VREPS x ArLiSNAP Virtual Conference: Meet Our Presenters!

The ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals) and VREPS (Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students) 2019 Fall Virtual Conference: Accessing the Arts: Trends, Innovations, and Challenges for the Information Professional is just around the corner and we could not be more excited to introduce our presenters for this year’s event. 

As a quick refresher, this year’s theme is access because as information professionals, we are charged not only with stewarding our collections, but with fostering meaningful connections for our constituents, providing access in physical and virtual spaces as diverse as our collections and our roles within them.

The conference will take place at 1-3PM CST October 26, 2019 and you can register for free by visitinghttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7699807761594124043 .

You do not need to be a member of ARLIS/NA or VREPS to register. 

Without further ado, let’s meet our presenters!

Anna Boutin-Cooper

Anna Boutin-Cooper (she/her/hers) is the Research & Visual Arts Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She is the liaison to Art & Art History, Theatre & Dance, and Film & Media Studies, and is the curator of both the zine and artists’ book collection at the College. When not at work, she can be found fulfilling some well-known librarian stereotypes – knitting and hanging out with her cats, Beatrice & Louis. 


E Marcovitz

E Marcovitz (they/them/theirs) is a senior Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies double major at Franklin & Marshall College. This summer they worked on the zine cataloging project on campus, in addition to their jobs in Lancaster nannying and gardening. When not completing coursework, they can be found going for walks, doing jigsaw puzzles, and making zines.

Anna and E’s presentation is entitled One Summer, Two People, & a Zine Backlog: a How-To for New Catalogers.


Jackie Fleming

Jackie Fleming (she/her/hers) graduated from Bradley University in 2017 with her BA in English with a Creative Writing concentration and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She then attended graduate school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While attending the iSchool program, she worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art. She graduated in 2019 with an MSLIS in Library and Information Science and a Graduate Minor in Art History. Jackie now works as the Visual Literacy and Resources Library in the Scholars’ Commons of the Herman B. Wells Library at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research interests include: visual literacy instruction, visual communication, art history, and studio art.

Jackie’s presentation is entitled Education Before Access: Why Every Art Librarian Should Have Basic Knowledge of Copyright Law and Legal Issues Related to Their Collections.


Ann McShane

Ann McShane (she/her/hers) is the Digital Collections Archivist at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Digital Resources Coordinator for the Redrawing History project. Ann holds a B.A. in History from Earlham College, a Masters in Archival Studies from Clayton State University, and is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Will Fenton

Will Fenton (he/him/his) is the Director of Scholarly Innovation at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Creative Director of Redrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America (funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage). He earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University in August 2018 (Department of English).

Ann and Will’s presentation is entitled Redrawing History: Innovation through Artistic Reinterpretation. Ann will be presenting on behalf of herself and Will.

Happenings

Articles

Princeton art museum partners with historically black colleges in art leadership program via Princeton

Project MUSE provides free access to gun violence research via Johns Hopkins Magazine

What Should an Artist Save? via New York Times Style Magazine

Are the arts at the center of software’s evolution? via UC Santa Cruz News Center


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

Digitorium 2019
University of Alabama Digital Humanities Conference
Where: Tuscaloosa, AL
When: October 10-12, 2019
Learn More

Conservation center for Art & Historic Artifacts Conference
Theme: Off the Shelf: Access and Preservation in Libraries and Archives
Where: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN
When: October 22-23, 2019
Learn More

Digital Frontiers
Where: University of Texas at Austin
When: September 26-28, 2019
Learn More & Register

2019-2020 VRAF Internship Award Recipient

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Board of Directors announces the 2019-2020 VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This award was generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Kristine Clark, of Phoenix, Arizona, is the recipient of the VRA Foundation’s seventh Internship Award. She will receive $3,000 to work a minimum of 200 hours with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to “bridge the gap between accessible and available” on the museum’s website. Approximately half of SMoCA’s collection of nearly 2,000 objects has been photographed and is available for online viewing. However, one can currently only browse by object type; there are no other means to search for works in the collection. Kristine’s work will focus on image tagging and composing catalog descriptions. She will establish a methodology for creating these tags, including a lexicon of controlled vocabulary terms, which others will be able to apply in the future. If time allows, she will also assist with photographing the remainder of the collection. 

Carrie Tovar, SMoCA Registrar and supervisor for this project, shared that Kristine’s project will allow the online collection to reach an even greater audience, including those who are financially or physically unable to visit in person. She notes that SMoCA is the only museum in Arizona dedicated to contemporary art, architecture, and design, and that its mission embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. Kristine will explore a culturally sensitive approach to image tagging that is aligned with these organizational values.

VRAF selected Kristine’s proposed project for a number of reasons, including her demonstrated initiative, passion, and record of high achievement; the benefits to her professional development; the opportunity to support the development of standards and best practices within the museum community; the importance of culturally competent practices in the description of museum objects; the benefits to an institution of SMoCA’s size; and the potential to reach diverse communities with diverse content.

The Foundation is pleased to support the education and practical training of emerging professionals through this internship award. This year the VRAF Internship Award Committee received excellent applications for an array of fascinating and important projects which made the selection process difficult. The Internship Award Committee (Linda Callahan, Marcia Focht, Carolyn Lucarelli, Adelaide McComb, and Elaine Paul, Chair) appreciates the careful thought that went into every proposal. We are grateful to the Kress Foundation for its assistance and for recognizing the potential of this award to foster the next generation of visual resource professionals.

The VRAF Internship Award is part of the Foundation’s mission to advance awareness of important issues for effective digital information management (including intellectual property and copyright); encourage the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; and to facilitate workplace training. VRAF supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse, global audience. For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, its mission and projects, as well as giving opportunities, please visit www.vrafoundation.com, or read the latest issue of our annual report at: https://vrafoundation.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/finalar20172018onlineversion.pdf.

Happenings

Articles + News

Art + Museum Transparency End Unpaid Internships Spreadsheet [Bonus: Take the Arts + Museums Transparency Internship Survey here]

Who’s that Girl?: Why so many Native women artists are unnamed in museums via Minneapolis of Art on Medium

Discover America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2019 via National Trust for Historic Preservation

Ebony and Jet magazines’ photo archive will go to Smithsonian via NBC


Collections + Project Highlights

Memory Lab : For anyone interested in establishing and adding preservation services to their library, the Memory Lab network is accepting applications through August 16. Seven organizations will be identified as network partners and will spend one year creating personal archiving stations and programs for their communities based on the DC Public Library model. Chosen partners will receive training, mentoring, and financial support. Applications due: Friday, August 16, 2019; Apply here!

Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections was awarded a grant from the Digital Library of Georgia to digitize historical deeds and plats (land maps) from primarily the South Georgia region. 

Dedicated to holding significant memories of the Greek American experience and Hellenic legacy, the National Hellenic Museum (NHM) announced, on July 24 the launch of the NHM Collections & Archives Portal, which allows anyone to access the Museum’s catalogs online from anywhere by viewing digitized artifacts and archival materials. View the collections online here.


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

Association of Architecture School Librarians – Annual Conference
When: March 12-15, 2020
Where: San Diego, CA
Call for Proposals deadline: September 30, 2019 at midnight PST
Learn More & Submit a Proposal

Visual Resources Association – Annual Conference
When: March 24-27, 2020
Where: Baltimore, MD
Learn More & submit a proposal for the VREPS Emerging Voices Session!

Library Collective – Annual Conference
When: March 11-13, 2020
Where: Knoxville, TN
The Collective is a conference-like coming together of next-generation librarians but without all the things that make regular conferences suck
Learn More


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Happenings

Articles + News

Drew Students Apply Digital Tools to Research via Drew University

Story+: Where Humanities Students Combine Creative Storytelling and Research via Duke Today

Documenting Slave Voyages via Emory University

Is “Fit” a Bad Fit? via American Libraries


Collection + Project Highlights

The new online catalogue dedicated to the artist Frances Hodgkins is now live! The website is an online catalogue of the New Zealand expatriate artist’s known paintings, watercolours and drawings, ranging from 1886 to 1946. You can search across artworks, and relates exhibitions, people and locations. The site also includes digitised and transcribed letters written by Hodgkins, her family and friends, as well as a wide range of related photographs and documents. The catalogue will continue to be updated as new material becomes available.

The California Historical Society is pleased to announce that 4,467 slides and negatives from the Peoples Temple Publications Department Records have been digitized and are available for public viewing and research online. The photographs provide new visual documentation of Peoples Temple’s political, religious, and cultural activities, as well as daily life in Redwood Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Jonestown. This work was made possible by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The collection was processed by project archivists Isaac Fellman and Lynda Letona and digitized by Two Cat Digital of San Anselmo. 


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

OpenCon
Call for Papers
When: November 1, 2019
Where: Philadelphia, PA @ Temple University
Deadline: July 26, 2019
Submit a proposal here

NEDCC Live Webinar
Topic: Caring for Photographic Collections
When: July 25, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm EST
Cost: $95
Learn More and Register

Library Collective – Annual Conference
When: March 11-13, 2020
Where: Knoxville, TN
Learn More


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Happenings

Collection + Project Highlights + Articles

Only Paid Internships to Be Posted to the SAA Career Center During their discussion of SAA’s Strategic Plan at the November 2019 meeting, the SAA Council determined that the organization would no longer allow unpaid internships to be posted in the SAA Career Center’s Internship Directory.

YouTube says copyright claims must be more specific Those crying foul over intellectual property must now provide a time stamp to point out where in a video the alleged infringement occurs.

Conferences

ARCS 2019 Conference
Philadelphia, PA
November 7-9, 2019

VRA 2020 Conference
Baltimore, MD
March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here

 

Super Cool Stuff

Goats May Be Able to Tell When Their Buddies Are Feeling Good or Baaad A new study has found that the animals can distinguish between positive and negative vocalizations

Land the Apollo 11 Command Module In Your Living RoomGoogle users can now view the Apollo 11 command module in zoomable 3D, via the search giant’s AR (augmented reality) in Search feature. This will mark the first time users can experience a cultural artifact via AR in Search, which debuted this past May, Google representatives said.

 

 

 

Happenings

Scholarships + Awards

Visual Resources Association Foundation
Internship Award – Call for Applications

Deadline to apply: August 2, 2019
The award recipient for 2019-2020 will be announced on August 26, 2019.
Learn More & Apply

Digital Directions Conference
Student Scholarship
– Recipient will be notified July 8, 2019
When: August 19-20, 2020
Where: Overland Park, KS
Learn More and Apply


Collection + Project Highlights + Articles

Do Memes Change How We Remember History? via Catapult

Information Maintenance as a Practice of Care: An Invitation to Reflect and Share” In this piece we begin to articulate intersections of information maintenance and care ethics in ways that are real and meaningful for information maintainers.  By “information maintainers” we mean those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems.The contributors to this document each have varied experiences with information maintenance. We are community organizers and facilitators, archivists, repository managers, project managers, designers, librarians, researchers, grantmakers, educators and more. This invitation is directed toward occupations and roles for which we feel that an understanding of the relationship between information maintenance and an ethic of care is especially valuable. We invite you to read, react, share and engage with this potluck of ideas. Please circulate widely!

The Newberry has launched a digital archive of over 26,000 high-quality images of picture postcards produced by pioneering British company Raphael Tuck & Sons during the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on a vast archive of postcards received by the Newberry in 2016 and developed with the support of Leonard A. Lauder, the new digital collection provides users with a comprehensive body of material for investigating the ways in which British citizens formed and disseminated their perceptions of the world 100 years ago….

The USModernist® Library is the largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.6 million downloadable pages – all free to access. Recently, USModernist Library added nearly 10,000 pages to their library. Within three weeks, they will add 50,000 more pages, and they’ve got room for more!

The SAH Data Project: Analyzing Architectural History in Higher Education. The Society of Architectural Historians has been awarded a two-year, $508,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the status of the field of architectural history in higher education. The grant provides support for a data-gathering initiative that will gauge the health of architectural, urban and landscape history as fields of study, as well as degree programs and curricula across the higher education landscape. SAH plans to hire a postdoctoral researcher to design and manage the study to determine where, and in what ways, these fields of study are expanding, receding, changing, or holding steady and to consider the structural or cultural factors behind such trends.


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

Visual Resources Association Annual Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals

Archives*Records 2019
Where: Austin, TX
When: July 31 – August 6, 2019
Early Bird registration available until July 5, 2019

Image Permanence Institute: Webinar Series 1
Topics: “Preventive Conservation and the Role of the Environment” & “Evaluating Collection Spaces
When: July 25, 2019 and August 15, 2019 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
Register Here


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Happenings

Articles + News

What Aladdin — And Napoleon — Teach Us About Copyright via NPR

The Day the Music Burned  via NYTimes

ON VIEW: A NEW PODCAST ON MUSEUMS, TECHNOLOGY AND CHANGE via Knight Foundation


Collection + Project Highlights

Xplore and Arch Mission plan to send humanity’s archives to moon and beyond: Seattle-based Xplore and the Arch Mission Foundation are teaming up on what sounds like “Mission: Impossible”: a plan to send the foundation’s Arch Libraries on space odysseys to the moon, Mars, Venus and near-Earth asteroids starting in 2021.

Our Treasures: Rev Pearson items in Whangārei Museum archives bring to light feats of a devoted and serious photographerWhen collection staff members at Whangārei Museum were assembling a variety of photography equipment recently in response to a request from NorthTec tutors, it presented a prime opportunity to examine these objects in greater detail, some more willing to reveal their stories than others.


Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

VRA 2020 Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here

SAA Archives*Records Annual Conference (Austin, July 31 – Aug 6)
CoSA & SAA
Early Bird Registration ends July 5th
Register here


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Happenings

Articles + News + Podcasts

The Power of a Paid Internship: Creating pathways to careers in museums via AAM

Decolonizing SAM: Promoting Equity through Classification in Libraries via The Art of Diversity blog

On View: A New Podcast on Museums, Technology and Change via The Knight Foundation


Collection + Project Highlights

Trinity College – Resist Collection
Resist, Inc. was founded in Boston in 1967 during the Vietnam War as an effort to support and promote resistance to the draft and the war. The Resist Collection was gifted to the Watkinson Library by Trinity Professor and Resist Founding member Paul Lauter in July, 1997. The Resist Collection consists of documentation relating to the operations of Resist including meeting minutes, financial reports, correspondence, grant applications, newsletters, and more.

Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry moves to the University of Iowa Libraries! The archive includes over 75,000 items that document the concrete poetry movement. Annotated books, periodicals, typewritings, drawings, letters, print portfolios, ephemera, and rare and out-of-print artists’ books and manuscripts represent 20th-century art movements such as Italian Futurism, Russian and Eastern European Avant Garde, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Ultra, Tabu-Dada, Lettrisme, and Ultra-Lettrisme.

The International Dada Archive!
The collection of the International Dada Archive is made up of works by and about the dadaists including books, articles, microfilmed manuscript collections, videorecordings, sound recordings, and online resources. Primary access to the entire collection is through the International Online Bibliography of Dada, a catalog containing approximately 60,000 titles. This collection is housed in various departments of the University of Iowa Libraries; most of its holdings are in either the Main Library or the Art Library.


Conferences, Symposiums, and Courses

NDSR Art Webinar
Topic: Oral History Strategies and Stewardship
When: June 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST
Learn More & Register Here

Documenting the Now
Call for Applications: Community-Based Digital Archives Workshops for Activists
Learn More and Apply

Maryland Institute College of Art
The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure
1-Day Symposium; Free and open to the public
When:
Where: MICA, Baltimore, MD
Optional: pre-order lunch for $12.50
Register Here

OpenCon: Call for Proposals
Where: Philadelphia, PA @ Temple University
When: November 1st, 2019
Deadline for proposals: July 26, 2019
Learn more and submit a proposal

Library Juice Academy
Topic: Introduction to Archives Administration and Management
Cost: $250
Learn More & Register

VRA 2020 Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here

VREPS: Emerging Voices Session at VRA 2020
Call for Presenters
Learn More and Submit a proposal


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Happenings

Articles + News

How to survive the ultramarathon job interview via CNN

‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries via ArtNews

Job Precarity, Contract Work, and Self-Care by Sajni Lacey

Thank You For Applying: Using POCs to Diversify A Search Pool via WOC+lib

Providing Culturally Responsive and Ethical Access to Indigenous Collections via SAA’s Archival Outlook


Collection + Project Highlights

Get Ready to Get Lost in Time: Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles! The Brooklyn Collection is still in the process of uploading all the new publications, with 21 added so far. When the upload is complete there will be a grand total of 41 newspapers in the collection. Expanding the digitized newspapers available is an important part of increasing accessibility to Brooklyn history. The collection has been upping its digital presence over the last year or so with a revamped main online portal with direct access to maps, postcards, oral histories and other digitized treasures.

Radhika Jones Introduces Vanity Fair’s Full Digital Archive. The magazine’s editor in chief welcomes readers to the first fully searchable collection of its entire history, from its Jazz Age beginnings to its 1983 revival and on to the present day.

The Memory Lab is a grant-funded program that enables people to digitize and preserve their histories. In today’s digital world, unless the public is equipped to sustain their digital memories, communities risk massive loss of vernacular history and culture. Public libraries are trusted providers of digital literacy and local history programs, and therefore are well positioned to offer open access to the digital tools and skills necessary for communities to document and preserve their own histories.

Preservica, market leaders in active digital preservation, has announced that the University of Bristol will use its Enterprise Private Cloud (EPC) digital preservation platform to safeguard over 50 TBs of unique cultural records. Digital Archivist at the University of Bristol, Emma Hancox said: “Part of what makes the university such a desirable institution is the library’s extensive archives. Preservica was the only system that offered both the specialist tools to ensure preservation of our unique materials, and the wider software to provide a platform for discovery and re-use of records including fast streaming of AV files”


Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

DLF x VRA: GLAM Cross-Pollinator Program
Forum Fellowship Opportunity / Registration Award
Learn More and Apply

VRA 2020 Conference
Where: Baltimore, MD
When: March 24-27, 2020
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, July 19th
Submit a proposal here


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