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:

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.


  • 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


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.


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.


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. 


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 If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at 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.


  • 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

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

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 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


  • 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:

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.


Call for applications: Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award, 2021-2022

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the ninth VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. 

The VRAF Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students and recent graduates preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. It also provides $1,000 for professional development, and a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association

Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective supervisor. Priority will be given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. The VRAF Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of his or her academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable but hidden cultural collections visible. Projects that would not occur without funding for an intern may be given special consideration. A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at:

In this unpredictable and unfamiliar time of COVID-19, it is clear that remote work and research are dependent upon online collections. VRAF believes that there are many learning opportunities for interns to help provide scholarly and public access to collections by working remotely if needed in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Applications are due on July 23, 2021.
 The award recipient for 2021-2022 will be announced on August 16, 2021. 

Call for Feedback on the Framework for Visual Literacy draft

The Visual Literacy Task Force is looking for feedback on their draft for the Framework for Visual Literacy. Please see below for details:

Request for Feedback

We are currently seeking feedback on the Framework for Visual Literacy (PDF attached). We are asking you to consider how you might use this document. We would also like to understand how it could be improved to better align with your needs. We thank you in advance for your input to ensure this document is thoughtful and useful.

Find the draft in various formats to facilitate accessibility and feedback options at the Task Force website:

Survey Link:

Please return the survey by July 7, 2021.


In 2009, a group of librarians interested in quality research and instructional image content formed the Image Resources Interest Group within the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) to focus on the particular affordances and challenges of visual information. That same year, the inaugural Visual Literacy Task Force was formed to craft a set of standards that would complement the now rescinded 2001 ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (Information Literacy Standards). The resultant standards, the 2011 Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (Visual Literacy Standards)  highlighted ways in which visuals are distinct from other information types.

In the years following the publication of the Visual Literacy Standards, librarians began to engage with threshold conceptsmetacognition, and metaliteracies, reflected in the 2016 ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (Framework), which replaced the Information Literacy Standards. Ongoing critical conversation continues to shape how learners are taught to create, use, share, and assess information in the twenty-first century. Addressing these shifts, ACRL assembled several task forces in 2018 to develop Framework Companion Documents and update disciplinary literacy standards documents. In this spirit, the current Visual Literacy Task Force was formed by the Image Resources Interest Group to update the 2011 Visual Literacy Standards.

At the outset, we acknowledged that visual literacy and related terminology remained difficult to define due to variations in use and meaning across disciplines. We also recognized that mapping to the Framework would be a challenging exercise. Success would require the participation of thoughtfully engaged stakeholders. Therefore, we began by conducting an IRB-approved qualitative research study[i]. From fall 2019 to spring 2021, we interviewed a broad community of practitioners and scholars, including architecture and planning librarians. Participants were asked to define visual literacy, identify necessary skills and competencies for their discipline, and discuss what they perceived as challenges and opportunities.

By coding the interviews, we identified four themes that serve as the backbone for the current Visual Literacy Framework Companion Document draft. These themes are:

·         Perceive visuals as communicating information;

·         Participate in a changing information landscape;

·         Practice visual discernment and criticality; and

·         Pursue social justice through visual practice.

Again, participants will find the draft in various formats to facilitate accessibility and feedback options on the Task Force website:  If you have any questions, please contact us at

Current Task Force Members

  • Millicent Fullmer (co-chair), University of San Diego
  • Tiffany Saulter (co-chair), Deque Systems, Inc.
  • Stephanie Beene, University of New Mexico
  • Katie Greer, Oakland University
  • Maggie Murphy, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Sara Schumacher, Texas Tech University
  • Dana Statton Thompson, Murray State University
  • Mary Wegmann, Sonoma State University

Past member:

  • Kathy Edwards, Clemson University (2018-2019)

[i] IRB #00001310 was coordinated through the University of San Diego. Co-Principal Investigators were Millicent Fullmer and Dana Statton Thompson. Co-Investigators were Stephanie Beene, Sara Schumacher, Katie Greer, Maggie Murphy, and Mary Wegmann.

Accepting Nominations — VREPS Co-Chair 2021-2023!

Hello VREPers!

VREPS is looking for a Co-Chair to help lead our group during the 2021 to 2023 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 2021 – March 2023). 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

Fall/Winter VRA Bulletin — Accepting Submissions!

Have a great idea for an article or opinion piece? Just finished a huge thesis involving digital resources that you’d like to see published? Submit your work for publication in the Fall/Winter VRA Bulletin — currently accepting submissions! Please see below for the details from the editors:

We are now accepting submissions for the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of the VRA Bulletin! Please share this information widely with your networks.

Because the Bulletin offers a hybrid peer review model, we can offer staggered submission deadlines based on whether or not an author is seeking peer review for their submission:

Deadline for peer articles seeking peer review: August 15, 2021
Deadline for articles not seeking peer review: September 15, 2021

The Bulletin publishes a wide range of article types that correspondingly range in length – some rough guidelines to keep in mind:

Feature articles: 2,000 – 5,000 words
Perspectives (opinion pieces): 1,000 – 3,000 words
Case studies & project updates: 500 – 2,000 words
Reviews: 250 – 1,000 words
Association news & reports – any length

You can find information regarding how to submit on the bulletin’s website. Good luck!

VREPS at VRA 2021!

Hello everyone!

A big ‘shout-out’ to all our interested students and new professionals who joined us yesterday for the VREPS Committee Meeting Roundtable at VRA 2021! We joined for an hour of friendly conversation, discussed our various paths into the field of visual resources, and brainstormed possibilities for future learning opportunities. Here are some highlights from the discussions:

  • the group consists of individuals working at academic institutions, museums and cultural heritage institutions, current students, and individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree
  • many of us entered the field of visual resources after careers and/or previous work in education and museums
  • members are interested in education around copyright issues, tech tools that are commonly used in the field, and graduate education
  • members would love regularly scheduled lightning sessions highlighting new tools or knowledge!

We are moderating two more events this week and assisting with an addition event. Please see the information below for details:

Cash Rules Everything Around Me – Hosted by the Equity Action Committee (EAC), assisted by VREPS

  • Tuesday, March 23rd, 11:00 am CDT
  • This session will gather a diverse range of GLAM professionals to discuss financial/compensation transparency and how it relates to the field. It will generate a fruitful discussion surrounding compensation at various points in one’s career and across the field at large.
  • NOT recorded — attend live unless you just want to look at the session notes!

Emerging Voices Lightning Round

  • Tuesday, March 23rd, 2:00 pm CDT
  • Speakers will give the conference attendees a glimpse of interests and current discourses of the newest VRA members.
  • Recorded

Stories from the Start

  • Friday, March 26th, 1:00 pm CDT
  • Speakers will share stories from the beginning years of their career and discuss the difficulties they faced. 
  • Recorded

We hope to see you there! Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments! Happy #VRA2021!

Spring/Summer 2021 Virtual Internships Pt. 2

Hello VREPS! Are you looking for a *paid, virtual* internship for spring or summer 2021? Check out one of the opportunities below to see if there’s something that fits your interest! Please note none of these are ‘sponsored’ by VREPS, so if you’re interested, you should contact the institutions directly. We’ll be keeping an eye out for new postings, so if none of these ‘catch your eye’, be sure to keep a watch on the blog for future opportunities!

Smithsonian Libraries & Archives 50th Anniversary Internships

From the ad: These paid, virtual opportunities will be available for Summer 2021. Internships are eight weeks in length but may be performed part-time of full-time (see specific project details). Exact appointment dates are flexible and dependent on the student and intern supervisor’s schedules. The following project areas are available: Advancement, Born Digital Collections, Cataloging, Communications, and Digital Curation. Stipend levels are $600/week full-time or a rate of $15/hour for part-time. The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

National Foundation on the Arts & Humanities, Pathways Intern – Humanities Programs

From the ad: Pathways Student Interns will perform some and/or all of the following duties in support of the various offices and divisions within the NEH:

  • Assists in day-to-day operations through performing a mixture of routine and sometimes complex tasks.
  • Performs a variety of program support functions, such as inputting, assigning, maintaining, monitoring, or updating work products and records as well as administering and performing other support activities.
  • Assists in developing material for briefings, reports, presentations and conferences for division/office staff and supervisors.
  • Assists in collecting, organizing and maintaining program and/or functional documentation and materials.
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence, memoranda, and information.
  • Participates in support of panel meetings, briefings, and other NEH events.

Interns are paid $12.34 to $15.44 per hour, and applications are due by February 25th, 2021.