Scalar is a web-based application for digital publishing and collaborative annotation that combines text, images, audio, and video. It's fully supported by CTEL.

What can I do with Scalar?

Scalar is a digital publication platform created by the Alliance for Networking Visual Cultures that allows you to create your own digital books composed of text, images, audio, and video. Plus, you can have students collaboratively annotate your publications with an application called, which is integrated with Scalar.

Digital Textbook

Create an open-source digital textbook.

Electronic Journal

Publish a multi-author electronic journal.

Virtual Catalog

Curate an online catalog of artwork.

Want to turn have students collaboratively annotate your publication?

The app is integrated with Scalar, so you can have students use it to collaboratively annotate anything you publish.

How can I access Scalar?

Scalar is an open-source, web-based application, and CTEL hosts its own version exclusively for USM faculty, students, and staff. To request an account, email

How do I start using Scalar?

A comprehensive user guide for Scalar is available from the ANVC as a Scalar book. Information specifically for new users is collated into a Getting Started path. (“Path” is a term used by Scalar to refer to a section of a publication.)

You can also request an appointment with CTEL staff if you’d like an in-person demonstration of Scalar.

Where can I learn more about Scalar?

Scalar provides web resources that you can consult if you want to learn more about its features. You can also meet with one of CTEL’s learning designers if you’d like more personalized assistance.

Video Overview

Visit Scalar’s website to view a trailer video or webinars on how it works.

Text Tutorials

Check out Scalar’s user guide (which is actually a Scalar book) to learn more about its features. 


Visit Scalar’s Privacy Policy page to learn how it manages users’ data.


Contact CTEL’s Learning Designers for help with Scalar accessibility.