Save the Date + Call for Presenters for the ArLiSNAP / VREPS 2022 Fall Virtual Conference

Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) and Visual Resources Association’s Emerging Professionals And Students Group (VREPS) invite you to save the date for our 2022 Fall Virtual Conference.

This conference is open to all, but focuses on the needs of students and new professionals. Attendees interested in art librarianship or visual resource management will have the opportunity to learn from peers and celebrate each other’s work through virtual posters and presentations. Via this conference, we’re seeking to foster a sense of belonging and growth in our community, and we invite all interested students and new professionals to participate.

Our calls for students and new professionals to present in different sessions are outlined below. If you have any questions in the meantime, please send an email to ArLiSNAP: arlisnap.na@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE

The virtual conference will take place on Saturday, November 5th. The full program and registration information will be released on the ArLiSNAP blog and VREPS blog. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to the ArLiSNAP listserv, follow ArLiSNAP on Instagram, and check the VREPS blog.

TIMELINE

  • Wednesday, 10/19: Deadline for submissions
    Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.
  • Rolling basis: All applicants will be informed of the conference team’s decision for each submission
  • Friday, 10/23: Deadline for selected submissions to accept participation in the conference
  • Week of 10/31: Technology Check Session
  • Tuesday, 11/01: Deadline for materials (virtual posters and presentation slides)
  • Saturday, 11/05: Conference date

SUBMISSION FORM

You are welcome to submit for more than one of the categories below. Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.
https://forms.gle/rKyqaPSeaoitwcFV8

CALL FOR VIRTUAL POSTER PRESENTATIONS:

ArLiSNAP and VREPS welcome proposals from students and new professionals with an interest in art librarianship or visual resources management to share newly completed or in-progress projects, be they research or outcomes from an internship/practicum, at the virtual poster presentation at our 2022 Virtual Conference. This is an opportunity for emerging professionals to share their work in a supportive and engaging space while connecting with other students and early career information professionals. Proposals are open to individual presenters and co-presenters. Virtual posters will be available for asynchronous browsing by attendees, with a live Q&A for all presenters during the conference followed by a social hour. Formatting details will be sent if selected.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:

Fresh Eyes 2.0

Following the success of the inaugural Fresh Eyes session during our last virtual conference, we are bringing the Fresh Eyes session back. 

Are you a student or emerging professional who solved a problem for your school or institution? Did you complete a project during an internship, suggest a new workflow that helped speed up digitization or researcher requests, or start an amazing new program for community members? We want to hear from you! 

Students and emerging professionals have the opportunity to bring “fresh eyes” to an institution. These “fresh eyes” can often add valuable perspectives, allowing for opportunities to ask questions, make suggestions, and create new approaches to work that’s been done “the way we’ve always done it.” In the session, speakers will present via lightning talks case studies detailing how they experienced a workflow or problem, and how their suggestions and perspectives as students and emerging professionals helped create a better process or environment. This is a space for us to celebrate the valuable contributions students and emerging professionals can bring to an institution. 

This session will feature virtual lightning talks of five to seven minutes from five to six presenters, followed by live Q&A. 

CALL FOR STUDENT RESEARCH COLLOQUY:

Do you have an ongoing research project? Are you currently working on a thesis, dissertation, or paper for your program? If so, we’d love to hear about it and provide an opportunity for you to get feedback from other students and professionals in the field while it’s still in progress.  

ArLiSNAP and VREPS invite you to share your current research initiatives in the field of art information and visual resource management. 

Proposals can encompass ongoing or in-progress research and writing. This prompt is purposefully open-ended to encourage a variety of topics. Presentations from students and new professionals can be solo or collaborative if you are working with a larger team. 

Presenters will provide an overview of their current project, share where they are at in their process, and where they feel they would like support, or share any questions that have come up throughout their research or writing process. 

Following the presentations, the session will break out into virtual rooms organized around each presenter for a smaller group discussion. Participants can ask questions, offer feedback, and connect with one another to build a group of support for research and writing. 

Please note we will confer with selected presenters if they wish to be recorded.

Accepting Nominations — VREPS Co-Chair 2022-2024!

Hello VREPSers!

VREPS is looking for a Co-Chair to help lead our group during the 2022 to 2024 term.

Are you interested in helping your fellow students and emerging professionals find professional development opportunities? Do you want to learn leadership skills?

Becoming a Co-Chair is a great stepping stone into leadership positions in the visual resources field! No prior experience is required. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and new professionals!

Co-Chair terms are two years, beginning after the annual conference and ending 23 months later (April 2022 – March 2024). Terms are staggered so there is always one co-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
  • developing annual conference programming
  • creating 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!) please send a brief statement of interest to current co-chairs Summer Shetenhelm and Karissa Hurzeler at stshetenhelm@gmail.com and karissahurzeler@gmail.com.

VREPS at VRA 2022

VREPS invites our colleagues to join us at VRA 2022 Baltimore for a number of sessions!

Stories from the Start

Tuesday, March 29th, at 2:15 pm

VREPS is thrilled to continue this conference tradition, Stories from the Start, an informal conversation with three experienced visual resource professionals about their career beginnings and the road that led them to where they are today. Have questions about starting out in the Visual Resources field? Interested in hearing other VRA members’ backstories? Speakers will share stories from the beginning years of their career and discuss the difficulties they faced. An open discussion will follow, allowing all attendees to ask questions.

VREPS Committee Roundtable

Tuesday, March 29th, at 3:15 pm

The Visual Resources’ Emerging Professionals and Students Group (VREPS) would like to invite our emerging professionals and students to get together and chat about bright ideas, shared struggles in the workplace, questions about next steps, and more. This friendly roundtable discussion will be an opportunity for VREPS members (and any other interested students or new professionals!) to share a little bit about themselves—what drew you to the field? What are your goals? If you’re currently a student, what fun experiences have you had, or what are you struggling with? The goal of this session is to bring our emerging professionals and students together to form a sense of community (and hopefully friendship!).

Emerging Voices Lightning Round

Thursday, March 30th, at 2:30 pm

The Emerging Voices Lightning Round Session provides emerging professionals in the visual resources field and related, the opportunity to present topics from exceptional coursework, such as a master’s thesis, or topics with which they are engaged early in their professional life. Emerging professionals are defined as either students in programs leading to a career in visual resources or related, or those within 10 years of the start of their career. Topics presented reveal new ideas as well as different ways of thinking about established concepts. Speakers will give the conference attendees a glimpse of interests and current discourses of the newest VRA members. This year, lighting is striking for a very long time, and speakers will have 15 to 20 minutes to present.

We hope to see you there, either in-person or virtually!

CFP: VREPS 2022 Emerging Voices Lightning Round!

Are you a student or new professional looking to share your knowledge and experience with the rest of VRA? Please submit a proposal for VRA 2022’s Emerging Voices Lightning Round!

Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students group (VREPS) are pleased to announce a call for presenters for lightning presentations by students and new professionals (within 10 years of the start of their career) in the field for the 2022 VRA Conference in Baltimore, MD. Each presenter will be allotted approximately 7 minutes followed by a group Q&A after all presentations. A moderator will keep talks on time and facilitate discussion. 

Topic Ideas:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competencies, Social Justice
  • Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities
  • Community Outreach
  • Metadata/Cataloging Ethics (Decolonizing vocabularies, Radical cataloging)
  • Tools: Open Source, Evolution, Future Trends
  • Project Management (Communication, Grant writing, Prioritization, Leadership, etc.)
  • Linked Data
  • Materials/Objects collections
  • Broadening Access to Hidden Collections

Interested presenters should fill out this google form

Session Date and Time: Thursday, March 31st, from 2pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Submission Cap: We will only be able to select a maximum of 5 presenters. 

Submission Deadline: December 10, 11:59pm ET

Submission Form: https://forms.gle/HGcrjXUUPetBiwCWA

Questions? Please feel free to contact VREPS Co-Chair Summer Shetenhelm (stshetenhelm@gmail.com) or Karissa Hurzeler (karissahurzeler@gmail.com) with any questions, or email vreps@vraweb.org.

We look forward to hearing the amazing work our students and new professionals are doing!!! 

REGISTER NOW for the ArLiSNAP & VREPS 2021 Fall Virtual Conference

Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) and Visual Resources Association’s Emerging Professionals And Students Group (VREPS) invite you to save the date for our 2021 Fall Virtual Conference.

This conference is open to all, but focuses on the needs of students and new professionals. Attendees interested in art librarianship or visual resource management will have the opportunity to learn from peers and celebrate each other’s work through virtual posters and presentations. Via this conference, we’re seeking to foster a sense of belonging and growth in our community, and we invite all interested students and new professionals to participate.

SAVE THE DATE
The virtual conference will take place on Saturday, November 13th. The full program and registration information will be released on the ArLiSNAP blog and VREPS blog. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to the ArLiSNAP listserv, follow ArLiSNAP on Twitter / Instagram, and check the VREPS blog.


Please register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpfu-oqzojGdHnnXsq6bJ7tj2-j7jMTp2P

You will receive a link to join via Zoom when you register. If you have any questions, please send an email to arlisnap.na@gmail.com

Schedule

1:00 pm ET | 10 am PT – Welcome!

1:10 pm ET | 10:10 am PT – Fresh Eyes Lighting Talks

2:00 pm ET | 11:00 am PT – Skill Shares

2:20 pm ET | 11:20 am PT – Break 

2:30 pm ET | 11:30 am PT – Poster Q&A + Social 

3:30 pm ET |12:30 pm PT – The End! 

ArLiSNAP/VREPS 2021 Fall Virtual Conference – CFP & Save the Date

Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) and Visual Resources Association’s Emerging Professionals And Students Group (VREPS) invite you to save the date for our 2021 Fall Virtual Conference.

This conference is open to all, but focuses on the needs of students and new professionals. Attendees interested in art librarianship or visual resource management will have the opportunity to learn from peers and celebrate each other’s work through virtual posters and presentations. Via this conference, we’re seeking to foster a sense of belonging and growth in our community, and we invite all interested students and new professionals to participate.

Our calls for students and new professionals to present in different sessions are outlined below. If you have any questions in the meantime, please send an email to ArLiSNAP: arlisnap.na@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE
The virtual conference will take place on Saturday, November 13th. The full program and registration information will be released on the ArLiSNAP blog and VREPS blog. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to the ArLiSNAP listserv, follow ArLiSNAP on Twitter / Instagram, and check the VREPS blog.


TIMELINE

  • Wednesday, 10/20: Deadline for all calls
    Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.
  • Friday, 10/22: All applicants will be informed of the conference team’s decision for each submission
  • Friday, 10/29: Deadline for selected submissions to accept participation in the conference
  • Week of 11/08: Technology Check Session
  • Tuesday, 11/09: Deadline for materials (virtual posters and presentation slides)
  • Saturday, 11/13: Conference date

SUBMISSION FORM

You are welcome to submit for more than one of the categories below. Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.
https://forms.gle/KaLhwP1c6htRNm1SA

CALL FOR VIRTUAL POSTER PRESENTATIONS:

ArLiSNAP and VREPS welcome proposals from students and new professionals with an interest in art librarianship or visual resources management to share newly completed or in-progress projects, be they research or outcomes from an internship/practicum, at the virtual poster presentation at our 2021 Virtual Conference. This is an opportunity for emerging professionals to share their work in a supportive and engaging space while connecting with other students and early career information professionals. Proposals are open to individual presenters and co-presenters. Virtual posters will be available for asynchronous browsing by attendees, with a live Q&A for all presenters during the conference followed by a social hour. Formatting details will be sent if selected.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:

Fresh Eyes: Celebrating Our Successes as New Professionals

Are you a student or emerging professional who solved a problem for your school or institution? Did you complete a huge project during an internship, suggest a new workflow that helped speed up digitization or researcher requests, or start an amazing new program for community members? We want to hear from you! 

Students and emerging professionals have the opportunity to bring “fresh eyes” to an institution. These “fresh eyes” can often add valuable perspectives, allowing for opportunities to ask questions, make suggestions, and create new approaches to work that’s been done “the way we’ve always done it.” In the session, speakers will present via lightning talks case studies detailing how they experienced a workflow or problem, and how their suggestions and perspectives as students and emerging professionals helped create a better process or environment. This is a space for us to celebrate the valuable contributions students and emerging professionals can bring to an institution. 

This session will feature virtual lightning talks of five to seven minutes from five to six presenters, followed by live Q&A. 

Building Belonging

ArLiSNAP and VREPS invites you to share current initiatives in the field of art information focusing on fostering a sense of belonging. Proposals can encompass ongoing, completed or in-progress projects that aim to reshape our art information spaces physically or virtually, for you, your colleagues, or patrons. This prompt is purposefully open-ended to encourage a variety of lenses on how we can rethink and reshape our field. Presentations from students and new professionals can be solo or collaborative. 

This session will feature three 15-minute virtual presentations with a live Q&A. Please note we will confer with selected presenters if they wish to be recorded or not. 

CALL FOR SKILL SHARE MINI WORKSHOPS:

We are committed to learning and a community that extends beyond our scheduled sessions and agenda. Do you have something you’re currently working on, passionate about, recently discovered, or a practice you find helpful or restorative? During our breaks between sessions, we are looking for volunteers to share their passions and skills with us. Some ideas include a guided breathing exercise, new pandemic hobby, self-care strategy, or in-progress project. These skill shares are meant to be casual and offer space to learn and share what we’re learning with each other.  

We will have two breaks during which we want to highlight your knowledge, skills, and interests. If you would like to participate in our Skill Share, please tell us a little bit about what you would like to do and approximately how long you think it would take (3-10 minutes). 

Fall 2021 VRA Foundation Professional Development Grant: Call for Applications

The following opportunity is through the VRAF, not VREPS. Reach out to the contacts listed for more information!:

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the VRAF Professional Development Grant program. This program offers two $1000 grants yearly (which may be divided amongst one or more grantees). This grant can be used to support conference participation, enroll in a workshop, for an online education opportunity, or for research activities. For consideration, please submit your application by Friday, September 24, 2021, 11:59PM Pacific Time at https://forms.gle/zqFL8bDBJ18vZXzq7. If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.com. The recipient of the Fall 2021 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, October 8, 2021, and funds must be used before October 8, 2022.

Purpose: The purpose of the VRAF Professional Development grant is to support professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage 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). Priority will be given to applications that include participation at a conference (giving a paper, teaching a workshop, chairing a committee, etc.); research that shows promise to lead to publication or contributes to the visual resources and cultural heritage information management community; to applications that can demonstrate that receiving the opportunity will have a broader benefit to an institution or region; and due to the Coronavirus, we encourage applicants to submit proposals that can be accomplished remotely. Applicants that have several professional development opportunities must fill out separate applications per event. Please note that recipients of the award are required to submit a report outlining how the award contributed to his or her professional development within 30 days following the event.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should have a professional interest in visual resources and cultural heritage information management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.
  • Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
  • Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.

Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

  • Transportation costs to and from the event venue
  • Registration fees or tuition
  • Required course materials (e.g., workbooks, DVDs)
  • Lodging
  • Meals – including meals in transit to and from the educational event
  • Research expenses

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs (For example, a percentage of the grant money/funding taken by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead.)
Application Criteria:

  • A goals statement outlining the opportunity, how it will benefit your work, and any potential contributions this opportunity may allow you to make beyond your own professional development.
  • A comprehensive budget and breakdown of your proposed travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses. When costs are estimated, please explain (e.g., “roundtrip airfare on United as determined via Expedia search”; my lodging costs reflect an estimate for a shared room). If your institution requires you to use a specific airline, or has set a corporate airfare rate, please note this in the comments section. Be as clear and complete as possible about other funding support you will receive or are applying for, such as from your home institution, or other grants and awards.
  • Your resume/curriculum vitae

Application:
Please submit an online application to be considered for a VRAF Professional Development Grant. *A Google account is required to fill out the application form.
The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to support professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage 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

Visual Literacy Pedagogy: Call for Chapter Proposals

The following announcement is being posted on behalf of Sara Schumacher, Architecture Image Librarian/Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University. She mentioned they are encouraging submissions from new professionals!:

We are excited to invite chapter proposals for our forthcoming edited volume, Unframing the Visual: Visual Literacy Pedagogy in Academic Libraries and Information Spaces, which will be published by ACRL Press in 2023. As the first major work on visual literacy pedagogy for academic librarians since the publication of the 2016 Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, this work aims to offer innovative ideas about, perspectives on, and approaches to visual literacy instruction across the disciplines in higher education. 

We are seeking proposals for chapters for each of the book’s four thematic sections:

  • Participating in a changing visual information landscape 
  • Perceiving visuals as communicating information 
  • Practicing visual discernment and criticality 
  • Pursuing social justice through visual practice 

We invite practitioners in academic libraries and information spaces (such as archives, digital scholarship and visualization labs, makerspaces, visual resource centers and image collections, galleries, and museums) who work with visuals to consider submitting a proposal to this volume. In this context, visuals can include but are not limited to charts, drawings, graphs, icons, maps, memes, paintings, photographs, symbols, or other visualizations, as well as multimodal texts with visual elements. Chapters may take a theoretical or practical approach to visual literacy pedagogy and include conceptual discussions, connections to disciplinary perspectives, case studies, activity descriptions, lesson plans, and more. Additional ideas for chapter topics for each thematic section are provided on our website.

We especially welcome proposals from members of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to: women, people of color, LGBTQ+, ability/disability, and non-binary gender identities–as well as members of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups that don’t fit into the categories listed above. 

Finally, we recognize that the idea of visual literacy pedagogy may not yet resonate with all information professionals or disciplinary teaching partners who work with visuals outside of art, design, and architecture, inside or outside of the classroom. That is why one of our goals for this project is to expand a community of practice around visual literacy in our profession. If you have a potential idea for a chapter but are not sure that it would fit within this volume, please feel free to reach out to the editors at unframingtheviz@gmail.com to discuss. 

Submission Procedure: 

We invite you to submit a proposal of approximately 500 words on or before October 15, 2021 through our website. Chapters accepted for publication should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and formatted using Chicago Manual of Style according to ACRL Guidelines. Authors will be responsible for securing permissions for any visuals that appear in their chapters. 

First drafts of chapters are expected to be submitted by February 1, 2022. All submitted chapters will receive blind peer feedback from another author participating in the volume. 

Important Dates: 

  • Proposals due via submission form: October 15, 2021
  • Notifications on chapter selection made by editors: November 15, 2021
  • First chapter draft due to editors: February 1, 2022 
  • Editors assign chapters for peer feedback to authors: March 1, 2022
  • Peer feedback due to editors: April 15, 2022
  • Editor feedback sent to authors: June 1, 2022 
  • Final draft due to editors: July 15, 2022

Editors: 

  • Maggie Murphy (lead editor) 
    • Visual Art & Humanities Librarian/Assistant Professor, UNC Greensboro
  • Stephanie Beene (section editor)
    • Fine Arts Librarian for Art, Architecture, and Planning/Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
  • Katie Greer (section editor)   
    • Fine and Performing Arts Librarian/Associate Professor, Oakland University
  • Sara Schumacher (section editor)
    • Architecture Image Librarian/Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University
  • Dana Statton Thompson (section editor)
    • Research and Instruction Librarian/Associate Professor, Murray State University

Resume/Cover Letter Review – Friday Sept 17

VREPS is hosting Resume/Cover Letter review sessions on Friday, September 17th, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET/9am to 12 pm PT.

These one-on-one 45-minute sessions, held via Zoom, are for you to review and get advice on your resume and cover letter with a visual resource professional who will provide feedback and suggestions. They are open to all VRA and ARLIS/NA members.

We are also looking for additional professionals to act as material Reviewers! If you’d like to share your perspective and experience with students and new VRA professionals, please feel free to sign up as a reviewer.

Follow the link below for additional information or to sign-up:
 SIGN-UP HERE

ArLiSNAP/VREPS Virtual Conference 2020–Recordings Now Available!

Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) and Visual Resources Association’s Emerging Professionals And Students Group (VREPS) held the 2020 Virtual Conference: Visualizing Your Future Art Information Career, last November. This conference was free and open to all, but focused on the needs of students and new professionals. It provided attendees interested in art librarianship or visual resources management the opportunity to learn about pursuing a career in art information and discover research in the field. You can find the conference recordings on the ArLisSNAP website. Sessions were as follows:

Get the Gig: Interview Skills and Advice – Panelists will provide insight on the interview process for myriad art information professions, focusing on phone, in-person, and remote interviews. The session will kick off with a Q&A style panel followed by unrecorded breakout rooms for small group discussions in which participants can ask additional questions one-on-one.

Peering Into Publications: Processes and Opportunities – Panelists will demystify the publishing process for new professionals and students. Panelists from various types of ARLIS/NA and VRA publications (peer-reviewed journals, reviews, etc.) will answer questions around this process to encourage emerging professionals to get involved and join the wider conversations in art information.

Working Towards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Current Initiatives in the Art Information Profession – Discover current initiatives in the field of art information focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each presentation will be 15 minutes with time for questions at the end.

Virtual Posters – Virtual posters will be available to view throughout the conference with a live Q+A in the final event.

VREPS Interview Skills Session

Are you a student or new professional looking to practice your interview skills? Sign up for a one-on-one interview practice session with VREPS! 


One-on-one interview practice sessions are your opportunity to work with a VRA professional to polish your self-presentation. We’ll help you anticipate potential interview questions, refine your interview answers, and develop the confidence you need to perform well in an interview. 


We’re also looking for more experienced professionals to act as interviewers! Please free to sign up on the spreadsheet if you’re interested in acting as an interviewer for our sessions–aka your chance to be a shining lighthouse that helps steer our new professionals and students into the safe harbors of employment! 

Our next practice sessions will take place on Thursday, July 22nd, at 3-6pm ET / 12-3pm PT.

SIGN-UP HERE