CFP: New Voices in the Profession

Paper proposals for the New Voices in the Profession session at the 2019 ARLIS/NA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, are now being accepted!

New Voices in the Profession showcases exceptional academic work by students and new professionals (under 5 years post MLS). Paper topics should relate strongly to Art and/or Visual Resources Librarianship, but also digital library projects, archives, library instruction, reference and the changing nature of libraries, among other topics. Papers that relate to the conference theme “Arts: In/Site” and highlight art in Utah, site-specific endeavors, vision’s role in librarianship, or new insights within the field will be given special consideration.

To see papers presented in past sessions, please view conference proceedings from previous years on the ARLIS website ( Papers will be selected by representatives from ArLiSNAP and the ARLIS/NA Professional Development Committee.

If interested, please submit the following to Meredith Hale at by December 14, 2018:

  • Presentation title

  • Presentation abstract (250 words)

  • Your name, institutional affiliation, and email address

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Are you a new voice in the profession? Check out ArLiSNAP and join VREPS on Slack!


Call for Applications: VRAF Professional Development Grant

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the VRAF Professional Development Grant program. This program offers two $1000 grants yearly. This grant can be used to support conference participation, enroll in a workshop, for an online education opportunity, or for research activities. For consideration, please submit your application by Friday, September 7, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Time. If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, and to submit your application here: or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at The recipient of the 2018 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, September 21, 2018, and must be used before September 21, 2019.

The purpose of the VRAF Professional Development grant is to support professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes).  Priority will be given to applications that include participation at a conference (giving a paper, teaching a workshop, chairing a committee, etc.); research that shows promise to lead to publication or contributes to the visual resources and cultural heritage information management community; or to applications that can demonstrate that the receiving the opportunity will have a broader benefit to an institution or region. Please note that recipients of the award are required to submit a report outlining how the award contributed to his or her professional development within 30 days following the event.


  • Applicants should have a professional interest in visual resources and cultural heritage information management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.
  • Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
  • Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.

Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

  • Transportation costs to and from the event venue
  • Registration fees or tuition
  • Required course materials (e.g., work books, DVDs)
  • Lodging
  • Meals – including meals in transit to and from the educational event
  • Research expenses

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs (a percentage of grant money take by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead)

Application Criteria:

  • A goals statement outlining the opportunity, how it will benefit your work, and any potential contributions this opportunity may allow you to make beyond your own professional development.
  • A comprehensive budget and breakdown of your proposed travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses. When costs are estimated, please explain  (e.g., “roundtrip airfare on United as determined via Expedia search”; my lodging costs reflect an estimate for a shared room). If your institution requires you to use a specific airline, or has set a corporate airfare rate, please note this in the comments section. Be as clear and complete as possible about other funding support you will receive or are applying for, such as from your home institution, or other grants and awards.
  • Your resume/curriculum vitae

Please submit an online application to be considered for a VRAF Professional Development Grant.

Professional Development Award Recipients

Sali Underwood, Curator of Natural History, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
Attended Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections in Denver

Audrey Sage Lorberfeld, Account Manager, SocialCode
Attended Library and Information Technology Forum, Fort Worth, TX
Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Resource Archivist and Curator, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University
Attended 2+3D Photography — Practice and Prophesies at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Lauren Paustian, 
Associate Librarian, Leo Baeck Institute
Lauren used the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference
Kanako Iwase, 
Visual Resources Librarian, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Kanako used the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference

Courtney Baron
, Visual Resources Curator, Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
Attended and participated at the 2015 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Mark Pompelia
, Visual + Material Resource Librarian, Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Supported his participation at the October 2014 conference of the Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand in Auckland, NZ.

Sara Piasecki
, Photo Archivist, Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Attended Gawain Weaver’s course, Care and Identification of Photographs in Los Angeles, CA.
Vicky Brown
, Curator of the Visual Resources Centre in the History of Art Department, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Attended the 2014 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

Heather Lowe
, Visual Resources Specialist for the Department of Art, Cal State San Bernardino
Attended the 2013 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.
Anne Young
, Manager of Rights and Reproductions for the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Attended the American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education’s (ALI-CLE) Legal Issues in Museum Administration Conference.

Amy Bowman
, Photographs Archivist, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Attended Gawain Weaver’s “Care and Identification of Photographs” workshop
Karen Kessel
, Visual Resources Specialist, Sonoma State University
Attended the 2012 VRA Conference and present a workshop on cataloging images of the Art of the Americas

Carrie Salazar
, Art Institute of Boston
Attended the 2010 ACRL Conference

Natalie Milbrodt
, Queen’s College Library Studies Program
Attended the 2010 VRA Conference in Atlanta, GA

CAA Call for Participation

CAA seeks paper and/or project proposals for the Sessions Seeking Contributors listed on this webpage. The Sessions were selected by the CAA Annual Conference Committee from submissions by members. The sessions have not been edited by CAA. The webpage represents only a portion of the full conference content and does not include Complete and Composed Sessions.

Sessions are listed alphabetically by title. Affiliated Societies and CAA Professional Committees that have sessions included in the Call for Participation will have the names of their organizations listed in between the title of the session and the chair’s name. Chairs develop sessions according to topics and themes in their abstracts. We encourage chairs to consider alternate, engaging formats other than consecutive readings of papers. All conference sessions are ninety minutes in length. For a traditional four-person panel, we recommend that each presenter not exceed fifteen minutes in order to allow time for questions and discussion.


Deadline: August 6, 2018

Email the following directly to session chair(s):

  1. Completed session participation proposal form. Make sure your name appears EXACTLY as you would like it listed in the conference program and conference website.
  2. Paper/project abstract: maximum 250 words, as a single paragraph MS Word Document. Make sure your title and abstract appear EXACTLY as you would like them published in the conference program, Abstracts 2019, and the CAA website.
  3. Email explaining your interest in the session, expertise in the topic, and availability during the conference.
  4. A shortened CV (close to 2 pages)
  5. (Optional) Documentation of work when appropriate, (as PDF) especial­ly for sessions in which artists might discuss their own practice.


  1. A paper that has been published previously or presented at another scholarly conference may not be delivered at the CAA Annual Conference.
  2. All session participants, including presenters, chairs, and discussants, must be current individual members of CAA through February 16, 2019 to participate in the Annual Conference. Inactive members will be removed from session listings after August 28, 2018.
  3. All session participants must also register for the conference in some capacity. Early conference registration opens online early October. Information about alternate conference registration options, including single-session tickets, will be posted on the CAA website in the fall. While there will be a variety of conference registration options for CAA 2019, all participants must at least register using a single-session ticket to their own session.
  4. All session participants may take part in the conference in up to three ways. They may serve as a: 1) Session chair; 2) Paper/Project Presenter; and/or 3) Session Discussant. Each member may not, however, serve a single role more than once in a particular conference year (i.e. serve as a presenter in two different panels, chair two sessions, serve as a discussant or Q&A leader on multiple panels, etc.).  Because of this, you must inform session chair(s) if you are submitting one or more paper/project proposals to other sessions in the 2019 Call for Participation.
  5. If your Individual Paper/Project proposal was accepted to a Composed Session during the spring open call, but you would prefer to participate in one of the chaired sessions listed here the 2019 Call for Participation, you must inform the CFP chair(s) of this previous acceptance in your application form. You will not be removed from the Composed Session unless your paper/project is accepted by the chair(s) of the CFP session. Upon acceptance to a CFP session, you must inform CAA of your need to be removed from the Composed Session.

View list of Sessions seeking Contributors here.

Open Education Southern Symposium

The Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee is excited to announce their program schedule is now live! You may view the session descriptions and full schedule here.

As a reminder registration is still open until Sept. 7, 2018. Registration is $99 for our day and a half event on October 1 & 2, 2018 at the University of Arkansas. This fee covers full participation for both days, shuttle service between the hotel and event location, lunch on the first day, snacks and beverages, and event goodies. Register now!

Keynote Speaker:

JasmineJasmine Roberts Roberts is a strategic communication lecturer in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prior to pursuing an academic career, Jasmine worked as a marketing/public relations professional for non profit and entertainment industries. She is the author of “Writing of Strategic Communication Industries,” an openly-licensed textbook and writing guide. She is also a 2017 – 2018 research fellow with the Open Education Group and a presenter for the Open Textbook Network.

You can follow her on Twitter (@ProfJasmine) or connect with her on LinkedIn.

For more information, check out the symposium website:


MARAC Fall 2018 Meeting

The Fall 2018 MARAC Meeting returns to historic Wilmington, Delaware, October 11-13.

Centrally located along the Northeast/I-95 corridor, Wilmington is a short train or car ride from the Philadelphia, NJ/NY, and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Whatever method of transportation you choose, it’s easy to Connect in Wilmington!

Picture of Hotel Dupont from 1934
(Hotel Dupont, 1934 — Courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives) 

MARAC Wilmington co-chairs sought to bring a fresh vision to the program, and after surveying MARAC members, a few themes emerged as “most wanted” among prospective meeting attendees: accessibility; new professionals; archival education; leadership; diversity; and underrepresented archives (public libraries, small repositories, and lone arrangers). These themes have been transformed into “tracks.” In taking such an approach, attendees may easily and efficiently plan their conference by focusing on topics most important to them and/or their repositories.

Stay tuned for program and participant registration information!


CFP: Archives Unleashed Datathon

Archives Unleashed: Call for Participation
Web Data at Scale with the Archives Unleashed Toolkit: Web Archive Datathon
Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus
1-2 November 2018

Submission Guidelines
Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of interest and a short one-page CV to the Archives Unleashed Team ( by midnight (EST) on 16 July 2018. This expression of interest should address your background and interests in web archiving, and what you would hope to get out of working with tools and web archive data at scale. Applicants will be notified by 27 July 2018.

Web Archives
The World Wide Web has had a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.
Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude of fields. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

Archives Unleashed Toolkit
The Archives Unleashed Team has partnered with SFU Library and KEY, SFU’s Big Data initiative, to host the next Archives Unleashed datathon.

This event is tailored towards web archives practitioners and researchers. The Archives Unleashed datathon presents an opportunity for librarians, archivists, researchers, computer scientists, and others to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands on experience.
This event will bring together a small group of approximately 15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of AUT (Archives Unleashed Toolkit) and the Archives Unleashed Cloud, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Participants will have access to analytics software and specialists, and will be exposed to the process of working with web archive files at scale. For more information on AUT and the Cloud, please visit
This will be our second Canadian event, with two additional datathons happening in eastern and western area of the United States. Accordingly, the Vancouver datathon will prioritize regional applicants from western and central Canada and the northwestern United States.

Sponsors + Travel Grants
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Simon Fraser University Library, SFU Key, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, York University Libraries, Compute Canada, and Start Smart Labs.

The Archives Unleashed team is pleased to offer modest travel grants to help attendees participate in this event. These grants can cover up to $1,000 CAD in travel expenses. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant.


~Save the Date~ OpenCon NYC 2018

Please save the dates for the OpenCon NYC 2018 satellite event on Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th. Join us in Manhattan to learn more about open access, open education resources, and open data.

If you’re interested in leading a session, giving a lighting talk, or presenting your work, please fill out this form.

Admission to this event is free. Event sponsors include the Siegel Family Foundation, Adelphi University, and Metropolitan New York Library Council.

Follow the event on Twitter at #OpenConNYC18.

Learn more about OpenCon here: