VRA Travel Award Deadline Extended – Monday, November 16th

VRA Travel Awards are available for attendance at the 2016 joint VRA/ARLIS conference in Seattle, Washington March 8-12.  The list of recipients will be announced on the VRA listserv the week commencing December 7.

Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Travel Award Rules, Guidelines and Tips” for VRA Travel Awards Applicants, and “Types of Travel Awards”, both linked here as PDFs:

http://vraweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2015-VRATARulesGuidelinesPlusTips1.pdf

http://vraweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Types_of_Travel_Awards_TACommOct2015.pdf

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION (also accessible from the VRA Travel Awards Committee webpage):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e3F1av8kSLM38xKkSIT3Lh6sf_GlzQe-y8j9cSTwB_M/viewform

You do not need to be a member of the VRA to apply for a travel award, but please note that upon winning an award an applicant who is not a member of VRA must purchase a membership.

Please also note that award checks are distributed at the conference and as such, recipients will not have access to those funds ahead of the conference to set against travel expenses.
In order to allow funding to go further, Tansey awards will be distributed according to financial need i.e. full awards (up to $850) may be given to some, whilst lower amounts may be awarded to others with partial institutional/ other support. N.B. Travel Awards are only intended to assist people’s attendance at the conference, so you should be prepared to seek funding from elsewhere.

For 2016, we are fortunate to have generous financial support from sponsors and funds provided by the membership including:

* Two New Horizons awards of $850 each.  These awards are aimed at members in the following categories: solo VR professionals, part-time VR  professionals, geographically isolated VR professionals, VR professionals in smaller institutions, and/or first-time attendees
* A New Horizons student award of $300, for a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program and considering a career in visual resources

* Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850
* Tansey fund awards ranging from $250 to $850 each

2016 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award: Application Deadline is 2015-12-04

2016 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2016 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

The deadline for applications is December 4, 2015.

The Award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, Washington, in March 2016.

 

Who May Apply

This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library/information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website: https://www.arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/68-internship-award.

 

ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Sub-Committee:

Philip Dombowsky (Chair)

Bailey Diers

Jennifer Garland

Gina Solares

Traci Timmons

ARLIS/NA + VRA Annual Conference 2016: now with a THATcamp!

Our delightful friends on the joint conference team have put together a THATcamp for the 2016 Conference in Seattle, WA. It’s the day before the conference, Tuesday March 8 2016:

http://arlisnavra2016.thatcamp.org/

What is THATCamp?

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. This allows for a more informal, collaborative atmosphere compared to a typical conference setting.

Who should come?

All are welcome! The organizers of the THATCamp are an enthusiastic working group of both ARLIS/NA and VRA members, but this event is open to the public. Non-ARLIS/NA and VRA members are encouraged to attend!

How to register?:

Attendance is limited to 75 participants to ensure a lively and engaged atmosphere. Apply now to let us know why you want to attend and what ideas you want to share. Registration is free and open from October 12th – November 13th. Register here.

I’m really looking forward to see what gets made during this session. And hey, the Travel Awards are open for submission now, too!

The ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following Travel Awards for attending the 3rd joint conference of ARLIS/NA + VRA, to be held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016.

Details about the conference can be found here: http://www.arlisna-vra.org/seattle2016/

The application form for the awards can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9C3V9H5

More information about the Travel Awards can be found on the ARLIS/NA website: https://arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/64-conference-travel-awards

Several awards are available to students and non-ARLIS members.  Please feel free to send this announcement to others who might benefit from attending our wonderful conference!

Application deadline for all conference travel awards: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm EST.

The ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference 2016 Travel Awards are open!

The ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following Travel Awards for attending the 3rd joint conference of ARLIS/NA + VRA, to be held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016.

Details about the conference can be found here: http://www.arlisna-vra.org/seattle2016/

The application form for the awards can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9C3V9H5

More information about the Travel Awards can be found on the ARLIS/NA website: https://arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/64-conference-travel-awards

Several awards are available to students and non-ARLIS members.  Please feel free to send this announcement to others who might benefit from attending our wonderful conference!

Application deadline for all conference travel awards: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm EST.

Awards Open to Current Members:

Conference Attendance Award (1 award/$1000)

Eligibility: Individual member who serves as a committee member, group moderator, and/or chapter officer.
Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting conference attendance by committee members, chapter officers, and moderators, of divisions, sections, and round tables.

Andrew Cahan Photography Award ($1000)

Eligibility: Members who are actively involved in the field of photography through reference, research, or bibliographic work.
Purpose: To encourage participation of members active in the field of photography who could not attend the conference without financial assistance.

Student Conference Attendance Award ($1000)

Eligibility: Student members who are active participants in ARLIS/NA and are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference.

 Awards Open to All Eligible Applicants:

Student Diversity Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)

Eligibility: Students from a traditionally under-represented group who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage multicultural students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.

Howard Karno Award ($1000)

Eligibility: Art librarians residing in Latin America or Art Librarians residing in North America working with significant Latin American art/architecture research collections or researching subjects or themes related to Latin American art/architecture.
Purpose: To encourage professional development of art librarians who work to advance the study of Latin American art through interaction with ARLIS/NA colleagues and conference participation.

Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)

Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance is given annually in honor of the founding of ARLIS/NA and its first president. The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg.

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.

ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Fall Meeting, November 5-7 2015!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arlisna-texas-mexico-chapter-fall-meeting-tickets-17467228952

Join us in Waco for the annual fall chapter meeting! Explore arts venues downtown on Austin Avenue, tour Baylor University, and of course, have fun with your TXMX colleagues. Plan to come early or extend your stay to take advantage of Cameron Park Zoo, the Dr. Pepper Museum, or canoeing on the Brazos – among many things to see and do here.

Make your hotel reservations by October 5, 2015 for the best rates. 254-754-7000 Hotel Indigo Waco and ask for the ARLIS block of rooms. An alternative lodging option is the Residence Inn adjacent to the Hotel Indigo, as well as other hotel/motel/B&Bs in the city. Refer to http://www.chisholmcrossing.com/accommodations/ for more information.

For more details, check out the chapter’s website!

Considering SEI? Take a Look at What Others Have to Say

Registration for the ARLIS/NA & VRAF Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management closes at the end of the month. If you haven’t signed up already then hurry to reserve your spot! You can register here.  Not sure how this workshop will benefit you and your career? Then check out a post from Ashley Peterson about her experience at SEI last year. You can find even more testimonials on the SEI workshop website.

Here are just some of the comments:

The SEI coursework proved to be exactly what I needed: the perfect balance of theoretical framework, practical application, and open communication between like-minded individuals.”

I am looking forward to attending SEI again, in order to refresh my knowledge with the most up-to-date information about all the subjects covered by SEI: cataloguing, image editing, transitioning skills, project planning, strategic planning, new social media platforms and applications, and intellectual property concerns.”

If you are interested in attending this year (or in the future), check out the SEI Facebook page for more information.

We would love to hear from you about your own experiences. How has SEI has benefited you? Feel free to share your story in the comments below.

SEI Registration Reminder

Places are still available for the 2015 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI ), to be held June 9-12 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. http://seiworkshop.org/

This intensive workshop features a curriculum addressing the latest requirements of today’s visual resources and image management professionals. This year’s topics and experienced instructors include:

  • Intellectual property rights: Nancy Sims (Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota)
  • Metadata overview: Gretchen Gueguen (Data Services Coordinator, Digital Public Library of America)
  • Embedded metadata: Greg Reser (Metadata Specialist, University of California, San Diego Library)
  • Digital life-cycle: Liz Gushee (Digital Collections Librarian, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin)
  • Digital preservation: Nicole Finzer (Visual Resources Librarian, Digital Collections Dept, Northwestern University)
  • Project management: Angela Waarala (Digital Collections Project Manager, University of Illinois Library), Nicole Finzer, Liz Gushee
  • Digital humanities: Jeannine Keefer (Visual Resources Librarian, University of Richmond)

SEI is suited to information professionals new to the field and more experienced professionals eager to respond to fast-changing technological advancements and job requirements. Recent attendees said they definitely would recommend SEI to others: “Good experience and a great way to interact with others doing what I do.” Another wrote ”SEI showed me the range of roles in the field, including what I might encounter in a different position.”

Discounted registration for members of VRA or ARLIS/NA is $595.

Like SEI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SummerEducationalInstitute?ref=hl

My ARLIS2015 Recap

ARLIS/NA in Fort Worth was rainy, warm (to a Canadian), and gorgeous (because I like abandoned buildings). I took on some volunteer duties for the conference, the first of which was to go on a fantastic walking tour of the city!

The conference itself, of course, was inspiring and informative. Because I have stopped taking actual notes and only live-tweet now, I’ll basically be reading back through those and trying to expand on things that are most important (if you know me, you know those topics are copyright, access, digitization, and weird formats).

First session: opening up your images to greater (more, better) use.

According to Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions, Indianapolis Museum of Art, administrative costs actually went way down when images were opened up for unencumbered use. (Given that most staff are overburdened anyways, this wouldn’t be due to salary cuts.) Once a large enough collection of open content went online, the remaining efforts were put towards digitization-by-request for researchers. Charging a flat rate for the custom service has apparently gone off pretty well, with researchers understanding and respecting the necessity (by copyright law, at least in Canada, you can’t charge more than the actual cost of the labour and materials needed to make the reproduction).

The Durationator, as elaborated upon by Elizabeth Townsend Gard, is a copyright tool that will help you evaluate the rights status of a work with as little information as possible — ideally, just the country, type of work, and date of creation. We’ve had a few forms of this in the past (see my Emerging Tech Forum presentation from last year’s ARLIS for examples of sliders, flowcharts, and interactive decision-helpers) but this is both a package service (as in, input your entire collection data) and relies on the work of quite a few law students and law-experience researchers. Not sure how much it costs, and why there isn’t a small-batch-for-free service for individuals / testers / etc., but it’s early days yet! (You can sign up to be a beta-tester on their site.)

I’m not usually into instruction, but I have found all of the IL Framework discussion really interesting. I was so glad to see someone implementing it in art instruction sessions (which has its own interesting set of information-seeking needs to control for):

The session about our labours with working artists covered everything from running a visual-resources centre at the NYPL …

… to working as a private archivist for a famous artist — and Claire Kennedy (archivist / librarian to John Baldessari) let us in on the usual course of things when it comes to private/personal archives:

I’m, of course, more invested in the archives side of things, and I’m always concerned with what happens to stuff before it gets donated. There’s so much dreary nonsense in records management that needs to be gussied up and spread about as common knowledge, just to be sure people aren’t, I dunno, dumping thousands of governmental emails they think have no value …. With artists, I’m even more compelled to make sure nobody’s purging any materials before they get into the hands of a trained appraiser.

 

Saturday, of course, was full of our own ArLiSNAP events, from our general meeting to the open discussion session (which I am so thankful you all came to!) — as well as the Canadian general meeting — so I won’t share too many details. (I’ll be printing up some results and recommendations from the open discussion another time.)

Sunday started with, in Secrecy in the Archives, a twenty-minute-long mic-drop presentation from heather ahtone:

The session on weird-media-collections didn’t go too in-depth on cataloguing, preservation, and access, but it was a great cross-cut view of cool initiatives.

The Linked Open Data session featured our own Sarah Seymore talking about the U Oregon collections. It was almost *too* informative.

The big finale, for me, was not the beautiful reception at the Kimbell, but seeing the CAA Fair Use Best Practices discussion.

But here are some photos of us partying at the Renzo Piano Pavilion, anyways. (And our new moderator, Tiffany!)

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(Also I took some snaps for Librarian Wardrobe too.)

So that’s it! My trip to lovely Fort Worth and my time spent trying to do way too many things at once. And now, back to migrating the ArLiSNAP blog …

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ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference: Some Thoughts

Another ARLIS/NA Conference has come and gone; Art Librarians from not only North America, but from around the globe, congregated in Fort Worth, Texas last week to discuss current trends and issues in our niche field of librarianship, debate the future of art books and bibliography in the wake of e-publishing, and just generally mingle with one another. Unlike past years, however, this year I got to count myself as one of the conference’s many attendees. That’s right, folks, I actually had the opportunity to attend our parent organization’s annual conference, and I’ve got the tote bags to prove it…I know, you’re all very happy for me.

So I went to the conference really hoping to come away with concepts to implement in my own workplace, and although there were some very interesting presentations, the truth is that many of the topics discussed were not all that applicable to my niche within a niche library.  As someone who works in the private sector, an art gallery to be exact, something like library programming, while important to many art libraries, is not something that works, or is necessary, for a corporate art library.

Yet despite this, what some might call, failing, I still feel as though I got a lot out of my time at ARLIS/NA. I walked away with a large number of resources previously unknown (to me) from which the users of my library will definitely benefit, such as the Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC), the first discipline-specific view of WorldCat records, and I cannot wait to introduce my users to this, as well as many other cool new tools.

Of course, conferences are also about networking, which is especially important for those of us new to the art library world, either as students or as new professionals. I met some really great people and had some interesting conversations. Of particular note to me was a fascinating conversation about how to deal with post-it notes in books when the person who put them there has the authority to request that said post-its remain in perpetuity…yeah, that’s a thing that happens in private libraries. Anyway, the short answer is: try to explain that post-its are the mortal enemy of books, but the long answer is, try to come up with alternatives for your users, even if it means you may have to take on more work.

So that was my first ARLIS/NA conference-going experience, and I think it rather rocked. How about you guys? Did you go? If so, how was it? Any cool takeaways?

Let the knowledge sharing continue!

Some good resources from the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference:

Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) – http://artlibraries.worldcat.org/

Getty Research Portal – http://portal.getty.edu/portal/landing

A/V Artifact Atlas (AVAA) – http://avaa.bavc.org/artifactatlas/index.php/A/V_Artifact_Atlas

Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation (QC Tools) – http://www.bavc.org/qctools

ArLiSNAP Annual Meeting at ARLIS2015

We’ve prepared an agenda for the ArLiSNAP Annual Meeting at the ARLIS/NA conference next Saturday. Have a look at the agenda here, and feel free to comment with any ideas you’d like to discuss!

Reminder: the polls are still open for the ArLiSNAP 2015-2017 Co-Moderator Election until the end of day on Wednesday March 18th. Vote for your favorite candidate here!