Case Western Reserve, Kelvin Smith Library and Art History Department

The Kelvin Smith Library and Art History department is located at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), the top-ranked private research university in Ohio and one of the best in the U.S.

In support of the CMA's Open Access initiative, CWRU incorporated CMA’s Open Access collection to make it available directly through the Kelvin Smith Library’s (KSL) systems. The Library’s Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship provides faculty and students with classes and consultations on how to use methods and tools (such as data analytics, GIS, and visualization) to conduct big data research using the images, and to transform learning in a range of disciplines. CWRU’s Art History department created an introductory class in art history using only CMA objects and posting the syllabus with links to the objects online. Additionally, KSL, the Art History Department, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities cosponsored a contest for students and faculty to design creative collages that employ the open access images from the CMA. 

“This magnificent collection of open access images and rich metadata make this a remarkable resource for digital scholarship and data visualization, not only for use by art historians, but also to stimulate research in a range of disciplines, from marketing to medicine, from engineering to economics.”

- Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University