VREPS is now on Slack!

VREPS is now on Slack! Join us at vreps.slack.com

This is a place where Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students can connect with others, ask for advice, collaborate on projects, share opportunities, and more!

If you haven’t used Slack before, it’s super easy and fun; here’s a link:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3YECgeBcLCzIrFLP4gblw to the Slack YouTube channel where you can watch how to videos.


2018 VRAF Internship – Call for Applications

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the sixth 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: https://vrafoundation.com/internship-award/.

Below is the list of host institutions!

2018 VREPS Member Survey

The Visual Resources Emerging Professionals & Students committee is sending out a survey to help us get to know our members better! Please take a minute to fill out this VREPS survey – we would greatly appreciate it!

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions (vravreps@gmail.com). We’re looking forward to reading your responses and getting to know you all! Survey deadline: July 1st, 2018.

Best regards,

Chelsea Stone, VREPS Co-Chair
Kendra Werst, VREPS Co-Chair

Summer Educational Institute 2018


This week the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) will be taking place at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF). SEI seeks to provide information professionals with a substantive educational and professional development opportunity focused on digital imaging, the information and experience needed to stay current in a rapidly changing field, and the opportunity to create and be part of a network of supportive colleagues.


This intensive three and a half-day workshop features a curriculum taught by expert instructors who cover:


  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Reformatting
  • Metadata and Cataloging
  • Project Management
  • Digital Curation
  • Digital Repositories
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Digital Humanities
  • Professional Growth and Development

SEI is open to new professionals, current library school students and more experienced professionals interested in updating their skill sets. Participants may include:

  • Library Professionals
  • Museum Professionals
  • Information Professionals
  • Digital Collection Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Visual Resources Professionals
  • Art and Architecture Librarians
  • Current Students
  • Recent Graduates

Participants in SEI 2018 will receive a Certificate of Completion from ARLIS/NA-VRAF, signed by the ARLIS/NA president and the VRA Foundation chair.


If you missed this year’s SEI, follow them on Facebook to receive updates: https://www.facebook.com/SummerEducationalInstitute

To be placed on the wait-list for SEI 2019, please contact SEI Co-Chair Lesley Chapman (lchapman@colgate.eduScholarships are available to help attend! 

Even more reasons why you should attend SEI: http://arlisnap.arlisna.org/2018/02/why-you-should-attend-the-summer-educational-institute-sei-for-visual-resources-and-image-management/

VRA Mentor Program

Calling all emerging professionals and students! VRA offers Year-Round Mentorship!

General Mentoring: New members receive networking and professional guidance opportunities and resources.

Annual Conference mentor program: Each year VRA has many members who are attending their first or second conference. Even with user-friendly conference programs a newcomer may have questions or need advice. The Annual Conference Mentor Program matches a seasoned conference-attendee (mentor) with such a first-timer. Maker:0x4c,Date:2017-10-30,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-YThis is a fun and collegial program that has had much success and positive feedback. Both mentors and mentees have found the program greatly enhances their conference experience.

Peer Resume & Cover Letter Program: VRA members may wish to take advantage of the Peer Resume and Cover Letter Review Program in which peer reviewers from different career points and perspectives in VRA volunteer to look over resumes and cover letters via email throughout the year.

Mentors: VRA members for 3 years or more who are reasonably well acquainted with the Association.

Mentees: Any VRA member seeking new connections within the Association or professional guidance from peers.

Mentors should contact their mentee via email or phone. If possible mentors are encouraged to meet their mentee in person, invite him or her to local chapter meetings, make introductions and in general make them feel welcome to the Association. In addition the mentor should answer questions or provide guidance on matters related to visual resources concerns that the mentor feels qualified to counsel on.

Term of Mentorship:
While we hope that many mentors will form lasting professional associations with their mentee, the mentoring commitment can be understood to consist of a few phone calls to field questions, a face to face meeting if possible, and invitations and introductions at local chapter meetings or at the Annual Conference. This type of commitment can be discharged within 1 to 6 months depending upon the schedule of the local chapter or annual conference.

Application Process:
Potential Mentors and Mentees will be asked to complete a questionnaire. This will assist the Mentor Coordinator in making the best match possible. The first priority will be to match members within the same local chapter. Members outside the area of a local chapter will be matched with the next best suitable member.

Mentee Application
Mentor Application

Administration of the Program:
The Membership Committee’s Mentor Coordinator administers the Year-Round Mentor Program, and matches individuals who have expressed interest in being mentors and mentees. The Membership Services Coordinator provides Chapter Chairs with a list of new members quarterly. Chapter Chairs should reach out to new members to inform them about the program as a benefit of membership. Chapters may choose to have a program coordinator to ensure that new members are made aware of the program and that the program is running as intended.

If any difficulties are experienced by either party they are encouraged to contact the local chapter program coordinator or the Membership Committee’s Mentor Coordinator. After 6 months, the Membership Committee’s Mentor Coordinator will contact both parties to assess their satisfaction with their mentoring experience.

Learn more: http://vraweb.org/opportunities/mentorship/

If you’ve been a VRA mentee or mentor feel free to share your experiences in the comments!

VRA 2018 Session Slides

Still thinking about those outstanding sessions you saw in Philadelphia or wishing you could have been able to attend?

Over 25 presentations from the VRA 2018 annual conference are now available on SlideShare:


With many thanks to Jacob Esselstrom, Vice President for Conference Program, for coordinating the collection of presentation files.

Meet VREPS Co-Chair Amy Lazet

Meet our new VREPS Co-Chair Amy Lazet. She has some blog posts planned on job search skills and interviewing, which is a great follow-up to our VREPS/ArLiSNAP session in Seattle, and especially good if you weren’t able to attend.


Here she is in her own words:

I earned a Bachelor’s in Art History and Visual Culture from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan. My senior thesis as an art history student was on Antoni Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. While at the University of Michigan, I served as Project Manager for the Prison Creative Arts Project’s Digital Image Archive, where I became very familiar with art produced by Michigan inmates. As Project Manager, I dealt with a wide range of issues including cataloging prison artworks; designing permission forms from artists—some of whom had been released and some of whom were still incarcerated—to publish their information and artwork online; digitizing and performing image editing on the artworks; and corresponding with the artists regarding their artwork and the database.

I am currently the Visual Resources Assistant at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. My research interests are varied, but I am particularly interested in ethics, specifically in terms of image restoration and alteration. I recently wrote a paper on the various restorations of the movie Metropolis which is currently under review for publication (and I can talk about Metropolis all day).

I am extremely passionate about art: My favorite artists include Carel Fabritius, Rachel Ruysch, Shirin Neshat, Anselm Kiefer, Constantin Brancusi, and Rene Magritte. I love that I have the opportunity to continue learning about art at my job by researching a wide variety of artworks and artists. Working for an art school means that I deal with works by visual artists, illustrators, designers, advertisers, furniture makers, etc.

I have two cats, Anastasia and Beowulf. (I selected rather grandiose names for them, clearly.) I love mysteries and have all 80 of Agatha Christie’s suspense novels, and usually I am reading no less than 6-7 books at one time (mostly non-fiction).