Folders and image groups are ways for users with registered accounts to organize and share images in the Digital Library.

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What are image groups?
Who can create image groups? How?
What are folders?
Who can create folders? How?
What’s the difference between image groups and folders?

What are image groups?

Image groups allow you to save images you’d like to work with later and add a description to that group.

Creating an image group also allows you to share and work with images–once you’ve created an group, you can print itdownload the group as JPG files or a PowerPoint presentation, create stable URLs to the image group, create a presentation of the image group using the Offline Image Viewer (OIV), or open the group on your mobile device.

Who can create image groups? How?

Users must have a registered account to create image groups. Learn more about creating and managing image groups.

What are folders?

Folders are a place to save, organize and share image groups.  There are three types of folders:

  • Private Folders & My Work Folder - Image groups in these folders can only be viewed and edited by the user who created them.  Every user with a registered account has a private folder that cannot be deleted or renamed called the My Work Folder where he or she can work with image groups. Users with instructor privileges can also create additional private workspaces called Private Folders.
  • Institutional Folders - Institutional folders are a way for users with instructor privileges to share image groups with others at their institution. Instructors can control the following folder permissions:
    • Who can see this folder? – Institutional Folders can be viewable only by their creator until you’re ready to share (Institutional Private), viewable by anyone at the creator’s institution (Institutional Public), or viewable only by select users at your institution (Password-protected).
    • Who can edit this folder? - Instructors can choose to share editing permissions with another instructor-level user (such as a teaching assistant) using a password.
    • Student Work Folders – Instructors can choose to enable Student Work Folders, a space for each student in a course where he/she can share work and feedback.
  • Global Folders –  Global folders are a way for Artstor to share image content and teaching resources with our subscribers. They contain content created by scholars and Artstor staff members to showcase how the Digital Library is used in teaching and research, and can provide inspiration for your own teaching with Artstor.  Global folders can be accessed by anyone who uses the Digital Library.

Who can create folders? How?

Only users with instructor privileges can create folders. Learn more about creating and managing folders.

If you are not an instructor, you can save your image groups in your My Work Folder. You can also access folders shared with you by other users at your institution and content from Artstor in global folders.

What’s the difference between folders and image groups?

Images in the Digital Library are always saved into image groups, and image groups are saved into folders. In the file tree, folders are indicated by the folder icon and image groups simply have a title.

One example of how this is used by educators is to organize all of the images for a lecture in one image group, and then save all lectures for one class in the same folder.