Scholarships Available for Summer Educational Institute (SEI)

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) and the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), along with the SEI 2019 Implementation Team, are pleased to announce the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarships for the 2019 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI), to be held June 4-7, 2019, at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque.

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The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is once again generously funding six scholarships for SEI 2019. 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 $833 towards the cost of SEI.

  • Kress Scholarship applications are due by Friday, February 8, 2018.

  • Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, March 8, 2018.

  • Each Kress Scholarship recipient will be required to write a report detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship upon completion of SEI 2019.

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_KRESS2019 to SEI 2019 Senior Co-Chair Lesley Chapman at lchapman@colgate.edu

SEI registration will open January 14, 2019.

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VRA2019 Spotlight: Tuesday Workshops

Early-bird registration for VRA2019 is here! Check out the #VRA2019 Workshops! Workshops will be held on Tuesday, March 26th and Friday, March 29th.

Clean, Transform and Enhance Your Data – Getting Started with OpenRefine 

Tuesday, March 26th @ 8:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $40
Limited to 25 participants

Organizer: Sheryl Frisch, Visual Resource Specialist, California Polytechnic State University
Instructors:
Sheryl Frisch, Visual Resource Specialist, California Polytechnic State University
Samantha Norling, Digital Collections Manager, Newfields
Greg Reser, Metadata Analyst,  University California, San Diego

Spend less time editing more records while improving the quality of your data using OpenRefine (http://openrefine.org/), an open source program that offers a practical approach to efficiently clean and transform data. Data comes from multiple sources and is messy. Cleaning data takes time, and is challenging when staffing and resources are limited. In this workshop, you will be given an overview of the program, and learn how to analyze and transform your data with text faceting, filtering, clustering, and using GREL (General Refine Expression Language) expressions that will allow you to write code to further manipulate data. You will also be introduced to OpenRefine’s built-in Wikidata reconciliation service, which connects your data to Linked Open Data (LOD) on the Web, making it possible to enrich your data with additional information (Getty vocabularies, LCSH and LCNAF, VIAF, and more).

Participants will need to bring a laptop in order to follow along with the exercises. Instructions on how to download and install OpenRefine, a data set, and additional documentation, will be emailed to you prior to the workshop. Online registration for this workshop will begin in December.

Add it to your sched!


The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself: Public Speaking for Introverts and Other Reluctant Presenters

Tuesday, March 26th @ 8:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $40
Limited to 20 participants

Organizer and Instructor:
Betha Whitlow, Curator of Visual Resources, Washington University in Saint Louis

Many of us have a fear of public speaking that prevents us from sharing our great ideas and experience, and even those who speak frequently admit that getting up in front of a room can still induce trembling hands and sweaty palms. While useless tips like imagining your audience in their underwear to banish nerves abound, in truth simple steps can be taken to help you survive and even thrive before a crowd. In a highly supportive and interactive environment, this workshop will explore the causes (and even potential benefits!) of stage fright, and discuss how to mitigate it through: Mindfulness and other stress reduction techniques The fear minimizing power of a well-crafted talk Techniques for public speaking After taking this workshop, you may still not actively court the limelight. But you will have the tools–and ideally newfound confidence–to transition from perpetual audience member to speaker on the stage. Online registration for this workshop will begin in December.

Add it to your sched!


Lesson Planning for Fair Use and Visual Literacy

Tuesday, March 26th @ 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $30
Limited to 25 participants

Organizers:
Allan Kohl
, Librarian, Visual Resources and Library Instruction, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Bridget Madden, Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago

Instructors:
Allan Kohl, Librarian, Visual Resources and Library Instruction, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Bridget Madden, Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago
Molly Schoen, Visual Resources Curator, Fashion Institute of Technology

The open access e-book Fair Use in the Visual Arts: Lesson Plans for Librarians (ARLIS/NA Occasional Paper No. 17, 2018) builds off of the CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts to guide art information professionals in designing and delivering active learning experiences that empower students to understand copyright and take advantage of fair use in their art, design, and academic practices. This workshop will introduce art information professionals to frameworks and best practices for user instruction and equip them with tools and strategies to teach fair use in their own institutions. The workshop will give attendees an understanding of fair use and other visual literacy issues and how to integrate them into library instruction. Online registration for this workshop will begin in December.

Add it to your sched!


Learn more about VRA2019!

Happenings

Internships and Fellowships

Smithsonian Libraries
Spring 2019 *PAID* Internships
Deadline: January 18, 2019
Learn More & Apply


CFPs, Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2019 Conference and Colloquium 
Call for Proposals
Learn More & Submit a Proposal
Deadline: January 11, 2019

ARLIS/NA: New Voices in the Profession
Call For Paper Proposals
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Learn More and Submit a Proposal

NDSR Art
Call for Proposals
Topic: Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Art Museums
Deadline: December 17, 2018
Panel will be held on January 31, 2019, in NY
Learn More and Apply

iPres 2019
Call for Contributions
Topic: Digital Preservation
When & Where: Amsterdam, September 2019
Deadline: March 18, 2019


Webinars, Recordings, and Podcasts

Live and Learn: Collections Emergency Lessons
Connecting to Collections Care Webinar (Recorded)
Watch & Learn

Preserving Artifacts of Free Speech: Caring for Political Memorabilia
Connecting to Collections Care Webinar (Recorded)
Watch & Learn


Awards and $$$

VRA Greater NY Chapter – Annual Conference Travel Award
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Apply Here

VRA New England Chapter – Annual Conference Travel Award
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Apply Here

VRA x DLF Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Learn More & Apply Here

How Vanderbilt migrated from MDID to JSTOR Forum

ICYMI…

Hear from Shelby Merritt, Visual Resources Curator at Vanderbilt University and JSTOR Forum’s Migration Manager, Erin McCall about their recent work to migrate Vanderbilt’s Art History Image Collection from MDID into Forum. Topics discussed include:

  • The importance of the collection and how it was previously supported
  • What aspects of Forum made it a good fit for this project Best practices for planning, preparation, and implementation
  • The ways in which Forum has impacted workflows and productivity
  • How making the collection discoverable on the Artstor Digital Library has been received by end-users.

Happenings

CFPs, Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2019 Conference and Colloquium 
Call for Proposals
Learn More & Submit a Proposal
Deadline: January 11, 2019

ARLIS/NA: New Voices in the Profession
Call For Paper Proposals
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Learn More and Submit a Proposal

iPres 2019 (Digital Preservation)
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
When: September 16-20, 2019
Learn More

NDSR Art
Call for Proposals
Topic: Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Art Museums
Deadline: December 17, 2018
Panel will be held on January 31, 2019, in NY
Learn More and Apply


Webinars, Recordings, and Podcasts

#LITAchat on Twitter
Topic: Fun New Library Tech Projects!
When: Friday, November 30, 2018 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST
Hashtag Feed

#InclusiveInfoLit – Twitter Chat
Topic: Conversation around cultivating learning environments for students with diverse identities.
When: Friday, December 7, 2018
Learn More Here

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Recording of “A Look at Artists’ Books: Developing Collections at the MET”
Watch Session 1
Watch Session 2


Awards and $$$

VRAF Regional Workshop Scholarship
VRA Upstate NY Chapter
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Learn More & Apply

VRA Greater NY Chapter – Annual Conference Travel Award
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Apply Here

VRA New England Chapter – Annual Conference Travel Award
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Apply Here

VRA x DLF Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Learn More & Apply Here