2019 VRA Foundation Professional Development Grant: Call for Applications | One week left for submission!!!

2019 VRA Foundation Professional Development Grant: Call for Applications

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. 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 here: https://goo.gl/forms/mLrZCo7VdQrup3nf2 or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at vrafoundation@gmail.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.

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.

 

Registration Now Open for Exhibit, Instruct, Promote, Collaborate: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship @ UChicago with Susan Jane Williams

Exhibit, Instruct, Promote, Collaborate: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship with instructor, Susan Jane Williams

A Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

Hosted by the University of Chicago
March 1, 2019

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation

Ready to Register? Click here.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Are you a beginning Omeka user who would like to know more about its capabilities and possible uses? This workshop will explore both the Omeka.net (free, remote hosted) and the Omeka.org (free, to install on your own server) versions, and the newest product, Omeka S (a way to manage many collections under one admin interface). Plug-ins, mapping and loading data, and customization will be covered. There will be time at the end to brainstorm about workflow scenarios and case uses of Omeka by visual resources professionals, as well as by faculty and students. Participants should bring their own laptops if they want to participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop.

 

SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 1, 2019:

8:30am-8:50am           Arrival

8:50am-9:00am           Introductions

9:00 am–10:45 am      Morning session

10:45 am–11:00 am    Break

11:00 am–11:45 am    Morning session

11:45 am–1:15 pm      Lunch on your own

1:15 pm–2:45 pm        Afternoon session

2:45 pm–3:00 pm        Coffee break

3:00 pm–3:30 pm        Final thoughts

 

INSTRUCTOR

Susan Jane Williams is a 28-year member of the Visual Resources Association and served as its Vice President in 1999 and 2000. Following a career as a botanical illustrator, Williams graduated from Ohio State University with an MA in Art History and began working as a Slide and Media Librarian at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1990. Because Rochester is the home of Kodak, she was involved in some early and innovative digitization projects. Hired by Yale University, she was charged with building their first digital teaching collection. She won the DeLaurier Award from VRA in 2007 for developing a cataloging database tool, VCat, which utilizes VRA Core 4 and CCO and is capable of Core 4 XML, and now, RDF with LOD output. She has worked as an independent cataloger and consultant since 2007, serving the academic and commercial image vendor communities.

REGISTRATION

The workshop fee is $125. You may register for the workshop HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until February 15, 2019. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After February 15, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on March 1, 2019, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

As local hosts of the upcoming VRAF Regional Workshop, Bridget Madden and Nancy Spiegel are pleased to announce an award that is intended to provide four individuals with a fully-funded registration fee to attend the workshop, a $125 value. The application will be open through January 25, 2019. The four award recipients will be announced by February 1 and all applicants will be notified via email. You may access the application at https://goo.gl/forms/BctWzwDft62h4Pz12.

LOCAL INFORMATION

Workshop Location:

Joseph Regenstein Library, University of Chicago
1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Room 122

Parking:

Free street parking in the neighborhood may be available. Parking in the Ellis Garage just north of Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) will cost $28 for the entire day. For more information about driving and parking, please see https://safety-security.uchicago.edu/services/parking/

Public Transportation:

CTA Green Line south to Garfield and CTA Bus #55; CTA Red Line south to Garfield and CTA Bus #55 to Ellis. Metra Electric to 57th street.

Air & Train:

The University of Chicago is eight miles from Midway International Airport and about 25 miles from O’Hare International Airport. The Library is about 9 miles from the Union Station Amtrak Station which serves the X routes.

Accommodations:

Three neighborhood hotels:

Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/illinois/hyatt-place-chicago-south-university-medical-center/chizu

La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago – Lake Shore: http://www.laquintachicagolakeshore.com/

Sophy Hyde Park: https://sophyhotel.com/

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

All options are within a 10 minute walk of the Library:

  • Ex Libris Cafe (take out sandwiches and other food from local restaurants)
  • The Nile (Mediterranean)
  • Saucy Porka (Asian-Puerto Rican fusion)
  • Pret a Manger (sandwiches, soup, coffee, bakery)
  • Dollop (sandwiches, coffee)
  • Nella Pizza e Pasta (Italian, Neapolitan style pizza)

Wifi Information:

Wifi will be provided free of charge for all participants.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the Regenstein Library venue, contact Bridget Madden, bridgetm@uchicago.edu, or Nancy Spiegel, nspiegel@uchicago.edu.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu.

Regional Workshop Registration Open for Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies

Register before the Holiday season is over–Ready to register? Click here.

Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies with Instructor, Justin Madron

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

Hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR
January 25, 2019

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation

Workshop Description:

This workshop will be a crash course in Digital Humanities mapping and related technologies. Examples of digital platforms will be given, with discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and budgets. Participants will learn about current DH mapping projects from the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab and do a deep dive into what makes them successful and cutting edge. Discussions of data workflows and best practices will set the stage for learning about digital storytelling. Lastly, you will work with primary source data sets to create a digital mapping project that allows users to explore historical information with 21st century mapping technology.

Schedule for January 25, 2019:

  • 8:45- 9:15 Arrival
  • 9:15 Introductions
  • 9:30-10:30 Mapping in the Digital Humanities – An Introduction
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Collecting Data and Digital Storytelling
  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch on Own / Informal DH Project Brainstorming
  • 1:30-2:45 Creating Spatial Data from Primary Sources
  • 2:45-3:00 Coffee Break
  • 3:00-4:00 Building a Digital Mapping Project

Instructor:

Justin Madron is the Digital Scholarship Lab’s GIS Project Manager & Analyst at the University of Richmond (VA). He is in charge of GIS related tasks and technologies required for the production and maintenance of the digital atlas of American history project. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Environmental Studies with a focus on Geographical Information Systems and Technologies. His graduate research was on the historical and present reforestation of red spruce in the Appalachian Mountains.

REGISTRATION:

The workshop fee is $125. You may register for the workshop HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until January 11, 2019. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After January 11, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on January 25, 2019, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.

Local Information

Workshop Location:

The workshop will be held in Room 102 of Mullins Library, on the University of Arkansas campus. Room 102 is on the lower level of Mullins, and may be reached by stairs or elevators from the west end of the building (facing the Arkansas Union). Signage is posted throughout the library, and library staff will also be happy to help point you in the right direction! Room 102 includes desktop computers at each workstation; there are also outlets, should you wish to bring your own laptop or tablet.

Parking:

The Stadium Drive Parking Garage (380 N. Stadium Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72701) connects to the Arkansas Union, which is across from the Mullins Library, where the workshop will be held. It is less than a five minute walk from the library. There is an hourly charge of $1.75.

For more information about parking on campus, please refer to: https://parking.uark.edu/parking-services/parking-garages/index.php

Depending on where you’re staying in town, you may wish to take the free campus shuttle, Razorback Transit, which has limited routes to downtown and other areas. Those staying at the Chancellor may take the brown line; the purple line runs near several hotels in west Fayetteville. For a transit map, see https://parking.uark.edu/transit-services/transit-operations/maps-and-schedules.php

Air travel:

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is approximately a 30 minute drive from campus. There is a rental car service at the airport, and several shuttle services available, if booked beforehand.

Public Transportation:

Approximately $65 for shuttle or taxi/Uber/Lyft service from the airport. There is no public transportation.

Accommodations:

Comfort Inn & Suites ($84/night). 1234 Steamboat Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704 (chain hotel about 2.7 miles from Mullins Library, just off the interstate). https://www.choicehotels.com/arkansas/fayetteville/comfort-inn-hotels/ar215?brand=CI

Chancellor Hotel ($129/night). 70 N East Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701(boutique hotel about 1.4 miles from Mullins Library, downtown). www.hotelchancellor.com

Inn at Carnall Hall ($149/night). 465 Arkansas Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (historic inn about 0.3 miles from Mullins library, on campus). https://www.innatcarnallhall.com

Stay-Inn-Style Bed and Breakfast ($95+/night). 117 W Rock St, Fayetteville, AR (bed and breakfast about 1.2 miles from Mullins Library, just south of downtown). https://www.bbonline.com/united-states/arkansas/fayetteville/stayinnstyle.html

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

View a Google map of the below restaurants.

There are a number of on-campus options: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/campus-dining-map:

Arkansas Union [across from Mullins Library]:

Flying Burrito: http://flyingburritoco.com/menu/

Pei Wei: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

Where the Wild Greens AR: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

Au Bon Pain: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

True Burger: https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks/todays-menu

Heading east of campus, towards the Dickson Street entertainment district, you’ll also find a number of local restaurants, including:

Wifi Information:

Wi-fi will be provided free of charge for all participants.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the venue, contact Lori Birrell, Head of Special Collections, University Libraries, 479-575-8443, lbirrell@uark.edu

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Board Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu or Sonya Coleman, workshop liaison, sonya.coleman@lva.virginia.gov

 

Registration Open! VRAF Regional Workshop: Documenting Cultural Heritage @ The George Eastman Museum

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that registration is open for Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture, to be held on November 30, 2018. This workshop will be hosted by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, and is open to cultural heritage professionals, the information, museum, and educational communities, and anyone interested in visual culture. Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture is the first of four workshops being offered in the 2018-2019 VRAF Regional Workshop Program. The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

Workshop Description: “Digital capture” encompasses a broad range of technologies and processes. While the role of a digitization space has historically revolved around slide and flatbed scanners, these represent just two of many possible approaches to digital imaging. The first part of this workshop will explore traditional methods for digital capture, including scanners, DSLR cameras, copystands, lighting, and specialized imaging devices for specific uses. Part two of the day will take participants beyond the basics by focusing on emerging technologies and their impact on the capture, dissemination, and storage of cultural materials.  All workshop content will be framed within the important questions you should be asking when planning the present and future directions of your digital capture project or facilities. Participants will also receive significant supplemental material, including recommended equipment, buying guides, and a variety of workflow documents from several institutions. When combined with the presented information, participants will have the tools in place to build an efficient digitization space that is as unique as their specific resources and project needs.

Documenting Cultural Heritage will be taught by Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Library Archivist and Curator at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University.  As photographer, art historian, and now digital curator, Chris has always been driven to document and preserve cultural heritage. His work as a Digital Library Archivist and Curator is a perfect mix of his passions in preservation, photography, emerging technology, open access, and metadata management. He works with an archive of unique work, documenting the history of the various programs in the Knowlton School as well as highlighting new work that showcases the students in the programs.

Chris has recently presented on the topic of digitization at the 2+3D Photography – Practice and Prophecies – 2017 conference at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, HASTAC 2017 in Orlando, and the June 2017 Images: Digitization and Preservation of Special Collections in Libraries, Museums, and Archives, NISO Virtual Conference. In addition to conference presentations, he has also produced online learning trainings, taught local workshops, and has actively assisted special collections in designing and streamlining their digitization process.

To register for Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture and to learn more about the workshop, visit https://vrafoundation.com/current-regional-workshops/documenting-cultural-heritage-eastman-2/.  The fee for this day-long workshop is $125. If you have questions about registration, feel free to contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director, bwodnick@princeton.edu or for questions about the program or venue, please contact Elizabeth Chiang, echiang@eastman.org.

Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) announces 2018 Professional Development Grant recipient

Monday, September 24, 2018

Visual Resources Association Foundation announces 2018 Professional Development Grant recipient

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The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to present the 2018 VRAF Professional Development Grant in the amount of $1000 to Karly Wildenhaus, Research Assistant, Getty Research Institute.

Karly Wildenhaus, a recent graduate of the UCLA MLIS program, plans on utilizing the funds to attend the 2018 Museum Computer Network conference, which will be in Denver, Colorado from November 13-16th. Wildenhaus will be a co-presenter at a session titled, The Possibilities of Exhibition Histories, LOD, and Improving Access to Historical Museum Materials. She will be discussing the “current and proposed data models of MoMA’s archival documents, images and publications going back to 1929, with the integration of including a 40-year exhibition history of MoMA PS1 for sharing and publishing.”

Besides being a presenter at MCN in November, she will continue her conference circuit by also presenting Building Community and Solidarity: Disrupting Exploitative Labor Practices in Libraries and Archives during the 2018 DLF Forum in Las Vegas this October and moderating the session, Private Eye(s): Privacy Strategies for Art Libraries in the Digital Age at the 2019 ARLIS/NA Conference in Salt Lake City.

The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF 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). For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.com.

2018-2019 Regional Workshops Announced

Save the dates! More details and links to registration will be coming soon!

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

 

For further information please go to the Current Regional Workshops page.

Visual Resources Association Foundation Announces 2018-2019 Internship Award Recipient

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Board of Directors announces the 2018-2019 VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This award was generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Adelaide McComb, of Louisville, Kentucky, is the winner of the VRA Foundation’s sixth Internship Award. She will receive $3,000 to work a minimum of 200 hours with the Lakota Dream Museum & Monument (https://www.lakotadream.org/). This is a new cultural center in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the first Indigenous-owned museum in the historic Black Hills. Its mission is to provide an accurate interpretation of The Great Plains tribes through documented resources, artifacts, and local historians with the intention to instill knowledge, a strong sense of identity, and hope into the Lakota and all Native people. In addition to a growing collection of religious and sacred objects, its programs include Lakota language revitalization, internships, workforce development, educational scholarships, small business loans, and more.

Adelaide is pursuing curatorial studies and non-profit management graduate degrees at the University of Louisville. The objective of this internship is to create a database that captures the historical, visual, and culturally significant aspects of the museum’s artifacts. She will work with archeologists, anthropologists, and historians at the Lakota Dream Museum, and with semantic database experts at Semantic Arts on the software platform and ontology design. Her past experience as a software consultant has given Adelaide a comprehensive understanding of database management. This opportunity will allow her to learn the significance of cultural preservation, heritage, revitalization, and how data affect the way this information is shared. Her academic instruction in curatorial studies will provide guidance in collection exhibitions and visual resource management. Adelaide’s proposal includes a plan for Native youth to eventually receive training in visual resources and image management under the guidance of curatorial and anthropological staff, thus ensuring best practices while enabling community members to gain valuable skills and participate directly in this revitalization of their culture.

Adonis Saltes, Chief Executive Officer of the Lakota Dream Museum & Monument, states “under direction from Spiritual Leaders, we elected to not hide our culture. We choose to allow visitors to view personal items which well-known leaders relied upon for strength and direction. They serve to remind us of Lakota who sought protection and direction during the challenging years of their lives…With many experts putting their minds together to help these items continue for generations to come, the historical, curatorial, and cultural context for these objects will help us preserve the culture of the Great Plains. This will be a great opportunity for Lakota Dream to move forward and prosper.”

The Foundation is pleased to support the education and practical training of emerging professionals through this internship award. The VRAF Internship Award Committee received excellent applications for many fascinating and important projects this year, which made the selection process difficult. The Internship Award Committee (Linda Callahan, Beth Haas, Carolyn Lucarelli, Maria Nuccilli, and Elaine Paul, Chair) appreciates the careful thought that went into every proposal. We are grateful to the Kress Foundation for its assistance and for recognizing the potential of this award to foster the next generation of visual resource professionals.

The VRAF Internship Award is part of the Foundation’s mission to advance awareness of important issues for effective digital information management (including intellectual property and copyright); encourage the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; and to facilitate workplace training. VRAF supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse, global audience. For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, its mission and projects, as well as giving opportunities, please visit www.vrafoundation.com, or read the latest issue of our annual report at 2016-2017 Annual Report of the Visual Resources Association Foundation.