2019 SEI Instructors: Nancy Sims

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2019 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned!


We’re happy to introduce Nancy Sims!

Nancy Sims is the University of Minnesota Library’s subject specialist on copyright issues.  She is both librarian and lawyer, has long experience working in academic libraries, and is fascinated by the pervasiveness of copyright issues in modern life.  Her role is to help individuals and groups throughout the University community understand how copyright affects their work.  She provides education on the copyright website and through workshop programming.  Nancy advocates for policies and practices that support sustainable scholarship, democratic information access, and wide public cultural participation.

Classes:

  • Intellectual Property
    • Understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing in regard to the educational use of visual materials is essential to successfully managing digital projects. This session will cover Fair Use, case law that may impact the use of images for education, specific digital and web issues, and introduce a vocabulary for professional use. Dive deeper into copyright issues specific to the cultural heritage and visual resource fields by looking at rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards, and emerging best practices.
  • Intellectual Property Practicum
    • Real-world examples of copyright and intellectual property rights challenges will be examined to engage participants in active learning. Through discussions of real-life dilemmas, students will learn how to approach and solve problems as they interact with their peers through debate, presentations, and ad hoc role plays. The instructor will provide case studies for discussion. Participants are also asked to provide questions in advance to discuss with the group and the expert

Looking to learn more about SEI? Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org – where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registeringaccommodationscurriculum and much more.

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2019 SEI Instructors: Julie Rudder

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2019 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned!


We’re happy to introduce Julie Rudder!

Julie Rudder is the Repository Program Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. In this role, Julie oversees the repository program which includes the service, content, and systems that support the preservation and access institutional repository collections and digital collections. Prior to this position she was the Digital Initiatives Project Manager at Northwestern University Library where she managed major technical development projects for the library’s repository system. In this role she served as Product Owner for the Avalon Media System, a collaborative project between Northwestern University Library and Indiana University Libraries.

Classes:

  • DAMs and Digital Repositories: What is a repository and why do I need one?
    • This session will help to demystify concepts related to digital repositories and content stewardship such as digital asset management, DAMS, digital curation, data curation, digital preservation, and more. We’ll consider how and why service, infrastructure, and content management are the foundation of repository management. We’ll also talk about the types of staffing and support that repositories need.
  • DAMs and Digital Repositories Practicum: What kind of repository do I need and what services will we offer?
    • In this session we will work from personal or supplied use cases and scenarios in order to design a repository service and implementation approach. We will cover popular proprietary and open source systems and consider the pros and cons of different systems (e.g. ContentDM, Samvera/Hyku, Bepress, SharedShelf, Omeka, Preservica, and Archivematica). We will also introduce the Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and its use in current repositories.

Looking to learn more about SEI? Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org – where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registeringaccommodationscurriculum and much more.

VRA New England Chapter Meeting

We’re happy to announce that registration is now open for the VRA New England Chapter meeting later this month at Trinity College. Nancy and her team have a wonderful day planned out for everyone! 

If you are able to attend, please complete the registration form provided below:
Trinity Meeting Registration Form

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Gillis or Nancy Smith from Trinity College.

Get Involved with VRA: Apply to be the Social Media Manager!

Are you interested in expanding your social media skills in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, while serving the VRA in a dynamic outreach role?

The Executive Board is now accepting applications for the position of Social Media Manager.  All members are encouraged to consider this important appointment for the VRA, especially if you are fluent in social media platforms and skilled in marketing and/or writing.  The Social Media Manager is a volunteer position appointed by the Executive Board.

The two-year term will commence on July 1, 2019. The candidate will have the opportunity to shadow and train with the current Social Networking Coordinator Kendra Werst in June to make the transition a smooth one. Kendra has done an outstanding job expanding and elevating the Association’s social media presence and the board wishes to express our sincerest thanks. She has worked with me to update the appointment’s title and charge, and to draft characteristic duties and responsibilities (see below). She also designed the wonderful graphic featured above.

To apply, please send a statement of interest, highlighting relevant experience to Amy McKenna (info@vraweb.org).  Queries about the position may also be sent to me or directly to Kendra Werst (socialmedia@vraweb.org).

The deadline for applications is Friday, May 31.

Thank you for considering this exciting and rewarding position.

Social Media Manager

Charge:  

The Social Media Manager engages in outreach for the VRA through the creation and management of content published to VRA social media accounts, increasing the visibility of the Association’s online presence.  The Social Media Manager reports to the Public Relations and Communications Officer.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

The Social Media Manager is responsible for communicating with VRA entities and allied/affiliated organizations to obtain, create, and facilitate current content for VRA’s social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Posts should be timely and demonstrate the wide breadth of topics encompassed by the VRA.  This board-appointed position utilizes a social media management tool, such as Hootsuite, to schedule and publish content across social media platforms.  This approach streamlines the workflow, promoting consistent messaging and alleviating the urgency of real-time posting.  An important aspect of this position is to interact with and support the social media profiles of the VRA Foundation and other related organizations and groups on behalf of the VRA.  The Social Media Manager is expected to reach out to VRA committees, advisory groups, task forces, appointees, and regional chapters to collaborate on special projects, such as the Intellectual Property Rights Committee’s social media takeover for Fair Use week.

The term of appointment is two years with the possibility of renewal upon request. Annual reports to the Executive Board are required and the board reserves the right to request a Mid-Year report.  Depending on the time of year and level of Association activity, the Social Media Manager should expect to spend at least 2-5 hours per week in this capacity.  Time-sensitive updates may require a same-day response.

2019 SEI Instructors: Jesse Henderson

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2019 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned!


We’re happy to introduce Jesse Henderson!

Jesse is a Digital Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC) where she manages the production of digital assets for the collections. She has been in this position since late 2013. Previously she was the Visual Resources Curator at Colgate University from 2006 through 2013. At UWDCC Jesse manages a production team and the majority of projects that flow through their shop. She is responsible for working with stakeholders, upgrades and maintenance of reformatting equipment, as well as setting and implementing digitization standards. Additionally, her love of FileMaker Pro has helped to influence the way their team keeps track of projects as they flow through their shop, how handoffs are communicated, and how they gather statistics on tasks associated with digital production, which help to create cost estimates and production timelines.

Jesse has an MLIS from McGill University and a BA in Art from the University of Iowa. She has already been involved with SEI in many ways: as an attendee in 2007, as a co-chair in 2015-17, and as an instructor since 2017. 

Classes:

  • Project Design (Co-instructed with Nicole Finzer)
    • Get your feet wet in this practical introduction to digital project design. Some of the topics we will cover include funding, scoping, staffing, delegating, workflow creation, assessing risk, etc. Learn the step-by-step processes, review project management tools, and discover how to identify deliverables for a digital project.
  • Project Design Practicum (Co-instructed with Nicole Finzer)
    • Project management is about people! What does it take to be an effective project manager? To create an effective project design, it is imperative to include multiple stakeholders during the planning phase, and clearly assign roles and responsibilities to team members. You will work in groups on case studies that result in diving into drafting a matrix that identifies the steps in the process and result in a toolbox of takeaways.
  • Digitization
    • Get your feet wet in this practical introduction to digitization. We’ll cover some basics on lingo related to digitization, organization of digital files, and capture standards. We’ll also cover how to think about equipment you’ll need, what considerations you should take in for your environment, and then jump in to thinking about workflows while also covering quality control. Lastly, you’ll come away with an understanding of the term ‘process monitoring’.
  • Digitization Practicum
    • The practicum time will cover more in depth process monitoring and how you might implement it into your digitization in even a small-scale way. This involves using targets in your digitization process at some point and using objective aim points to make adjustments to your scans.

Looking to learn more about SEI? Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org – where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registeringaccommodationscurriculum and much more.

Get Involved with the VRA!

The Nominating Committee’s informational webinar on the three open board positions has been recorded and posted below.

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Each year, the VRA membership elects three of its peers to serve on the Association’s Executive Board.  In this year’s fall elections, we will be looking to fill these three Board positions:

  • Vice President for Conference Arrangements
  • Treasurer
  • Public Relations & Communications Officer

In an attempt to provide more detailed information about these positions, we interviewed former Treasurers, Allan Kohl and Jeannine Keefer, current PR&C Amy McKenna, and read written statements by former PR&C, John Trendler, and VPCAs, Lael Ensor-Bennett and Ryan Brubacher.

If you have any questions about the open board positions, would like to self-nominate, or just want to know more about serving on the VRA Executive Board, please feel free to reach out to the Nominating Committee members.

Thank you,
Your VRA 2019 Nominating Committee

Allan T. Kohl, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Chair)
Krystal Boehlert, University of California, Riverside
Jasmine Elizabeth Burns, Cornell University
Chris Strasbaugh, Ohio State University

2019 SEI Instructors: Nicole Finzer

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2019 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned!


We’re happy to introduce Nicole Finzer!

Nicole is a Digital Curation Librarian at the Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Illinois. She has been in this position since 2015 and before that was Visual Resources Librarian from 2009 through 2014. Previously she was the Visual Resources Specialist at Bryn Mawr College from 2006 through 2008, and Assistant Curator of Visual Resources at Pennsylvania State University from 2004 through 2005. Prior to pursuing her MLS, she worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, and the Chicago History Museum. At NU Nicole serves on agile teams for developing and implementing software, is service owner on systems, assesses existing processes, does outreach with stakeholders across campus, and manages up to fifteen projects annually. She currently manages the largest grant funded ($300,000) digitization project awarded to the libraries. She recently completed her Project Management Certification and is part of the DPOE Trainer Network.

Nicole has an MLS from Indiana University Bloomington and a BFA in Art History and Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has already been involved with SEI in many ways: as an attendee in 2005, as an instructor of Digital Preservation in 2014 and 2015, as a co-chair in 2016 through 2018, and now as an instructor, again.

Classes:

  • Project Design (Co-instructed with Jesse Henderson)
    • Get your feet wet in this practical introduction to digital project design. Some of the topics we will cover include funding, scoping, staffing, delegating, workflow creation, assessing risk, etc. Learn the step-by-step processes, review project management tools, and discover how to identify deliverables for a digital project.
  • Project Design Practicum (Co-instructed with Jesse Henderson)
    • Project management is about people! What does it take to be an effective project manager? To create an effective project design, it is imperative to include multiple stakeholders during the planning phase, and clearly assign roles and responsibilities to team members. You will work in groups on case studies that result in diving into drafting a matrix that identifies the steps in the process and result in a toolbox of takeaways.
  • Digital Preservation
    • How do you ensure continued access to digital content over time? This session provides an introduction to fundamentals of digital preservation policies, strategies and actions. You will learn from the perspective of a Digital Curation Librarian, whose work encompasses the selection, acquisition, preservation, maintenance, and delivery of digital content. You will review methods and procedures to manage and preserve digital content, and get your feet wet applying them to case studies via group work.
  • Digital Preservation Practicum
    • What software tools do you use for digital preservation? You will get your feet wet exploring software and processing files to prepare them for preservation via demonstrations and hands-on exercises. This module will provide a foundation for DAMs and Digital Repositories, which will cover proprietary and open source systems that include preservation actions (e.g. Samvera/Hyku, Preservica, and Archivemetica).
  • Instructional Design & User Outreach
    • Close the loop on the digital life cycle by strategizing ways to help your end users navigate the shores of your digital collections. Develop methods for promoting your content and engaging with users through social media and other outreach initiatives. Design learning activities, such as assignments or instructional workshops, around your digital collections based on your institution’s mission and user interests. Participants will leave SEI with the end in mind to successfully complete their digital projects.

Looking to learn more about SEI? Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org – where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registeringaccommodationscurriculum and much more.

Get Involved with the VRA!

The VRA Nominating Committee invites any member who would like to know more about Executive Board service to participate in an open webinar on Friday, April 26 starting at 1pm est, during which current and former officers will participate in an open dialogue about their experiences serving on the Board. 

Each year, the VRA membership elects three of its peers to serve on the Association’s Executive Board.  In this year’s fall elections, we will be looking to fill these three Board positions:

  • Vice President for Conference Arrangements
  • Treasurer
  • Public Relations & Communications Officer

While our immediate goal is to seek out potential candidates for these three offices, we also encourage your participation in this webinar if your interest at present is “down the road” – or even if you’d just like to know more about the role of the Executive Board in VRA leadership. 

During the first part of the webinar, several of your fellow members who have recently held the three offices listed above will talk candidly about their experiences, their accomplishments, and the personal and professional benefits of Board service.  Webinar participants (that’s you!) will then have the opportunity to ask questions about matters such as qualifications, time commitments, and specific responsibilities – and get detailed answers directly from those of your peers who have held the offices in which you might be interested. 

Those who wish to be “passive participants” and just listen without asking questions are welcome too.  Whether or not you decide to run for office, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the behind-the-scenes workings of your organization.

Here’s how to participate:

Zoom meeting details:

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Topic: NomComm Board Recruiting Webinar
Time: Apr 26, 2019 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Thank you,
Your VRA 2019 Nominating Committee

Allan T. Kohl, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Chair)
Krystal Boehlert, University of California, Riverside
Jasmine Elizabeth Burns, Cornell University
Chris Strasbaugh, Ohio State University

VREPS: Getting to know you!

VREPS Co-Chairs, Julia Murphy and Kendra Werst, are conducting a VREPS Member Survey to help us get to know our members better! Enjoy our blog but would like to see more advice posts? Wish we had more virtual workshops or webinars? Need more one-on-one help with your job search? Not completely satisfied with VREPS programming at the Annual Conference? Voice your needs, wants, comments, and concerns in this survey!

If you are a professional or student with less than 10 years of experience, please take moment to fill out the survey below!


If you are unable to view the embedded form, here is a link to the survey: https://forms.gle/BaF5DJeYexzAjNA28


2019 SEI Instructors: Courtney Baron

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2019 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned!


We’re happy to introduce Courtney Baron!

Courtney Baron is the Head of Library Teaching and Outreach Services at Oxford College of Emory University. She leads the Research Practices and Events teams and coordinates the information literacy instruction program and outreach initiatives for the Oxford College Library. She serves on a number of groups within the Emory Libraries, including the Information Literacy Framework Task Force, Assessment Integration Group, and Wikipedia Working Group. Courtney co-leads the Instructor Development Community of Practice (ID-COP), a working group for teaching librarians at Emory. At Oxford College, she serves on the Advisory Board for the Center of Academic Excellence and the International Students Advisory Committee.

She received her Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Classical Archaeology and Latin from the University of Georgia and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University. Baron currently serves as the Co-Chair of the ARLIS/NA Archaeology and Classics SIG. She is the Junior Co-Chair of SEI and will be teaching the Instructional Design and Outreach module. Her research interests include feminist pedagogy, visual literacy, game-based learning, and providing library services to the arts and humanities.

Classes:

  • Instructional Design & User Outreach
    • Close the loop on the digital life cycle by strategizing ways to help your end users navigate the shores of your digital collections. Develop methods for promoting your content and engaging with users through social media and other outreach initiatives. Design learning activities, such as assignments or instructional workshops, around your digital collections based on your institution’s mission and user interests. Participants will leave SEI with the end in mind to successfully complete their digital projects.

Looking to learn more about SEI? Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org – where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registeringaccommodationscurriculum and much more.

Join us for a Spring Virtual Meeting!

Calling all professionals and students with less than 10 years of experience, join us for a Spring Virtual Meeting! Please fill out this LettuceMeet poll, so we can determine the best time to get together, virtually!!!

A few of things to note….

  • Meeting times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • If you add your email you will be notified, via LettuceMeet, when the meeting is scheduled! VREPS Co-Chairs will send out registration reminders as well.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us! Kendra Werst (knw2@williams.edu) or Julia Murphy (julia.murphy10@gmail.com)

Additionally, VREPS Co-Chairs are conducting a VREPS Member Survey to help us get to know our members better! Enjoy our blog but would like to see more advice posts? Wish we had more virtual workshops or webinars? Need more one-on-one help with your job search? Not completely satisfied with VREPS programming at the Annual Conference? Voice your needs, wants, comments, and concerns in this survey!