The AMICO Library is available through the combined
efforts of AMICO Members, who govern the Consortium and contribute works
from their collections, the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO), which
processes Member data and administers the non-profit organization, and
AMICO Distributors, who provide The AMICO Library via subscription,
create the delivery software, and store and serve the data.
To access The AMICO Library via RLG's Eureka search
service, you will need:
is simple search?
Simple Search: Allows you to search on only one criterion.
You are given a choice of three possible categories - creator, title,
Creator: this can be an artist's name or a culture/nationality.
For example, select creator and type in · Degas · French · Navajo
Title: this can be an exact title of a work or words that may appear
in the title.
For example, select title and type in · annunciation · lake · Lake
Keyword: this is a good catchall for searching. It looks throughout
the entire record for the word you type in, so if the search term
is mentioned in the title, commentary, inscriptions, anywhere, it
will be found.
For example, select keyword and type in · mummy · moon · bust · relief
~ A caveat with the Keyword search is that
it finds a term wherever it appears: "park" will find images of "Yosemite
National Park" and works created by "David Park" and "Thomas Park".
What is advanced search?
Advanced Search: Allows you to search on more than one
criterion and the list of possible choices are expanded beyond three
options. Also, you may use connecting variables (and, or, not) to
link your multiple search criteria.
Note: Advanced search only allows you to search on two criteria at
In Advanced Search you can choose from 10 possible
categories, rather the 3 in Simple Search. You do not have to search
on multiple categories. If you wish to search on just one of the categories
only included in Advanced Search, such as "Type", just leave the second
variable blank and the connector word unselected.
The 10 possible criteria are: Creator, Title,
Keyword See above under Simple Search
Type: AMICO Members use a list of 16 object
types in The AMICO Library. RLG indexes these Object Types along with
other classification Terms in the "Type" category.
Object List: Architecture, Audio-Video, Books, Costume and Jewelry,
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Digital Arts, Drawings and
Watercolors, Installations, Mixed media, Paintings, Performance Arts,
Photographs, Prints, Sculpture, Textiles, Other
Materials/Technique: Refers to the physical
materials and production techniques used to create a work.
For example, select materials/technique and type in · linen · lithograph
· marble · ceramic
Date: Searches the time the work was created.
You can specify a range, an exact year, or truncate to get a series
For example, select Date and search: · 1260-1360 · 185? (will get
1850-9, see more under Truncating) · 1974
Subject: What is depicted in a work, its content
For example, select Subject and search: · children · buildings · bodies
Note: not all works in The AMICO Library have subject terms assigned
Owner Name: The name (or some words in the name)
of the Member museum that holds a work.
Owner Place: The city in which the Member museum
ID: The unique number assigned to the work in
The AMICO Library. (typically an accession number preceded by a four-character
AMICO Identifier, eg. FASF.118935)
How can I print out images?
Users may print out search results or individual works. Simply
select the particular browser page containing what you wish to print
from The AMICO Library. This might be a search result listing, the
text associated with a work, or a larger-size view of the work. Once
the particular page is selected, simply choose File from the top Menu
bar in your browser window and then choose Print Frame… or Print…
from the pull-down menu that appears.
You can format a search result for printing
by choosing "Export" from the RLG icon bar. This opens your search
result in a printable format. Then choose File and then Print within
Once you've found your desired image, make sure you
click on the righthand side in the browser window, so that the text
is selected. To double-check that you will be printing out text, select
File menu from the top of the browser and a menu will pop-up. Select
Print Preview and a screen should appear with text. If it shows a
small image then, you need to click on the righthand side of the original
screen again in order to get the text to print out.
What are notebooks and
how do I use them?
Notebooks are a great way to save sets of works
under particular Themes. These might be study sets for class assignments
or review purposes, lectures, and more. The Notebook allows you to
add images to your own collection which you name and password-protect
for your future reference. Images may be added and subtracted during
subsequent sessions. You may have multiple notebooks under one user
name and password. (Functionality to lock Notebooks and share them
with other users is being considered.)
How it works:
When you receive a search result, you will notice that there are small
buttons that say "SAVE" under each image. Clicking on this icon saves
that work into a Notebook. Notebooks are kept from session to session
and can be added to in subsequent sessions. During any single AMICO
Library session through RLG you can do many searches and all the works
that you choose to save will be placed into one "Temporary" notebook.
Saving your notebook for future use: If you wish to save your
notebook to use it during another session, select the Notebook icon.
You will be shown the contents of your Temporary Notebook and will
have a button that says "Save this Notebook". Select the "Save this
Notebook" button and a screen will appear that asks you to name your
notebook, give yourself a user name (do something intuitive like an
acronym for your institution, your name, or something else memorable),
and then RLG will generate a password for you - when you select yourself
as a new user.
Saving new Notebooks and retrieving Notebooks as
a Returning User: If you've already saved notebooks in previous
sessions and want to create a new one, click the Notebook icon when
you begin your session, choose "Other Notebooks," type in a title
for the new notebook, and enter your notebook user name and password
from previous sessions. Items you save will go into this new notebook.
To switch to other notebooks you've already created,
click on the Notebook icon, click on the "Other Notebooks" button,
select the notebook you wish to change to, and click on Send. Works
that you select to SAVE will now go to this selected notebook.
To create another new notebook, you need to exit from
The AMICO Library and begin a new session.
A user may only be in one notebook at a time within
The AMICO Library, but you may have multiple browsers programs each
open and connecting to The AMICO Library and that way, you may be
in two separate Notebooks simultaneously.
NOTE: If you add items to your temporary notebook,
the default notebook when you start a session, and then save the temporary
notebook with a name, you will lose the contents of the temporary
notebook when you use the notebook user name and password from earlier
sessions. However, if you tell the system you are a new user, give
yourself a new notebook user name, and let the system assign you a
new password, the contents of the temporary notebook will become a
saved notebook. RLG is working to fix this problem.
Why do I see "image
coming soon" sometimes?
The AMICO Library is a growing resource and works are added to
the Library at constant intervals, so you may see an "image coming
soon" when the work is still in the process of being loaded on to
the system. Once loaded, the image will be available and the "image
coming" message removed.
What does Export do?
The export button allows you to send a search
result listing or a notebook listing to a new browser window. From
the new window you are able to print out the search by selecting File
from the top menu bar and then choosing Print. Also, you may choose
File and then Save As, and you could save the page in html format.
You will need to add the .html extension to the file name. Be aware
that this html page will not allow you to click on the images and
enlarge them. The page will only save the thumbnail image and catalogue
What does History do?
RLG stores the past searches you have done in
The AMICO Library during your current session. If you wish to see
a list of those searches, click on the History button. This will display
a list of searches. You may select several past searches using the
check box next to the search listing. By doing this you may combine
the searches into one larger search. However, searches marked with
* cannot be combined with any others. These searches either did not
retrieve any matching records or retrieved such a large result that
they can't be combined with another search.
What is the Options button
This button takes you to a screen in which you may customize your
search displays in The AMICO Library.
- Change the image delivery to show you the largest image associated
with the work only one layer down rather than two.
- Adjust the sort order of a search result to display alphabetically
by artist name, by title, chronologically, or by the museum that
has the work in their collection.
- Select the number of works that display per page in a search result,
either 10, 25 or 50.
- Alter the search result formatting to present both images and
text, only images, or only text.
- Indicate if full descriptions and images will display in separate
browser windows or be displayed in the original browser window.