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.

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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.

VRA Foundation Project Grant: Deadline Extended!

The purpose of the VRA Foundation’s Project Grant is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management.  One grant is available in the spring 2019 cycle with up to $3,000 to be awarded.  The funds may be used for stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project.  Collaborative projects and those proposed by groups, whether or not affiliated with an organization or institution, are encouraged.  Of particular interest are innovative projects with results that can have a broad impact and be shared with the global community.  Categories to be considered for funding would include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Metadata for Visual Media
  • Visual Media Cataloguing Standards
  • Visual Media Data Standards
  • Digitization Projects of Special or Unique Collections (Educational Institutions, Libraries, Museums)
  • Visual Literacy
  • Technology Development for Visual Media Management and Pedagogy
  • Intellectual Property Rights

The project must be completed within one year from the time the grant is formally accepted. The grant will be disbursed in two increments: $1500 at the start of the granting period, and $1500 pending the submission of a mid-project progress report. A final report, including a financial statement, on how the funds contributed to the project is due within one month of the project’s completion. Failure to complete the proposed project may result in the grantee returning the funds.

The VRA Foundation has United States Internal Revenue Service status as a 501c3 non-profit entity. All elements of a proposed project must be performed within the legal parameters of United States local, regional, and federal government requirements. International applications are welcome from institutions or individuals provided applicant institutions have the equivalent of US non-profit status and applicant individuals have a similar non-profit, educational purpose.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should be working in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, those currently unemployed, or students.
  • Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
  • Other applications for funding for the same project must be disclosed.
  • Former recipients of the grant are not eligible for a period of two years following their most recent award.

Grant monies may be used for:

  • Salaries and labor costs
  • Transportation costs
  • Cost of Materials (grants generally do not fund the purchase of office and other/related equipment)
  • Other appropriate expenses (as approved by VRAF)

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions

Application and Review Cycle

For full consideration, please submit your application (https://forms.gle/wgJHo2CtvaR7FWmE9) by Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time.  The recipient of the VRAF Project Grant will be announced by May 24, 2019.

If you have further questions about the Project Grant Program or the application process, please contact the VRA Foundation Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.com.

Previous Project Grant Recipients

2018 Project Grant Recipient

James Sobczak, Digital Imaging Assistant II, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The VRAF Project Grant will allow University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design to digitize a collection donation of 26,800+ 35mm slides from Patricia Young, which will provide a stipend to graduate student employees. The PYC Collection will be housed in their MDID collection, which crosswalks with CONTENTdm for further outreach to researchers worldwide. This project will also allow the PYC Collection graduate student workers to improve upon the GIS linking of images, network mapping of metadata, and semantic query integration.

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
When:
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
When:
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

Happenings

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

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., 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

Application:

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

VRAF Regional Workshops (1)

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!

VRA Foundation Professional Development Grant

Only one more week to apply!

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) 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 7, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Time.

If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, and to submit your application herehttps://goo.gl/forms/QMxIeagXIllV04zz1 or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.com.

The recipient of the 2018 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, September 21, 2018, and must be used before September 21, 2019.

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., 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 take by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead)