Focus on E-Resources: Humanities E-Book from the American Council of Learned Societies

The Research Library offers access to ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), an online full-text searchable collection of about 5,000 books. The titles are recommended and reviewed by scholars and are offered in collaboration with 31 learned societies and over 100 contributing publishers. Records for each book title are available in Primo Search.

A distinctive feature of ACLS HEB database is the full-text search function across the entire collection of books. Access to the resource is available from our Article and Research Databases: A to Z list.

This video provides a three-minute introduction to searching the collection.

Susan Flanagan, Collection Development Librarian for Electronic Resources

Moth treatment scheduled for GRI this weekend

We were just notified that in response to some moth sightings, the GRI, Risk Management, and Facilities have scheduled an organic moth treatment for the entire GRI building this Saturday night, March 11, at 11:00 p.m. All offices, workstations, and reader carrels will be treated, along with meeting spaces, hallways, and other open areas that are carpeted. The building will re-open Sunday at 7:00 a.m.

In preparation, please remove any items from the floor in your work area and place them on your desk, counter spaces, or shelves. These include boxes, paper, or any other materials that might obstruct access to the carpet. You do not need to worry about chairs, chair mats, or trash cans. Please also be certain you have removed any collection materials that might be on or near the floor.

If you have food items stored in your workspace, you should remove them prior to the treatment. If you are unable to do this, you may consider discarding these items when you return.

Join us on Thursday March 16 for the 2017 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Art+Feminism is an international campaign to improve coverage of feminism and the arts in Wikipedia. In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect is not: content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Art+Feminism invites people of all gender identities and expressions to address this imbalance by participating in communal updating of Wikipedia’s articles.

Location: Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Plaza Level
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Who should attend: Anyone! No Wikipedia experience necessary. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Wikipedia Training for New Editors: 1:00 pm
What to bring: Your laptop, power cord, and ideas for articles that need updating or creation. (Optional: three reliable published sources related to your article, such as a book or journal.)
Parking: Park in the main parking structure. Bring your parking ticket with you to the edit-a-thon for validation. To receive complimentary parking you must RSVP.
RSVP here: All participants are encouraged to RSVP so we can best accommodate you during the event.
Questions? Call us at 310-440-7390

Our event will be one of several events happening in Southern California throughout March and beyond. Visit the Art+Feminism Program Dashboard for all events.


A Smartphone Trick for Viewing Negatives

We allow researchers to use their smartphone cameras to take study images of material during their visits in our Special Collections Reading Room. Many of our library visitors benefit from this opportunity to snap photos to aid them in their research.

The trusty smartphone has a handy trick in its settings features that can also help researchers to view negative film in positive colors. We tried it out and were quite pleased with the results.


By enabling “Color Inversion”, “Invert Colors,” or “Negative Colors” under your phone’s “Accessibility” setting, the camera turns into a viewer that allows photographic negatives to be viewed as positives. The path to navigate to the color inversion setting on your phone will vary based the phone’s operating system (iOS or Android).

We were having so much fun experimenting that we wanted to delve into our collections to test it out some more.

These are negatives of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22 (1960) from the Julius Shulman Photography Archive.


And here is the positive with the color inversion setting “On.”



The next time you are in the Reading Room and need to take a look at a negative, hopefully you’ll give it a try. If you can’t wait until your next appointment to try it out, you can Google “negative film” and then click on “Images” and hold up your phone to the computer screen.

If you use any other handy smartphone tricks while researching in the archive, please share it with us in the comments!

-Sarah Sherman, Reference Librarian

Research Library Holiday Closure Dates

This year, the Research Library will be closed starting at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 22 and during the following holiday period:

December 23-January 1

The library will resume regular hours on Monday, January 2.

Extended Readers may still use the library during the closure, with the exception of December 25, December 26, and January 1. (NOTE: the library will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 24 and December 31.) However, library services and staff, including Circulation, Reference, and the Special Collections Reading Room, will not be available.

Library access during Thanksgiving weekend

The Research Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 28.

While the library will be closed to all readers on Thursday, November 24, Extended Readers may still use the library until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, all day on Friday, November 25, and throughout the weekend. However, library services and staff, including Circulation, Reference, and the Special Collections Reading Room, will not be available.

New e-resource: World’s Fairs: a global history of expositions

To complement the Research Library’s extensive holdings on world’s fairs and expositions, we have recently acquired a new database compiled by Adam Matthew Digital, World’s Fairs: a global history of expositions. Access is available to on-site library readers, Getty staff, and Getty scholars.

This database provides digital access to primary source material collated from thirteen archives in North America, the U.K., and France. Material includes pamphlets, guide books, official catalogues, periodicals, minutes, and correspondence. There is also a selection of visual material including maps, photographs, postcards, and illustrations.

Opening of the Great Exhibition, London, May 1, 1851. 1851. © The Victoria and Albert Museum
Opening of the Great Exhibition, London, May 1, 1851. 1851. © The Victoria and Albert Museum

While over 200 hundred fairs are represented, most material relates to the following fairs:

• 1851 Great Exhibition, London
• 1876 Philadelphia Centennial International Exhibition
• 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle
• 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition
• 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis
• 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco
• 1933/34 Chicago Century of Progress International Exposition
• 1939/40 New York World’s Fair
• 1967 Expo ’67 Montreal

To explore the library’s holdings on any of these fairs, go to Primo Search. For example, searching “1889 Paris Exposition Universelle” yields over 140 results, including 56 titles from our Special Collections, some of which have been digitized.

For assistance with this database or Primo Search call or visit the Reference Desk.

-Susan Flanagan, Collection Development Librarian for Electronic Resources