Almost 2,500 images from the Colby College Museum of Art’s permanent collection are now available through ARTstor, which describes itself as “a nonprofit digital image library for education and scholarship.” Colby joins more than 1,300 institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery, Harvard, and Yale, among ARTstor contributors.

While much the same collection of works from the College’s collection is represented on the museum of art’s website, the ARTstor archives offer students and professors utilities that make it easy to incorporate these works into research, classes, or presentations, said Marty Kelly, Colby’s visual resources librarian. Images can be imported easily into PowerPoint presentations and users can zoom in to see fine details, for example.

The official launch of Colby’s collection in ARTstor April 11 gives Colby scholars access to those utilities using works in the more than 1,300 collections in the archive. “The ARTstor Digital Library offers more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes,” according to text on the ARTstor.org website.

The ARTstor digital library is accessible to anyone on the Colby network or anyone from a member institution who creates an account using an e-mail address from that institution. This month’s launch of the Colby collection in ARTstor reflects work begun in 2007 under the project title “Expanding a Digital Image Collection to Advance Visual Literacy.”