VREPS at #VRA2019

Only 1 more week until VRA LA 2019! The Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Student group have a few things planned this year. Keep reading to learn more!

Meetup Lunch (RSVP only)
When: Tuesday, March 27 from 12:15-1:45pm
Room: Golden State I
About: New members, 1st/2nd time conference attendees, VREPS, conference/year-round mentors and mentees, and peer resume & cover letter reviewers/reviewees are invited to meetup over an informal lunch. If you are new to the VRA or the conference experience or are an emerging professional or student, or just need some time to catch up with your mentor, mentee, reviewer or reviewee, this Meetup is a great way to connect in a friendly and social environment. Boxed lunch will be provided.

Community Partnership Event
Wednesday, March 28 from 2:15-4:00pm
Room: Golden State Ballroom Foyer 
About: This event will provide ample opportunities for conversations about products, projects, and information about how to become more involved in the work of the Visual Resources Association. VREPS will be at the Membership Committee table, stop by and say hi!

VREPS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 28 from 12:15-1:00pm
Room: Sacramento
About: Join your VREPS colleagues to discuss future programming, employment opportunities, and emerging trends in visual resources, and more, that are important to you. All are welcome!

VREPS Session: Stories from the Start
When: Thursday, March 29 from 5:00-6:00pm
Room: Golden State II 
About: Have questions about starting out in the Visual Resources field? Interested in hearing other VRA members’ backstories? Join VREPS for a informal conversation with experienced professionals. 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. Learn More

Below are some additional posts we created about #VRA2019

VRA2019 Conference Guide + Tips

VREPS in LA: Food + Places to Visit

VRA Special Interest Groups Meeting in LA

VRA2019 Social Spotlight: Meetup Lunch


Advice & Articles

Big Flickr Announcement: All CC-licensed images will be protected!

ICYMI…Are Temporary Appointments a Threat to Archiving? via Moving Image Archive News

Open Access Is Going Mainstream. Here’s Why That Could Transform Academic Life via The Chronicle of Higher Education

Freeze! A manifesto for safeguarding and preserving born-digital heritage via Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

CFPs, Conferences, Awards, and such…

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Learn More & Apply

Society of American Archivists Foundation
10 Travel Awards
available—of up to $1,000 each—to support attendance at the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and SAA in Austin, July 31–August 6. Learn More & Apply! [have to be a member to apply]

Check back next Thursday for more Happenings! Missed a week? Take a look at previous happenings here.

#VRA2019: Food + Places

Headed to Los Angeles for #VRA2019!? VREPS have compiled a list of some restaurants and places that may be of interest to some! Check out more must-see locations and food spots on the VRA Conference Blog!


Skid Row History Museum + Archive
250 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (7 min walk from hotel)
About: Learn about the history of Skid Row, Los Angeles. Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations (between 5,000 and 8,000) of homeless people in the United States.
Hours: Thursday through Saturday 2-5 p.m.

Los Angeles LGBT Center
McDonald/Wright Building, 1625 Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (20 min drive)
About: Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center provides services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-8pm

California African American Museum
Where: 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037 (13 min drive)
About: The first African American museum of art, history, and culture fully supported by a state, CAAM was the direct result of a sustained, multiyear campaign of activism undertaken by visionary founders and community members. Its creation was an early and tangible recognition by the State of California of the critically important role African Americans have played in the American West’s cultural, economic, and political development.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-5:00pm; Sunday 11:00am-5pm

Velveteria: The Museum of Velvet Art
Where: 711 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (5 min drive/20 min walk)
About: Quirky museum showcasing a range of offbeat, kitschy velvet paintings & other curios.
Hours: Wednesday thru Monday – 11am-6pm

Where: 1933 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (11 min drive)
About: POT is a full-service pottery studio owned and operated by people of color, a majority of which are women and Los Angeles natives.
Hours: Daily from 12pm-9pm

Bradbury Building
Where: 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (8 min walk)
About: Unique structure featuring a Victorian center court with wrought-iron stairs & birdcage elevators.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm; Sunday & Saturday 10am-5pm

Biddy Mason Memorial Park
Where: 333 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (8 min walk)
About: Located near the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown, Biddy Mason Park is dedicated to Bridget “Biddy” Mason, a former slave who became a noted philanthropist and a founding member of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Mason won her freedom in 1856 and settled in Los Angeles to work as a midwife. Ten years later she bought a house, where she operated an orphanage and eventually founded the city’s First A.M.E. Church on land she had purchased and then donated to the church. The park features a timeline that traces Mason’s remarkable life.
Hours: Daily 12am-7pm

Chinese American Museum & Historical Chinatown Boundary
Where: Museum425 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (7 min drive/20 min walk) Historical Boundary800 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
About: Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, the 7,200 square foot Chinese American Museum (CAM) embodies a cultural and physical link to the past, as well as a promising point of entry for the city’s multicultural future. Opened on December 18, 2003 after 20 years of dedicated community and civic leadership and support, CAM’s presence at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument—a 44-acre public park honored as Los Angeles’ “birthplace” and the site of its original Chinatown—reflects the vibrant development of an immigrant history that began over 150 years ago when the first major Chinese settlement was documented in Los Angeles. CAM is dedicated to researching, preserving, and sharing the experiences and contributions of Chinese Americans in the United States through quality exhibitions, programs, events, publications, and workshops. In addition to its role in the community as an active-learning institution, CAM is also proud to serve as a visual symbol of new and emerging traditions.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am-3pm

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
644 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (3 min drive/15 min walk)
About: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, or IAMLA, is located in the historic Italian Hall, which was constructed in 1908 to serve as a gathering place for the Italian community. Today, the Italian Hall is the oldest remaining structure from Los Angeles’ Italian enclave, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The IAMLA opened in 2016, and is jointly operated by the Historic Italian Hall Foundation and the City of Los Angeles. Although Los Angeles is home to the nation’s fifth-largest Italian American population, the community’s history, which predates California’s statehood, was seldom explored until recently. By examining Southern California’s Italian roots, the IAMLA aims to promote understanding about a region and its history that is a microcosm of the nation and the world.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am-3pm
**Close to Velveteria & Chinese American Museum!!


Homegirl Cafe ($)
Where: 130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (5 min drive/23 min walk)
About: Cafe offshoot of a civic-minded local organization, Homeboy Industries, serving baked goods, sandwiches, wraps & salads. Check out their lunch menu!
Hours: Monday – Friday (Breakfast/Lunch) 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM, open until 3:30 pm; Saturday (Brunch) 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Mitsuru Cafe ($)
Where: 117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (5 min walk)
About: The best place to spend your leisure time tasting delicious food and enjoying the nice atmosphere
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Comfort LA ($)
Where: 1110 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (5 min drive/22 min walk)
About: Soul Food!! Check out their menu here!
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-12am; Thursday-Saturday 11am-3am; Closed on Mondays

Mexicali Taco & Co. ($ cash only)
Where: 702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (25 min walk/5 min drive)
About: Bajan dishes such as tacos & quesadillas served in an informal eatery with rustic decor. Look at their menu here!
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 10am-4pm

Azla Ethiopian Vegan ($)
Where: 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (12 min drive)
About: Casual, cheery counter-serve with small tables specializing in vegan renditions of Ethiopian dishes. Check out their menu here!
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 8pm; Sunday 11am-3pm

Natraliart Jamaican Resturant ($$)
Where: 3426 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 (15 min drive)
About: Caribbean standards served in hefty portions at this modest cafe with a colorful island mural.Check out their menu!
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-9pm; Saturday 9am-8:30pm

Harold & Belle’s ($$)
Where: 2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 (16 min drive)
About: With white tablecloths & flowers, the eatery features Creole fare like gumbo & Southern hospitality.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday 11:30am-11pm

Grand Central Market ($-$$$)
Where: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (9 min walk)
About: Emporium hosting food vendors & florists, plus game nights, movies & other events, since 1917. Take a look at their vendors!
Hours: Daily from 8am-10pm

Have a place you’d like to suggest? Leave a comment below!


Awards, Scholarships, and $$$

Linked Data for the Humanities class (18 full scholarships available)
Apply Here
Early registration scholarships for students and early career professionals has been extended until March 15! Send a short note to
penndreamlab@gmail.com – the scholarship knocks $250 off the registration fee!

ARLIS/NA IRC Study Tour Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship (w/ commitments)
Deadline: March 18, 2019
Apply Here
Commitments include:
-Complete application by deadline
-Participate in ARLIS/NA IRC Study Tour to Venice, Italy, June 10-16, 2019
-Assist the study tour leaders with documentation during and after the tour, including posts on ARLIS/NA social media
-Assist with the half-day symposium in Venice; Following the tour, write a blog post about your experience for the ARLIS/NA web site
-Organize any relevant materials for sharing on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal
-Share ideas for ongoing collaboration with Venetian libraries and librarians
-Provide input to IRC, Professional Development Committee, Awards Committee, ArLiSNAP, and other groups to develop future scholarship opportunities

Advice, Articles, & Toolkits

How much do you know about U.S. Copyright Laws?! Take this quiz to test your knowledge!

The Visual Materials Cataloging and Access Committee (VMCAC) Views Newsletter

VRA Bulletin Special Issue: Cataloging Today: Enlarging the Sphere (Volume 45, Issue 2)

Artists and Activists Prepare Political Responses to Whitney Biennial
“On February 25, the Whitney Museum of American Art announced the 75 artists who will be participating in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. In the days following, artists and activists have responded to the hotly-anticipated event of contemporary art, which opens May 17, with simultaneous excitement and militancy. These reactions come in response to reports identifying a Whitney vice chairman, Warren Kanders, as the owner and CEO of Safariland, a multi-billion dollar weapons manufacturer. Safariland’s tear gas has been used at political clashes including at Standing Rock, Baltimore, Ferguson, Gaza, and recently, at the US–Mexico border, where it was launched at Central American asylum-seekers.”

CFPs, Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

BitCurator Consortium (BCC)
Round-table Topic: The Ethics of Born-Digital Collecting
When: Friday, March 22, 2019 from 10am-11:30am EST
Register Here (Registration is free and open to the public with limited registration spots.)

VRA New England Chapter Meeting
Where: Trinity College, Hartford, CT
When: May 31, 2019

LACUNY Institute 2019
Call for Posters
Topic: Students are Evolving, Are Libraries Adapting?
Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019
Learn More & Submit a Poster

VRA Bulletin
Call for Content – Spring 2019 Issue
Learn More and Submit an Article

Webinars, Podcasts, and more

Topic: Starting Right: Introduction to Digital Project Management Planning – Two, two-hour sessions over the course of two days
When: March 13-14, 2019
Register Here

Launched in 2012 as a professional development webinar series, MCN Pro is a learning community aimed at providing engaging and effective professional development training and connecting experts across the MCN community. These workshops feature some of the best and brightest from the MCN community who share their experience, skills, and knowledge in an ongoing series of how-to sessions.

Check back next Thursday for more Happenings! Missed a week? Take a look at previous happenings here.

VREPS Interview with Heath Patten

Heath Patten

Can you tell us a little bit about your background, your current position and how you got into the field of visual resources?
I have two B.A.s from Ohio State University with majors in history, anthropology/archaeology, and art history. My graduate studies at Ohio State produced an M.A. in Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology and an A.B.D. in Art History. Currently, I am the Visual Resources Curator for Oberlin College and Conservatory. I also have been a college lecturer in art history for 20 years, and I am currently an adjunct instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. I started in the visual resources field as the Assistant Curator for Oberlin College in 2002.

What is your favorite part of your work? Can you describe any project(s) you’re currently working on?
I enjoy having one foot in technical services and one foot in public services. This keeps my department’s focus flexible and organic. Two of my job’s responsibilities are Art Director for the Oberlin College Libraries and Program Director of O.C. Libraries’ traveling exhibits. Currently, Oberlin College is working on exhibitions (on-site and digital) about women’s suffrage and the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I am also working on the creation of a digital collection for our large glass lantern slide collection that will have student-curated exhibits featured through an Omeka site.

What does a typical work day look like for you?
A typical day for me is often quite varied. I sit on several college library committees on student worker supervision, maker space development, and educational program development, so I often have committee responsibilities. I also do scanning and digital photography for our special collections, branch libraries, and college archives as well as often fulfill outside requests for digital images. Additionally, I also manage student projects that require or involve digital image creation. During the day I may also be consulted on graphic design questions, exhibition design, and/or art installation, or be asked to give a lecture or teach a section on early photography techniques or photographers for a faculty member.

What were some challenges you came across when you first started out in the field of visual resources?
I was a little overwhelmed by metadata creation and what to develop in the development of the collection. I overcame these challenges by three simple means… READ, RESEARCH, and ASK QUESTIONS!

What skills do you use for your job that you didn’t learn while in school?
I did not have much experience managing a special collection and a separate digital photo lab.

Looking back, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
In 2018, Oberlin College named its main library after Mary Church Terrell, Oberlin alumna and African-American activist who championed racial equality and women’s suffrage. I played a major role in the creation of promotional and educational materials for the renaming ceremony and its associated events. I also was heavily involved in the design and marketing of a traveling exhibition about Mary Church Terrell.

What is something that most excites you about the field of visual resources?
I have enjoyed watching visual resources changing technology and formats — from 35mm slides and study prints to digital images and online databases and exhibit platforms. I am excited to see visual resources collections starting to expand to include the building of material collections. I am in the process of building one for Oberlin College libraries.

Where else do you seek professional development opportunities other than VRA?
Ohio has a digital initiatives group that offers some opportunities and other associated associations also offer opportunities, such as ARLIS/NA.

What other professional organizations are you a part of?
I belong to the Midwest Art History Society. I also have had memberships in the Archaeological Institute of America (A.I.A.) and the College Art Association (C.A.A.). I do find professional organizations highly valuable and they are becoming more important than ever before. My opinion is based on the fact that professional organizations are ways to boost skills and grow knowledge about one’s field. While they are obviously great ways to network, they also naturally generate opportunities for one to share ideas and collaborate with other professionals outside of one’s home institution.

Do you have any words of advice or wisdom for emerging professionals and students in this field?
I recommend immersing yourself in the field and seek out professional development to increase your knowledge base and skills.

What are some of your favorite things outside of work? What are some of your hobbies?
I have been a professional archaeologist for over two decades. I am also a published author of books and articles, avid traveler, collector of ephemera and obscura, and a devoted ghost hunter (I absolutely love exploring old buildings and cemeteries…remember I was trained as an archaeologist, so it makes sense, right?).

Reach out to Heath at 📧 hpatten@oberlin.edu or 👋 meet him at VRA 2019 in Los Angeles!

Feeling a bit overwhelmed or suffering from imposter syndrome in the Visual Resources field? Sign up to be a mentee in the VRA’s Year-round Mentorship Program! Learn more: http://vraweb.org/opportunities/mentorship/ or connect with other VREPS on Slack!