Reminder VREPS Emerging Voices Session: Call for Presenters!

VREPS are pleased to announce a call for presenters for lightning presentations by students and new professionals (within 10 years of the start of their career) for the 2020 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD (March 24-27, 2020). Each presenter will speak for 5-8 minutes and a Q&A will take place at the very end of the session.

Topic Ideas:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competencies, Social Justice
Broadening Access to Hidden Collections
Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities
Community Outreach
Metadata/Cataloging Ethics (Decolonizing vocabularies, Radical cataloging)
Tools: Open Source, Evolution, Future Trends
Project Management (Communication, Grant writing, Prioritization, Leadership, etc.)
Linked Data
Materials/Objects collections
Storytelling and Oral History
Workplace cultures and professional transitions (academic departments, libraries, cultural heritage institutions, archives, corporate, etc.)

Session Description:
The Emerging Voices Lightning Round Session provides emerging professionals in the visual resources field and related, the opportunity to present topics from exceptional coursework, such as a master’s thesis, or topics with which they are engaged early in their professional life.

Emerging professionals are defined as either students in programs leading to a career in visual resources or related, or those within 10 years of the start of their career. Topics presented reveal new ideas as well as different ways of thinking about established concepts. Speakers give the conference attendees a glimpse of interests and current discourses of the newest VRA members.

Fill out the form below to submit your presentation proposal!

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VREPS Emerging Voices Session: Call for Presenters!

VREPS are pleased to announce a call for presenters for lightning presentations by students and new professionals (within 10 years of the start of their career) for the 2020 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD (March 24-27, 2020). Each presenter will speak for 5-8 minutes and a Q&A will take place at the very end of the session.

Topic Ideas:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competencies, Social Justice
Broadening Access to Hidden Collections
Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities
Community Outreach
Metadata/Cataloging Ethics (Decolonizing vocabularies, Radical cataloging)
Tools: Open Source, Evolution, Future Trends
Project Management (Communication, Grant writing, Prioritization, Leadership, etc.)
Linked Data
Materials/Objects collections
Storytelling and Oral History
Workplace cultures and professional transitions (academic departments, libraries, cultural heritage institutions, archives, corporate, etc.)

Session Description:
The Emerging Voices Lightning Round Session provides emerging professionals in the visual resources field and related, the opportunity to present topics from exceptional coursework, such as a master’s thesis, or topics with which they are engaged early in their professional life.

Emerging professionals are defined as either students in programs leading to a career in visual resources or related, or those within 10 years of the start of their career. Topics presented reveal new ideas as well as different ways of thinking about established concepts. Speakers give the conference attendees a glimpse of interests and current discourses of the newest VRA members.

Fill out the form below to submit your presentation proposal!

VRA2020 Call for Proposals

The Visual Resources Association’s 2020 Annual Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from Tuesday, March 24th through Friday, March 27th, 2020 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore.

Presenting at the VRA Conference provides you with the opportunity to see how your ideas, research, work, and passion connect to those of other dedicated professionals while building networks and friendships in an open, collaborative environment.

Click here to access the conference proposal form.

The VRA Executive Board is soliciting proposals for papers, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops for the 2020 program until Friday, July 19th. All proposals are welcome, and if you have other conference ideas or suggestions that do not fit the conference proposal form, please reach out to the Vice President for Conference Program, Sara Schumacher. Please note a call for Lightning Round presenters will go out in the fall/winter, so that we can better accommodate recent innovations and activities, as well as, students and emerging professionals.

  • A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session. Your ideas, whether they come to us alone or in a group, are equally valued in the Board’s proposal and selection process.
  • A session is a maximum 60-minute moderated panel, usually consisting of no more than 3 presenters each, speaking for 15 to 18 minutes, followed by a brief facilitated question and answer period. If you feel your session topic requires more time, consider dividing it into two sessions, consisting of a Part I and a Part II.
  • A special interest/user group is a 60-minute informal, community -driven, facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific segment of the VRA membership.
  • A workshop is a 2, 4, or 8-hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of visual resources with hands-on activities.

What should you propose?

Past conference schedules can give you an idea of the range of topics presented in previous years or read through the list below of suggested topics compiled from the 2019 post-conference survey responses to find inspiration. Please, do not be afraid to deviate and propose something new or highlight an area of concern that you feel has not been adequately addressed previously, as you may find new collaborators and colleagues. Moderators may put out calls for presenters within a proposed topic before or after the submission of a proposal. The VRA Executive Board will be looking for articulate and concise submissions with lists of presenters, but submissions without presenter lists are encouraged as well.

Suggested topics:

  • Coding (PHP, Python, SQL, etc.)
  • Community Outreach
  • Copyright/Intellectual Property
  • Digital Asset Management, Digital Curation, Digital Preservation, etc.
  • Digitization (Workflows, Digital Capture and Imaging Technologies)
  • Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competencies, Social Justice
  • Project Management (Communication, Grant writing, Prioritization, Leadership, etc.)
  • Linked Data
  • Materials/Objects collections
  • Metadata/Cataloging Ethics (Decolonizing vocabularies, Radical cataloging)
  • Storytelling and Oral History
  • Technologies (GIS and mapping, 3D imaging, etc.)
  • Tools: Open Source, Evolution, Future Trends
  • Workplace cultures and professional transitions (academic departments, libraries, cultural heritage institutions, archives, corporate, etc.)

Please contact the Vice President for Conference Program, Sara Schumacher at vpcp@vraweb.org with any questions or concerns.

Again, the proposal deadline is Friday, July 19th, 2019.  Click here to access the conference proposal form.

VRA Conference Survey: Attendees AND Non-Attendees

The VRA Executive Board is already hard at work preparing for future conferences, but we need your voice to ensure everyone can benefit from conference activities.

Attendees of the VRA 2019 Annual Conference in Los Angeles should have received last week, an email invitation to complete a post-conference survey. With your experiences in Los Angeles still fresh in your mind, the VRA Executive Board would greatly appreciate it if you would take 10-15 minutes to complete the 28-question survey and share your comments and suggestions. If you did not receive this invitation, here is a link to the survey for attendees:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7G88HFG

If you did not attend VRA 2019, we would also like to hear from you, to gain some insight into why you didn’t attend this year, and to hopefully get some feedback that will make it more likely that you will attend future conferences. Here is a link to the survey for non-attendees:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7ZF8LR2

Your responses will give the Executive Board guidance as we plan the programming for the 2020 Baltimore conference. The surveys are anonymous, so please be open and honest with your feedback. The surveys will close on Friday, May 3rd, 2019.

Again, thank you to everyone that participated in the 2019 conference, and thank you for taking the time to assist us as we consider ways to improve future VRA conferences. Please feel free to contact me directly (vpcp@vraweb.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

Sara Schumacher
Vice President for Conference Program
Visual Resources Association


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

#VRA2019: Food + Places

Headed to Los Angeles for #VRA2019!? VREPS have compiled a list of some restaurants and places that may be of interest to some! Check out more must-see locations and food spots on the VRA Conference Blog!

Places

Skid Row History Museum + Archive
Where: 
250 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (7 min walk from hotel)
About: Learn about the history of Skid Row, Los Angeles. Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations (between 5,000 and 8,000) of homeless people in the United States.
Hours: Thursday through Saturday 2-5 p.m.

Los Angeles LGBT Center
Where:
McDonald/Wright Building, 1625 Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (20 min drive)
About: Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center provides services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-8pm

California African American Museum
Where: 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037 (13 min drive)
About: The first African American museum of art, history, and culture fully supported by a state, CAAM was the direct result of a sustained, multiyear campaign of activism undertaken by visionary founders and community members. Its creation was an early and tangible recognition by the State of California of the critically important role African Americans have played in the American West’s cultural, economic, and political development.
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-5:00pm; Sunday 11:00am-5pm

Velveteria: The Museum of Velvet Art
Where: 711 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (5 min drive/20 min walk)
About: Quirky museum showcasing a range of offbeat, kitschy velvet paintings & other curios.
Hours: Wednesday thru Monday – 11am-6pm

POT
Where: 1933 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (11 min drive)
About: POT is a full-service pottery studio owned and operated by people of color, a majority of which are women and Los Angeles natives.
Hours: Daily from 12pm-9pm

Bradbury Building
Where: 304 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (8 min walk)
About: Unique structure featuring a Victorian center court with wrought-iron stairs & birdcage elevators.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm; Sunday & Saturday 10am-5pm

Biddy Mason Memorial Park
Where: 333 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (8 min walk)
About: Located near the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown, Biddy Mason Park is dedicated to Bridget “Biddy” Mason, a former slave who became a noted philanthropist and a founding member of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Mason won her freedom in 1856 and settled in Los Angeles to work as a midwife. Ten years later she bought a house, where she operated an orphanage and eventually founded the city’s First A.M.E. Church on land she had purchased and then donated to the church. The park features a timeline that traces Mason’s remarkable life.
Hours: Daily 12am-7pm

Chinese American Museum & Historical Chinatown Boundary
Where: Museum425 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (7 min drive/20 min walk) Historical Boundary800 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
About: Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, the 7,200 square foot Chinese American Museum (CAM) embodies a cultural and physical link to the past, as well as a promising point of entry for the city’s multicultural future. Opened on December 18, 2003 after 20 years of dedicated community and civic leadership and support, CAM’s presence at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument—a 44-acre public park honored as Los Angeles’ “birthplace” and the site of its original Chinatown—reflects the vibrant development of an immigrant history that began over 150 years ago when the first major Chinese settlement was documented in Los Angeles. CAM is dedicated to researching, preserving, and sharing the experiences and contributions of Chinese Americans in the United States through quality exhibitions, programs, events, publications, and workshops. In addition to its role in the community as an active-learning institution, CAM is also proud to serve as a visual symbol of new and emerging traditions.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am-3pm

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
Where:
644 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (3 min drive/15 min walk)
About: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, or IAMLA, is located in the historic Italian Hall, which was constructed in 1908 to serve as a gathering place for the Italian community. Today, the Italian Hall is the oldest remaining structure from Los Angeles’ Italian enclave, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The IAMLA opened in 2016, and is jointly operated by the Historic Italian Hall Foundation and the City of Los Angeles. Although Los Angeles is home to the nation’s fifth-largest Italian American population, the community’s history, which predates California’s statehood, was seldom explored until recently. By examining Southern California’s Italian roots, the IAMLA aims to promote understanding about a region and its history that is a microcosm of the nation and the world.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 10am-3pm
**Close to Velveteria & Chinese American Museum!!


Food

Homegirl Cafe ($)
Where: 130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (5 min drive/23 min walk)
About: Cafe offshoot of a civic-minded local organization, Homeboy Industries, serving baked goods, sandwiches, wraps & salads. Check out their lunch menu!
Hours: Monday – Friday (Breakfast/Lunch) 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM, open until 3:30 pm; Saturday (Brunch) 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Mitsuru Cafe ($)
Where: 117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (5 min walk)
About: The best place to spend your leisure time tasting delicious food and enjoying the nice atmosphere
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Comfort LA ($)
Where: 1110 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (5 min drive/22 min walk)
About: Soul Food!! Check out their menu here!
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-12am; Thursday-Saturday 11am-3am; Closed on Mondays

Mexicali Taco & Co. ($ cash only)
Where: 702 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (25 min walk/5 min drive)
About: Bajan dishes such as tacos & quesadillas served in an informal eatery with rustic decor. Look at their menu here!
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 10am-4pm

Azla Ethiopian Vegan ($)
Where: 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (12 min drive)
About: Casual, cheery counter-serve with small tables specializing in vegan renditions of Ethiopian dishes. Check out their menu here!
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 8pm; Sunday 11am-3pm

Natraliart Jamaican Resturant ($$)
Where: 3426 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 (15 min drive)
About: Caribbean standards served in hefty portions at this modest cafe with a colorful island mural.Check out their menu!
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-9pm; Saturday 9am-8:30pm

Harold & Belle’s ($$)
Where: 2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 (16 min drive)
About: With white tablecloths & flowers, the eatery features Creole fare like gumbo & Southern hospitality.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday 11:30am-11pm

Grand Central Market ($-$$$)
Where: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (9 min walk)
About: Emporium hosting food vendors & florists, plus game nights, movies & other events, since 1917. Take a look at their vendors!
Hours: Daily from 8am-10pm


Have a place you’d like to suggest? Leave a comment below!

VRA Conference Guide + Tips

Headed to Los Angeles for #VRA2019? Below is your guide to before, during and after the VRA conference. We’ve also included some conference tips!

Before the Conference:

  • Register and don’t forget to add any tours or workshops to your schedule! Taking a Tour is a great way to get out of the hotel & meet other members while sightseeing! Attending any of the VRA Workshops will give you the opportunity to learn and discuss innovative topics, sometimes with a hands-on or interactive experience.
  • Pair up with a VRA Conference Mentor! Conference mentors will contact you ahead of the conference and make arrangements to meet you for coffee or lunch, etc. on the first or second day of the conference. Mentors will share tips for enhancing your conference experience and introduce you to other members to help you build your own network within VRA.
  • Download the Sched App on your smartphone or device to download the conference schedule. If you’d like to print your sched, click on the Print icon.
  • *Tip* Don’t forget to pack a sweater – conference rooms tend to be chilly; a refillable water bottle; an external charger for your phone – it’s no fun to sit by a wall or search for an outlet to charge your phone!

During the Conference:

  • *Tip* Remember to drink plenty of water and bring snacks to keep your energy up throughout the day and tie you over between meals. There will be coffee breaks and water will also be provided during the conference.
  • Meetup Lunch for New Members, 1st/2nd Time Attendees, VREPS, Mentors/Mentees, and Reviewers/Reviewees – If you haven’t received an RSVP please reach out to VREPS Co-Chair, Kendra Werst, knw2[AT]williams.edu
  • *Tip* Don’t be shy! Remember that some people are potentially out of their comfort zone and would welcome you joining their conversation or saying hi.
  • *Tip* Remember that you are a human and you need breaks! Conferences can be overwhelming with all the information and people so make time for decompressing! Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or night. Also, make sure you go outside for fresh air once and a while.

After the Conference:

  • Follow up with new contacts via LinkedIn, Email, or even Twitter to grow your personal network. Reach out and say “Hey, it was great meeting you at VRA2019!” Check out the VRA’s Membership Directory.
  • While all those great ideas and experiences are fresh in your mind, transcribe any notes you took and reflect on your time at the conference. Most conference presentation slides will be posted to VRA’s Slide Share afterward.
  • Stay involved! Whether it’s joining VREPS on Slack, volunteering at the next annual conference, following up with your Mentor or joining a VRA committee! *Don’t forget to complete the post-conference survey provided by the VRA.

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.

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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.

VRA2019 Social Spotlight: Meetup Lunch

Meetup Lunch for New Members, 1st/2nd Time Attendees, VREPS, Mentors/Mentees, and Reviewers/Reviewees

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!

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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. Let’s Meetup!

By invitation only – Please be sure to note your status (New Member and/or 1st/2nd-time Attendee) when you register for the conference! The Membership Committee will be sending out RSVPs in January or February.

Add it to your sched!

VREPS at VRA2019 in Los Angeles!

Join us for our session, “Stories from the Start”, at VRA 2019 in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5pm-6pm!

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Organized by VREPS Co-Chairs:
Chelsea Stone, Photo Research and Permissions Librarian, History Colorado Center
Kendra Werst, Assistant Visual Resources Curator, Williams College

Have questions about starting out in the Visual Resources field? Interested in hearing other VRA members’ backstories? Join VREPS for an 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.

Speakers:
Julia Murphy is the Digital Asset Manager at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Julia works to make Hirshhorn’s permanent collection more accessible to staff, researchers, and the public through photographic documentation. She oversees all images of the museum’s permanent collection, the photo archives of the museum’s history, and manages new photography of objects and exhibitions. Julia is also responsible for fulfilling all rights and reproductions requests for Hirshhorn’s object photography.  She trains and mentors interns and volunteers who work with the digitization efforts of the photo archives. Julia joined the Hirshhorn as a contractor in 2013 and became a full-time employee in 2016. She received a Masters in Library Science with a concentration in Archives from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2014. Prior to working at the Hirshhorn, Julia worked at the National Museum of African Art, CNN, and the White House.

John Trendler is the Curator of Visual Resources at Scripps College in Claremont, California. John graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the New York Studio Program where he focused on abstract painting. John has given talks on technology and professional issues at various conferences, including the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Arts Education, The College Art Association, The Art Libraries Society of North America and of course the Visual Resources Association. John has served as the Secretary and Chair of the Visual Resources Association’s Southern California Chapter as well as the VRA’s Public Relations and Communications Officer between 2012 – 2016.

Betha Whitlow is the Curator of Visual Resources at Washington University in Saint Louis (WUSTL). Her position emphasizes digital curation, the development and use of technology in pedagogy, instruction in visual literacy, and forwarding digital initiatives, trend forecasting, and advising in the adoption and use of a variety of software and other technologies. She is also a lecturer and instructor of record for The Digital Art Historian, a graduate-level course at WUSTL, and currently serves as chair of the Danforth Staff Council, also at WUSTL. Her research and professional interests include the digital campus, design thinking and innovation, instruction, and management strategies, and are reflected her numerous conference and professional talks. She has served as the Visual Resources Association Vice President, co-chair of the VRA Strategic Plan Task Force, Chair of the VRA Education Committee, Chair of the VRA Publishing Advisory Group, Chair of the ARLIS/NA-VRA Summer Educational Institute, and on the Visual Resources Association Foundation Board of Directors, for which she helped developed the VRAF Regional Workshop program. She is the current co-chair of the VRA Identity Task Force and the 2018 recipient of the Visual Resources Association’s Distinguished Service Award. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and received her MA in Art History from Washington University in Saint Louis.

Add it to your sched!