National Digital Stewardship Residency Art (NDSR Art) Accepting Applications

National Digital Stewardship Residency Art (NDSR Art) is now accepting applications for its second and final cohort. Four candidates will be selected to work on projects related digital stewardship of new media and arts information. Each resident will be assigned to one of the four available projects and corresponding host institutions. The 2018-19 hosts are the Art Institute of Chicago, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Small Data Industries. See the Project Description page for qualification requirements and information about each of the four projects.

Applicants should specify their top two institutional choices in their application form. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

The deadline for applications is March 16, 2018. Selected residents will be announced in May.

This NDSR Art residency runs for 12 months, from July 16, 2018 to July 12, 2019, starting with a week-long training session in Philadelphia. Residents will work full-time, on-site in fully funded positions at their host institutions with opportunities for travel and professional development throughout.

This program aims to bridge the gap between existing, well-developed classroom education and the need for more direct professional experience in the field. The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement. We encourage students interested in digital stewardship and cultural heritage to apply.

Who May Apply

  • Anyone who has received or will be receiving a master’s degree (or higher) between Spring 2016 and Summer 2018 in a field related to digital stewardship will be eligible to apply for the 2018 resident class. If you are receiving your degree after the application deadline, and are selected as a NDSR Art resident, you will need to sign an agreement confirming you will receive your degree prior to the residency start in July 2018 or will relinquish your place in the program.
  • Applicants should be prepared and willing to move to the geographic location of their host institution for a twelve-month period beginning in July 2018.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States; NDSR Art will not be able to sponsor employment visas

 For detailed information about the residency and application instructions, please see the NDSR Art website:

 NDSR Art is a partnership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA, made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Job Posting: Assistant Curator A/V/Digital Resources, University of Michigan, Dearborn

The assistant curator is a faculty-equivalent appointee who provides a wide range of professional services in the Fine Arts areas and Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts department, in support of its research, teaching, and public service missions. This is a part-time position that will require a minimum of twenty hours of work each week.

Job postings

Given the brief hiatus of the VRA Jobs Digest this month, here are a few positions recently posted online:

Instructional Design Librarian, Westminster College

Head, Distinctive Collections, Arizona State University Library

Librarian/Metadata/Tech Svc Specialist, East View Information Services

Digital Humanities Developer, University of Virginia

VRAF Internship – Accepting Applications

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the fifth VRAF Internship 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. A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at:

Applications are due on August 18, 2017.

Paid Internship – Rhinelander District Library

Institution name: Rhinelander District Library

Contact person: Virginia Roberts

Address: 106 North Stevens Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin  540501

Telephone: 715-365-1070 x1082



Brief description of internship: Paid public library internship in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin vacationland for at least 12 weeks this summer for the right library/archives/museum student or recent graduate.  Learn everything from how a public library works for real and archival arrangement of historic collections of documents, and photographs, assisting in selection for the art history and art books collection, to working as a conference and programming assistant.  Creative and like people?  And computers?  Enjoy nature and summer reading?  This is the place.  You’ll get the experience you need while having a great time—and get paid for it!  Would prefer a recently accepted  or in a current information, library, museum, or archival program, or a recent graduate, but all related majors and specialties encouraged to apply.

Hours and rate of pay TBD and DOE.  Housing may be available.

VRA Foundation Internship Award 2017-2018

This is the fifth internship offered by the VRAF and we are very grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for so generously supporting this opportunity.
The award grants $3,000 to support an internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections, or other appropriate settings. It also provides a professional development account of $1,000 to be used for attending conferences, including the VRA Annual Conference and/or Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI).
The student will provide 200 hours of service over the course of their internship. In order to be eligible for the internship, the student must have completed at least ten credits of graduate coursework in Library/Information Science, Art History, Architecture or Architectural History, Visual or Studio Art, Museum Studies, or other applicable fields of study.
Although this internship is available to non-US residents, the work must take place at an institution within the USA. While Canadian institutions are not eligible to host a VRAF intern, such internships might be of interest to any number of people who are seeking VR-related internships and can be included in our list of available opportunities.
Please click here (LINK) for a list of potential host sites. Keep checking back, as the list will continue to grow!

SEI Instructor Justin Schell

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute, many of whom are joining us for the first time! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2017 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned.

We’re happy to introduce Justin Schell, Learning Design Specialist, University of Michigan Library. Justin will be leading the workshop, Getting a Digital Humanities Project Started, and co-leading Let’s Get Practical: How did they do that? Reverse Engineering DH Projects.

Getting a Digital Humanities Project Started will help you structure DH Projects, from the goals and outcomes, to the tools, techniques, metadata, and project management objectives. The hands-on component, Let’s Get Practical: How did they do that? Reverse Engineering DH Projects will provide time to apply skills and strategies to projects and collections. Come with questions, leave with answers!


Justin Schell

Did you know?

Justin Schell is a filmmaker, writer, and director of the Shapiro Design Lab for the University of Michigan Library. He holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota, where he completed an online and multimodal dissertation. In addition, he helped found the Minnesota Hip-Hop Archive as part of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

As a documentary filmmaker, he has completed a number of short and feature-length films, including We Rock Long Distance, which weaves together the sounds and stories of three Twin Cities hip-hop artists (M.anifest, Maria Isa, and Tou SaiKo Lee) as they journey home to Ghana, Puerto Rico, and Thailand to create unexpected collaborations across generation and geography. More of his video work has been shown in the Walker Art Center, Twin Cities Public Television, online at the Huffington Post and the Progressive, and screened in the Twin Cities Film Fest, Twin Cities Underground Film Festival, and the Qhia Dab Neeg Hmong Film Festival. He regularly teaches courses on documentary production, interviewing, and editing.

Register for SEI to benefit from his knowledge directly!

Read all about SEI at where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registering, accommodations, curriculum and much more.

In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.

SEI provides both new and more experienced professionals the opportunity to stay current in the rapidly changing fields of digitization, project management, fair use and copyright, metadata, and digital asset management, as well as significant networking opportunities. As a 2015 SEI graduate noted, “The curriculum was excellent in scope, striking a balance between detailed, practical exploration of relevant skills & tools, and putting these in the context of broader issues in visual resources/arts librarianship.”

SEI 2017 is filling up. Register soon!

Contact the SEI co-chairs Jesse Henderson or Nicole Finzer with any questions and

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