VRAF Professional Development Grant Recipient: Meghan Lyon

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce the Winter 2020 VRAF Professional Development Grant in the amount of $1000 to Meghan Lyon, a MSLIS Student Graduate Assistant at the Pratt School of Information’s Semantic Lab, and a NYARC Web Archiving Fellow at the Frick Art Reference Library.
Meghan Lyon, plans on utilizing the funds to attend the 2020 Society for American Archivists (SAA) National Conference, which will be in Chicago, Illinois from August 3-8, 2020. Lyon will be a co-presenter at a session titled, “Digital Access and preservation in Artists’ Archives: Challenges, Strategies, and Solutions”. She will be discussing research regarding the ontology development that supports the Semantic Lab Wikibase, otherwise known as DADAlytics, a prototype toolchain that converts text-based content from images to knowledge graphs. The intention is to make a publicly accessible and community driven DADAlytics toolchain along with the research datasets created by the Semantic Lab and place them on their Wikibase and Github instances. 

The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to support professional development in the field of visual resources and visual information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.org.

Congrats, Meghan!

Paid Internship: Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum is participating in the Association of Art Museum Directors Paid College Internship Program in 2020.

The Program:
The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) announced that it has selected the 10 art museums, including the Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM), which will host its class of 2020 interns, the second year of the Association’s paid internship program. Each institution will host an intern for 12 weeks between June – August 2020 and provide a focal point for those interns’ work and career development in different museum departments, as well as create a mentorship opportunity to support the student during their internship.

AAMD’s program is designed to engage college students from underrepresented backgrounds, to encourage and nurture their career opportunities in the art museum field—while providing the financial
support necessary to make participation in an internship possible.
The interns will receive a stipend of $6300 (gross), paid bi-weekly, and will be encouraged to attend two professional development seminars (with costs covered through a paid travel grant).

The Palm Springs Art Museum:
Palm Springs Art Museum (PSAM) creates transformative experiences that expand our understanding of ourselves and the world. Our collections, exhibitions, and programs connect people to the art and culture of our community and time. We foster and inspire reflection and renewal for local, national, and global audiences. An American Alliance of Museums accredited institution, Palm Springs Art Museum, founded in 1938,
presents exhibitions and special installations; acquires or commissions works for the permanent collection; screens films of international origin; hosts live theatre and solo performances; and last year welcomed a quarter million visitors, including over 6,000 schoolchildren who participated in tours and arts education programming.

The main museum facility in Palm Springs opened in 1976. Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert—a LEED-certified structure—opened in 2012. In 2014, the Architecture and Design Center opened, helping to revitalize downtown Palm Springs and preserve the community’s Mid‐Century architectural heritage. Exhibitions range from major special exhibitions to smaller focused presentations, in all media and all of the museum’s areas of emphasis: Architecture and Design, Art of the West in the Americas, Modern & Contemporary Art, and Photography. Public Programs relating to all of our exhibitions feature artists, curators, and scholars in lectures and gallery talks. Gallery talks also highlight unique works in the collection.

The Internship Position:
The Internship main mentor will be Rochelle Steiner, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs, who leads the newly integrated content departments – curatorial, collections, exhibitions and education – however, the intern will interact with various senior staff members.
The intern will be hosted within either the Curatorial or Education department, depending on the successful applicant’s interests and strengths. This match will be determined during the recruitment process.

The role may include the following:

If focused on Curatorial, working in conjunction with a curatorial staff member to:

  • Understand current guidelines for information dissemination within the galleries; identify works in most need of information; research works in Collection and write interpretive labels. Emphasis will be placed on information about works by artists of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Advance the Museum’s Collection Diversity study—we have begun a study to research and study the backgrounds of artists in our collection so that these backgrounds can be acknowledged and celebrated, as well as expanded upon in future collecting priorities.

If focused on Education, working in conjunction with an education department staff member to:

  • Contribute towards the planning and execution of Teen Docent training, Art Camp training and community programs
  • Assist with the curriculum and ensure that educational standards for students are met.

Professional Development Opportunity:
Each AAMD intern will have the opportunity to participate in two professional development gatherings during their internship with the intern’s mentor from the Palm Springs Art Museum. This will give the interns opportunities to network with each other and with other museum professionals. The first professional development gathering will occur during the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) annual conference in San Francisco. The orientation program will take place on May 17, 2020. Interns will also be registered for a one year membership to AAM and for the entirety of the conference. The second professional development gathering will take place TBD on a Friday in August 2020. Exact date and location will be made known as soon as possible.

Who may apply?
The internship is open to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in art history, arts education, museum studies, architectural studies, or other art-related fields. Familiarity with, and interest in modern and contemporary art, art of the West, and/or Native American art is strongly desired. Writing skills are important.

Palm Springs Art Museum welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and expressions, and strongly encourages individuals from historically underrepresented communities to apply for this internship. As PSAM is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley, applicants who are residents of the Coachella Valley and greater Riverside County are encouraged to apply.

Application Process:
The intern will be selected through an application and interview process to work closely with the curators, educators, and other staff members on projects relating to the museum’s collections or education programs.

Please submit the following:

  • Your resume
  • Your academic transcript
  • Names and contact information for two references
  • Brief letter (one page) stating why you are interested in the internship and why it would be of value to you.

Applicants need not be a U.S. citizen, however the successful applicant must make his/her own arrangements to legally enter the U.S. for the period of the internship. A full time commitment of 12 weeks is required.

Please submit application materials by email to curatorial@psmuseum.org.

Application deadline: March 15, 2020 and a selection will be made by April 10, 2020 after a Skype interview and reference checks.

Funding:
The AAMD intern is expected to reside in Palm Springs or greater Coachella Valley for the duration of the summer internship, and will receive an honorarium of $6,300 (gross), paid bi-weekly. Additional funds will be provided for the Professional Development travel opportunity.

Scholarship for SEI Attendance Closing Soon

Apply for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarships to attend the 2020 Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information (SEI), to be held June 23-26, 2020 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL!

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is once again generously funding six scholarships for SEI 2020. This intensive workshop is designed to serve a wide range of information professionals eager to learn about best practices and new technologies and/or update job skills in the realm of digital collections management, as well as to provide significant networking and professional development opportunities. The comprehensive curriculum seeks to address the requirements of today’s cultural heritage information professional, including hands-on and lecture modules presented by expert instructors. SEI provides new professionals, current library school students, and mid-career professionals from a wide range of related fields the opportunity to stay current in an ever-evolving digital landscape. Museum professionals, archivists, visual resources professionals, digital librarians, art and architecture librarians, digital project managers, current and recent graduate students, and others in related fields are all encouraged to attend.

Details:

  • The six Kress Scholarship recipients will each receive $1000 towards the cost of SEI.
  • Kress Scholarship applications are due by Monday, March 9, 2020.
  • Recipients will be notified no later than Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • Each Kress Scholarship recipient will be required to write a report detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship upon completion of SEI 2020.

Instructions:

  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter (no longer than two pages) describing the effect attending SEI would have on your studies and/or your career.
  • All applications will be evaluated by three SEI co-chairs based on the criteria established for the award (including current or future career goals as well as financial need) and any additional directions from the Kress Foundation staff.
  • Submit your application materials via e-mail in a single document (PDF preferred), using the following file naming convention: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_KRESS2020 to SEI 2020 Senior Co-Chair Courtney Baron at courtney.baron@louisville.edu

2020 Paid Summer Library Internship: Marvel Entertainment

Job ID 747403BR
Location New York, New York, United States
Business Marvel Entertainment
Date posted Feb. 11, 2020

Job Summary:

Marvel is looking for interns to help run its in-house library. Our library contains comics throughout Marvel’s long publishing history, which is the foundation upon which our current comics and even our film and television properties are based. Employees often refer back to older comics to proof collections of comics, provide character references to artists, research story ideas and find images for new publications and web articles. The library interns fulfill requests for comics and collections from members of the office and update the catalog of the library collection, ensuring employees have quick and easy access to the material in our library.

Responsibilities:

Library interns are responsible for the day-to-day activity of circulating comics and books – pulling comics and collections requested by members of the office and placing those comics and collections back into library after they are returned. Additionally, the library interns catalog newly published comics and collections, adding information about them into our library database and placing the books in the proper locations within the library. Older comics and collections already present in the library collection but not yet in our database also are catalogued as we work to ensure all material in the library is documented and accessible. The library catalog is used to easily search for, retrieve, check in and check out all reference comics. Library interns are involved in every step of the process, helping to mold the most accessible system possible.

Basic Qualifications:

Marvel library interns must have a strong interest in library science with a clear understanding of the cataloging and care of comics. Interns must be able to work independently and solve problems. Marvel prefers students who have had experience working in a library.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Resume must outline other internships, degrees earned, work experience, related clubs and organizations, current major course of study, expected graduation date and extracurricular activities.
  • Cover letter must include a personal introduction, and days/times available during internship period.
  • Preferred Junior or Senior-level standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Required Education

  • Enrolled in a Library Science program through College/University byarrival date

Additional Information:

Internship Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program
  • Must possess unrestricted work authorization
  • All candidates must be able to have a consistent, reliable work schedule throughout the session.

Program Dates:The internship will start in May – August with flexibility as needed based on academic calendars.

Housing & Transportation:This internship is located in New York, NY. All candidates must provide their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship.

Apply Here!

Call for New VREPS Co-Chair!

With the planned departure of VREPS Co-Chair, Kendra Werst, by the end of the VRA 2020 conference in March, VREPS are seeking applications for a new Co-Chair!!

Co-Chair terms are two years, from after the annual conference to the conference 23 months later (2020-2022). Terms are staggered so there is always one chair with one year of experience. Some of the duties include coordinating the VRAF Host Institution List for the VRAF Internship Award, organizing the ArLiSNAP x VREPS Annual Virtual Conference, as well as, developing conference programming and promoting professional development opportunities for emerging professionals and students. 

If you’re interested in helping emerging professionals and students in the visual resources field (and beyond) with professional development please send a brief statement of interest to Julia Murphy, VREPS Co-Chair, at murphyjl[AT]si.edu.

Two Paid Internships: Audiovisual Preservation & Data Rescue

George Blood Audio/Video/Film/Data is a leading provider of audio, moving image, and data preservation and digitization services. Each month our studio reformats over 15,000 audiovisual media materials housed on decaying and obsolete media to a variety of digital formats. Our clients consist of libraries, museums, archives, and private collectors, both nationally and internationally.

We take great pride in the reputation of our work to provide quality playback and digitization while adhering to current preservation standards. Our staff works together in teams, with each member contributing years of experience and the particular strengths of their field, whether as a professional audio/video engineer, preservation specialist, or service/technical professional. Our company also contributes to research in the field of preservation and serves on standards and technical committees for many organizations.

2020 Summer Internship
With our new, larger facility comes a larger need for the care and preservation of archival collections. We welcome applicants for the summer of 2020 internship to bring your ideas and help us turn theory into practice!

We will offer two paid internships in the areas of audiovisual preservation and data rescue and recovery. During this period, the interns will gain an understanding of the processes of audiovisual and data preservation reformatting, and have the opportunity to contribute to a particular area of preservation work of their choosing. The internships will each result in a professional level project. Past interns have conducted preservation research and documentation, created shipping and storage guidelines, participated in conservation treatments of materials, and more!

We take great care in interviewing prospective interns.  Our goal is to make the internship a valuable experience for both parties, as the interns will work directly with the Project Managers.  Applicants should be prepared to discuss what aspects of audio and moving image preservation they wish to learn more about, and expect some give and take as we explore how those interests can be met within the day-to-day operations of our organization. Please be advised that interns will NOT be allowed to digitize client materials.

AMIA Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship
We are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). This year, GBAVFD is a host site for AMIA’s Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program. AMIA Fellows may complete their internship at GBAVFD if accepted into both programs.

Eligibility & Requirements
This internship is open to recent graduates and currently enrolled students working towards a graduate degree in archival science, preservation, library and information science, or a similar area of study. Experience with audiovisual materials and a grounding in current digital stewardship practices is preferred.

To be considered as an applicant, individuals must be eligible to work in the United States and be able to commit to six to eight consecutive weeks of full-time work between May 1st and August 30th and complete 250 hours. The intern will receive a $4,000 stipend.

Candidates should submit a résumé, the names and contact information of two references relevant to the area of interest, and a cover letter with a statement describing the applicant’s interest in audiovisual and/or data preservation, their goals for the internship, and a proposed project with a quantifiable result (ex. a report, a presentation, etc.) via email with “Your Name – Summer Internship” in the subject line. Please also indicate if you are applying for the AMIA Fellowship.

Please submit your application no later than March 15, 2020. Selection will be made by April 15, 2020.

Application materials should be sent to:
Biz Maher Gallo, Manager of Audiovisual Preservation
George Blood, L. P.
502 West Office Center Drive,
Fort Washington, PA 19034
(215) 248-2100
biz.gallo@georgeblood.com

Paid Spring & Summer Internships!!

Digital Preservation (Archive Digitization) Internship

Where: Washington, D.C.
Description: National Geographic Society is seeking an archive intern to join and support our Digital Preservation Archive team. The aim of the Digital Preservation Archive Digitization Internship is to provide experience in an archival digitization project. Interns will have the opportunity to learn archival preservation, still image digitization for cultural heritage, and digital asset management practices. Start Date: June 1, 2020 (no exceptions), End Date: August 7, 2020.
Deadline to apply: All applications must be submitted by 3/13/20 – Offers will go out by April 10, 2020.
Apply Here!


Outer Banks History Center’s David Stick Internship

Where: Manteo, North Carolina
Description: The David Stick Internship, sponsored by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, is a fully-funded summer position with the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC) in Manteo, N.C. This is a 10-week, full time position performing archival work for the OBHC. The intern will be paid a $4,000 stipend. Additionally, local housing can be arranged for the intern at a low cost. The David Stick Intern will assist the archivists of the OBHC in completing a variety of projects.
Deadline to apply: The application closes Friday, February 28th, at 5pm.
Apply Here!


Emerging Art Leaders Internship, Library Cataloging (Summer 2020, Paid)

Where: Chicago, Illinois
Description: Do you find yourself at the intersections of art history and information?  Does the idea of creating and maintaining meticulously organized systems excite you? If so, then the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries invites you to apply for their Emerging Art Leaders Internship for Summer 2020. As a cataloging intern, you will work in Ex Libris Alma and OCLC Connexion to import, edit, and enhance MARC bibliographic records using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), the LC/NACO Authority File, and the cataloging instructions found in Resource Description and Access (RDA). You will also create call numbers using Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and work on projects to maintain existing data in the library catalog. During the course of this internship you will work alongside art library professionals and gain hands-on experience with the various functions of technical services including acquisitions, cataloging, serials maintenance, and physical processing.
Deadline to apply: For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
Apply Here!


Emerging Art Leaders Internship, Library Reader Services (Summer 2020, Paid)

Where: Chicago, Illinois
Description: Do you find yourself at the intersections of art history and information?  Does the idea of creating and maintaining meticulously organized systems excite you? If so, then the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries invites you to apply for their Emerging Art Leaders Internship for Summer 2020. As the Reader Services intern, your role is two-fold. You will use growing knowledge of the Libraries’ special collections to research and identify museum-quality objects and will provide excellent reference assistance in-person, by phone and email, and remotely through carefully designed digital resources. You will work in collaboration with professionals across library departments and in consultation with the Director of Libraries to earn hands-on training in multiple areas of art librarianship, including reference duties, collection management, electronic resources management, metadata creation, and primary research on library materials.
Deadline to apply: For fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
Apply Here!


African American Collecting Initiative Internship

Where: Washington, D.C.
Description: The Archives of American Art seeks candidates to assist with an African American collecting initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. A $6,500 stipend, based on a full-time, ten-week schedule, is available for this internship. We encourage minority candidates to apply. Interns will assist the Luce Initiative Archivist with processing new archival acquisitions that broaden and deepen the Archives’ resources for the study of African American art.
Apply Here!


Archives Intern, Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc

Where: New York, NY
Description: The intern will work closely with the Director of Digital Archival Projects on several initiatives, including: Arranging and indexing the digital records of a Phototeque documenting the activities of a gallery in early 20th century France; Indexing the digital records and research material of a catalogue raisonné published in the 1950s; Assisting the WPI’s team on current archival projects; Drafting blog and Instagram posts on the WPI’s archives. We request a commitment of 15 hours a week, which will be compensated at a rate of $20.00/hour. At least half of this time–but ideally all–will take place on Monday afternoons, Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays, The selected applicant is welcome to begin the internship as early as March 1st. We expect the internship to last approximately three months or 180 hours. Learn more here!
How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@wpi.art

VREPS VRA Conference Guide + Tips

Headed to Baltimore for #VRA2020? Below is your guide to before, during and after the VRA conference. We’ve also included some conference tips!

Before the Conference:

  • Register and don’t forget to add any tours or workshops to your schedule! Taking a Tour is a great way to get out of the hotel & meet other members while sightseeing! Attending any of the VRA Workshops will give you the opportunity to learn and discuss innovative topics, sometimes with a hands-on or interactive experience.
  • Pair up with a VRA Conference Mentor! Conference mentors will contact you ahead of the conference and make arrangements to meet you for coffee or lunch, etc. on the first or second day of the conference. Mentors will share tips for enhancing your conference experience and introduce you to other members to help you build your own network within VRA.
  • Download the Sched App on your smartphone or device to download the conference schedule. If you’d like to print your sched, click on the Print icon.
  • *Tip* Don’t forget to pack a sweater – conference rooms tend to be chilly; a refillable water bottle; an external charger for your phone – it’s no fun to sit by a wall or search for an outlet to charge your phone!

During the Conference:

  • *Tip* Remember to drink plenty of water and bring snacks to keep your energy up throughout the day and tie you over between meals. There will be coffee breaks and water will also be provided during the conference.
  • VREPS Pop-Up Lunch – We’re taking our annual committee meeting to the lunch table where we’ll chat about bright ideas, shared struggles in the workplace, questions about next steps, and more
  • *Tip* Don’t be shy! Remember that some people are potentially out of their comfort zone and would welcome you joining their conversation or saying hi.
  • *Tip* Remember that you are a human and you need breaks! Conferences can be overwhelming with all the information and people so make time for decompressing! Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or night. Also, make sure you go outside for fresh air once and a while.

After the Conference:

  • Follow up with new contacts via LinkedIn, Email, or even Twitter to grow your personal network. Reach out and say “Hey, it was great meeting you at VRA2020!” Check out the VRA’s Membership Directory.
  • While all those great ideas and experiences are fresh in your mind, transcribe any notes you took and reflect on your time at the conference. Most conference presentation slides will be posted to VRA’s Slide Share afterward.
  • Stay involved! Whether it’s joining VREPS on Slack, volunteering at the next annual conference, following up with your Mentor or joining a VRA committee! *Don’t forget to complete the post-conference survey provided by the VRA.

SEI 2020 Scholarships: Accepting Applications!

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), along with the SEI 2020 Implementation Team, are pleased to announce the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarships for the 2020 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI), to be held June 23-26, 2020 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is once again generously funding six scholarships for SEI 2020. This intensive workshop is designed to serve a wide range of information professionals eager to learn about best practices and new technologies and/or update job skills in the realm of digital collections management, as well as to provide significant networking and professional development opportunities. The comprehensive curriculum seeks to address the requirements of today’s cultural heritage information professional, including hands-on and lecture modules presented by expert instructors. SEI provides new professionals, current library school students, and mid-career professionals from a wide range of related fields the opportunity to stay current in an ever-evolving digital landscape. Museum professionals, archivists, visual resources professionals, digital librarians, art and architecture librarians, digital project managers, current and recent graduate students, and others in related fields are all encouraged to attend.

Details:

  • The six Kress Scholarship recipients will each receive $1000 towards the cost of SEI.
  • Kress Scholarship applications are due by Monday, March 9, 2020.
  • Recipients will be notified no later than Monday, March 30, 2020.
  • Each Kress Scholarship recipient will be required to write a report detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship upon completion of SEI 2020.

Instructions:

  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter (no longer than two pages) describing the effect attending SEI would have on your studies and/or your career.
  • All applications will be evaluated by three SEI co-chairs based on the criteria established for the award (including current or future career goals as well as financial need) and any additional directions from the Kress Foundation staff.
  • Submit your application materials via e-mail in a single document (PDF preferred), using the following file naming convention: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_KRESS2020 to SEI 2020 Senior Co-Chair Courtney Baron at courtney.baron@louisville.edu

Reminder VRA Appointee Positions: Accepting Applications!

The VRA Executive Board is now accepting applications for two engaging and rewarding appointee positions: Jobs Digest Coordinator and VRA Bulletin Content Editor
Which one is right for you?


Jobs Digest Coordinator
Are you interested in learning more about how the profession is expanding and changing in exciting ways? Perhaps you would like to serve the VRA and build your resume while you job hunt?  This volunteer appointment may be the ideal opportunity for you.

Charge:  The Jobs Digest Coordinator compiles and distributes job and paid internship opportunities to all interested parties, highlighting the diverse nature of available positions in the field.  The Jobs Digest Coordinator reports to the Public Relations and Communications Officer.  
For more details, see the characteristic duties and responsibilities of this position below.  

The two-year term will commence on March 25, 2020 at the Annual Business Meeting in Baltimore.  You need not be present at the conference to serve.  The candidate will have the opportunity to train with the current Jobs Digest Coordinator Kendra Werst to make the transition a smooth one.  Kendra has done an exceptional job and the board is most grateful for her service and that of Jasmine Burns, the originator of the digest.


VRA Bulletin Content Editor
Would you like to develop leadership skills in digital publishing and open access?  Do you have a passion for writing and editorial work looking for an outlet?  Does your employer place high value on your editorial and publishing pursuits?  This paid appointment may be an excellent match.

Charge:  To solicit and select news articles, professional information, and manuscripts for publication and to manage content uploaded to the electronic journal system. Partners with the Production Editor to plan and supervise the preparation and publication of the VRA Bulletin in electronic form.  

For more details, see the characteristic duties and responsibilities of this position below.  

The three-year term will officially commence on March 25, 2020 at the Annual Business Meeting in Baltimore.  You need not be present at the conference to serve.  The Bulletin is published twice per year and the Content Editor is compensated $750 per issue. The candidate will have the opportunity to train with current Content Editor Hannah Marshall.  The board wishes to express our most sincere gratitude to Hannah for her service to the Bulletin as both Content Editor and Production Editor over the past four years. The Content Editor will also have the advantage of partnering with the VRA Bulletin Production Editor Amy Lazet and working closely with peer reviewers and copy editors.  

The mission of the VRA Bulletin is to serve the membership of the VRA by providing a professional forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas and information directly related to the field of visual resources. It is a journal of professional practice documenting the research, ideas, projects, activities, and history of the Visual Resources Association as well as the broader work of information professionals in image management. Articles authored by members of the Association and like-minded information professionals from outside VRA, cover a wide range of topics including: digital imaging and digital projects; cataloging and classification systems; historical collections and archives; digital humanities; data standards; education and professional development; intellectual property rights and copyright; library systems; collection development; digital curation and preservation; visual literacy and instruction; and, professional standards and ethics.


How to Apply for Either Position: Please send a brief statement of interest, highlighting relevant experience and/or skills to Amy McKenna (info@vraweb.org). 

The deadline for applications is Monday, February 10, 2020. 

American Indian / Alaska Native Student Summer Internship

Each summer the Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) in Little Rock, AR, hosts three tribally-affiliated student interns for an eight-week period in June and July. Interns work at least 25 hours per week in the Center doing basic archival and research work under the direction of Center staff.

The goal of the internship program is to provide students an experiential learning environment in which to acquire an understanding of the value of archives and the research potential of the collections of the Center and to engage in academic research and practical archival activities related to tribal culture, society, and issues. Interns are expected to demonstrate the value of their experience through a summary report of work, finding aids for collections, or reports of research or other written work that may be shared with their home institutions.

Requirements:

Students must be affiliated with a federally-recognized tribe, have completed 60 college hours, and be in good standing at their home institutions of higher learning.

Application materials:

  • Personal statement of at least 250 words expressing why the intern experience would be beneficial to the student’s academic or career goals
  • Unofficial copy of the student’s academic transcript
  • Resume or CV
  • Recommendation letter from the head of the student’s major department or from another relevant academic official.

To assist the student in meeting expenses during the two-month tenure of the internship, the Center provides on-campus housing and $2,000 to defray other living expenses. A call for applications will go out early each year with a deadline of March 15. For additional information, contact us at sequoyah@ualr.edu.

Dates for 2020 internships:

March 16, 2020: Application due.

April 1, 2020: Applicants will be notified.

June 2, 2020: First day of internship

July 24, 2020: Last day of internship

Apply Here!

VRAF Regional Workshop: Registration Open

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that Can We Do That? Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Mediawill be held on March 13, 2020 at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CACan We Do That? Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media is one of the four workshops being offered in the fifth year of the VRAF Regional Workshop Program. The VRA Foundation is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

How do I know whether something is protected by copyright? What is fair use and how can I apply it? What copyright exceptions are available for library or archival use? How can I clear a copyright? How do I navigate and negotiate licensing agreements? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, this workshop is for you! Aimed at providing real-world applications within the academic, archival, library, gallery and museum environments, we will use relevant case studies to explore issues such as educational and scholarly usage, securing academic publication rights (including for online use), creative reuse, fair use guidelines, VARA and moral rights, licensing from vendors and rights holders, and the public domain. Participants will also be introduced to tools and resources to help them and their constituents in making decisions regarding appropriate use and dissemination of visual media.   

Can We Do That? Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media will be taught by Cara Hirsch, Deputy General Counsel at The Virtual Reality Company, a studio focused on the creation of content for virtual reality film and other experiences. At VRC, Cara oversees all intellectual property matters relating to the company’s business. She is the former Associate General Counsel at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, where she supported Guggenheim’s legal affairs in a wide variety of areas including intellectual property.

Prior to the Guggenheim, Cara was Deputy General Counsel for Artstor, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning in the arts, humanities and other fields. Among her duties at Artstor, Cara collaborated in refining Artstor’s intellectual property and other legal strategies for the organization. She also supervised the rights review and clearance process for media collections in the Artstor Digital Library, a digital image resource that makes available to nonprofit institutions over 1.7 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Cara also worked as an Associate at the law firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Andrews Kurth LLP, where she practiced in the field of intellectual property. She served as Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the Visual Resources Association from 2011-2014. Cara received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 

Registration for Can We Do That? Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media is now open.  The fee for the workshop is $125. For more information about the workshop and to register, visit here.

If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu. For questions about the venue, please contact Anne Mar, Assistant College Archivist/Metadata Specialist, amar@oxy.edu.