Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, MeL Training Materials
Start the demonstration by having the class find CAMIO in the alphabetical list of databases at mel.org and open it.
CAMIO is from OCLC, but it runs on a different platform than ArchiveGrid and the FirstSearch databases.
As the description indicates, CAMIO is an art images database. It is fairly intuitive to use. On the Home screen, there is a clear statement of usage permissions, plus a list of types of materials included. These "types" are active links, which we will look at a little later.
1. Point out that there is a basic Search box in the upper left corner of the screen, plus an Advanced Search link. Have the class type Ansel Adams in the search box and click on the GO button. Point out that the default view is for List View. Users could change that to Thumbnail view, but they will not see as much detail about the items. For each item, there is a box that can be checked to add it to a Favorites list.
2. Have the class find MT. MCKINLEY FROM WONDER LAKE and click on the image. This displays the image, plus all of the descriptive information. Let the class take a look at that. Point out the usage rights statement in the last line of information. Clicking on the Rights link will take the user to a page of very specific information about rights to use and/or purchase copies, prints, etc. Next, have them look at the top of the screen and notice the tools for looking at the image, as well as the small text link for the Reference URL for citations. The Reference URLs are persistent and stable. Users will be prompted to authenticate to view the image, but this can be used to set up "e-reserves," etc. Have the class click on the ADD TO FAVORITES link. Click on the OK button that pops up. We will take a look at the Favorites feature a bit later on.
3. Have the class type sunflower in the search box in the upper left corner of the screen and click on the GO button. Have them find A SUNFLOWER FROM MAGGIE and click on the image. Let them look over the descriptive information and have them click on the ADD TO FAVORITES link. Click on the OK button that pops up.
4. Click on the ADVANCED SEARCH link in the upper left corner of the screen. Point out the available limiters. Have the class type mask and Benin in the first search box and click on the GO button. Click on the image. Point out that there are two views, Full and Profile. Users can switch between the two by clicking on the appropriate view on the left side of the screen. Let them look over the descriptive information and have them click on the ADD TO FAVORITES link. Click on the OK button that pops up.
5. Click on the ADVANCED SEARCH link in the upper left corner of the screen. Next, click on the SELECTED FIELDS link at the top of the screen. Have the class click on the CLEAR ALL button to start fresh. Type necklace in the first search box. Leave the drop-down menus to the left and right of the search box as they are. In the second search box, type coral and jasper and change the left drop-down menu to ALL OF THE WORDS. Change the right drop-down menu to FORMAT-MEDIUM. Click on the image. In the descriptive information, point out the line for Format (Medium) where the words "coral" and "jasper" appear. Click on the ADD TO FAVORITES link. Click on the OK button that pops up.
6. Have the class click on HOME link in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on the TEXTILES link. Locate the CRAZY QUILT image and click on it. Let them look over the descriptive information and have them click on the ADD TO FAVORITES link. Click on the OK button that pops up.
7. Have the class search on anything that interests them. They should select one to two images and add them to their "Favorites." As they search for their images, they do not have to click on the image in order to add it to the Favorites list. They can just check the box next to the image in the Results list and then click on the ADD TO FAVORITES link at the top or bottom of the screen. Click on the OK button that pops up.
8. After the class has selected their own images, have them click on the VIEW FAVORITES link in the upper right corner of the screen. All of the images selected should be listed. On the left side of the screen, there are a number of options for using and viewing the images. Click on the SLIDESHOW button. A new window will open up. To see the next image, click on the NEXT link in the upper right corner of the screen. As you go through the images, you will notice that the mask image does not show up. Only works with a single view can be viewed in a slideshow, and the mask has two views. Click on the CLOSE link in the upper right corner to close out the window and return to the main Favorites screen. On the left side of the screen, go to the Remove section and select the number corresponding to the mask image. Click on the REMOVE button to remove it from the Favorites list.
9. Point out that the Compare section on the left side of the screen would be useful in you want to compare works by the same artist or similar works (e.g. two different vases).
10. Please point out that when using the Favorites feature, it is for the current session only, unless users save the images to their own computers.
The Help section is excellent and worth taking time with, if anyone has follow-up questions later.
Ask the class how they would present this database at their library or school. To whom would they present this? This would be an excellent source for art/art history, history, etc.
Ask for questions. Have the class do the exercises.
This service is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional project support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).