2022 Fall Virtual Conference Presenter Highlight:

Cataloging Folk Art – Howard Finster and Sam McMillan by Kendra Moyer

This lightening talk serves to cover some of the basics of American Folk Arts and the system of cataloging items according the the American Folk Art Museum. In a prior life I was an art gallery owner. I have approximately 50 items of art by Reverend Howard Finster and Sam McMillan, and will demonstrate some of the cataloging standards provided by this museum.

These artists have both been prominently featured in this museum, and their colorful and original works have not yet been shared with the public. Finster’s works have been featured as the cover art of the Talking Heads AND REM albums. Finster’s southern style had taken his works across the world, and his Coke bottles are most famous. He is also known as a visionary artist, divinely inspires. McMillan is an African American folk artist whose works depict his life as a sharecropper in North Carolina working for the Hanes family. Both artists capture the innovation and spirit of Southern life.

We will briefly cover the American Folk Art museum cataloging standards for 2-4 items, including a McMillan cedar trunk featuring a horse and buggy, and an Finster piece of Henry Ford as a child.  

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2022 Fall Virtual Conference Presenter Highlight:

The Interdisciplinary Creative Researcher: Visual Studies Engagement of Creative Writers by Emilie Menzel

The fields of visual arts and creative writing hold a long history of lively engagement and exchange. Accordingly, this poster reports the results of an experimental study on intersections between visual studies and creative writers’ information seeking behavior. The study was conducted through exploratory interviews with creative writers, following methodology as developed for examining visual artists’ information seeking behavior. Qualitative, open coding analysis of the interviews demonstrates that writers repeatedly engage with visual studies materials during their creative research processes, particularly during experiential forms of inquiry. Up to this point, there have been under 20 studies into creative writer information seeking behavior, and, as such, the creative writer’s information needs and behavior within the context of the library have to this point been folded into those of humanities scholars. The results of this research highlight: 1) how creative writers’ information needs and behaviors in fact overlay more closely with those of visual artists, 2) an experiential-inquiry spectrum model for creative research behavior, and 3) possibilities for art library outreach to the active library user group of creative writers.

2022 Fall Virtual Conference Presenter Highlight:

Conserving a Conservators Work: The Susan Barger Collection at the Center for Creative Photography by Elias Larralde

As a student archival assistant at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) I was lucky to process the Center’s first collection dedicated to the work of a photo conservator Susan Barger. This is unique as the Center collection is focused on photographers and prominent galleries which showed photography. Through this presentation I aim to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities in processing a conservator’s work in an art archive. Specifically, a discussion will be had on how the physical materials donated by Barger, which were various daguerreotypes at different stages of testing in relation to the best cleaning methods, challenge how the CCP will approach the use of said collection for future researchers. How can objects that were in a process of experimentation survive and thrive in an environment known to be static and locked away?

2022 Fall Virtual Conference Presenter Highlight:

An Interconnected Approach to Resources: Developing a Library Zine by Amy Mackens

PLUME is a publication by the College for Creative Studies (CCS) Library that aims to disrupt linear research models by offering a uniquely interconnected approach to resources. Each issue contains content stemming from a single conceptual theme. The publication is formatted in a way that encourages interconnected modes of research, providing readers with a curation of library resources in both print and digital formats alongside articles and imagery featuring voices from the local community of artists. Our goals for PLUME are three-fold: help foster a community of academic research, build partnerships with a network of stakeholders outside of the college, and showcase the depth of the library’s resources.

2022 Fall Virtual Conference Presenter Highlight:

Earning Your Green Thumb: Weeding fine arts collections for new professionals by Gavin Goodwin

Deselection of library materials, or weeding, is something rarely addressed in detail during LIS programs, or sometimes not at all. In general, weeding can be seen as dauting or tedious, and weeding fine arts collections can be particularly challenging when accounting for unique formats, lack of digital replacements, and other idiosyncrasies of fine arts collections. This lightning talk will discuss my preparations for a large-scale weeding project as a new professional without a fine arts background working at a small undergraduate liberal arts university. This project is being undertaken in preparation for a library building renovation while attempting to reduce the size of our existing fine arts collection, approximately 18,000 volumes. Through this presentation, I will discuss developing a philosophy for approaching the weeding project, tools and considerations for making evidence-based deselection decisions, and ways of addressing impostor syndrome or lack of subject expertise when embarking on weeding projects.

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).