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

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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CFP: ArLiSNAP/VREPS 2019 Virtual Conference

ArLiSNAP and VREPS welcome proposals from students and new professionals with an interest in art librarianship or visual resources management to present their work at our 2019 Virtual Conference.

Accessing the Arts: Trends, Innovations, and Challenges for the Information Professional

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. Whether we are creating metadata, altering policy, working with our communities and/or underserved populations, or evaluating a content management system, we are tasked with pushing against systemic barriers to access or protecting sensitive materials from inappropriate access. In arts contexts, how do we consider access within the paradigms of copyright, privacy, cultural protocols, and other issues?

We invite presentation proposals that share research and projects highlighting access in art libraries and visual resource collections for our annual virtual conference, which is an opportunity for emerging professionals to present in a supportive and engaging space while connecting with other students and early career information professionals across North America. Proposals are open to individual presenters and co-presenters. Presentations are expected to last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. 

The virtual conference will take place on Saturday, October 26th at 1:00 PM CST. 

Submit your proposal via our Google Form to apply.

Proposals are due by Friday, August 30th. You must also be available to participate in a short practice session with the webinar software on Monday, September 23rd at 6:00 PM CST.

If you have any questions, please email the ArLiSNAP Conference Planning Liaisons, Hilary Wang (hwang63@pratt.edu) and Lauren Haberstock (lhaberstock@email.arizona.edu).


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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Paid Internship: The Society of California Pioneers Summer 2019

The Society of California Pioneers has an opening for a paid intern to start as soon as possible. The project must be completed by August 31, 2019.

The grant-funded project is the following:
Create item-level records for the Society’s collection of photographic albums,

as well as rehousing them in acid-free enclosures. At the end of the project, the cataloged records will be passed along to the State Library to be considered for the next round of nomination for digitization and inclusion in California Revealed’s online collection.

The project requires the following skills:

  • Familiarity with handling archival items, including historic photographs
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite – especially Excel spreadsheets
  • Attention to detail
  • Use of California Revealed’s Metadata Guidelines for cataloging (see below): The item-level catalog records will need to include minimum information or metadata about each object cataloged:
  • Significance
  • Condition
  • Description
  • Creator
  • Rights
  • Title
  • Generation
  • Format
  • Number of parts
  • Dimensions
  • Date created

The records will be cataloged into a spreadsheet.

The rate is $22/hour, and days of work are flexible – but Monday through Friday are preferred. Minimum of 32 hours/week, maximum of 40 hours/week.

Please email resume to:
Lauren@californiapioneers.org and pkeats@californiapioneers.org
Deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
The Society of California Pioneers is located in the Presidio of San Francisco. Interns will be responsible for arranging their own lodging and transportation. 

Call for Applications: SEI Incoming Co-Chair

Call for Applications are being accepted for The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) Incoming Co-Chair. This is the first year of a three-year SEI commitment. It is a great opportunity for resume building and networking. SEI pays all expenses for Co-Chairs to be on site and offers a stipend for their time. SEI encourages applicants from all backgrounds and identities to apply.

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 collections, 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. As a joint project, the Incoming Co-Chair position alternates between an ARLIS/NA and a VRA member each year. We are now seeking applications from an ARLIS/NA member in good standing for the Incoming Co-Chair position. (SEI will be seek a VRA member as Incoming Co-Chair in summer 2020.)

The incumbent’s first year (July 2019 – June 2020) will be spent as SEI Student Liaison and Incoming Co-Chair, the second year (July 2020 – June 2021) as SEI Faculty Liaison and Junior Co-Chair, and the third year (July 2021 – July 2022) as SEI Senior Co-Chair. The full position descriptions are below:

SEI Student Liaison and Incoming Co-Chair ($750 stipend)

The Incoming Co-Chair and Student Liaison is the first year-long position of the three-year SEI Commitment, and serves as the primary contact with all SEI attendees prior to and during the Summer Educational Institute, updating them as needed on matters regarding curriculum, local arrangements (in conjunction with the Local Arrangements Chair), and fielding all questions related to attendance at SEI once registered. The Student Liaison also serves as the Incoming Co-Chair of SEI, and will work with and observe the SEI Senior and Junior Co-Chairs as part of their training for their future Co-Chair role. The SEI Student Liaison is expected to be “on the ground” for SEI.

SEI Faculty Liaison and Junior Co-Chair ($1,500 stipend)

The SEI Junior Co-Chair position is held for the second year of the three-year SEI commitment. The Junior Co-Chair works closely with the SEI Senior Co-Chair on the leadership and implementation of all aspects of SEI. The SEI Junior Co-Chair is responsible for taking the minutes for all SEI Implementation Team meetings; for collaborating with the SEI Senior Co-Chair to divide leadership responsibilities and tasks evenly and fairly; for the implementation of the SEI timeline and other tasks in the absence of the SEI Senior Co-Chair; for being “on the ground” at SEI; for working closely with the SEI Student Liaison and Incoming Co-Chair to make certain that they understand the responsibilities of their role; and for taking charge of all of the documentation aspects of the year which include: setting up the Implementation Team Google Site for the year, archiving copies of the previous year’s final documents in Basecamp, bringing a copy of the previous year’s documents over to a Google Drive folder for the current year, and giving team members access to appropriate Google folders and the Google site.

SEI Senior Co-Chair ($1,500 stipend)

The SEI Senior Co-Chair position is held in the final year of the three-year SEI commitment. The Senior Co-Chair takes primary responsibility for the leadership and implementation of all aspects of SEI, with the assistance and sharing of responsibilities with the SEI Junior Co-Chair. The SEI Senior Co-Chair is responsible for establishing and running all SEI Implementation Team meetings; for making certain that the SEI timeline is being followed and tasks completed by individual Implementation Team members; for primary oversight of the SEI budget and registration process; oversight of contract negotiations with the host institution; for being “on the ground” at SEI; and for formal reporting to the ARLIS/NA Board, the VRAF Board, and other groups (for example, the Kress Foundation) that have contributed to SEI.

SEI is currently seeking host sites; thus, we do not yet know the location for 2020 and beyond.  

If you have any questions please e-mail them and/or your application (Name, Job Title, and Statement of Interest) to SEI Co-Chair Courtney Baron (courtneylbaron@gmail.com) by July 8, 2019.

VRAF Internship Award: Call for Applications

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $4,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. The recipient receives a stipend of $3,000 for 200 hours completed at the host site. A professional development component of $1,000 supports conference attendance or attendance at the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management. The recipient receives a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective supervisor. The VRAF Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of his or her academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable but hidden cultural collections visible. Projects that would not occur without funding for an intern may be given special consideration.

The VRAF Internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The VRAF Internship Award Committee consists of a VRAF Director as chair, a representative from the VRA Education Committee, a representative from the VRA Awards Committee, and the previous internship recipient. The 2019-2020 Awards Committee includes VRAF Directors Marcia Focht and Elaine Paul; VRA Education Committee member Carolyn Lucarelli; VRA Awards Committee member Linda Callahan; and 2018-2019 VRAF Internship recipient Adelaide McComb.

Who May Apply

Students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 24 months, a graduate program in library or information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, visual or studio art, museum studies, or other applicable field of study may apply for this award. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline, or demonstrate an equivalent combination of coursework and relevant experience.

Internship Description

One VRAF Internship is awarded per year. Priority is given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. Although the award recipient need not hold US citizenship or be a permanent resident of the US, the recipient must select an institution in the United States to act as host for the internship. This institution must be approved by the VRAF Internship Award Committee. VRAF and VRA are not responsible for matching candidates with a host institution, but will gladly assist with the process. See the list of 2019-2020 host institutions, also available in a map version. Please note that this list is provided as a courtesy to applicants. Other institutions are also eligible to host VRAF interns.

This Internship Award will be granted for the 2019-2020 academic year. The intern is required to work on site at their chosen host institution for a minimum of 200 hours. The intern will choose to initiate their internship in the fall of 2019 or the winter or spring of 2020. The internship must begin within 30 days of the official beginning of the selected academic session of the participant’s home institution and be completed within one academic semester or two academic quarters. Exceptions are allowed by agreement between the selected intern and the VRAF Internship Awards Committee. In all cases, the internship must be completed within twelve months of the recipient being notified of the award.

The intern and the internship supervisor will complete brief evaluations of the internship experience. This report must be received by the VRAF Internship Committee by March 1, 2020.

The VRAF Internship Award will provide a stipend of $3,000 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 VRAF Internship Committee signed by the internship supervisor and the intern stating that the 200 hours have been completed. If the recipient is not a US citizen, VRAF is required by the IRS to withhold a percentage of this award.

A professional development component of $1,000 is available to support attendance at the annual VRA conference, other appropriate conferences, or the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management. The recipient will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts and documentation. The award recipient will be formally recognized during the Awards ceremony at the VRA conference.

The recipient will receive a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Interns may have the option of receiving academic credit for the internship as part of their graduate course work but will be responsible for making those arrangements themselves.

How to Apply

To apply for the award, please submit the following:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A current transcript (this does not need to be issued directly from the institution).
  3. An essay of up to 400 words should include a brief and clear description of the proposed project, and address the applicant’s professional goals, learning expectations of the internship experience, and any skills or background that might benefit visual resources.
  4. The names of two professional or scholastic references with address, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  5. Host institution and contact information of internship supervisor.
  6. A brief endorsement from the internship supervisor attesting to the value of the proposed project, including a statement indicating the supervisor’s willingness to provide guidance throughout and a brief evaluation at the conclusion of the internship experience.

Deadline to apply: Friday, August 2, 2019

Application materials should be submitted as a single PDF file to:

Elaine Paul
Visual Resources Specialist
University of Colorado Boulder
Email: elaine.paul@colorado.edu
Phone: 303-492-6136


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
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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VRAF Seeking Workshop and Publicity Liaisons

Interested in getting involved with the Visual Resources Association Foundation? Look no further! Apply to the Junior Workshop Liaison or Publicity Chair!

The Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop Implementation Team works collaboratively to host workshops each year, report on each, and seek grant funding for the coming year. This workshop series reflects the VRAF mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management and is generously sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Now in its second year, the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team seeks new members for the positions of Junior Workshop Liaison and Publicity Liaison. Joining the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team offers career development over the course of three years, as you progress through the Workshop Liaison positions to Workshop Coordinator. Perfect for developing your skill set–including project management, communication, educational programming, and grant writing–and networking with visual resources professionals. The Publicity Liaison position is for one year, with an option to renew for a second. You’ll help us develop messaging and market each workshop to the fullest via listserv, email, and social media.

For full position descriptions, please see the VRAF website. Please send resume or CV to the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team, vraf.rwit@gmail.com, by July 10, 2019.

VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team

The VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team works collaboratively to host workshops each year, report on each, and seek grant funding for the coming year. The Workshop Coordinator and Workshop Liaisons will serve for three years (see exception, outlined below), with the Senior Workshop Liaison moving up to take the Workshop Coordinator position, the Junior Workshop Liaison moving up to take the Senior Workshop Liaison, and the Workshop Coordinator cycling off the team. All other positions will serve two-year terms.  


  • Workshop Coordinator: Sonya Coleman
  • Sr. Workshop Liaison: Meghan Rubenstein
  • Jr. Workshop Liaison: open
  • Publicity Liaison: open

Advisory Board (4 people): Marsha Taichman, Chris Strasbaugh, Maureen Burns, +1 TBD and the VRAF Liaison: Beth Haas


Workshop Coordinator
Takes overall responsibility for the VRAF Regional Workshop Project Implementation Team, including oversight of the work of the workshop liaisons, and other team members. Manages host site selection process, curriculum development, and instructor recruitment. Takes lead on reporting to granting organizations and grant applications (such as the Kress grant).  

Workshop Liaisons (Senior + Junior) – Junior Position OPEN!
Responsible for developing and implementing the workshop timeline, including managing registration in conjunction with the VRAF Treasurer; working with local hosts to facilitate classroom arrangements and catering; communicating with the instructor regarding curriculum, travel + accommodations, and reimbursement procedures; facilitating post-workshop evaluation.

Publicity Liaison – OPEN!
Responsible taking the lead on all publicity for the workshops, including with workshop liaisons and local hosts to develop messaging, a website presence, and a robust publicity distribution plan. Works with local hosts to determine what role they will play in enacting the publicity plan, with ultimate responsibility for seeing through its implementation.  

VRAF Liaison
Responsible for communications between the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team and the VRAF Board. Participates in Implementation Team meetings as necessary or advisable. In the event of the resignation of the Workshop Coordinator, the VRAF Liaison will take the lead on managing the Implementation Team until a suitable replacement is found.  

Advisory Board Member
Based on their experience, offer support and advice to the Implementation Team to help develop the workshop roster, identify educational needs in the field, and select appropriate instructors.

Please contact the Regional Workshop Implementation Team at vraf.rwit@gmail.com. To inquire about an open position, send resume or CV and letter of interest.

In addition to the 4 regional workshops, VRAF be piloting webinars next year. To learn more about VRAF Regional Workshops click here.


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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Articles + News

Archivists on the Issues: Rare & Ephemeral: a snapshot of full-time New England archives jobs, 2018-2019

Visual Resources Association Foundation announces 2019 Project Grant recipient!

Normalize Negotiation! Learning to Negotiate Salaries and Improve Compensation Outcomes to Transform Library Culture via In the Library with a Lead Pipe

Bright Young Librarians: Courtney Asztalos, Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts at Syracuse University via Fine Books Magazine

Collection + Project Highlights

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley received a $95,203 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Collections and Reference Resources Grant to process and make accessible significant source materials created by urban designer Walter Hood. Hood’s work focuses on creating environments for people to live, work, and play through engagement with a community and its history. His practice encompasses both the traditional parameters of landscape architecture and embraces urban design, community planning, architecture, environmental art, and research.

German Holocaust archive puts millions of documents online
The international organization, which also announced Tuesday that it is rebranding itself the Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution, hopes that by making the documents widely available to the public it will help researchers and relatives learn more about the Nazi death machine. It’s the first time the massive volume of documents has been put online. Arolsen Archives is located in the north-central town of Bad Arolsen, Germany — about 90 miles north of Frankfurt.

University of Calgary unveils digital archive of 300 bee species. May 20 is World Bee Day, and thanks to a new digital collection of images featuring species native to Alberta, things may be looking up for the beleaguered flying insect. Worldwide, bee populations have been on the decline since the 1990s.The archive is seen as a valuable new resource to help study endangered species and develop healthier environments for bees.

Conferences, Symposiums, and such…

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

Mountain-Plains Museums Association Conference
Where: Albuquerque, NM
When: September 22-25, 2019
Learn More + View the Schedule

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

Call for Reviewers: Multimedia & Technology Reviews for June
Learn more and Volunteer

Tools + Courses

Archival Appraisal for the Non-Archivist Webinar
Member: $100; Nonmember: $125
When: August 13, 2019 from 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
Learn more & Register Here

Introduction to Copyright for Digitization Webinar
Member: $100; Nonmember: $125
When: July 10, 2019 from 12:00pm-2:00pm EST
Learn More & Register Here

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DLF x VRA GLAM Cross-Pollinator

The Digital Library Federation is proud to announce that the 2019 Forum fellowship application is now open. This year, we are offering a number of fellowship opportunities to enable a diverse group of practitioners to attend the 2019 DLF Forum, to be held in Tampa, Florida, this October.

For a fifth year,we are offering four GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards, open to membersof our partner organizations: AIC (the American Institute for Conservation), ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America), MCN (the Museum Computer Network), and VRA (the Visual Resources Association).

Please note that GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards provide registration only. Other costs must be covered by the attendee/their employer.

Other Forum Fellowship opportunities include:

  • ARL+DLF Fellowships available to anyone who identifies as members of a group (or groups) underrepresented among digital library and cultural heritage practitioners;
  • DLF Students & New Professionals Fellowships are available to anyone affiliated with a DLF member institution who is a current student or a new professional;
  • DLF Focus Fellowships support established professionals working towards a particular project, subject, or goal; and
  • International Fellowships, which encourage attendance from members of the digital library community who are based in countries other than the United States.

We welcome applications from everyone; DLF member affiliation is only required for our DLF Student & New Professional Fellowships.  

In return, Fellows will be asked to share a brief reflection on their experiences after the conference.

Learn more and find a link to the (lightweight) application form on our site.

Take a look at our website for all eligibility information and directions on how to apply. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm ET on Monday, June 10.

VRAF Internship: Call for Host Sites

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is seeking host sites/institutions for the VRAF Internship in visual resources and image management. If you are interested in hosting an intern at no cost to your institution, please read the information below.

We are very grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for so generously supporting our past Internship Award recipients. Contingent upon this year’s funding from Kress, we will offer our seventh internship in 2019-2020. Click here to read about the 2018-2019 VRAF Internship Award Recipient, Adelaide McComb.

The award grants $3,000 to support an internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections, or other appropriate settings. It also provides a professional development account of $1,000 to be used for attending conferences or training events, including the VRA Annual Conference and/or Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI).

The student will provide 200 hours of service over the course of their internship. In order to be eligible for the internship, the student must have completed at least ten credits of graduate coursework in Library/Information Science, Art History, Architecture or Architectural History, Visual or Studio Art, Museum Studies, or other applicable fields of study.

Although this internship is available to non-US residents, the work must take place at an institution within the USA. While Canadian institutions are not eligible to host a VRAF intern, such internships might be of interest to any number of people who are seeking VR-related internships and can be included in our list of available opportunities.

If you and your institution are interested in hosting a student during the Fall, Winter, or Spring of the 2019-2020 academic year, please fill out the VRAF Host Institution Google Form.

With this information, a list of potential internship sites will be compiled and added to the Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) website to help student applicants find an internship in their geographical area.

We hope that you will consider being a host site for this wonderful opportunity for students just starting out in the fields of visual resources and image management.

More information about the internship can be found here: https://vrafoundation.com/internship-award/

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

Kendra Werst & Julia Murphy
VREPS Co-Chairs