VREPS at #VRA2019

Only 1 more week until VRA LA 2019! The Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Student group have a few things planned this year. Keep reading to learn more!

Meetup Lunch (RSVP only)
When: Tuesday, March 27 from 12:15-1:45pm
Room: Golden State I
About: New members, 1st/2nd time conference attendees, VREPS, conference/year-round mentors and mentees, and peer resume & cover letter reviewers/reviewees are invited to meetup over an informal lunch. If you are new to the VRA or the conference experience or are an emerging professional or student, or just need some time to catch up with your mentor, mentee, reviewer or reviewee, this Meetup is a great way to connect in a friendly and social environment. Boxed lunch will be provided.

Community Partnership Event
Wednesday, March 28 from 2:15-4:00pm
Room: Golden State Ballroom Foyer 
About: This event will provide ample opportunities for conversations about products, projects, and information about how to become more involved in the work of the Visual Resources Association. VREPS will be at the Membership Committee table, stop by and say hi!

VREPS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 28 from 12:15-1:00pm
Room: Sacramento
About: Join your VREPS colleagues to discuss future programming, employment opportunities, and emerging trends in visual resources, and more, that are important to you. All are welcome!

VREPS Session: Stories from the Start
When: Thursday, March 29 from 5:00-6:00pm
Room: Golden State II 
About: Have questions about starting out in the Visual Resources field? Interested in hearing other VRA members’ backstories? Join VREPS for a informal conversation with experienced professionals. Speakers will share stories from the beginning years of their career and discuss the difficulties they faced. An open discussion will follow, allowing all attendees to ask questions. Learn More

Below are some additional posts we created about #VRA2019

VRA2019 Conference Guide + Tips

VREPS in LA: Food + Places to Visit

VRA Special Interest Groups Meeting in LA

VRA2019 Social Spotlight: Meetup Lunch



Advice & Articles

Big Flickr Announcement: All CC-licensed images will be protected!

ICYMI…Are Temporary Appointments a Threat to Archiving? via Moving Image Archive News

Open Access Is Going Mainstream. Here’s Why That Could Transform Academic Life via The Chronicle of Higher Education

Freeze! A manifesto for safeguarding and preserving born-digital heritage via Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

CFPs, Conferences, Awards, and such…

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Learn More & Apply

Society of American Archivists Foundation
10 Travel Awards
available—of up to $1,000 each—to support attendance at the 2019 Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and SAA in Austin, July 31–August 6. Learn More & Apply! [have to be a member to apply]

Check back next Thursday for more Happenings! Missed a week? Take a look at previous happenings here.

2019 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.
**VRA Membership is not required to apply!**

For consideration, please submit your application by Friday, February 22, 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 go here or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.com


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


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

Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

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

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

Application Criteria:

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


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

To obtain further details about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.com. The recipient of the 2019 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, March 1, 2019, and must be used before March 1, 2020

VRA Special Interest Groups

SIGs provide VRA members the opportunity to connect with colleagues doing similar work in the field, explore opportunities to collaborate among them, share resources & best practices, or discuss ways to advance their area of practice. 

VRA’s Special Interest Groups include:

The SIGs below will be meeting up in Los Angeles, CA during the Annual Conference for the Visual Resources Association. Add them to your schedule! Don’t forget to register for the conference, Early Bird registration ends February 15, 2019🕊 Regular registration ends March 18, 2019.

VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter – Annual Conference Travel Awards

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Visual Resources Association is pleased to offer two travel awards of $300 for the 2019 Annual VRA Conference to Los Angeles, California.

visual resources association

The sponsorship welcomes all applicants, but the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Awards Committee will give preference to VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter membership applicants. If you are interested in becoming a VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter member please join here or contact the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chair, here.

When completing the application please be precise and expand on your answers (when necessary) in the comments and statement sections. For tips on what to include in your application, please read Tips for Completing your Application, which can be viewed here: http://vraweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2016-VRATARulesGuidelinesPlusTips2.pdf.

Applications will be due on February 4th, 2019 and we will notify applicants via email by February 8th, 2019. Please apply here.

VRAF Regional Workshops

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The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2018-2019 VRAF Regional Workshop Program.

Now in its fourth year, and thanks to the continued and generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this program is allowing the VRAF to realize its mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management.

The 2018-2019 workshops are:

Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture
Instructor: Chris Strasbaugh
Hosted by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY
November 30, 2018

Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies
Instructor: Justin Madron
Hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR
January 25, 2019

Exhibit, Instruct, Promote, Collaborate: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship
Instructor: Susan Jane Williams
Hosted by The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
March 1, 2019

Metadata and Management of Cultural Heritage Digital Media: From Fundamentals to Future Trends
Instructor: Shyam Oberoi
Hosted by The Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler
April 26, 2019

Learn more about the current regional workshops here!