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Tuesday, March 28
 

8:00am

VRA Executive Board Meeting I
By invitation only.

Tuesday March 28, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Place Conference Room

8:00am

VRAF Board Meeting
BY INVITATION ONLY

Tuesday March 28, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Show Conference Room

3:00pm

Registration Desk
Tuesday March 28, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon E Foyer

4:30pm

VRA Board / VRAF Board Joint Meeting
By invitation only.

Tuesday March 28, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Show Conference Room
 
Wednesday, March 29
 

7:00am

Registration Desk
Wednesday March 29, 2017 7:00am - 6:00pm
Salon E Foyer

9:00am

Introduction to Project Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers:

  • Jesse Henderson, Digital Library Services/UWDCC Head of Production, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Kate Thornhill, Repository Community Librarian, Oregon Health and Science University


Organizer/Presenter:

  • Meghan Musolff, Program Manager for Library IT Services, Training, and Assessment, University of Michigan Library


Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017


As positions shift, and responsibilities change, many visual resources professionals find themselves working and/or leading project-based teams. VR professionals are now working in environments that ask them to manage multiple user-centric projects at once with multiple stakeholders, different timelines, and diverse teams. Taking on this work is rewarding and can expand your role, increasing your value to your institution. But, it can be a new, tricky, and occasionally frustrating, way of working.    This workshop will provide a basic overview of the fundamentals of project management. Presentations and discussions will cover stakeholder-focused project planning, task planning, project management buzzwords, strategies for effective communication with diverse teams and users, and project and stakeholder assessment. Group work will highlight examples specific to libraries, archives and museums of different sizes and scope. Workshop facilitators will provide project planning templates, productivity tips and tricks, and other helpful resources. Come learn strategies for project success!    If you want to learn more about how to utilize brainstorming and design thinking in areas beyond project management, register for "What is, What if, What Wows, and What Works: Design Thinking for Problem Solving, Innovation, and Leadership” workshop. 

Endorsed by VRA Education Committee



Moderators
avatar for Meghan Musolff

Meghan Musolff

Program Manager for Library IT Services, Training, & Assessment, University of Michigan Library

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Henderson

Jesse Henderson

Digital Services Librarian, UW-Madison Digital Collections
avatar for Meghan Musolff

Meghan Musolff

Program Manager for Library IT Services, Training, & Assessment, University of Michigan Library
avatar for Kate Thornhill

Kate Thornhill

Repository Community Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University


Wednesday March 29, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

9:00am

Metadata Basics: Understanding and Creating Metadata
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers:
Susan Jane Williams, Independent Cataloging & Consulting Services 

Sheryl Frisch, California Polytechnic State University 

Jeff Mixter, Research Support Specialist, OCLC 

Johanna Bauman, Visual Resources Curator, Pratt Institute 


Organizer:
Johanna Bauman, Visual Resources Curator, Pratt Institute


Limit 30 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017


The morning session will cover a general introduction to metadata, why it is important, what it can do, and what role it plays in the universe of knowledge organization.  Special attention will be paid to understanding and differentiating the standards that are applied in metadata creation with a special emphasis on visual resources: structure standards (VRA Core, DC, etc.), encoding standards (XML), value standards (Getty Vocabularies), and content standards (CCO, RDA). Building a metadata record using a relational database will be demonstrated. Using that record, participants will be introduced to various ways to use and manipulate the data via mapping, application profiles (“data dictionaries”) and transforms. Sample mappings to tools like Omeka will be shared.  No recommended prerequisites.

Moderators
JB

Johanna Bauman

Visual Resources Curator, Pratt Institute Libraries

Speakers
SF

Sheryl Frisch

Visual Resources Specialist, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo
avatar for Jeff Mixter

Jeff Mixter

Software Engineer, OCLC
My passion is helping libraries share and disseminate their knowledge, services and products with people around the world. The web is fundamental in this process and to that end my current work involves helping libraries be more visible on the web. This includes not only making their data visible but also making themselves visible on the web.
avatar for Susan Jane Williams

Susan Jane Williams

Independent Cataloging and Consulting

Sponsors

Wednesday March 29, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Salon C-D

9:00am

Putting Pen to Page: Publishing as a Tool for Professional Growth
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers:

  • Betha Whitlow, Curator of Visual Resources, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Hannah Marshall, Strategic Services Team, Artstor & VRA Bulletin Production Editor


Organizer:

  • Maureen Burns, Consultant & VRA Bulletin Content Editor, IMAGinED Consulting


Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017



Publish or perish? While perhaps not as crucial in the professional field of visual resources as it is in many academic disciplines, there are many reasons to consider publishing. The personal and professional benefits of publishing are many, providing the opportunity to: sink your teeth into areas of interest, learn new things, focus on pertinent topics, expand expertise, build your resume, demonstrate professionalism to your constituents, strengthen your case for promotion, and share valuable experiences and insights with a global audience. Simply put, instead of publish or perish, why not publish and thrive?   This interactive, half-day workshop will provide a comprehensive toolkit for how to develop a piece for publication. The instructors will cover various publication formats, topic identification, journalistic methods, style guide usage, peer review issues, illustrations, references, editing, and how to finalize a manuscript. Using the example of the VRA Bulletin, the electronic journal of visual resources professional practice, the workshop will also provide a window into the publication process. The editors of this publication will discuss the content options and submission guidelines, as well as demonstrate how the online tools and system work. We will also identify other key publications to which visual resources professionals may contribute utilizing the skills gleaned in this workshop. Whether you are starting from scratch or have a project well underway, this workshop will provide you with the information and confidence to pursue professional publishing.  

Endorsed by VRA Education Committee

Moderators
avatar for Maureen Burns

Maureen Burns

Consultant, IMAGinED

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall

Implementation Manager, Artstor


Wednesday March 29, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A-B

12:30pm

Awards Committee Meeting
Moderators
MW

Margaret Webster

Cornell University

Wednesday March 29, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Salon A-B

12:30pm

Intellectual Property Rights Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Lael Ensor

Lael Ensor

Assistant Curator, Johns Hopkins University
People should talk to me about everything VR, as well as medieval art history (Western and Islamic), comics and graphic novels, and paper crafting.
avatar for Bridget Madden

Bridget Madden

Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, Department of Art History

Wednesday March 29, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Show Conference Room

12:30pm

VREPS Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Marie Elia

Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo
avatar for Amy Lazet

Amy Lazet

Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies

Wednesday March 29, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Place Conference Room

1:35pm

New Way of Making: Louisville Hackerspace and Copper and Kings Distillery
Limited Capacity seats available

As our field is looking at news ways of reinventing ourselves, Louisville is also bring new technology and new ideas to change the way things have been done.  This three-hour tour will provide a tour of two separate industries.  The first place will be the LVL1 Hackerspace.  This tour will highlight how these types of spaces provide tools to take on new and creative projects while at the same time building a community of people with diverse backgrounds willing to learn from each other.  Just around the corner is the Copper and Kings Distillery.  While they are known for their brandies, their tours highlight their unique, secret ingredient.  They pump in music during the aging process (called sonic aging) to maximize the movement inside the barrels.  This tour would combine walking and public transportation.

http://www.lvl1.org/ and http://www.copperandkings.com/visit/


$15/ Limit 25 Participants

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017.

Transportation: Combination of ZeroBus and Walking 

Meet at the registration desk 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart. 



Wednesday March 29, 2017 1:35pm - 4:35pm
Salon E Foyer

1:40pm

What is, what if, what wows, and what works: Design Thinking for Problem Solving, Innovation, and Leadership (Part 1)

We are led to believe that the ability to innovate is reserved for people born with a special gift. Even for individuals for whom creativity and thinking outside of the box comes more easily, the tension between risk and reward can stifle our ability to approach both our day-to-day professional responsibilities and new problems in thoughtful and forward-thinking ways. There is a natural tendency to focus on obvious facts and familiar solutions, which do not necessarily best address the problems. We often take on issues with the best recipe and the exact ingredients already in hand, resulting in what we think is the perfect dish and then end up unintentionally serving meat to vegetarians.  Design thinking is about throwing away the recipe, and building more thoughtful, human-centered, appropriate solutions through a process of reflection, deconstruction, brainstorming, and experimentation. While the method is often associated with artists and inventors, the strategies it employs are simple and accessible to everyone.  Through a combination of instruction, demonstrations and group exercises, this workshop will examine the various approaches and techniques of design thinking, and how to effectively apply them in our professional lives for problem solving, innovation, personal growth, and leadership.    Note: If you want to learn more about how to apply design thinking within the context of project management, register for "An Introduction to Project Management.”

Endorsed by VRA Education Committee

Speaker:

  • Marsha Taichman, Visual Resources Librarian, Cornell University

Organizer:
  • Betha Whitlow, Curator of Visual Resources, Washington University in Saint Louis

 


Speakers
avatar for Marsha Taichman

Marsha Taichman

Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
BW

Betha Whitlow

Lee Enterprises


Wednesday March 29, 2017 1:40pm - 3:00pm
Salon A-B

1:40pm

Advanced Metadata Applications: Transforming and Sharing Metadata
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers:
Jeff Mixter, Research Support Specialist, OCLC 

Sheryl Frisch, California Polytechnic State University  

Susan Jane Williams, Independent Cataloging & Consulting Services 


Organizer:
Johanna Bauman, Visual Resources Curator, Pratt Institute

Limit 40 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017


The afternoon session will pick up where the morning session left off and address the different ways to transform and share metadata once it has been created.  The VRA floating palette tools for creating, exporting, importing, and manipulating embedded metadata will be demonstrated, along with more in depth coverage of transformations with discussion of XSLT and XML.  The VRA Transform Tool, which can transform the Excel created by the VRA floating palette into XML will be demoed in a hands-on mode. Once XML is created, an additional transform can be applied to create RDF (Resource Description Framework) with LOD (Linked Open Data). Further discussion of the data requirements for RDF and LOD (storing vocabulary names and refids in your data) will be discussed as well as strategies for dealing with legacy data.  Recommended prerequisites: Metadata Basics Session or SEI; experience creating metadata and applying standards on a regular basis; experience using Microsoft Excel.  Limited to 40 participants. 


Moderators
JB

Johanna Bauman

Visual Resources Curator, Pratt Institute Libraries

Speakers
SF

Sheryl Frisch

Visual Resources Specialist, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo
avatar for Jeff Mixter

Jeff Mixter

Software Engineer, OCLC
My passion is helping libraries share and disseminate their knowledge, services and products with people around the world. The web is fundamental in this process and to that end my current work involves helping libraries be more visible on the web. This includes not only making their data visible but also making themselves visible on the web.
avatar for Susan Jane Williams

Susan Jane Williams

Independent Cataloging and Consulting

Sponsors
avatar for Gallery Systems

Gallery Systems

Gallery Systems provides collections and media management software and services for visual resource libraries and museums of any size or type. Our powerful, easy-to-use solutions organize and manage information and publish content from the database to the Web. Our EmbARK application operates on both Macintosh and Windows workstations and provides integrated digital asset management tools (such as drag-and-drop image linking). Data export... Read More →


Wednesday March 29, 2017 1:40pm - 4:35pm
Salon C-D

3:10pm

Beyond Silos: Exploring and Collaborating Outside the Norm

Beyond Silos: Exploring and Collaborating Outside the Norm

 

Image management and discovery has undergone radical changes over the last 15 years. While some of these changes have been difficult, new opportunities for collaboration and discovery have emerged that were previously unimaginable. This panel will highlight the creative collaboration made possible when visual resources curators and librarians leverage technologies in ways that maximize the impact of collections. Speakers will discuss how data mining and social media websites facilitate image discovery for art historians; how collaboration between faculty, librarians, and IT has brought artists’ books online in a manner that enhances discovery; and how an image collection is experiencing renewed relevance by working closely with disciplines across the arts to develop new reference and outreach models.



Speakers:
  • Molly Schoen, Visual Resources Curator, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Colette Lunday Brautigam, Digital Collections Librarian, Lawrence University
  • Patricia Guardiola, Assistant Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania 

Moderator:
  • Ian McDermott,  Instruction Librarian, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York

Moderators
IM

Ian McDermott (co-moderator)

Instruction Librarian, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY

Speakers
CL

Colette Lunday Brautigam

Digital Collections Librarian, Lawrence University
avatar for Patty Guardiola

Patty Guardiola

Assistant Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania
MS

Molly Schoen

Visual Resources Curator, Fashion Institute of Technology


Wednesday March 29, 2017 3:10pm - 4:30pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

3:10pm

What is, what if, what wows, and what works: Design Thinking for Problem Solving, Innovation, and Leadership (Part 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Speaker:

  • Marsha Taichman, Visual Resources Librarian, Cornell University

Organizer:
  • Betha Whitlow, Curator of Visual Resources, Washington University in Saint Louis

Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017
 


We are led to believe that the ability to innovate is reserved for people born with a special gift. Even for individuals for whom creativity and thinking outside of the box comes more easily, the tension between risk and reward can stifle our ability to approach both our day-to-day professional responsibilities and new problems in thoughtful and forward-thinking ways. There is a natural tendency to focus on obvious facts and familiar solutions, which do not necessarily best address the problems. We often take on issues with the best recipe and the exact ingredients already in hand, resulting in what we think is the perfect dish and then end up unintentionally serving meat to vegetarians.  Design thinking is about throwing away the recipe, and building more thoughtful, human-centered, appropriate solutions through a process of reflection, deconstruction, brainstorming, and experimentation. While the method is often associated with artists and inventors, the strategies it employs are simple and accessible to everyone.  Through a combination of instruction, demonstrations and group exercises, this workshop will examine the various approaches and techniques of design thinking, and how to effectively apply them in our professional lives for problem solving, innovation, personal growth, and leadership.    Note: If you want to learn more about how to apply design thinking within the context of project management, register for "An Introduction to Project Management.”

Endorsed by VRA Education Committee

 


Speakers
avatar for Marsha Taichman

Marsha Taichman

Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
BW

Betha Whitlow

Lee Enterprises


Wednesday March 29, 2017 3:10pm - 4:35pm
Salon A-B

4:30pm

Coffee Break

Wednesday March 29, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Salon E Foyer

5:00pm

Opening Convocation: Dr. Brent Seales, Gill Professor of Computer Science, University of Kentucky

This year’s convocation speaker, Dr. Brent Seales, paradoxically works with cutting-edge technology as well as some of the world’s earliest artifacts. Dr. Seales received his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Currently, our guest speaker is a professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and what’s more, the director of the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (VIS Center) at the University of Kentucky. Another notable period in his career trajectory occurred in 2012-2013, when he was a visiting scientist with Google in Paris.

 

His work researching digital imaging in the fields of cultural heritage at the enviable VIS Center (basically a Visual Resources Center on steroids), is what makes Seales such an exciting and timely addition to this year’s program. The VIS website describes the Center as having produced fascinating research using advanced technologies that incorporate

“computer vision and image processing, data acquisition, graphics, human-computer interaction, multimedia, and networking that are dedicated to research and development of computer-generated immersive environments, ambient environments, dynamic scene acquisition and preservation, advanced telepresence and telecommunications, and visualization applications in such areas as education and training, medicine, manufacturing, security, and daily life.”

Receiving international acclaim, the VIS Center has partnered with such renowned institutions such as the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, The British Museum, IBM, FBI, Archivision, and a number of universities.

 

One of his most compelling projects developed at the VIS Center is known as EDUCE (Enhanced Digital Unwrapping for Conservation and Exploration). It aims to produce readable images of ancient texts too fragile to open by using a virtual unwrapping tool similar to X-ray technology. Fortunately, (spoiler alert) for one particularly damaged ancient scroll from Ein Gedi, which resembles a lump of coal, Seales and his research team achieved the seemingly impossible by developing a software that involves layering digital images over the primary source, then altering the documents color and resolution. Thanks to Dr. Brent Seales for having securely laid the groundwork, we can only hope that such emerging technologies become common-place in the future within our field of visual resources.



Sponsors
avatar for Visual Resources Association Foundation

Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment.


Wednesday March 29, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

6:30pm

Welcome Reception
Catch up with friends and meet new colleagues.
Light hors d’oeuvres; open bar.

Wednesday March 29, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Salon A-D
 
Thursday, March 30
 

7:00am

Registration Desk
Thursday March 30, 2017 7:00am - 6:00pm
Salon E Foyer

8:00am

Annual Membership & Business Meeting / Breakfast
Breakfast buffet is open starting at 7:30 with the meeting starting promptly at 8:00.

The VRA Annual Business Meeting is the official forum for conducting Association business. The agenda includes the President's State of the Association message; the Treasurer's report; updates on current and future Association projects and activities; the recognition of outgoing officers, committee chairs, and appointees; the induction of incoming officers, committee chairs, and appointees; and the presentation on the 2017 conference host city. There will be an opportunity for questions and announcements from the membership.  Breakfast will be provided.

The Executive Board cordially invites all Visual Resources Association members to attend and participate.

Thursday March 30, 2017 8:00am - 10:30am
Kentucky Ballroom E

10:40am

Surveys and Assessment: Learning from Constituents

Assessment has always been an important aspect of collection management. Data-driven (or data-informed) decision making is being employed more and more in libraries and other institutions to maximize resources and respond more precisely to the needs and wants of users of those resources.  Publications and conference presentations dealing with assessment techniques are seen with increasing regularity – a testament to how our profession is assigning more importance to methods of gathering and analyzing data for guidance in its decision making and analytical processes.

This session will explore several aspects of assessment. One presentation will focus on the tools for gathering data and how low-barrier software can be adapted to gather significant data on which decisions may be made and policies formulated. The middle presentation will explore how the policies are developed and how the impact of a digital repository on its users can be measured using data gathered from the user experience. The final presentation reports on assessment practices associated with Digital Humanities projects and suggests assessment approaches that apply to individual projects as well as to the community at large.

 

Our speakers:

Hannah Marshall, Artstor

Low-Barrier Metadata Assessment Using Survey Instruments

 

The low-barrier nature of survey tools allows for experimentation, rapid prototyping, and cost effective data collection that can provide insights into the “discoverability” of a collection. In this presentation Hannah will explore the adaptation of basic survey software to design a metadata assessment tool that can assess the effectiveness of descriptive metadata in searches and determine retrieval rates for records. She will examine ways in which it can be customized to mimic specific search scenarios and how it can expand the focus of the inquiry to provide a general “discoverability” snapshot or narrow it to explore something as precise as determining preferred terms for local authorities. Her presentation will discuss the ways that survey instruments can enable information management and meaning management by providing pattern-based analyses as well as lending visibility to outliers and anomalies that are often missed in assessment results.

 

 

Kate Thornhill, Oregon Health and Science University Library

User Experience Leading DAM Repository Assessment at OHSU Library

 

Oregon Health and Science University Library’s DAM/IR Task Force is in the process of implementing new repository services, and repository community participation is crucial for success. Since the beginning of 2016, OHSU Library has been implementing a digital assets management system for marketing and communications departments. User experience has been central to decision-making and measuring repository impact. As the lead for outreach and assessment, the Repository Community Librarian spearheads stakeholder communications and involvement with repository system implementation. Using UX methodologies and approaches, Kate Thornhill will discuss developing and integrating UX personas usability tests into a user-centric repository assessment plan and implementation strategy.

 

 

Laura Spears, Assessment Librarian,University of Florida

Laurie N. Taylor, PhD, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Florida

 

Assessing the Digital Humanities Working Group Projects at the University of Florida

 

The completion of Digital Humanities projects add value to prized digital collections at the University of Florida, while simultaneously building a human infrastructure of skilled Digital Humanities researchers, administrators, practitioners and consultant librarians. Digital Humanities programs will enable structured feedback and assessment mechanisms that identify training, development and documentation infrastructure as well as create collaborations that result in future contributions to the burgeoning humanities in the digital age. This study suggests practices for both formative and summative assessment methods that support the short term, practical objectives of projects, and also capture outcomes that contribute to the desired, long-term, Community of Practice (CoP) program goals. Future efforts will improve with embedded assessment that both evaluates the initiatives’ outcomes and contributes to developing communities of practice.

Heather Cleary, Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian, Otis College of Art and Design
Preparing for Program Reviews and Institutional Accreditation

Moderator: Brian Shelburne, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Heather Cleary

Heather Cleary

Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian, Otis College of Art and Design
No, I didn't graduate from two colleges in 1992 - there's no option for saying "transferred."
avatar for Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall

Implementation Manager, Artstor
avatar for Laura Spears

Laura Spears

Assessment Librarian, University of Florida
Researcher, educator, librarian, dog lover and yoga enthusiast! Looking forward to meeting new colleagues and immersing myself in stimulating thought!
avatar for Kate Thornhill

Kate Thornhill

Repository Community Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University

Sponsors
avatar for Artstor

Artstor

Artstor is a non-profit digital library that provides more than 1.8 million images of cultural objects and architectural works covering a wide range of historical, political, social, economic, and cultural documentation from prehistory to the present. Artstor collections enable a wide range of users to teach and study with images in an online environment optimized for exploring visual content. Institutions can also co-mingle their local... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 10:40am - 12:00pm
Salon C-D

10:40am

This is How We Do It: Helping Our User Communities to Navigate Copyright, Fair Use, and Codes of Best Practice

An evolving responsibility of visual resources professionals at many institutions is helping their user communities to understand copyright and apply principles of fair use in actual practice.  This session uses the framework of the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts to demonstrate practical ways to apply fair use guidelines and similar “best practice” statements to the real-world situations our users typically encounter.  Each of our five presenters will address one of the Code’s five sections:  Analytical Writing; Teaching About Art; Making Art; Museum Uses; and Online Access to Archival and Special Collections.  Our speakers will demonstrate presentations, interactive exercises, model tools and templates, and other resources they have developed for use in their own institutions, but which attendees are welcome to adapt and customize for their own user communities.

Speakers:

  • Bridget Madden, Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago, bridgetm@uchicago.edu: Analytical Writing   
  • Stephanie Beene, Assistant Professor and Fine Arts Librarian for Art and Architecture, Fine Arts and Design Library, University of new Mexico, steph.beene@gmail.com: Teaching about Art
  • Allan Kohl, Visual Resources Librarian, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, allan_kohl@mcad.edu: Making Art
  • Margaret C. McKee, Imaging Services Specialist, The Menil Collection, mmckee@meil.org: Museum Uses
  • Marie Elia, Processing Archivist, the Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo, eliam@buffalo.edu: Online Access to Archival and Special Collections


Organizer/Moderators:

  • Bridget Madden, Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago, bridgetm@uchicago.edu
  • Allan Kohl, Visual Resources Librarian, Minneapolis College of Art and Design,  allan_kohl@mcad.edu

Moderators
avatar for Allan Kohl

Allan Kohl

Visual Resources Librarian, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
copyright and intellectual property rights issues; international travel; sheet music covers; political cartoons; ancient Greek vases; medieval manuscript illumination; theatre
avatar for Bridget Madden

Bridget Madden

Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, Department of Art History

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Beene

Stephanie Beene

Fine Arts Librarian for Art, Architecture + Planning, The University of New Mexico
Education, outreach, the arts in all variation. Beauty in the details, meaning in the whole. The great outdoors. The importance of preserving it all for the future.
avatar for Marie Elia

Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo
avatar for Margaret C. McKee

Margaret C. McKee

Imaging Services Specialist, The Menil Collection


Thursday March 30, 2017 10:40am - 12:00pm
Salon A-B

12:10pm

VRA Volunteer Studio

The Volunteer Studio is open to everyone and is designed to be a multi-directional learning space that will address professionals' (new, established, and prospective members) questions regarding how they can contribute their skills to the VRA without overcommitting themselves, feeling overwhelmed, or feeling uncertain about whether their valuable skills and time would be well spent.  The Volunteer Studio will also provide a forum for potential volunteers to hear from committee, chapter, and association leadership about the nitty-gritty of Association work as well as the tremendous (and practical) benefits/opportunities that this work has provided them in return. I hope for this to be a high-energy, thoughtful, and interactive event (with a free lunch!).


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Dartmouth College Library
Thrilled to be serving the VRA as President. Talk to me about anything. If I don't know the answer I will help you find someone who does.
MW

Margaret Webster

Cornell University

Sponsors
avatar for Visual Resources Association Foundation

Visual Resources Association Foundation

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of visual information management, while advocating for the value of images and visual media in the teaching and learning environment.


Thursday March 30, 2017 12:10pm - 2:10pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

2:20pm

Data Standards Committee Meeting
Are you interested in cataloging, metadata, and data standards? Did you attend one of the metadata workshops and would like assistance or have some lingering questions? Has your attendance at the Volunteer Studio piqued your interest in finding out more about the work of the Data Standards Committee? Join members of the Visual Resources Data Standards Committee for an informal "ask the experts of DSC" continuing discussion of the various projects and work of this VRA committee.

Moderators
SF

Sheryl Frisch

Visual Resources Specialist, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo

Thursday March 30, 2017 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Show Conference Room

2:20pm

Development Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Barbara Brenny

Barbara Brenny

University Librarian, North Carolina State University
Laughter
avatar for Marie Elia

Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo

Thursday March 30, 2017 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

2:20pm

Education Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Marsha Taichman

Marsha Taichman

Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University

Thursday March 30, 2017 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Place Conference Room

2:20pm

Membership Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Melanie Clark

Melanie Clark

Architecture Image Librarian, Texas Tech University

Thursday March 30, 2017 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

2:20pm

Nominating Committee Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Steven Kowalik

Steven Kowalik

Art Librarian, Hunter College / CUNY

Thursday March 30, 2017 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

2:20pm

Travel Awards Committee
Moderators
Thursday March 30, 2017 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

3:30pm

Cross-campus collaboration case-studies

We all collaborate in various small ways in our day to day work, but large scale collaborations across campus are a different story. Finding opportunities for collaboration, learning about collaborative efforts where our expertise would be helpful, facilitating conversations across different departments, funding large projects, working with a variety of personalities, assessing and learning from collaborative projects and communicating the results of collaborations all can get difficult and time consuming. The case-studies in this session will highlight different types of collaborative projects and illustrate problems, solutions, techniques, results, and rewards of taking on cross-campus collaborative projects, with the aim of inspiring us all to take the time and effort to tap into unbridled opportunities.

 

Endorsed by VRA Education Committee

 

Speakers:

Digital Share Culture at the Getty 
Krystal Boehlert, Collection Information and Access, J. Paul Getty Museum

Celebrating Cervantes
Ryan Brubacher, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs, Library of Congress

Academic Affairs and the Library
Holly Rick, Research and Assessment Librarian, University of Phoenix 

Integrating IIIF and Mirador at Harvard
Jeff Steward, Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology, Harvard Art Museums

Race and Racism Project
Jeannine Keefer, Visual Resources Librarian, University of Richmond - 

Moderator:
Carolyn Lucarelli, Visual Resources Curator, The Pennsylvania State University

 


Moderators
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Carolyn Lucarelli

Visual Resources Curator, Penn State University

Speakers
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Krystal Boehlert

Visual Resource Specialist, University of California, Riverside
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Ryan Brubacher

Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs, Library of Congress
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Jeff Steward

Director of DIET, Harvard Art Museums
Jeff Steward is the Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology (DIET) at the Harvard Art Museums. For the past 17 years he has worked at museums with museum data. He provides leadership and guidance on the use of a wide range of technologies at the museums to reshape the museum experience inside and out. In November 2014 he helped launch the Lightbox Gallery, a public research and development space, in the newly renovated... Read More →


Thursday March 30, 2017 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Salon A-B

3:30pm

Diverse Ways to Create Digital Repositories

Learning from Things: The Bard Graduate Center Study Collection

Barbara Elam, Associate Director of Visual Media Resources and Study Collection Librarian, Bard Graduate Center

 

Life Story: Creating Metadata for a Portrait File

Zoe Waldron, Metadata Specialist, New York Public Library

 

“Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can:” Maintaining Integrity in the Creation of Digital Images

Lael J. Ensor, Assistant Visual Resources Curator, Johns Hopkins University

Amy Lazet, College for Creative Studies, Visual Resources Specialist

 

Moderator, Meghan Rubenstein, Colorado College, Curator of Visual Resources

 

The presenters in this session join an ongoing conversation about how visual resources professionals navigate the relationship between physical objects and the data that represent them. Their papers address new, and often exciting, challenges faced when working with digital repositories and present case studies that demonstrate how to respond to both the needs of the collection and its audience.

 

Barbara Elam will present her work with the Bard Graduate Center Study Collection, an assemblage of decorative arts and material culture objects whose purpose is to support pedagogy by providing hands-on, close-up examination of objects as part of a classroom experience. She will trace the development of the collection from its inception, including the challenges of cataloging objects with limited or no information. Barb will also discuss recent collaborations, share her photography process—including 3-D image capture—and talk about issues surrounding the preservation, conservation, and storage of these “non-museum” objects.

 

Zoe Waldron will present her work with The Portrait File, one of the largest and most heavily used digital image collections at the New York Public Library, which encompasses approximately 68,000 portrait and biographical images of notable figures in American, British, and European history from ancient times to early 20th century. She will examine the metadata creation practice for the Portrait File, which evolved in its approach over its long digitization history that has spanned 15 years, one database migration, and many metadata creators. Zoe’s work with this collection demonstrates that metadata creation is an ongoing process, and her paper will discuss metadata enhancements that might be made to Portrait File items in the future.   

 

Lael J. Ensor and Amy Lazet will present their work on how materiality translates through digitization and intervening media and the choices visual resources professionals must make in the creation of surrogate images. Within visual resources there are many guidelines and publications that focus on technical aspects of artwork digitization, but there is a dearth of literature pertaining to creating surrogate images of the visual arts, especially as it relates to the materiality of copywork. Scholars and students rely on the accuracy of the images we provide, but what constitutes accuracy where works of art are concerned? Lael and Amy address how we, as visual resources professionals, can provide the best possible images by approximating the aura of the original work of art, including its materiality (texture, volume, contours, etc.). They also ask: How and to what extent should visual resources professionals think about materiality when creating surrogate images?


Moderators
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Meghan Rubenstein

Curator of Visual Resources, Colorado College

Speakers
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Barbara Elam

Bard Graduate Center
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Lael Ensor

Assistant Curator, Johns Hopkins University
People should talk to me about everything VR, as well as medieval art history (Western and Islamic), comics and graphic novels, and paper crafting.
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Amy Lazet

Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies
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Zoe Waldron

Metadata creator, The New York Public Library
Librarian, cataloger and metadata creator who is passionate about visual culture, human history, and connecting others with information.


Thursday March 30, 2017 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Salon C-D

5:00pm

Sponsors' Meet and Greet & Poster Presentations
One of the main events of VRA 34, this event consists of exhibits showcasing products/services by VRA sponsors, commercial or non-profit partners, friends, donors, etc.  All of VRA’s commercial and non-profit partners are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase their products and services and interact directly with conference attendees.

The event includes poster presentations by conference attendees, a feature meant to stimulate dialogues with colleagues.  Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and wine while you mix, mingle, and learn during this afternoon's social reception.

Poster Presenters:
Reciprocal Relationships: Student Organizations and Professionals
Kendra Werst,  Graduate Student, Indiana University

 A New Path for Materials Collections
 Alix Reiskind, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

About DAM Time: Preserving and Integrating Conservation Photography
Rebecca Pattillo, Visual Resources Association Foundation Intern, Indianapolis Museum or Art

Panofsky's iconographic analysis for the semantic web:Developing educational resources based on semanticimage annotation
David Clarke, CEO, Synaptica, LLC

Does an Art Collection need a Museum?
Nancy Smith,  Image Collections Librarian, Trinity College

Establishing a Brand for the 21st Century Visual Resource Center- Kent State University
M. Renee Roll,  Assistant to the Director, School of Art, Kent State University



Speakers
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Dave Clarke

CEO, Synaptica
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Nancy Smith

Image Collections Librarian, Trinity College
I manage image collections, but also participate in arts and humanities research and instruction and collection development. I am liaison to fine arts and classics departments.
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Kendra Werst

MLS Student, Indiana University-Bloomington


Thursday March 30, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

7:00pm

Southeast Chapter Meeting and Outing

The Southeast Chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, March 30 at 7:00pm, at Champions Bar & Grill, inside the conference hotel (Marriott Louisville Downtown).


Moderators
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Jenna Duncan

Visual Resources Lecturer, UNC Charlotte
I have been a VRA member since 2003 and I am currently the Co-Chair of the VRA Southeast Chapter.

Thursday March 30, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Champions Bar and Grill 280 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202

7:00pm

New England Chapter Meet and Greet
Speakers

Thursday March 30, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sidebar at Whiskey Row 129 N 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40202
 
Friday, March 31
 

7:00am

Registration Desk
Friday March 31, 2017 7:00am - 6:00pm
Salon E Foyer

8:15am

Accounting for Scope Drift: Re-Writing your Position Description
Limited Capacity seats available

Organizers:

  • Jasmine Burns, Visual Resources Metadata Librarian, Cornell University
  • Marie Elia, Processing Archivist, the Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo
  • Nick Homenda, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Indiana University

Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017



The swift and ongoing changes in the field of visual resources and beyond have left many professionals feeling displaced from their initial job duties as they fall victim to “scope drift,” a continuous expansion of the scope of their original position. Amidst these shifts, position descriptions become outdated and irrelevant, as they no longer accurately describe what we do or reflect the impact that we have on our communities.     The goal of this workshop is to provide an interactive space for participants to collaboratively conceive of how to present themselves and their work to their employers, colleagues, patrons, and communities through their position descriptions. We will be 1) taking a close look at some actual position descriptions submitted by our participants and workshop leaders, 2) brainstorming as a group to create a working document that doubles as a broad master list of responsibilities and action words from which to draw, and finally 3) using a standardized template/worksheet to update and/or craft our own position descriptions with support from our colleagues.

 

 


Moderators
avatar for Jasmine Burns

Jasmine Burns

Visual Resources Metadata Librarian, Cornell University
avatar for Marie Elia

Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo

Friday March 31, 2017 8:15am - 10:15am
Place Conference Room

9:00am

MDID Special User Group
Moderators
Speakers
Sponsors
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vrcHost LLC

We specialize in installation, integration, customization, and feature development for the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) project - an open source digital content management system used at hundreds of institutions worldwide for teaching and scholarship in the visual arts.


Friday March 31, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Salon A-B

9:00am

Artstor Shared Shelf User Group

This annual gathering is an opportunity for both current users and those curious to learn more to find out how Shared Shelf, Artstor’s media management and sharing software, fits into the VR landscape, and to discuss how it might evolve to meet changing needs of the community.  Speakers from three institutions will present on their experiences in using the software to support their projects and Artstor’s Strategic Services team will provide an overview of recent and upcoming Shared Shelf releases before opening up the meeting to all attendees for questions and discussion.

 

To learn more about Shared Shelf, visit: www.sharedshelf.org<http://www.sharedshelf.org>


Moderators
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Hannah Marshall

Implementation Manager, Artstor

Friday March 31, 2017 9:00am - 10:20am
Salon C-D

9:00am

Publishing Special Interest Group
Moderators
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Maureen Burns

Consultant, IMAGinED
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Hannah Marshall

Implementation Manager, Artstor

Friday March 31, 2017 9:00am - 10:20am
Show Conference Room

10:30am

Collections Showcase
Speakers:

From Processing to Public Service: The Digital Humanities Center at The American Academy in Rome

Lavinia Ciuffa will present the Digital Humanities Center (DHC), the new infrastructure that will serve to streamline and unify the American Academy in Rome’s cataloging system and make publically available the Academy’s archival resources through a single, online interface by way of the Academy’s website. The presentation will describe the workflow required to inventory, cataloged, digitize and upload visual resources.

Lavinia Ciuffa, Acting Curator, Photo Archive, American Academy in Rome

Out on the Left Coast: San Diego LGBT History

Lisa Lamont will showcase the colorful images and graphics of the Pride phenomenon in San Diego collected and preserved by her and Anna Culbertson's partners at the Lambda Archives. She will demonstrate their work to date on the Cal Humanities-funded website and archival database and talk about the project’s highlights and challenges.

Anna Culbertson, Assistant Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University (absent)

Lisa Lamont, Digital Collections Librarian, San Diego State University


Artist-Run Archives: Developing a digital community archive with PAVED Arts artist-run centre

Shannon Lucky has been working with PAVED Arts (an artist-run centre (ARC) in Saskatoon, Canada focused on photography, audio, video, electronic, and digital arts) to develop a digital resource that meets the needs of artists and researchers while remaining sustainable for this non-profit organization. Her presentation describes the collaboration, the challenges that ARCs face to preserve and make their collection usable, and plans to develop a digital resource that will persist and grow with PAVED. Community archives are a vital part of this project; Lucky will describe how they organized an event to fill in gaps in the documentary record and capture oral histories of the PAVED community for inclusion in the archive.

Shannon Lucky, Information Technology Librarian, University of Saskatchewan

Moderator:
Elizabeth Schaub,  Director, Visual Resources Collection, The University of Texas at Austin


Moderators
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Elizabeth Schaub

Director, School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Speakers
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Lavinia Ciuffa

Acting Curator, American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive
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Lisa Lamont

Head of Digital Collections, San Diego State University
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Shannon Lucky

IT Librarian, University of Saskatchewan

Sponsors
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Archivision

The Archivision Research Library is currently comprised of 78,000 professional, high quality images covering architecture, urban design, archaeological sites, landscapes, gardens, and works of art in public places. The Library is intended for scholarship and teaching in architecture and art history but also has broad appeal across disciplines. The collection is curated by Scott Gilchrist, a trained architect as well as professional... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 10:30am - 11:50am
Salon C-D

10:30am

New Faces, New Voices: Emerging Professionals Lightning Round

When you were a new professional in the field of visual resources, what is it you wish you had known? In this lightning round, new professionals will share information learned the hard way and what worked for them on various issues including access, workflow, and image searching, as well as hearing from the developers of two exciting new online tools, one focused on the material creation of art and the other an open access resource. Our speakers will present in a 24 x 7 format (24 slides in 7 minutes) for a fast-paced session dedicated to the issues facing those new to the field of VR.


Speakers:

Purva Chawla,  Founder, MaterialDriven
Heather RaylEmerging Technology Librarian, Indiana State Unversity 
Jacquelyn Clements, CLIR/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Visual Studies, University of Toronto
Millicent Fullmer, Director and Visual Resources Curator, Vanderbilt University
Jamie Zeffery, Digitization Projects Assistant, California State University Los Angeles

Organizer/Moderator:

Marie Elia, Processing Archivist, University at Buffalo
Amy Lazet, Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies 

Moderators
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Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo
avatar for Amy Lazet

Amy Lazet

Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies

Speakers
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Purva Chawla

Founder, MaterialDriven
Purva Chawla is a Dallas-based architect and designer. In early 2016, Purva founded MaterialDriven.com–a Design Consultancy and Design Education platform. During her years as a design student, Purva felt the need for media and tools that would expose design through the lens of materials and processes, rather than finished products and imagery alone–enabling real learning for young designers and architects. Later, as a practicing architect... Read More →
avatar for Millicent Fullmer

Millicent Fullmer

Director of Visual Resources, Vanderbilt University
Cataloging, visual resources, digital humanities
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Jamie Zeffery

Digitization Projects Assistant, California State University, Los Angeles


Friday March 31, 2017 10:30am - 11:50am
Salon A-B

12:00pm

Membership and Awards Lunch

A highlight of the Conference, the Members & Awards Lunch brings colleagues together for an opportunity to relax and socialize over lunch in an elegant setting.  The festivities include recognition of the Association’s honors and awards recipients along with the generous donors who have made these awards available.

*PLEASE NOTE: The cost of this event is included in your conference registration fee. However, prior registration for this event is required for purposes of room scheduling and catering arrangements.


Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

2:10pm

Second Chance: Digital Collections and Discovery in the Archives

: How do you share a collection that is too fragile to touch? How do you document a city that no longer exists? How do libraries develop repository services that their users actually want? And how can you make available artwork that is literally locked up?    

 

Elliot McNally will discuss creating a digital collection for the visual poetry of Amelia Etlinger, pieces comprised of textiles, found objects, and flower petals. These poems were intended to be read only once, by the recipient, the act of opening them destroying them in what Etlinger considered collaboration.   

 

Molly Poremski will discuss documenting Polonia, the historically Polish section of Buffalo, NY, using History Pin to map parts of the city that no longer exist or are unrecognizable in their present state. Using a combination of materials from the Polish Collection, she created a digital reconstruction of Polonia where visitors can learn about its history and residents.   

 

 Kate Thornhill is working with her library’s DAM/IR Task Force on a marketing and communications digital assets management system, taking the opposite of the “if we build they will come” approach, making decisions informed by expertise in repositories assessment and management, digital library systems administration, and digital preservation, as well as stakeholder perspectives from across the OHSU campus.   

 

Amy Lazet was the project manager for the Digital Image Archive for the Prison Creative Arts Project, which provides incarcerated individuals with instruction in creating fine (and performing) arts. Amy will discuss building a database for and cataloging the visual artworks; establishing metadata standards and vocabulary for outsider art; and navigating intellectual property rights to facilitate scholarship of prisoner art and enhance accessibility for the artists and their families. 

 

Speakers:

Elliot McNally, Special Collections Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design—Atlanta

Molly Dahl Poremski, Digital Collections Librarian and Curator of the Polish Collection, University at Buffalo

Kate Thornhill, Repository Community Librarian, Oregon Health and Science University

Amy Lazet, Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies


Organizer/Moderator:

Marie Elia, Processing Archivist, University at Buffalo

Moderators
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Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo

Speakers
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Amy Lazet

Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies
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Molly Poremski

Digital Collections Librarian, University at Buffalo
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Kate Thornhill

Repository Community Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University


Friday March 31, 2017 2:10pm - 3:30pm
Salon A-B

2:10pm

Similar but Different: Exploring New Avenues in Visual Resources
Curation of slide librarys may have been the foundation of who the Visual Resources Association was when first created but it has become so much more.  Whether technologists, data collectors, GIS specialist, catalogers, digital humanist, and so many more; this field has changed dramatically.  However, the priciples that guided our field have become increasingly valuable to those outside what was once called normal.  This session showcases a few areas that haven't been historically connected the Visual Resources but provide new directions and oppertunities in our field.

Speakers:

Madeleine Casad,  Digital Humanites Coordinator, Vanderbilt University


Whiskey Boom: An Update on the Sazerac Company Archives
Stephanie Schmidt, Archivist, Buffalo Trace Distillery 

Spatial Literacy in the modern age

Theresa Quill
Social Sciences Librarian (GIS/Maps), Indiana University
This talk explores maps as visual resources, and will present strategies for developing spatial literacies with an emphasis on modern day navigational apps and GIS applications.


Moderator: 

Cindy Frank, Librarian, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Michigan

Moderators
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Cynthia Frank

Architecture Librarian and Director of Visual Resources Collection, University of Maryland

Speakers

Friday March 31, 2017 2:10pm - 3:30pm
Salon C-D

2:10pm

Behind-the-Scenes at Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

Churchill Downs-Join us for a fun, behind-the-scenes tour of Louisville’s historic racetrack. Along the way, you’ll get to meet horses, jockeys, and see the inner-workings of the blacksmith shop. This tour will also allow for time to experience the Kentucky Derby Museum.  This museum serves to preserve the history of one of the most important horse racetracks in America.  There are a number of unique exhibitions including the immersive 360-degree theater that shows the video The Greatest Race.

$25 / Limit 25 participants.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017

Transportation: Round-trip transportation to be provided.  

Meet at the registration desk 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart. 

Friday March 31, 2017 2:10pm - 5:00pm
Salon E Foyer

3:40pm

Artstor User Group

What’s new from Artstor

This meeting is open to both users and those interested to learn more.  Among topics for discussion at this year’s meeting will be our new approach to collection releases, with a look at the collections themselves, including architecture from [the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)], Islamic art from the Doris Duke Foundation, and an important release of images from the Andy Warhol Foundation.  Also discussed will be the upcoming major update of the Digital Library platform, complete with a new IIIF image viewer and the flattening out of account access to promote ease of sharing.  There’ll also be an opportunity to take a glimpse into the future with an overview of the possibilities opened up by Artstor’s alliance with ITHAKA and JSTOR.

 

Speakers:

Piotr Adamczyk, Director, Image Content & Museum Partnerships

Gretchen Witthuhn, Education & Outreach Manager

Lee Caron, Senior Content & Outreach Associate

Speakers
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Gretchen Witthuhn

Education & Outreach Manager, Digital Library Platforms, ITHAKA


Friday March 31, 2017 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Salon C-D

3:40pm

5:10pm

Combined California Chapters Meeting
Moderators
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Maureen Burns

Consultant, IMAGinED

Friday March 31, 2017 5:10pm - 6:30pm
Salon F

5:10pm

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Kniesch

Jennifer Kniesch

Visual Resources Librarian, Dickinson College

Friday March 31, 2017 5:10pm - 6:30pm
Salon C-D

5:10pm

Midwest Chapter Meeting
Moderators
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Jacob Esselstrom

Visual Resources Curator, UW-Madison, Dept. of Art History

Friday March 31, 2017 5:10pm - 6:30pm
Salon A-B

5:10pm

Upstate New York Chapter Meeting
Moderators
avatar for Jasmine Burns

Jasmine Burns

Visual Resources Metadata Librarian, Cornell University

Friday March 31, 2017 5:10pm - 6:30pm
Starbucks-Louisville Marriott Downtown

5:10pm

Wild West Chapter Meeting
Friday March 31, 2017 5:10pm - 6:30pm
Place Conference Room

5:30pm

VRA Core Oversight Committee Meeting
Moderators
MD

Michael Dulock

Metadata Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries
Digital projects, metadata, hidden collections

Friday March 31, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Show Conference Room

5:30pm

VRAF and VRA Donor Recognition Reception

By invitation only.


Friday March 31, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Suite 401

7:00pm

VREPS Night Out

Are you a person? Are you attending the VRA conference? Then YOU should come bowling with us at the VREPS night out, sponsored by the VRA Board!

 

While traditionally the VREPS night out has served to allow emerging professionals and students to get together and become acquainted in an informal situation, this event will allow everyone, no matter their career status, to socialize and foster discussions across boundaries. The VRA Board is providing bowling lanes and appetizers at the Sports & Social Club, and all are encouraged to attend. What could be better than bowling, hors d'oeuvres, and talking to like-minded people in a friendly, casual setting?!


Moderators
avatar for Marie Elia

Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo
avatar for Amy Lazet

Amy Lazet

Visual Resources Specialist, College for Creative Studies

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sports & Social Club Fourth Street Live!, 427 S 4th St #100, Louisville, KY 40202
 
Saturday, April 1
 

7:00am

Registration Desk
Saturday April 1, 2017 7:00am - 10:00am
Salon E Foyer

8:00am

VRA Executive Board Meeting II
By invitation only.

Saturday April 1, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Place Conference Room

8:00am

Basics of Digital Capture
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers:

  • Gawain Weaver, Photograph Conservator, San Francisco Bay Area


Organizers:

  • Beth Haas, Digital Imaging Technician, Princeton University
  • Whitney Gaylord, Assistant Director, Digital Collections, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago


Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017
 


We have scanners and we have cameras, and we have materials to document. Every shop has different equipment, procedures, patrons and priorities, but it is always a good idea to get back to basics. This workshop will focus on fundamentals that should aid visual resources professionals, digital librarians, museum professionals, archivists and anyone else that deals with needing to digitally document items in collections. Though basics are of course important for people new to an activity or technique, basics are also the foundation for quality work. This workshop will emphasize basics as a philosophy to avoid over-complication and inefficiency. Whether you need to get your feet wet for the first time, or know its high time you re-evaluated your set-up, or just need to streamline for efficiency, the Basics of Digital Capture workshop is totally what you need.  Areas to cover include scanning and camera equipment, deciding when to scan and when to use a camera, basics of lighting and color management, workflows, quality assurance and backups, software for all aspects of digitization, and community standards and guidelines. 

Endorsed by VRA Education Committee  



Moderators
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Whitney Gaylord

University of Chicago

Speakers
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Gawain Weaver

TWO CAT DIGITAL is one of the most experienced digital imaging companies in the world, having digitized millions of items for libraries, museums and archives. We scan photographic prints and film, as well as special collection materials like rare books, pamphlets, posters and other artwork. We also offer expert consulting services to help our clients maximize the effectiveness of their own digitization programs. | Our founder and senior... Read More →


Saturday April 1, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Kentucky Ballroom E

8:30am

Power Breakfast Break
Stop by to to grab a quick bite before you enjoy a tour, workshop, or leaving for home.

Saturday April 1, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Salon Foyer A-D

9:00am

Louisville Slugger Museum and Archive Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

Visit Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to get a behind-the-scenes look through the photography and document archives, including photographs of baseball players, Hillerich & Bradsby Co. factories around Louisville, the evolution of making baseball bats (and golf clubs), promotional images, and other miscellaneous topics through the decades. Important professional baseball player contracts with Hillerich & Bradsby Co., bat order records, and correspondences are also available for study. Participants will also be treated to a guided tour through the active wood bat factory and the famous Bat Vault which houses thousands of historic bat models. The museum galleries of permanent displays and temporary exhibitions will also be open.

 

$15 / Limit 20 participants.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017

Transportation: Walking Tour

Meet at the registration desk 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart.  

Moderators
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Molly Schoen

Visual Resources Curator, Fashion Institute of Technology

Saturday April 1, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Salon E Foyer

9:00am

Visual communication, organization, and notetaking
Limited Capacity seats available

Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017



This workshop is designed to improve attendees’ use of visuals in organizing, presenting and understanding information so that they are able to retain more information, improve their communication style and more deeply engage audiences.

 

Why is this important?

In a world filled with information, much of which comes to us in a visual manner, it is important to learn techniques that we can use to better synthesize, organize and utilize visuals to be more effective communicators.

 

What should I expect?

We will cover many of the basic principles of using visuals, including:

  • how we process and organize information using visual communication hierarchies
  • best practices for constructing visual narratives
  • creating effective visuals
  • visual notetaking (sketchnoting) - listening for and translating main points into visuals and text.

 

Part of the time will be spent on theory, and the rest will be hand’s on activities. Attendees will have an opportunity to share what they’ve learned with the group.

 

Hand’s on activities:

 

  • Diagramming presentations
  • Organizing information on a page
  • Mind mapping
  • Creating effective icons, designing text, and using visual emphasis
  • Viewing successful examples of visual communication

 

Materials Provided:

Paper, pencils, markers, tablets, source materials (books, comics, art)


For more information, please visit our site - z.umn.edu/vravizcomm 


Speakers
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Rebecca Moss

Assistant Director LATIS, University of Minnesota
I enjoy reading sic-fi and fantasy, playing card and board games, and playing servant to my cats (I'm happy to be a cliché). Lately, I spend a lot of time drawing on the iPad Pro - better screen sensitivity and the Apple Pencil has changed everything - and this brings me joy.
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John Trendler

Curator of Visual Resources, Scripps College
technology, databases, design, art & cycling


Saturday April 1, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Salon C-D

1:00pm

Archiving Outside the Norm: Buffalo Trace Distillery Archives and Factory Tour
Limited Capacity seats available

At Buffalo Trace Distillery, Stephanie Schmidt will provide an in-depth tour of the archives at this facility highlighting how visual resources can be in niche areas such as this.  There will be a tour of this facility, a bourbon tasting (free), and the ability to ask questions about the industry as a whole. You will also get to enjoy a beautiful ride through the heart of Bourbon country and Bluegrass.  Perfect way to top off your conference experience.

Archivist Stephanie Schmidt, Sazerac Company, Frankfort, KY, will lead an in-depth tour of the archives at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, the oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Schmidt and the archives team have catalogued every award and piece of art throughout the distillery.  By maintaining the distillery’s art collection, they are better able to display Buffalo Trace’s impressive history for visitors and employees.  Indeed it boasts a rich history with connections to early settlement, industrial revolution, prohibition, and modern innovations in distilling.  Schmidt’s first curatorial responsibilities began with a collaboration to develop an educational interpretation of the Old Taylor House, a historic home at the distillery, and populate expanded areas of the Visitor Center with historic materials.

Schmidt, who graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in the history of art, was a student assistant in the Visual Resources Center and a gallery attendant for the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.  In October 2014 she was a featured speaker at a two-day VRA mini-conference held at Vanderbilt.  Her topic was “In Production: Establishing the Buffalo Trace Distillery Archives.”  She earned a master of arts degree (Critical and Curatorial Studies) in 2015 from the University of Louisville as well as a master of public administration degree (Non Profit, Public, and Organizational Management).  Her thesis was entitled “Corporate History and Curatorial Practice at Buffalo Trace Distillery.”  


 
$25 / Limit 40 participants.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017

Transportation provided by Buffalo Trace Distillary

Meet at the registration desk 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart.  


Saturday April 1, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon E Foyer