, Demonstrations and Workshops

The IRC staff provides orientations to classes, and offers regular workshops for small and large groups. Past workshop topics have included:

  • Online image research (MDID, Artstor, and beyond)
  • Creating gradebooks in Excel
  • Photoshop basics
  • Image copyright overview

We are developing a series on new image technologies and tools. If you have a request for a workshop or demonstration on a specific topic, please let us know.

Image Copyright

Clarifying which images you can use, and how, can be a frustrating process. The Image Resource Center staff can help with one-on-one counsel and group workshops. However, to get the conversation started we've put together this copyright guide to image use in M.A. Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations .

Course Support

Images can be digitized on request for MDID and course use by HAA faculty and visiting instructors. Please provide the source (book or print) with a list of pages or figures and allow at least 7 days for processing (for Rush Orders, please contact IRC staff – these will be handled on a case-by-case basis).

IRC staff can assist with creating and compiling study images for GauchoSpace and course websites. We can also provide training and assistance with special course assignments, such as online exhibitions.

IRC staff provide orientations to classroom equipment, assistance with technology in the IRC or classroom, and classroom presentations on course-specific image research.

Room Reservations

Department faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate student organizations can request a room for single-use meetings/events/exams or repeating group meetings. See HAA Room Scheduling for more information about booking a room or contact Christine Fritsch-Hammes: christinef-h@hfa.ucsb.edu | 893-2509.


Our Facilities

Scanning Stations

IRC facilities are available on a reserve basis (please phone or stop by to reserve scanner time). Training and assistance are available.

  • PC workstation with Epson 10000XL flatbed scanner and Nikon 35mm slide scanner
  • iMac workstation with Epson 10000XL flatbed scanner
  • Light table for viewing transparencies

Learning Lab

The IRC’s Digital Learning Lab will be completed in 2017 – stay tuned for updates! It will be a space that can accommodate small or large groups (up to 25) for discussions, workshops, online meetings, review sessions, and more. It will be equipped with interactive projection, flexible seating and work furniture, and dedicated workstations. The goal is on discovery of new technologies through demonstrations and workshops that will inform new directions in pedagogy.

Technology Museum

The IRC maintains a collection of image technology from the past 50 years, such as pre-digital image study tools, various slide transparency format examples, and lantern and 35mm slide projectors and viewers. In addition we have examples of other technology from the last century such as typewriters, early laptops, and electronic storage devices. Drop by to visit!

35mm Slide Archive

The IRC was once a collection containing over 400,000 35mm slides. Over the last 15 years most of the slides have been removed during our transition to digital teaching and collection building. We still maintain a collection of archival slides, however – primarily original photography from scholars in our own department and beyond.  Over time these slides are being documented and digitized, and housed in archival sheets and boxes.