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: https://vrafoundation.org/internship-award/

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: http://acrlvltf.org/feedback

Survey Link: https://oakland.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0xmt6A1JzKVq6I6

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: http://acrlvltf.org/feedback.  If you have any questions, please contact us at vltfacrl@gmail.com

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 VREPS@vra.org.

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.

Spring/Summer 2021 Virtual Internships Pt. 1

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!

Virtual Archiving Internship – Rockefeller Brothers Fund

From the ad: “The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) seeks an Archiving Intern to help build a multimedia library for internal use by RBF staff. Using the RBF’s existing file management platforms and/or open source technology, the intern will develop and design a framework to process and make discoverable 50,000 photo and video files.” Apply by February 12th, 2021, starts ~February 2021, paid but rate unlisted.

Summer Internship – Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation (Jesuits) – Jesuits Central and Southern Province

**Not quite VISUAL RESOURCE related, but any experience is good experience in “these trying times,” am I right? From the ad: “Depending upon previous experience, skills, and interests, the intern will have the opportunity to contribute to SHMR in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: historical research on the lived experiences of the enslaved people whom the Jesuits owned; genealogical research to identify descendants of people enslaved to the Jesuits; and social media communications. Candidates who have language skills in Latin, French, Spanish, German, and Dutch or Flemish may assist with translating foreign language documents.” Apply by March 15, 2021, starts May 24th, $13/hour.

Resume/Cover Letter and Interview Practice One-on-One Sessions – January-April

VREPS Announces Spring 2021 Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Practice One-on-One’s

VREPS is pleased to announce additional Resume/Cover Letter Review Sessions and, newly added, Interview Practice Sessions. 

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

Upcoming Dates:

January 29th (01/29) – Resume and Cover Letter Review Session

February 3rd (02/03) – Interview Practice Session

February 24th (02/24) – Resume and Cover Letter Review Session

April 15th (04/15) – Resume and Cover Letter Review Session

We are also looking for volunteers to serve as Interviewers and Reviewers. 

Sign-Up HERE

Any questions? E-mail VREPS@vraweb.org.

Paid Internships – National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art, located in Washington, D.C., is offering paid internships for their 2021-2022 internship program. The application deadline is February 28, 2021. These internships are open to all undergrad and graduate students.

For their nine-month graduate internships, interns will work on-site or hybrid from September to May (depending on the COVID situation, the experience may be hybrid). As per their website, “Working closely with professional staff at the Gallery, interns participate in the ongoing work of the museum, complete a project or a discrete portion of a larger project, and attend a weekly seminar that introduces the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery.” Interns receive a stipend of approximately $26,000.

The National Gallery of Art will also offer 2021 Virtual Summer Internships. As per their site, “Nine-week virtual summer internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head. Biweekly museum seminars introduce interns to the broad spectrum of museum work, and to Gallery staff, departments, programs, and functions.” Interns must be available for the entire nine weeks, 40 hours per week, and will receive a stipend of approximately $4,500.

Call for Presenters: VREPS Emerging Voices Lightning Round 2021 – Submission Deadline EXTENDED

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 2021 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference. Each presenter will be allotted 7 minutes followed by a group Q&A after all presentations. VRA 2021 Annual Conference will be hosted virtually March 22-26, 2021.

Session Description:

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.

Topic Ideas:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competencies, Social Justice
  • Broadening Access to Hidden Collections
  • 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
  • Storytelling and Oral History 
  • Workplace cultures and professional transitions (academic departments, libraries, cultural heritage institutions, archives, corporate, etc.)
  • Adapting to a virtual work and/or learning environment

Session Date and Time: Tuesday March 23rd, 3pm ET / 2pm CT 

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

Submission Deadline: January 7, 2021 at 9pm ET

Submission Form: https://forms.gle/NH5v6tH39at6f7P38 

Questions? E-mail VREPS@vraweb.org


Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) and Visual Resources Association’s Emerging Professionals And Students Group (VREPS) invite you to join our 2020 Virtual Conference: Visualizing Your Future Art Information Career.

This conference is free and open to all, but focuses on the needs of students and new professionals. It will provide 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.

If you have any questions, please send an email copying the ArLiSNAP and VREPS emails: arlisnap.na@gmail.com, vreps@vraweb.org.


Please register by 12:00 PM ET on 11/12 here: https://forms.gle/pX9T64axxxVRYKq48

After registering, you will receive an email in the days before the conference with links to join via Zoom. If you have any questions, please send an email copying arlisnap.na@gmail.com, vreps@vraweb.org

View the Conference Schedule here.