VREPS 2018 Virtual Meeting

You asked, we answered…VREPSVirtual Meeting

VREPS is going to have a Virtual Meeting this Fall🍂

Help us determine the best time to meet by filling out this When2Meet Poll!

Stay tuned for more details!


Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship for Students

Are you, or do you know, a current MLIS student in New England?

Apply now for the Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship!
Applications are due Sunday, September 30, 2018

The purpose of this award is to support and encourage future art librarians by helping to defray student expenses (tuition, professional development, conference attendance, housing, materials, etc.)  Additional information is available here.

Applicants must be aspiring art information professionals currently enrolled or accepted into a fully accredited New England school of library and information science.

$500 in award funding will be distributed to one applicant during the calendar year. Chapter members have generously contributed to the Seibel Scholarship fund over the years and donations are always welcome.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should send a letter describing themselves and their interest in art librarianship, visual resources, and/or cultural heritage with proof of enrollment (course schedule, transcript, etc.) in, or an acceptance letter from, an accredited New England school of library and information science.

Award recipients are required to provide a written account of how they use the Seibel funds to help finance their education and/or professional growth. This account must be submitted to the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Board no later than one month from the date of award disbursal.

Applications are due Sunday, September 30, 2018

Please send applications or questions to:
Ellen Petraits, ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Past Chair

VRA New England Fall Meeting

Registration to attend the Fall 2018 joint meeting between ARLIS/NE and VRA-NE is now open!

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/bPcDa2iT36ep4Tmy2

Please contact Sarah Gillis (sarahgillis@worcesterart.org) with any questions. Parking is free!

VRA Membership not required to attend!

ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Fall Meeting & VRA/NE Chapter Meeting
Joint Meeting @ Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street,
Worcester, MA
Friday, October 12, 2018


Joint Coffee & Baked Goods Conference Room: Higgins Education Wing

ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Business Meeting Conference Room: Higgins Education Wing
VRA/NE Chapter Business Meeting Hoche-Scofield: Higgins Education Wing

Hudson River School Exhibition Tour #1 Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Worcester Historical Museum Tour #1 Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Salisbury Mansion


Hot Topics Lightning Round Conference Room

Hudson River School Exhibition Tour #2 Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Worcester Historical Museum Tour #2 Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Salisbury Mansion

Farewells and departures Lancaster Lobby

VRAF Regional Workshops

VRAF Regional Workshops (1)

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2018-2019 VRAF Regional Workshop Program.

Now in its fourth year, and thanks to the continued and generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this program is allowing the VRAF to realize its mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management.

The 2018-2019 workshops are:

Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture
Instructor: Chris Strasbaugh
Hosted by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY
November 30, 2018

Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies
Instructor: Justin Madron
Hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR
January 25, 2019

Exhibit, Instruct, Promote, Collaborate: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship
Instructor: Susan Jane Williams
Hosted by The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
March 1, 2019

Metadata and Management of Cultural Heritage Digital Media: From Fundamentals to Future Trends
Instructor: Shyam Oberoi
Hosted by The Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler
April 26, 2019

Learn more about the current regional workshops here!

VRA Midwest Student Member Scholarship!

The Midwest Chapter of the Visual Resources Association is looking to expand its ranks with graduate students and emerging professionals interested in image archives, digitization, digital collections management, and art history!

We are delighted to announce that the Midwest Chapter will sponsor membership fees for up to four current Master’s or PhD degree program students in library science, museum studies, art history, or related fields. The award includes membership to the VRA national organization and Midwest Chapter, an $80 value. The Student Membership Scholarship Award is also intended to provide support for students’ professional development, and recipients of the membership award will be paired with a mentor in the Midwest Chapter for the duration of their year-long membership in collaboration with the VRA Membership Committee.

Please apply to the VRA Midwest Chapter Student Membership Scholarship Award via the application on Google Forms. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, September 14, 5pm CST. Membership Scholarship recipients will be notified via email the week commencing October 1. The list of all recipients will be announced on the VRA listserv.

Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Midwest Chapter Student Membership Scholarship Award Rules & Guidelines.”

Learn more about VRA Chapters: http://vraweb.org/about/chapters/

Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group Fall Meeting

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) is a loosely organized group of librarians who meet at least once a year.  Anyone interested in art and architecture or visual resources cataloging is welcome to attend.  For more information or to add your name to the group’s mailing list please contact the current chair, Karen Stafford, at kstafford2@artic.edu

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2018 meeting will be held at DePaul University, Chicago, October 26. We have a schedule of exciting discussion and tours!

The schedule is as follows:

DePaul University Library

9:00-9:30: Gather for light breakfast (DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Idea Lab 2 (room 207))

9:30-11:30: Business Meeting and Discussion

11:30-1:00: Lunch on your own (recommend Floriole, Whole Foods, Farmers Fridge, or Broken English Taco Pub)

1:00-2:00: Tour of the DePaul Art Museum with Mia Lopez

2:30-: Tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection with Lisa Stone

RSVP to Karen Stafford at kstafford2@artic.edu. Please include cataloging discussion topics of interest for our meeting and come prepared to tell us all about your most recent cataloging projects. We are also seeking volunteers to host our next meetings.

Local to the Midwest? Join the Visual Resource Association’s Midstates Chapter!