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VREPS is going to have a Virtual Meeting this Fall🍂
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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.
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
Registration to attend the Fall 2018 joint meeting between ARLIS/NE and VRA-NE is now open!
Please contact Sarah Gillis (email@example.com) 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,
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
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
Farewells and departures Lancaster Lobby
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!
Can you tell us a little bit about your background, your current position and how you got into the field of visual resources?
I graduated with a dual masters in Library Science and Public History from IUPUI in Indianapolis. During my graduate career I had two internships at the Library and Archives for the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and the Indiana Historical Society Library. During my internship at the IMA, I was responsible for processing and digitizing a collection, which was my first foray into the image management as well as metadata and cataloging. Following graduate school I applied for a VRAF internship award and was successful in acquiring it. I returned to the IMA where I worked on a project to set up a collection for the Conservation department in their newly implemented institutional DAMS. I currently am the Metadata Librarian for the Archives and Special Collections at University of Louisville where I am responsible for creating metadata for our vast photographic collections that are being digitized and included in our Digital Collections.
What is your favorite part about your work? Can you describe any project(s) you’re currently working on?
My favorite part of my work is discovering local history through visual resources. I moved to Louisville for this position and immediately began describing images from the 1920s to the 1950s without any previous knowledge of the area. The historical research that comes with properly describing images keeps me intellectually stimulated and engaged. Currently, I am working on the Caufield and Shook collection, a local photography studio that was in business from 1903-1978 and has approximately 500,000 negatives and prints. Using an in-house developed web based metadata form we call the Metamachine, allows myself and volunteer metadata creators in the department to work on the collection simultaneously. A paper on this process will be in the upcoming issue of Collections journals. Another project I am currently working on is the Warren Kellar Frederick collection. Frederick was an historic house researcher who documented Louisville homes from the 1920s-1950s, many of which are since demolished. Thankfully, he left detailed notebooks about most of the homes, so my research is mainly identifying their exact location and determining if they are still standing.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
A typical day is working through either the Caufield and Shook collection or the Frederick collection records. Depending on which collection and the available information, I can usually generate about 10-30 records a day. I also work the reference desk for the archives two times a week, plus serve on several university and library committees. But the majority of the time I am at my computer creating metadata records to add to our digital collections.
What were some challenges you came across when you first started out in the field of visual resources?
Undoubtedly, finding a job! It took me a year and half to find a full time job. Otherwise I was working part time grant funded temporary positions.
What skills do you use for your job that you didn’t learn while in school?
Almost all of my metadata skills were learned on the job! Additionally, understanding of DAMS and CMS and migrations from and to different systems was completely learned on the job. My school gave me the foundations, but my internships and jobs gave me the skills.
Looking back, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
In my first year on the job I doubled the amount of records in our digital collections for the Caufield and Shook collection, a collection that had been online since 2010. I am also very proud of the work I did as the VRAF intern at the IMA. Now the conservation department are preserving their born digital images by properly applying metadata and ingesting them into the institutional DAMS. I trained the staff on how to apply metadata using Bridge keywords (from a schema I created) and how to upload them to the DAMS.
What is one thing in the visual resources field that you think is lacking or missing?
Advocacy for the work we do, its importance, and how it impacts society. I think this is obvious to others in VR but not those outside the field.
What is something that most excites you about the field of visual resources.
Engaging researchers and creating access points to visual heritage.
Where else do you seek professional development opportunities other than VRA?
Mostly through web webinars from other organizations.
What other professional organizations are you a part of? Do you find professional organizations valuable?
I am a member of the Society of American Archivists, National Council on Public History, Midwest Archives Conference, and Kentucky Council on Archives. I find them extremely valuable, especially for access to resources for professional development, job listings, and annual meetings.
Do you have any words of advice or wisdom for emerging professionals and students in this field?
Do not pigeon hole yourself into one type of job. It’s nice to know what you want to do, but you may have to work different types of jobs within the field before you land that “dream” one.
What are some of your favorite things outside of work? What are some of your hobbies?
I love to karaoke, make subversive cross stitch, run, board games, and checking out the best cocktail bars in town.
Reach out to Rebecca at 📧firstname.lastname@example.org
You’re all out there doing such interesting work, and the VR community is a small one, so let’s get to know each other better! If you’d be willing to spend 30-45 minutes talking to me via Gchat or Skype (video or non-video), or if you’d like to fill out a Member Profile Questionnaire, please get in touch with me at email@example.com
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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
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 email@example.com. 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!