VRA Pacific Rim Chapter Travel Award for VRA2020 in Baltimore

We are pleased to announce this year’s travel award opportunity from the Pacific Rim Chapter of the Visual Resources Association.
This year the VRA Pacific Rim Chapter is offering a travel award of up to $500 (this may be adjusted to up to $600 in January 2020) to cover eligible conference and travel expenses for a chapter member attending the VRA national conference in Baltimore, Maryland March 24 – 27, 2020. Some criteria that will be used in the selection of the travel award winner are:

  • Status as a graduate student in a Library and Information Science, Art History, or other program which has potential for a relevant emphasis on visual culture, materials and resources.
  • Status as a first-time participant at the national conference, or length of time since attending your last VRA conference.
  • Lack of financial assistance from your institution for travel and staff development.
  • Past or present participation in the Pacific Rim Chapter, such as holding an office, hosting an annual meeting, or length of time as a member.
  • Participation in the national conference as a panel member, moderator, committee member, volunteer, etc.

We invite any chapter member who is interested in attending VRA 2020, and who has not received chapter travel funds in the last two years, to apply for this travel award. In your letter of application, be sure to include a discussion of the above criteria as they apply to you. Please also include a budget that outlines your expenses and any funds currently committed to cover those expenses.

Email your application letter and budget to both Morgan Bell and Amy Stewart:

Morgan – morganfb@uw.edu
Amy – 
astewart@reed.edu

The application deadline is 5 PM PST on Friday, January 10, 2020.

The winner of the award will be informed of the committee’s decision by January 17, 2020.

The recipient of the travel award will be required to complete the following duties in 2020:
1. Report on the conference to members at the 2020 Pacific Rim Chapter meeting
2. Serve on the chapter travel award committee for the 2021 VRA annual conference

*If the chapter travel award recipient has also received a VRA travel award, the chapter award will only cover documented conference expenses beyond those covered by the VRA travel award. That may be up to $500 (or $600), but it may also be less than that.

Feel free to contact us with questions.
Best regards,

Morgan Bell, University of Washington
Amy Stewart, Reed College

Register Now: Ready Yourself for Job Search and Advancement in the Art Library Webinar

Ready Yourself for Job Search and Advancement in the Art Library 

Description: 

Whether art librarianship is your first or second career, or you are considering pivoting it in the future, it is never too early to prepare yourself for advancement or promotion in your position. Drawing from the experiences of art librarians who are in different stages of their career, the webinar will highlight the unique stories of people of color in the field, as well as strategies and tips in working toward career advancement.

The Ready Yourself for Job Search and Advancement in the Art Library webinar built on the discussion of Recruitment, Retention, and Experiences of Art Education Professionals webinar, a collaboration of ARLIS/NA Professional Development – Education Subcommittee and the ALA Spectrum Advisory Committee in October 2019. If you missed the previous webinar, you can watch the recording here.

This webinar is free and open to the public. It is brought to you by the ARLIS/NA Professional Development – Education Subcommittee.

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 10am PST/11am MT/12pm CST/1pm EST

Panelists:

  • Sarah Cruz, Cataloging Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Lindsay King, Associate Director for Access and Research Services, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University
  • Lori Salmon, Head, Institute of Fine Arts Library, New York University
  • Lynora Williams, Director, Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Moderator: Carol Ng-He, Exhibits Coordinator, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, ARLIS/NA Diversity Committee and Education Subcommittee Member

Register Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/150376210347820555

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2019

Questions? Please contact Carol Ng-He at carolnghe@gmail.com

2019-20 VRAF Regional Workshops

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Regional Workshop series:

November 22, 2019Beyond Licenses: Integrating Creative Commons, RightsStatements.org, and Traditional Knowledge into Permissions Practices at the University of Denver with instructor Anne Young, Head of Rights and Reproductions, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Newfields.

March 13, 2020: Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media at Occidental College Library with instructor Cara Hirsch, Deputy Head of Legal and Business Affairs at The Virtual Reality Company.

May 22, 2020: Collaborating Across the Institution: Creating Professional Partnerships to Support Cultural Heritage at the University of Michigan Library with instructor Jackie Spafford, Images Resources Curator, University of California, Santa Barbara.

May 29, 2020: From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning at the University of Toronto Mississauga with instructor Shyam Oberoi, Chief Digital Officer, Royal Ontario Museum.

In the 2019-20 season, we’re delighted to expand the Regional Workshop program in two important ways. The host applications were open to international institutions for the first time and we received several strong international applications. The University of Toronto Mississauga will host the inaugural international VRAF Regional Workshop with veteran instructor Shyam Oberoi’s new project management and strategic planning workshop.

The “propose your own workshop” option was exercised by the University of Denver in their host application. The Regional Workshop team has matched their request with instructor Anne Young, who can delve into a deeper understanding and utilization of Creative Commons licenses, RightsStatements.org, and Traditional Knowledge labels with collection objects to expand existing permissions practices at galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs). Join us for the first workshop of the 2019-20 season on Nov. 22, Beyond Licenses: Integrating Creative Commons, RightsStatements.org, and Traditional Knowledge into Permissions PracticesRegister today to save your spot!

The Regional Workshop Implementation Team welcomes your questions, comments, and feedback at vraf.rwit@gmail.com and looks forward to the exciting developments of the 2019-20 season! This workshop series reflects the VRAF mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management. The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

The current members of the RWIT:
Beth Haas, VRAF Director
Sonya Coleman, VRAF Workshop Coordinator
Meghan Rubenstein, VRAF Senior Workshop Liaison 

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.

Call for Content: VRA Bulletin – Fall/Winter Issue

The Editors of the VRA Bulletin are still accepting submissions for their Fall/Winter 2019 issue! 

Because the Bulletin offers a hybrid peer review model, we can continue to accept submissions for non-peer reviewed articles through November 8th, 2019.

*If you’re interested in serving as a peer reviewer for articles in this issue, please volunteer via email by writing to the Content Editor, Hannah Marshall at marshall.hannah.marie@gmail.com

The Bulletin publishes a wide range of article types that correspondingly range in length – some rough guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Feature articles: 2,000 – 5,000 words 
  • Perspectives (opinion pieces): 1,000 – 3,000 words
  • Case studies & project updates: 500 – 2,000 words
  • Reviews: 250 – 1,000 words
  • Association news & reports – any length

There are two ways to get started publishing in the VRA Bulletin:

1. If you’d like to run your article idea by the editors before getting started, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Content Editor, Hannah Marshall (marshall.hannah.marie@gmail.com)

2. If your article is written and ready-to-go, upload it directly to our online journal system by following these instructions

Sincerely, 

Hannah Marshall, Content Editor

Amy Lazet, Production Editor

Save the Date: SEI to be held at Northwestern University

ARLIS/NA and the VRAF are pleased to announce the implementation team for the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) 2020, to be held at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, June 23-26, 2020.

  • Senior Co-Chair: Courtney Baron, University of Louisville
  • Junior Co-Chair: Bridget Madden, University of Chicago
  • Incoming Co-Chair: Molly Szymanski, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Local Co-Chair: Nicole Finzer, Northwestern University 
  • Curriculum Specialist (VRA): Kimberly Wolfe, University of Richmond
  • Curriculum Specialist (ARLIS): Annie Sollinger, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Development Specialist: Tina Budzise-Weaver, Texas A&M University
  • Webmaster/Publicity Specialist/VRAF Treasurer: Otto Luna, University of New Hampshire
  • VRAF Liaison: Beth Haas, Princeton University
  • ARLIS/NA Liaison: Lauren MacDonald, Saint Mary’s College

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.

For more information on SEI 2020, visit our website: seiworkshop.org 
Have questions? Please feel free to contact one of our co-chairs:

Courtney Baron (courtney.baron@louisville.edu
Bridget Madden (bridgetm@uchicago.edu

Follow SEI on Facebook and Twitter: @seiworkshop

2019 GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards

Museum and library staff face similar challenges in the digital landscape and yet have too few opportunities to come together. For a fourth year, the Digital Library Federation and its partner organizations will support eight registration awards meant to encourage collaboration and conversation about these challenges among our museum and digital library communities.

Four awards were offered to partner-affiliated GLAM professionals to attend the 2019 DLF Forum in Tampa, and in exchange, four DLF-affiliated practitioners will receive complimentary registration at the upcoming conferences of the following partnering organizations: the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), the Museum Computer Network (MCN), and the Visual Resources Association (VRA).

About the GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards

Building on a program initially supported generous Kress grants in 2015-2017 and with the continuing partnership of the AIC, ARLIS/NA, MCN, and VRA, the Cross-Pollinator program endeavors to build bridges among our communities, bringing new voices and perspectives to our Forum–particularly those from the art museum community–and continuing our efforts at “cross-pollination” by sending accomplished DLF practitioners to valuable conferences they might not otherwise visit.

An award covers the cost of registration at one partner conference and can be applied retroactively for a full refund if payment has already been submitted. Conference dates are as follows:

Awardees’ only obligations to DLF are to fully engage in the conference they attend and write a brief reflection on their experience for the DLF blog.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a GLAM Cross-Pollinator Award, an applicant must be affiliated with a DLF member organization.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to advancing research, learning, social justice, and/or the common good through the creation and/or use of digital library and museum technologies.

Application

Applicants must supply contact information, a resume or C.V., and a personal statement (500 words or less) about how attending the conference of your choice will expand your professional horizons, and what you can contribute in the role of ‘cross-pollinator’.

Apply Now

Deadlines
Applications for each award will close at 5:00 p.m. pacific time on each of the following dates:

To attend MCN: September 30, 2019
To attend VRA: December 14, 2019
To attend ARLIS/NA: February 14, 2020
To attend AIC: March 13, 2020

Applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of the closing date.

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Award winners for all opportunities will be selected by CLIR/DLF staff in consultation with partner organizations. You may apply for multiple awards, but preference will be given to applicants who have not yet been a GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellow.

Applications Open! Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

Provides support for students preparing for art or architecture librarianship or visual resources curatorship.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) accepts applications for its annual Internship Award each fall. This award provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art or architecture librarianship or visual resources curatorship via a grant of $3,000.00 to support a 150-hour internship in an art or architecture related setting such as a library, archive, or visual resources collection.

PAST AWARD WINNERS

Who May Apply

This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies.

Internship Description

One Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship is awarded per year. Once an award recipient has been selected, he or she will select an institution to act as host for the internship. This institution must be approved by the ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Subcommittee. ARLIS/NA is not responsible for matching candidates with a host institution, but will gladly assist with the process. (See Host Institutions.) The award cannot be used for an internship that is already in progress.

This Internship Award will be granted during 2020. The intern is required to work on site at their chosen host institution for a minimum of 150 hours. In all cases the internship must be completed within twelve months of the recipient being notified of the award.

The intern will write a brief report of the internship experience at the conclusion of the internship.

The Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award will provide a stipend of $3,000.00 to the intern. Half of the award will be granted prior to the internship, with the remainder granted upon completion of the internship and receipt of a letter to the Chair of the Internship Award Subcommittee signed by the Internship supervisor and intern stating the 150 hours have been completed. The award recipient will also receive a one-year membership in ARLIS/NA at the student level. Interns may have the option of receiving academic credit for the internship as part of graduate study, but will be responsible for making those arrangements.

Deadlines

  • December 9, 2019: Deadline for submission of applications to the Student Advancement Awards Subcommittee.
  • January 10, 2020: Applicants notified of award results.

Deadline for submission of evaluation forms and documents by intern and host institution will be within 30 days of the completion of the internship.

How to Apply

To apply for the award, please submit the following:

  1. A current résumé.
  2. A current transcript in PDF format [this does not need to be issued directly from the institution].
  3. The names of two professional or scholastic references with addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  4. An essay of up to 900 words addressing your skills, background, and expectations of the internship experience—including the type of institution you are interested in as well as potential project ideas. The essay should also address the following questions:
    • What are your professional goals and how do your plans for the experience funded by the ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award fit into your career path?  In particular, how do you imagine this internship experience to be different than previous internship or work experiences?
    • This award funds a one-year membership in ARLIS/NA. How do you see yourself participating in ARLIS/NA, or another professional organization, in your future professional life?
    • If granted the internship award, when do you plan to fulfill it?

Application materials in PDF format should be emailed to:

Courtenay McLeland 
Chair, Student Advancement Awards Subcommittee
Phone: +1 904-620-5550
Email: d.c.mcleland@unf.edu

Host Institutions

A selected list of host institutions is available via the ARLIS/NA Internship Roster. The choice of host institutions is flexible and not limited to those in the Roster.

(Note to potential host institutions: You may add your information to the ARLIS/NA Internship Roster by completing the Internship Roster Form.)

Additional Information

For additional information please contact the Subcommittee Chair:

Courtenay McLeland
Phone: +1 904-620-5550
Email: d.c.mcleland@unf.edu

Applications Open! ARLIS/NA Gerd Muehsam Award

Annual recognition for an outstanding graduate student paper or project relevant to art librarianship.

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. This award was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

LIST OF PAST RECIPIENTS

Award Details

  • $500.00 prize.
  • Conference registration and up to $300.00 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 48th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, April 20-24, 2020. This amount may be used to reimburse travel expenses, but will not apply to meals, tours, or other costs.
  • An opportunity to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
  • A one-year membership to ARLIS/NA.

Requirements

  • The paper or project must have been created or written during the preceding 18 months by a student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or in a graduate program in art history or a related discipline.
  • The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment.
  • One submission is allowed per person.

Required Format

All applicants must include their mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers with their applications.

Paper submissions must include:

  • 10-25 pages, typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
  • An abstract of 250 words.
  • Title page must include a paper title, the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of the faculty member for whom it was written, and the course title.
  • Bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
  • In addition, authors should inform the committee chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being considered for publication.

Internet project submissions must include:

  • A summary of 250 words about the online project.
  • URL—the project must be accessible to all committee members for review.
  • The name of the institution and course for which it was created, as well as the name of the faculty member assigning the project.

Judging Criteria

Papers and projects will be judged on their relevance to art librarianship or visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, quality of organization, appropriate use of terminology, style and readability, and originality of thought or observation.

Application & Deadline

Entries must be submitted by e-mail only. The deadline for submission is December 9, 2019. All applicants should receive notification of the results by January 10, 2020.

E-mail entries to:

Courtenay McLeland
Chair, Student Advancement Awards Subcommittee
Email: d.c.mcleland@unf.edu
Phone: +1 904-620-5550

Registration Open! VREPS x ArLiSNAP 2019 Virtual Conference

VREPS (Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students) and ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals) are pleased to announce our 2019 Fall Virtual Conference: Accessing the Arts: Trends, Innovations, and Challenges for the Information Professional. The conference will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1-3pm CST. 

To register for this free event, visit
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7699807761594124043 .  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Conference Summary:
As information professionals, we are charged not only with stewarding our collections, but with fostering meaningful connections for our constituents. As such, providing access in physical and virtual spaces as diverse as our collections and our roles within them.

Our webinar will include three presentations which will be followed by a time for Q&A between our presenters and conference attendees. Our presenters will be:

  • Anna Boutin-Cooper and E Marcovitz, Franklin & Marshall College
    One Summer, Two People, & a Zine Backlog: a How-To for New Catalogers
  • Jackie Fleming, Indiana University
    Education Before Access: Why Every Art Librarian Should Have Basic Knowledge of Copyright Law and Legal Issues Related to Their Collections
  • Will Fenton and Ann McShane, The Library Company of Philadelphia
    Redrawing History: Innovation through Artistic Reinterpretation

Hilary Wang and Lauren Haperstock, ArLiSNAP Conference Planning Liaisons and Masters of Library and Information Science students at Pratt Institute and University of Arizona respectively, will moderate the discussion

Registration will close two hours before the start of the webinar. For assistance, please contact webinars@arlisna.org.

Reminder! 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 20, 2019, 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: https://forms.gle/LHeYeRJFnEniJHJP9 or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.com. The recipient of the Fall 2019 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, October 4, 2019, and must be used before October 4, 2020.

Purpose:

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.

Eligibility:

  • 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., workbooks, 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 (For example, a percentage of the grant money/funding taken by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead.)

Application Criteria:

  • 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.
  • 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 

Application:

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

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 20, 2019, 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: https://forms.gle/LHeYeRJFnEniJHJP9 or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.com. The recipient of the Fall 2019 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, October 4, 2019, and must be used before October 4, 2020.

Purpose:

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.

Eligibility:

  • 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., workbooks, 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 (For example, a percentage of the grant money/funding taken by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead.)

Application Criteria:

  • 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.
  • 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 

Application:

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