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:


Get published in the VRA Bulletin

Hey all – just a reminder that you can publish in the VRA Bulletin! The deadline for submission for the summer issue is June 30, and if you give a presentation (say, at the ArLiSNAP/VREPS 2016 Virtual Conference), you can easily transform that into an article. Submission details and guidelines below:

The VRA Bulletin provides a professional forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas and information directly related the the field of visual resources. We accept feature length articles (usually about 5,000 words); reviews on books, tools, resources (c. 1,000 words); opinion pieces (c. 3,000 words); and association news. The length doesn’t matter since it is online and we encourage authors to take full advantage of being online by adding images, links, etc. The only thing to consider is download time if the file gets too big. I suggest looking at past issue articles to get a feel for it.

The home page is at where the most recent issue can be found and potential authors can submit articles to the online system from there.

Authors should also review the submission guidelines at for more guidance about fonts, spacing, formatting etc.

The editors are always happy to help in any way:
Maureen Burns, Content Editor, (310-489-3792)

Hannah Marshall, Production Editor,

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!

Scholarships for SEI 2016

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has generously sponsored six scholarships for SEI 2016, which will be held June 7-10, 2016, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The six Kress Scholarship recipients will each receive $833 to cover tuition, accommodations, and minor incidentals. Kress Scholarship applications are due by Friday, February 12, 2016. Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, March 11, 2016. Following the workshop, each Kress Scholarship recipient will be asked to write a report detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship.

This intensive workshop is designed to serve a wide range of professionals eager to learn about new technologies and update job skills: museum staff, VR curators, librarians, archivists, and all those managing digital image media. SEI provides new professionals, current library school students and more experienced staff the opportunity to stay current in a rapidly changing field, as well as significant networking opportunities.

Kress Scholarship recipients will each receive $833 to cover tuition, accommodations, and minor incidentals. Kress Scholarship applications are due by Friday, February 12, 2016. Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, March 11, 2016. Following the workshop, each Kress Scholarship recipient will be asked to write a report detailing how they benefitted from SEI and the scholarship.

Applicants for the 2016 Kress Scholarship should submit a resume or curriculum vita and a brief essay describing the effect attending SEI would have on their studies or their careers. All applications will be evaluated by SEI co-chairs based on the criteria established for the award and any additional directions from the Kress Foundation staff. More information is also available on the website. Submit your application materials via e-mail in a single document (PDF preferred), using the following file naming convention: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_KRESS2016

Please e-mail your application to SEI Co-Chair Greta Bahnemann at:

Look for regular SEI registration to open in mid-January.

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!

Hack Your MLIS Program: Visual Resources Librarianship

Reblogging this from our comrades over at — an excellent post on getting into the Visual Resources profession by Courtney L. Baron.


Hi Arlisnappers! After a yearlong absence, I am back on the blog as a feature post writer and excited to be a part of the ArLiSNAP team once again. I recently graduated with my MLIS and I currently work as the Director of Visual Resources at the University of Georgia.

In April 2014, I shared my tips for hacking your MLIS program to focus on art librarianship. Now I’m back with a better-late-than-never follow-up on how I hacked my MLIS program to prepare for my career in visual resources librarianship. We have discussed how to plan your coursework so you are prepared to manage digital collections before, and this post will focus specifically on what you need to manage visual resources collections.

Visual Resources Center, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. Image courtesy of Courtney Baron. Visual Resources Center, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. Image courtesy of Courtney Baron.

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