Call for Proposals: Image Resources Interest Group at ALA Annual (Orland0, FL)

UPDATE: The deadline is June 1, but they may take proposals after that date. Contact Stephen Patton (below) if you are interested.

Call for Proposals! IRIG Lightning Round Talks At ALA Annual 2016:

Proposals are solicited for lightning round talks to be held during the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG) Business Meeting from 1-2:30pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Presenters will speak for five minutes to showcase their topic followed by a brief Q & A with the audience. A moderator will keep talks on time and facilitate discussion. Presenters are encouraged to bring handouts but a projector should be available.

Suggested topics include:

  • Image metadata
  • Project planning with images
  • Image collections across systems and platforms
  • Collaboration with academic departments/community outreach
  • Visual literacy standards implementation
  • Learning objects for visual literacy instruction

We are interested in all aspects of image resources and look forward to varied presentations and creative projects, including projects in their beginning stages.

Please submit proposals or questions to Stephen Patton at by June 1, 2016.

Proposals should include the following information:

Proposal Title
Brief proposal description (100-150 words)

Submitters will be notified by June 3, 2016. (Early submissions will receive a prompt review.)

See the IRIG website for more information:


Call for Proposals: ArLiSNAP/VREPS 2016 Virtual Conference

ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals) and VREPS (Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students) are joining forces to host a virtual conference this May! The conference, Future Perspectives in Art Librarianship: Digital Projects and Initiatives, will take place at 12pm CST May 21, 2016. The conference will consist of a keynote speaker followed by 1.5 to 2 hours of presentations by students and new professionals. This is an excellent opportunity for those who cannot be physically present at our annual conferences to share projects and ideas.

Our keynote speaker will be Sara Rubinow. Sara is a Metadata Specialist in the Metadata Services Unit of NYPL Labs, The New York Public Library’s digital innovation unit. Prior to NYPL, Sara worked on projects involving the collections database, digital initiatives, and printed matter at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Sara will discuss her role at NYPL Labs and showcase initiatives intended to engage developers, scholars, artists, and the general public in exploring—and transforming—NYPL’s digital resources and open data sets.

We are looking for students and new professionals with an interest in art librarianship or visual resources management to present their work. The theme for this year’s conference is focused on digital projects and initiatives. Have you been working on a project using technology in a new way? Do you have thoughts to share on topics such as metadata and visual resources, copyright and the arts, digital collections, or visual literacy? Would you like to share your work with the ARLIS and VRA communities? Submit your proposal, and add your voice to our discussion on the future of the field!


  1. Presenters must be MLIS students or new professionals with fewer than five years of experience in the field.
  2. Presentations will be between ten and fifteen minutes in length.
  3. Presenters need to be available for a live presentation and brief Q&A session on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21, 2016. Presenters need to be available for a practice session the week before to test equipment. A date and time for the practice session will be determined at a later date.

Submit your proposal via this link by Friday, April 1st.

If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact Breanne Crumpton, ArLiSNAP Conference Planning Liaison, at becrumpton [at] gmail [dot] com.


Volunteer in Seattle!

If you’re attending Seattle, consider signing up as a volunteer for the registration desk or one of the events. If it’s your first or even second or third conference, volunteering is a great way to meet people without the awkwardness of trying to introduce yourself to strangers. The joint VRA-ARLIS conference will be much bigger than VRA conferences, so volunteering is even more crucial to meeting other members and, or course, meeting counterparts in ARLIS. Plus, some of my most fun experiences at VRA have been at the registration desk, like the year all of our registration materials got lost in the mail and we were frantically making badges at the desk!

Volunteering is a nice bridge to getting more involved with VRA, as you’ll meet both new and more seasoned members. It’s also a good break from sitting in sessions all day. You can sign up here:, or email VRA Secretary Jasmine Burns at We look forward to meeting you in Seattle!

Looking for a Conference Mentor?


Image from the NYPL Digital Collections.

The joint conference of ARLIS/NA + VRA is less than two months away, and remember that the deadline to register with lower rates is this Monday, January 25th.

We’ll have more updates in the coming weeks, but for now, if this is your first or second conference, consider signing up for a conference mentor! Having a mentor can make all that networking stuff seem way less daunting. Plus, being connected to a more senior member can give you all kinds of good insight as to how to further your professional career.

If you are interested in having a conference mentor, or if you are interested in being a mentor, email Karen Bouchard at Karen_Bouchard[at]brown[dot]edu, with the following information

Your name
Your email address
Your institution and location
Whether you want to be a mentor or a mentee
Area of special interest or expertise (optional)

See you in Seattle,



THATCamp Seattle

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Registration deadline extended!

Those planning on attending the ARLIS/NA + VRA 2016 conference  in Seattle may wish to consider arriving a day earlier to also participate in THATCamp. An unconference event for those interested in arts and technology, THATCamp stands for The Humanities and Technology Camp, and it will be held on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at The Westin Seattle.

This pre-conference event to the third annual joint conference of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) and VRA (Visual Resources Association) will bring together members of the professional and public communities to learn about digital humanities (DH) and share knowledge of tools, applications, and other DH projects.

Who should come?:

The organizers of the THATCamp include an enthusiastic working group of members from both ARLIS/NA and VRA, but this event is open to the public and non-ARLIS/NA and VRA members are encouraged to attend!

How to register?:

Attendance is limited to 75 participants to ensure a lively and engaged atmosphere. Apply now to let us know why you want to attend and what ideas you want to share. Registration is free and open until December 1st. Register here.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out early in 2016 with plenty of time for attendees to propose sessions and discuss interests prior to March 8th.

What to expect and other information:

The unconference format allows for a variety of crowdsourced sessions and topics, and the schedule of the event is not decided until after the accepted attendees propose sessions (here) leading up to the event. As a group, we will vote on the content the morning of March 8th. Those who propose events are expected to instruct and moderate the self-proposed sessions if they are voted into the schedule.

With a maximum of 75 participants, the THATCamp will be intimate, informal, and executed by the attendees themselves. We hope that sessions will create dialog about DH and cultural heritage, as well as demonstrations and showcases of current DH tools and projects from the attendees.

We hope to have some other fun things planned that day so stay tuned by checking the blog and following #arlisnavra2016 and #thatcamp.

For more information about THATCamps, visit the About page and the THATCamp 101 page.

Call for proposals for VREPS session at ARLIS/NA+VRA 2016 Joint Conference

Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) is putting together a 2 hour workshop on professional development covering topics like, What kinds of internships to look for during graduate school, how to seek out continuing education opportunities while working full time, becoming more involved in professional organizations, and deciding whether you need or want an additional graduate degree.

We’re looking for up to four speakers to lead the workshop, and we hope to include speakers from both VRA and ARLIS. If you have a topic you’d like to talk about, please get in touch with Marie Elia ( or Molly Schoen ( by June 10.

If you’ve never presented or led a workshop, this is the perfect opportunity to jump in!

Upcoming Events at the 2015 VRA Conference


The 33rd annual VRA conference is one week away!

VREPS is hosting a number of events at the conference. All are welcome to attend. As VREPS is a subgroup of students and new professionals in the visual resources field, we want to encourage a growing dialogue with VR veterans, in the interest of navigating the future of the profession.

This year’s VREPS-sponsored activities include a workshop, a meeting, and informal night out. For more information, visit the VRA Conference website schedule or email me – schoenm [at] umich [dot] edu.

Workshop 3 – The New Applicant: 21st-Century Job Searching and Career Development
Wednesday, March 11, 9:00 a.m.
As the field of visual resources has rapidly evolved over the past fifteen years, so has the job market. While today’s economy has caused increased competition for those seeking a job in visual resources and similar professions, technology allows new applicants to more easily find available positions, network, and create their own opportunities. This workshop will cover a wide range of career-related ideas for everyone from students starting out in the field to seasoned professionals seeking new experiences. Topics include: how to find and apply for opportunities and positions, online resources for the VR job seeker, how to improve application materials and hone interview skills, how to create new opportunities, and the changing nature of the visual resources profession. An open discussion will follow, allowing all attendees to ask questions and share their opinions on the future of the field.

Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 12:05 p.m.
Join your VREPS colleagues at this meeting to discuss the future of the group, and the educational issues, employment opportunities, and emerging trends in image management that are important to you. If time permits, we will also be peer-editing resumes, so bring yours!

VREPS Night Out
Friday, March 13, 8:00 p.m.
Terminal Bar at Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver
An informal “Dutch treat” social outing that provides emerging professionals an opportunity to get to know each other, discuss conference sessions and form new professional relationships.

Additionally, we would also recommend that any new members join us bright and early Thursday morning for the New Members & First Time Attendees Breakfast, organized by the Membership Committee. This is a great place to find out more about the Visual Resources Association and all of its subgroups.

See you in Denver!

VRA Travel Awards – Applications due Monday Nov. 11

Chris Smith, Milwaukee Museum of Art Purple Sunrise, 2013

From the VRA Listserv:

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions has already been posted at: and information about costs is posted here: and here:

Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Travel Award Rules, Guidelines and Tips” and “Types of Travel Awards”, both linked here as PDFs:


The form is also linked from the VRA homepage.

You do not need to be a member of the VRA to apply for a travel award, but please note that upon winning an award an applicant who is not a member of VRA must purchase a membership, with the option to use funding from the travel award to do this.

Please also note that award checks are distributed at the conference and as such, recipients will not have access to those funds ahead of the conference to set against travel expenses.

In order to allow funding to go further, Tansey awards will be distributed according to financial need i.e. full awards (up to $850) may be given to some, whilst lower amounts may be awarded to others with partial institutional/other support.

For 2014, we are fortunate to have generous financial support from sponsors and funds provided by the membership:

* Two New Horizons awards of $850 each.  These awards are aimed at members in the following categories: solo VR professionals, part-time VR  professionals, geographically isolated VR professionals, VR professionals in smaller institutions, and/or first-time attendees

* A New Horizons student award of $300, for a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program and considering a career in visual resources

* Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850 for a first-time conference attendee

* Scholars Resource award of $825 for an applicant who best demonstrates a desire to make images available to faculty and students in a university setting

* Tansey fund awards ranging from $250 to $850 each

More awards may become available and will be announced on this listserv. Also, stay tuned and watch VRA-L and the VRA website for further details about the conference.  Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted above.

As you can see, there are even a few awards aimed specifically at students and early career professionals. The deadline to apply is Monday, so get your applications in and join us in Milwaukee!


Moderator Needed

Alexander Boyes, Milwaukee Skyline, 2009
Alexander Boyes, Milwaukee Skyline, 2009

VREPS had a session accepted to the 2014 VRA conference in Milwaukee, WI. We have four wonderful presenters, but we still need a moderator. That moderator could be you! If you’re looking for a way to get involved with at the VRA conference, moderating a session is a great start. As the moderator, you’ll need to collect presentations, make sure your presenters know when they need to arrive, and introduce presenters during the session. The VRA creates a moderator’s guide that outlines all of your duties and gives you tips, and VREPS co-coordinators will also be able to answer your questions along the way.

If you’re interested in moderating the Teaching Turn: From Static Collections to Dynamic Learning Centers, please email Heather Lowe. You can read the session description here.

Publishing Research Demystified

6639aea80d779539915b811cdc171c00As a librarian or visual resources professional, there are many reasons to publish scholarly papers. At many universities, library positions are considered faculty posts and are subject to tenure requirements similar to professors.  Even if you are not under such constraints, publishing can be an important component of asking for a raise, a reclassification, or simply a means of reaching out to one’s peers. Whatever your motivations might be, the early stages of your career are a great time to pursue publication opportunities.

Are you in library school? Did you just graduate? Chances are you might have a research paper in your portfolio that would only need a few revisions to make it suitable for publication.

Are you facing a problem that has you perplexed in your new job? Perhaps others have the same questions. Documenting your solutions and exploring how other institutions solved their problems can easily turn into a paper.

To find out more about how you can go from a having a research paper to having a published paper, attend the Publications Special Interest Group Meeting at the VRA Conference in Providence. The session will be an open-format discussion about publishing in the visual resources field. The meeting is at 12:05 pm to 1:25 pm on Wednesday April 3 organized by Marlene Gordon, Senior Associate Curator of Visual Resources at Wayne State University, and moderated by John Trendler, Curator of Visual Resources at Scripps College and VRA Public Relations & Communications Officer.