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

ArLiSNAP/VREPS Virtual Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN

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.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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.

*NEW* Resume/Cover Letter and Interview Practice One-on-One Sessions – August-November

VREPS Announces Additional 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:

Friday August 28thResume and Cover Letters – 12-5pm EDT/9am-2pm PDT

Wednesday September 16thResume and Cover Letters – 5-8pm EDT/2-5pm PDT

Friday September 25thInterview Practice – 12-5pm EDT/9am-2pm PDT

Wednesday October 14thResume and Cover Letters – 5-8pm EDT/2-5pm PDT

Tuesday November 17thInterview Practice – 5-8pm EST/2-5pm PST

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

Sign-Up HERE

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

Call for Applicants: VRAF Internship Award, 2020-2021

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the eighth 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 2020-2021 academic year. 

Applications are due on July 24, 2020. The award recipient for 2020-2021 will be announced on August 17, 2020. 

Review the Host Institutions List here. Some projects are remote capable!

For more information, visit vrafoundation.org or e-mail your questions to vrafoundation@gmail.com.

Reminder: Call for New VREPS Co-Chair!

With the planned departure of VREPS Co-Chair, Kendra Werst, by the end of the VRA 2020 conference in March, VREPS are seeking applications for a new Co-Chair!!

Co-Chair terms are two years, from after the annual conference to the conference 23 months later (2020-2022). Terms are staggered so there is always one 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, as well as, developing conference programming 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) with professional development please send a brief statement of interest to Julia Murphy, VREPS Co-Chair, at murphyjl[AT]si.edu.

Job Posting: Digital Project Assistant, Grand Ole Opry Archives, Nashville, TN

Full-time, contract position for a duration of 12 months. Assisting with all aspects of the digitization of rare and unique photographic images held in the Les Leverett Photograph Collection. Duties include rehousing a variety of analog formats such as medium format and 35mm film negatives, transparencies, 35mm slides and photographic prints; preparing materials for digitization, digital reformatting, digital file management inclusive of creating structured descriptive metadata records for digitized materials, performing quality control on images and metadata, communicating with archives staff. Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills
Experience with digital ingest (DSLR copy stand photography and/or flatbed scanning of cultural heritage materials; proficient with Adobe Creative Suite and Excel;  ability to pay close attention to detail, comfortable working with large Excel spreadsheets, and ability work both collaboratively and independently with fragile materials. This position requires the ability to work with fragile materials, and where dust or other allergens may be present. Must have excellent communication skills. 

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Understanding of archival collections and country music history and history of photography; previous archival or special collections library digital project experience. Candidates that are currently enrolled or recently graduated with master’s level education in Library Science, Public History, or Design are highly preferred. 

Must be available to start by April 15, 2020. Applicants must be local to Nashville or within commuting distance. If this position is of interest, please send their email and cover letter to: jlarson@opry.com 

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