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FLEET LIBRARY | Research Guides

Rhode Island School of Design

Faculty Guide to Library Resources

An outline of library's services and resources for faculty: course reserves, off campus access to databases, e-journals, interlibrary loan, instruction, research assistance, and more

Visual + Material Resource Center

The VMRC is located on the second floor of the Fleet Library at 15 Westminster Street.
VMRC Hours

Mark Pompelia, VMRC Librarian
Anne Butler, VMRC Assistant
Emily Begin, Digital Production & Cataloging Specialist
Alecia Underhill, Picture Collection Supervisor

Support for Teaching with Digital Images

Visual Resources staff offer training and advice to faculty and students on all aspects of sourcing and using digital images for classroom use. Individual or group sessions can be arranged for training in the use of our Online Image Databases as well as presentation tools such as Powerpoint and Keynote.

Imaging Services

The Center also offers digital imaging services, which allow faculty to digitize or order digital images that are not available from RISD’s online databases or processable via self-service. Faculty can submit orders of no more than 100 images to the VMRC at A variety of media formats can be digitized by request including 35mm slides, lantern slides, standard 35mm and oversize negatives, positive images, 3D objects, posters, VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, and DVDs. Digitization will be processed in one week, and delivered to the faculty member in whichever format was requested. More Information.


Self-Service Digitization Equipment

1st floor main reading room, open hours

- face-up 25.5" x 16.5" Bookeye scanner

- 12" x 17" flatbed scanner

- light table

- copy stand (camera not included) 

2nd floor VMRC, Rm. 204, open hours

- two 8.5" x 11" flatbed scanners


Library Staff-use Imaging Studio Equipment for Faculty Requests

- 12" x 17" flatbed scanner with transparency hood for film or book scanning

- DSLR camera to photograph/film 3D objects

- tripod, backdrop, LED panel lights

- lightbox

- 35mm slide/film scanner

- light tables

- analog to digital converters for VHS, DVD, and audio cassette tapes