Library Workshops

The library has an extremely active instruction program. Faculty are invited to schedule one or more of our sessions for their classes. These generally last an hour and take place in the computer lab on the 13th floor although many can also be held in your classroom. We offer a wide range of session types.

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Class Sessions Menu:

Research Workshop. In this interactive session, students are presented with alternatives to Google and Wikipedia. They gain confidence in using MassArt's research tools to their full advantage and discover ways to find reliable sources. They also learn techniques for developing a research topic and for evaluating information critically.

WordPress. MassArt is now offering a campus WordPress service. You can sign on at  This verion of WordPress comes with premium themes and plug-ins as well as wikis, email, etc. Faculty and students can use MassArt WordPress to build course sites, set up blogs, e-portfolios and more. This service is being primarily supported by the library and you can book a session in which students learn how to set up a WordPress site.

Artists' Books. In this hands-on class, we look at selections from the library's renowned collection of artists' books. Artists represented include Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Ai Weiwei, Laurie Anderson, and Ed Ruscha. Students learn about issues of design and meaning as well as book construction techniques.

Photo Books. Students view rare photography books from Special Collections as well as photography-oriented works from the Artists' Books collection. Examples include works by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sophie Calle, and William Eggleston.

JeopARTy. Students decide whether examples of artistic appropriation such as Shepard Fairey's use of an AP photo of Obama are fair or not. Students learn about copyright, fair use, and the difference between ethical and legal standards. JeopARTy can take place in the Library or it can be held in your classroom.

Color Theory. Students see archival works relating to color including objects that illustrate the theories of Albert Munsell, former MassArt faculty member, who is sometimes regarded as the founder of modern color science. They also view the large screen-printed plates of Josef Albers' Interaction of Color. These plates challenge the mind and the eye when seen firsthand.

Visual Resources. In this session we provide students with an in-depth tutorial on our image databases such as ARTstor and MDID, our local image repository. In addition, students learn how to use ARTstor's OIV (Offline Image Viewer), a presentation tool that can be more powerful than PowerPoint. We also explore image sources on the web such as Google Art Project and Flickr's Creative Commons and look at emerging reverse image search technologies.

To request a class

Fill out our web-based request form to arrange for a class or series of classes. You can also contact Greg directly at or 617-879-7108.  We encourage you to inform us of your specific needs and any related assignments so that we may better tailor a class. We will confirm your request using the contact information you give us.

One-on-One Tutorials. Faculty, students, and staff can receive individualized training on any of our library resources such as ARTstor or our research databases. Please contact Greg Wallace to schedule a meeting.