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Student Essay Award: Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award from ASIS&T

Here’s another opportunity to get published, fund a conference trip, and notch up your resume:

The Best Student Research Paper Award is organized by the Association for Information Science and Technology, and rewards a masters-level research effort that in some way involves technology. (Metadata? Cataloguing technology? Arts databases? Digitization techniques? Tumblr for institutions?) The prize includes possible publication in the society’s journal, and $500 to defray the cost of attending the annual conference.

The deadline for submission is June 15th. Your submission needs to fall under the general scope of the Journal of the Association for Science and Information Technology. The award will be presented at their annual conference, in Seattle this year, October 31st – November 4th.

Eligibility:

Any student in a Masters degree-granting institution can submit a paper. Doctoral theses are not eligible.

Papers submitted must fall into the scope of JASIST and must be endorsed by a faculty sponsor for submission to the contest.

Papers submitted should be original manuscripts (not previously published) and should not be submitted to other publications or groups while they are being considered by the Jury.

You’ll need to submit a cover letter with your personal information, the paper (without identifying information), and “no more than two letters of endorsement from faculty sponsors.”

Your work will be judged on “technical competence in information science, significance of information science findings, originality, and clarity of expression.” You’ll find the electronic submission process at the awards page.

Student Essay Award: Book History Essay Prize

Book History, a yearly scholarly journal on the history of printing and publishing, gives away an annual essay award to graduate students writing about books. It’s composed of a $400 cash prize and publication in the journal.

http://www.sharpweb.org/book-history-essay-prize/

“The deadline for submission for each editorial year is 31 August. Please contact either Ezra Greenspan or Jonathan Rose for more information.”

It doesn’t seem to require that the essay be written for class credit, or suggest a word limit or range. So, if you don’t have any appropriate pieces lying around, you can start writing now to meet that end-of-summer deadline. You’ll want to follow the rather loose guidelines for submission to the journal, at the bottom of this page:

“Authors should send to the appropriate editor one copy of their work – either in hard copy or in electronic form as a Microsoft Word file, or both – which should be typed double spaced (including notes and citations) and documented in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. The manuscript may be submitted as an email attachment, after advance notice to the editor. The title page should include the author’s name, telephone number, postal address, and E-mail address. Contributors are welcome to submit illustrations and graphs with their texts. Due to the journal’s book-length format, essays of unusual length are welcome. Submissions acceptable to the editors will be double reviewed by outside experts in the field.”

Access to previous issues of Book History can be had through membership in SHARP or Project Muse. You might also be interested in this list of past essay prize winners.

Internship: Art Library Work-Study at the Banff Centre in Alberta

The Banff Centre offers a wide variety of internships, workshops, writing and artist retreats, and work-study positions. Their Art Library is now open to Canadian and international applicants for a six-month work-study (September 2014 – March 2015):
http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1360

This role complements studies in arts librarianship and will primarily focus on The Banff Centre Library’s collection of artists’ books.  Practical experience will include the cataloguing and assessment of items in the artist’s book collection as well as the creation of public programs for the library. Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at lectures, workshops and events related to arts programming at The Banff Centre.

Applications are due June 15th, 2014, require a non-refundable application fee, and consist of a cover letter, CV, two references, and a project proposal for completion during the work-study.

Some other information about the Work-Study program can be found on the Programs Overview page:

The Work Study program is usually several months to a year-long and offers participants a full scholarship to cover the program fee, a stipend, subsidized meals on campus, and the possibility for subsidized shared housing.

There are a lot more details about the Work-Study programs at Banff (including housing, meals, and other fees), so make sure you read the website carefully before deciding to apply.

Co-editor position with ARLIS Multimedia & Technology

ARLIS/NA Needs You!

 

ARLISNAP members are especially encouraged to apply for the new ARLIS Multimedia and Technologies Reviews co-editor position.  It is a great way to gain some practical experience as an editor, develop more as a professional, and learn loads about all the communication and multimedia technologies out there serving the arts research disciplines. If you are interested in this post but unsure that you meet the qualifications, please contact me.  I’d be happy to discuss this position with you more.  See below for the full call.  Thanks, Hannah

ARLIS Multimedia & Technology Reviews is designed to provide insightful evaluations of projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology as they pertain to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship.  Subject areas may include films, performance videos, viral videos, video games, productivity software, mobile devices, social media applications, digital design collectives, research guides, databases and indexes, native online exhibitions, and much more.

The Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-Editor is appointed by the President for a two-year, renewable term. The incumbent works with the M&T editorial team, which in includes the Professional Resources Editor who also convenes the team and serves as liaison to the Communications and Publications Committee, as well as a third co-editor appointed by the ARLIS/NA Reference and Information Services Section.

This position shares responsibility with the other co-editors for all content posted to the reviews’ featured section on the ARLIS/NA website.  At the same time, this position will be involved in soliciting and selecting appropriate topics for review.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Identifies potential topics for review
  • Solicits reviewer participation from the ARLIS/NA membership and affiliate organizations
  • Assigns reviews to reviewers
  • Obtains visuals, if available, from the reviewed resources to serve as “cover art”
  • Edits reviews alongside the other editors
  • Formats all reviews and submits them in required format to the ARLIS/NA Web site editor; checks posted reviews and notifies the Web site editor if any changes are necessary

Members with proven editorial experience and deep interest or knowledge in arts research technologies and related forms of multimedia are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and résumé to Hannah Bennett byFriday, June 21, 2013. Any inquiries about the position may also be directed to me.

Still time to sign up for the Conference Networking Program!

If you are attending your first or second ARLIS/NA conference you probably have questions about making the most of the conference or developing your professional network. The Conference Networking Program provides conference newbies with a more experienced ARLIS/NA member to show you the ropes and introduce you to new colleagues.

For ARLIS/NA veterans, this is a fine opportunity to make a significant impact in your profession at a personal level. Conference veterans are expected to contact their newbie prior to the conference, meet with them once arriving at the conference, discuss the structure and workings of the organization, give conference-attending tips, and introduce new members to others at any events to help that person build his or her own network within the organization. The estimated time commitment is a couple hours, spread over the course of the conference.

Those requesting Conference Networking partners will be matched based on the information drawn from the registration form by coordinators from the Professional Development Committee. Both veterans and newcomers will be notified before the conference.

Prerequisites to be a veteran are to have attended one or more recent ARLIS conference and be reasonably well acquainted with the organization. The only prerequisite for newcomers is to be a first or second time conference attendee.

This is a fun and collegial program that has had much success and positive feedback. Both partners have found the program greatly enhances their conference experience.

Please submit the registration form by April 15: http://goo.gl/2im6U

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Portis, mportis@pratt.edu.

Reminder: Lunchtime chat today!

Happy Friday, arlisnappers!

Be sure to join us at 2pm EST/11am PST at http://arlisna.speeqe.com/ for today’s ARLIS/NA lunchtime chat, “Preparing for Pasadena.”

“Please join us for an informal and informative discussion about the ARLIS/NA community and our upcoming conference! Learn more about fun things to do in Pasadena, tips for getting the most out of your conference experience, resources available for first-time attendees, and how to get involved in ARLIS/NA. This pre-conference Lunchtime Chat with Cathy Billings and Sarah Sherman (Program Co-Chairs) and Alyssa Resnick and Lynda Bunting (Local Arrangements Co-Chairs) is your chance to ask questions, share advice, and get ready for our meeting!
Join us at http://arlisna.speeqe.com/. There is no need to pre-register – simply head to this URL when the chat is about to begin.  When you enter the chatroom, type in /nick [Your Name]  to change the generic, assigned nickname to your actual name.
Chats are free and anyone may attend. Sharing and discussion are encouraged during this interactive event, so bring your questions and ideas! (Chats are text-based, similar to having an IM conversation – no audio involved).”

ArLiSNAP and PDC will also be sponsoring a Twitter #libchat in the coming weeks for any follow-up conference questions or concerns, so keep an eye out here for that!

Book fair, Travel Grants, & more!

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, grants, scholarships and more opportunities below!

Book Fair:

The annual Book Paper Scissors Artists’ Book Fair, sponsored by the Art Department and Philadelphia Center for the Book, is being held in the Lobby of Parkway Central Library this Saturday, December 8th from 10-4. More than 20 artists will be showing and selling their work. This festive event features prints, artists’ books, handmade paper, zines, origami, blank books, paper sculpture, and jewelry, made by local artists. If it’s paper-based art, it’s here. Come and buy, or just be inspired! You will find hundreds of affordable and interesting gifts for everyone on your list by artists working in different disciplines at all price levels. This is a great opportunity to view and even handle unique works of art, to shop locally, and to purchase items crafted by hand.

There will also be 2 free workshops, taught by graduate students from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at the University of the Arts:

A Tale of Two Pamphlets with Erin Paulson

11 am-12 pm FREE Room 108

The pamphlet is a simple and elegant book structure that lends itself to many purposes, from zines to a special hand-written letter. In this workshop we will learn both the three-hole and the five-hole stitch, and you will walk away with two completed books!

For teens and adults.

Thaumatropes: Victorian era toys for kids

with J. Pascoe and Erin Malkowski

2 pm-3 pm FREE Room 108

This workshop will explore the amazing versatility of thaumatropes — a children’s toy popular in the Victorian era that is now seen as a precursor to modern animation. Children will learn about and experiment with the thaumatrope as a vehicle to understanding basic animation, eye-hand coordination, and creativity!

For kids of all ages.

The Lewis Walpole Library Fellowships & Travel Grants:

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, invites applications to its 2013–2014 fellowship program. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century—mainly British—materials, including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings, as well as a growing collection of sources for the study of New England Native Americans. Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or equivalent advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art. Residential fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library’s campus, and a $2,100 living allowance stipend. Travel grants typically cover transportation costs for research trips of shorter duration and include on-site accommodation.

To apply for a fellowship or travel grant, candidates should send a curriculum vitae, including educational background, professional experience and publications, and a brief outline of the research proposal (not to exceed three pages) to:

Margaret K. Powell

W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director

The Lewis Walpole Library

PO Box 1408

Farmington, CT 06034 USA

fax: 860-677-6369

e-mail: margaret.powell@yale.edu .

Two confidential letters of recommendation are also required by the application deadline. Letters should specifically address the merits of the candidate’s project and application. General letters of recommen­dation or dossier letters are not appropriate.

The application deadline is January 18, 2013.

Awards will be announced in March.

Additional information: www.library.yale.edu/walpole

Call for poster session proposals for ALA Annual Conference (Chicago 2013):

Share your best ideas and work with the national library community by presenting a poster session at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

Start your application process now at http://ala13.ala.org/how-to-submit-a-poster-session. Note that the submission process has changed. You must create a username and password for the site before you submit your application, you must choose to submit a poster session proposal after you log-in, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail after you have completed your submission.

The deadline for submission of 2013 ALA Annual Conference poster session proposals is January 18.

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 11Ž2 hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years, and pictures of sample posters, are available at the old poster session website: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/org/ala (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year’s posters, go to: http://ala13.ala.org/poster-sessions).

The deadline for submitting an application is January 18, 2013. Applicants will be notified in March, prior to the early bird registration deadline, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2013 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 29 and 30, 2013 (the Saturday and Sunday of the conference), at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

Questions about poster session presentations and submissions may be directed to:

Luke Vilelle, chair of the ALA poster session committee, lvilelle@hollins.edu

Or

Candace Benefiel, chair of the ALA poster session review panel, cbenefie@lib-gw.tamu.edu

Internship opportunity:

The Frick Art Reference Library is seeking candidates for its summer 2013 internships. Openings are available in the following departments:

* Administrative Department

* Book Department

* Center for the History of Collecting

* Conservation Department

* Photoarchive Department

* Public Services Department

For more information about these and other internships at The Frick Collection, seehttp://www.frick.org/careers/internships.

Free talk:

The Columbia University Libraries invite you to attend “The Ethics of Visualization.”

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

TOPIC: The Ethics of Visualization

SPEAKER: Chris Alen Sula, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, School of Information & Library Science

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 2013

Noon – 1:30 PM

WHERE: 203 Butler Library

SPONSORS: Columbia Libraries Digital Program Division and the Digital Humanities Center

Visualization and infographics are widely discussed today, both inside of the academy and in the public at large. Academic departments as diverse as digital arts and humanities, cognitive science, and molecular chemistry have taken up the topic, and journalists like Geoff McGhee even claim that our future is one “in which data becomes a medium.” But despite its popularity and potential impact, “infovis” has rarely been considered in an ethical light. While there has been recent development on the philosophy of information, there is still little corresponding to an applied ethics of visualization and even less guidance available for information professionals. This talk examines the groundwork of infovis ethics and considers several ways in which visualization could give rise to obligations to/for certain groups. The conclusion will situate infovis within a techno-historical context, which raises broader issues of access, representation, and power with respect to visualization.

Webinar:

CORE Reference Fundamentals

An Infopeople online course, December 4, 2012 – Monday, January 21, 2013

Are you stepping into the role of providing reference assistance for the first time in your library career? Is it time to brush up on your basic skills because you are returning to work in a capacity that includes reference work with library users? In this 6-week course instructor Francisca Goldsmith will help you:

Learn and practice an effective reference interview.

Explore a wide variety of print and web-based tools.

Discover ways to assist diverse groups of users

Learn to think like an indexer and apply that perspective to your information hunting in response to reference questions.

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/core-reference-fundamentals-0

NOTE: This course is approved as covering the Reference and Information Services competencies for the LSSC program.

Gini Ambrosino, Infopeople Project Assistant

705 E. Bidwell, Suite 2 – 312

Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 690-6595

assist@infopeople.org

http://infopeople.org/

Professional development: CFPs, webinars, and volunteer opportunities

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, CFPs, volunteer opportunities and more below!

CFP:

HTML5 and CSS3: Ready for Prime Time? Online Conference

Topic: HTML5 and CSS3

Deadline for Proposals: December 14, 2012

Conference Date: February 8, 2013

Location: Online

Form for Call for Proposals

HTML5 and CSS3 are two major web development standards today. Both have moved web authors into the present with options for incorporating more semantic elements, easier audio/video inclusion, APIs, and an ever-increasing formatting feature set. But how well supported are they today? Is it practical to use these standards with the browsers available today? Are there ways to incorporate parts of these standards or do web pages have to incorporate the entire standard? What are the “gotchas?”

This is the focus of Amigos’ February 8, 2013 online conference. We are looking for web developers that deal with library websites and have, either successfully or unsuccessfully, started incorporating HTML5 and/or CSS3 functionality. We’re searching for practical stories of what worked, what didn’t, and what you learned along the way. Do you use a HTML5/CSS3-compliant content management system? Or try to? Have you incorporated multimedia using HTML5? Are you using media queries? Have you started using more advanced selectors? We want to hear about everything related to HTML5 and CSS3.

The online conference will be held Friday, February 8th, 2013. We are looking for 45-minute sessions throughout the day. If you are interested, complete and submit our “Call for Proposals” form and we’ll be in touch. If you know someone who might be interested, please forward this invitation to them. We are looking for anyone who does web development, even indirectly, on your library’s website – whether they are library employees or not. All presenters will be comped for the conference!

The deadline for submitting proposals will be Friday, December 14, 2012.

FYI – We are fortunate to have Christopher Schmitt as our keynoter. Well-known for his work with the Web Standards Project , he heads the new media company and web design company called HeatVision.com and is the author of several books on standards-based web design.

If you have questions, please contact Christine Peterson, 800-843-8482 x2891.

 

 

CFP:

2013 Transitions in Collections: Print to Digital Workshop (Michigan Library Association)

Transitions in Collections: Print to Digital

Books, Bytes & Beyond

Friday, March 8, 2013

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

CALL FOR BREAK-OUT SESSION PROGRAM PROPOSALS

Submissions welcome through January 8, 2013

How is your library navigating the transition from print to digital resources? Have you found success in locating, organizing and managing digital resources? What innovative strategies are you using to help users’ access digital resources and successfully use them? What emerging digital resource trends is your library experimenting with?

Now in its third year, the 2013 Print to Digital (P2D) Workshop continues its emphasis on the ongoing transition from print to digital collections, looking at how libraries are effectively navigating the process. Geared toward academic, public, school and special librarians, this year’s event seeks to help participants identify emerging trends and gain a greater understanding of how to manage and access digital resources.

We invite your proposals on topics ranging from collection development issues to digital rights management to determining the cost/benefit of implementing new digital services to educating users on accessing and using digital materials. Consider sharing your experiences with others and submitting a program proposal!

Please submit your proposal by email and include the following information:

• Session title

• Description of session

• 1 Goal & 2 Objectives for your presentation

• Presenter(s)’ names, titles, organization

• Presenter(s)’ contact information

Note: All presentation rooms include a computer and projection capability.

Proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Presenters will be notified by Friday, January 11, 2013 that their submissions have been accepted.

Please use this email subject line format: 2013 MLA P2D Call Proposal + Your Presentation Title + Your Name

Send proposals to Stephanie D. Davis, davisstephand@jccmi.edu

 

 

Webinar:

You are invited to attend a special joint webinar co-organized by ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts Section. Attendance is free, but you must be a current member of either ARLIS/NA or ACRL Arts. Use the link below to register; you will receive the webinar login information once your membership status is confirmed. Hope to see you there!

Imagining, Innovating, Leading: Exploring the Connections Between Librarianship and Creativity

Join us for a Webinar on December 7

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/366707872

ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts Section members are invited to attend this special joint webinar that explores the role of librarians’ individual creativity and its effects in the library workplace and greater community.

Tina Chan, Reference/Instruction Librarian at SUNY-Oswego, will discuss On My Own Time, a community event that celebrates the creative talent of faculty and staff who are visual artists “on their own time.” SUNY Oswego participated in On My Own Time to recognize employees’ individual artistic talents and to foster imagination and creativity among employees. (Chan’s presentation is encored from the ACRL-Arts discussion forum at the 2012 ALA annual conference.)

Annette Haines, Art & Design Field Librarian at the University of Michigan, will explore the existing theories and ideas on workplace creativity and how they apply to librarianship. Haines stresses the imperative of putting creative work first and offers strategies librarians can apply to manage workplace stress and foster creativity in themselves and others. (Haines’ presentation is an encore from the 2012 ARLIS/NA annual conference.)

*Attendance is limited to current ARLIS/NA and ACRL-Arts members only. Registration will close at 11am Central on 12/7/2012. A limited number of seats are available and successful registration does not guarantee a reservation. Attendees are encouraged to log-in just before the start of the webinar to help ensure a seat. By registering for this event you allow your name and contact information to be shared with the membership committees of ARLIS/NA and ACRL-Arts for analysis and possible follow-up. A recording for this webinar will be made available for members two weeks after the webinar date. Questions may be directed to webinars@arlisna.org

Title:

Imagining, Innovating, Leading: Exploring the Connections Between Librarianship and Creativity

Date:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Time:

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees

Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

 

Call for volunteers:

The 2013 Conference Planning Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the ARLIS/NA 41st Annual Conference. We need volunteers to assist with the registration/hospitality desks, tours, and exhibit hall during the conference, 25 – 29 April, 2013 in Pasadena, CA. Please consider contributing to the conference by volunteering two to three hours of your time. Interested volunteers may contact Virginia Allison-Reinhardt (virginia@lalouver.com) or Krista Ivy (krista.ivy@ucr.edu) with your name, email, institution, and category of interest. We will be in touch with a call for desired shifts once the conference schedule has been published. This is a great way to get to know fellow art library professionals. Many thanks for considering!

Virginia and Krista,

2013 Hospitality/Registration Co-Chairs

Virginia Allison-Reinhardt:

virginia@lalouver.com

Krista Ivy:

krista.ivy@ucr.edu

Free webinar, VRA travel award, & CFP

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, CFPs, and scholarship opportunities below!

Webinar:

Title: Communicating Through Infographics

Presenter: Dawne Tortorella

Format: Webinar

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Start Time: 12 Noon Pacific

1PM Mountain

2PM Central

3PM Eastern

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge. Please note: we have changed hosting services fromWebEx to Adobe Connect, so we advise you to test your browser before the webinar: http://intesolv.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

For more webinar tips, see: http://infopeople.org/webinar/tips.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, November 14, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/communicating-through-infographics.

· Have you noticed the growing trend of communicating through infographics?

· Do you wonder where the data comes from and how to verify information displayed in visual form?

· Would you rather read a 100 page report or look at a visual presentation that conveys the story in less than one minute?

· Would you like to tell a compelling story about your library through the medium of infographics?

Visual representation of information has existed for hundreds of years in various forms and formats. Infographics (information graphics) represent the latest visual form to gain popularity. Telling an effective story through infographics requires accurate data, compelling design, and visualization tools.

During this one-hour webinar, we will discuss and demonstrate:

· blogs and infographic search resources to find examples and track trends

· differences between infographics, poster art, and data visualization

· common data sources used in infographics (big data and local sources)

· suggest library-specific data and statistics appropriate for visual presentation

· visualization tools for experimentation

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels and in all types of libraries who need to present information to customers, stakeholders, and management. Senior staff and directors responsible for board reporting are especially encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar. Check our archive listing at: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived.

 VRA Travel Award:

VRA Travel Awards are available for attendance at the 2013 VRA conference “Capitalizing on Creativity” in Providence, Rhode Island April 3-6. The deadline for receipt of applications will be Monday, November 26, 10 am EST. The list of recipients will be announced on the VRA listserv the third week of December.

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions has already been posted at: http://vra2013annualconference.sched.org and information about costs is posted here:http://www.vraweb.org/conferences/vra31/?page_id=8 and here: http://www.vraweb.org/conferences/vra31/?page_id=11

Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Travel Award Rules and Guidelines”, “Tips for VRA Travel Awards Applicants”, and “Types of Travel Awards”, all linked here as PDFs: http://www.vraweb.org/about/awards/index.html#travel

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEM1Zkdsdlo2dGZ1TEJRN3hGQWxjR2c6MQ#gid=0

The form is also linked from the What’s New on the VRA homepage.

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, with the option to use funding from the travel award to do this. This year by removing the membership requirement for all applicants, we hope to draw more interest and expand membership.

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.

For 2013, we are fortunate to have generous financial support from sponsors and funds provided by the membership:

* The Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850 for a first-time conference attendee

* 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

* The Joseph C. Taormina Memorial award of $250 for an applicant with partial funding

* 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

* $4800 in Tansey fund awards ranging from $250 to $850 each

More awards may become available and will be announced on this listserv. Also, stay tuned and watch VRA-L and the VRA website for further details about the conference. Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted above.

So don’t delay – apply today!

We look forward to receiving your applications,

Heidi Eyestone & Vicky Brown

Co-Chairs, VRA Travel Awards Committee

Heidi Eyestone

Visual Resources Collection

Art and Art History

Carleton College

One North College Street

Northfield, MN 55057

507 222-5399

507 222-7042 fax

Vicky Brown, Visual Resources Curator

History of Art Department, University of Oxford

Suite 9, Littlegate House

St Ebbes

Oxford OX1 1PT

UK

+44 (0)1865 286839

victoria.brown@hoa.ox.ac.uk

 

CFP:

Call for Book Chapters: Collecting the Contemporary (Book to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013)

URL: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0062/7112/files/CFP_CollectingTheContemporary.pdf?5

COLLECTING THE CONTEMPORARY

Edited by Owain Rhys and Zelda Baveystock

We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013.

The book will be edited by Owain Rhys, Curator of Contemporary Life at St Fagans: National History Museum, Wales and Zelda Baveystock, Lecturer in Arts Management and Museum Studies at Manchester University.

Why and how should social history museums engage with contemporary collecting? To fill gaps in the collection? To record modern urban life? To engage with minority communities? To link past and present? There are many possible responses… And many museums collect contemporary objects, stories, images and sounds – consciously or unconsciously. But reasoned policies and procedures are very often lacking. And – given the uniquely detailed record of contemporary life recorded by ubiquitous media – how best are museums to record and present contemporary life in their collections?

 

An overview of contemporary collecting in a social historical context is well overdue. Original source material, ideas, developments and research has never before been brought together in a single volume. This book will bring together practitioners from around the world to provide a contemporary and convenient reader which aims to lay the foundations for future initiatives.

We welcome submissions – of between 3000 and 5000 words – on the practice, theory and history of contemporary collecting in social history museums, based on – but not confined to – the following issues and themes. We are particularly interested in new and pioneering initiatives and innovative thinking in this field.

Practice

Projects (including community outreach, externally funded collection programmes, projects with specific goals)

Exhibitions (including popular culture, contemporary political issues, under-represented groups

Networks – including SAMDOK and other initiatives

Fieldwork and contemporary collecting

Adopting a scientific approach to contemporary collecting

Audio-visual recording

The influence of the internet, how to collect, and associated museological issues

Contemporary collecting and contemporary issues

Access, storage and conservation issues

Theory

What to collect?

How to collect?

Who should collect?

Community involvement – advantages and disadvantages

Contemporary collecting – key priority or passing fad?

Definitions of contemporary collecting

Should contemporary collecting be object or people based?

Alternatives to the accepted norms

The case for nationally or regionally co-ordinated policies

The impact of social and digital media for the future of contemporary collecting

History

Origins and development of contemporary collecting

Differences between institutions and countries (e.g. Sweden’s ethnological approach v. Britain’s social history approach)

The editors

Owain Rhys has recently published Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice with MuseumsEtc. This book gathered together disparate strands of contemporary collecting theory and history, and provided an insight into current practices at St Fagans: National History Museum. Owain is interested in formalising definitions and procedures, and in strengthening the bonds between those museums involved in contemporary collecting. Zelda Baveystock has a longstanding interest in contemporary collecting. As the first Keeper of Contemporary Collecting at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, she established a subject specialist network of urban history museums actively involved in the field in 2004. She has lectured and taught on the subject in the UK, and in Sweden.

Submissions

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography to both the editors and the publishers at the following addresses: owain.rhys@museumwales.ac.uk,zelda.baveystock@manchester.ac.uk and books@museumsetc.com by 10 December 2012. Enquiries should also be sent to these addresses. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and a discount on more.

The book will be published in print and digital editions by MuseumsEtc in 2013.

Deadlines

ABSTRACTS: 10 DECEMBER 2012

CONTRIBUTORS NOTIFIED: 11 JANUARY 2013

COMPLETED PAPERS: 2 APRIL 2013

 

Upcoming professional development opportunities

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, CFPs, and more opportunities below!

 

Adventures in International Librarianship: Living and Working Outside of the United States

Are you interested in finding a job in library and information science outside of North America? Are you curious about what it’s like to live and work in a different culture? If so, please join us for a ELIME-hosted online panel discussion on Tuesday 6 November! Our panelists represent an incredible variety of experiences, and have worked all over the world from Switzerland to Azerbaijan to Japan.

You have two opportunities to attend. The first session will take place at 9am EST, and the second at noon EST. Note that the panelists are different for each session, so you could even attend both for a wider perspective. For more information:http://elime.web.unc.edu/interlib/

 

Call for Proposals: ACRL Image Resources Interest Group ALA Mid-Winter Meeting (held online)

The Association of College and Research Libraries Image Resources Interest Group is accepting proposals for our Mid-Winter meeting, to be held online (using Adobe Connect) on Thurs. Feb. 14, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. CST.

We are seeking proposals for presentations, of about 30 minutes in length, to be followed by questions/answers. Suggested topics include:

Image metadata

Project planning with images

Geolocation metadata

Image collections across systems and platforms

Collaboration with academic departments/community outreach

Visual literacy standards implementation

Digital capture

We are interested in all aspects of image resources and look forward to varied presentations and creative projects.

Please submit proposals or questions to robin.leech@okstate.edu. Proposal deadline is Nov. 30, 2012. Proposals need to include:

Name

Institution

Address

City/State/Zip

Phone

Email

Proposal Title

Brief proposal description (150 words or less)

Expected outcomes

Submitters will be notified by the week of Dec. 10th, 2012.

Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/acrlirig/ for additional information.

 

The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors for the Seattle ArtsGuide for the upcoming 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference! The ArtsGuide is a semi-annual guide and customized Google Map developed by theACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee to help ALA conference attendees find arts-related venues and events in and around host cities. You do not have to be a member to be a contributor, but it’s a great opportunity to get involved with the ACRL Arts Section. It’s also a fun way to contribute your knowledge of the area to enhance everyone’s conference experience! You can see previous ArtsGuides here:

http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/arts/artswebsite/artsguide/artsguides

Please let me know which section you’re interested in contributing to:

Visual Arts & Museums

Galleries

Architecture

Dance

Music

Theater

Submissions would be due by December 3, 2012. If you’re interested please contact me as soon as possible.

Yvette Cortes

Chair, ACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee

ycortes@skidmore.edu

 

“Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping”

You may use tools like Google Maps in your personal life all the time for locating restaurants and local businesses, driving directions or planning trips via public transportation, but have you considered how this same technology could be used at your library to improve library services? RUSA’s online course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” is the perfect opportunity for librarians and library staff from public and academic libraries to gain a basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and learn about specific technologies they may be exposed to at the library. Registration for this course, which runs Nov. 5-25, ends on Thursday, Nov. 1.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=L

If you’ve already taken this introductory course or have a good working knowledge of GIS and want to go further, consider enrolling in “Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS”, which shows you how to harness these technologies for reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and library promotion. The next session of this course begins Dec. 3.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if several of your staff could take this course and your library could reap the benefits in improved library services? Group discounts are available! Rates for two or more registrants from the same library, library network or library system start at $110 per person.

Learn more about all of our courses and webinars at the RUSA online learning page: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece

Register online now for this and other upcoming RUSA courses:

http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=L

Questions about registration? Contact registration@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, option 5.