VRAF Regional Workshops

VRAF Regional Workshops

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce a new initiative: VRAF Regional Workshop Program. This program will allow the VRAF to more fully realize its mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management. The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their generous support of this new opportunity.

For the 2015-2016 pilot phase of this program, two grants of up to $3000 have been made available to support an instructor stipend and travel expenses, a stipend for the local organizer, catering, and other minor expenses incurred by the host institution. With the VRAF Regional Workshop Grant, host institutions will be able to offer a workshop without the burden of developing it from within, and provide valuable programming not only to their local constituents, but also to their broader region. This opportunity is open to Visual Resources Association (VRA) Chapters, VRA affiliates, related organizations, and academic institutions with information management programs. The workshops will provide an immersive experience on a single topic, framed in a manner that is relevant to image management professionals, image users, and the broader information community.

For the 2015-16 program, the VRAF is proud to present the following workshops:

Future workshop topics:

  • Collaboration: Visual Resources Centers, Libraries, and Archives
  • Fundamentals of Visual Resources
  • Metadata and Image Management: From Fundamental to Future Trends

Questions? Please contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director, bwhitlow@wustl.edu

For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, and its mission, projects, and giving opportunities, please visit us at: www.vrafoundation.org, or read the latest issue of our annual report at: http://vrafoundation.org/downloads/2013_Annual_Report.pdf

Collaboration: Visual Resources Centers, Libraries, and Archives
Academic libraries, archives, and visual resources collections are finding mutually beneficial new ways to work together to develop and deliver cultural heritage resources. Libraries have become increasingly interested in digital images, subscription image databases, and visual literacy. Archives are also seeing increased demand for digital access to their content, which often includes interesting and useful cultural heritage materials. Visual resources facilities are building digital image databases and can share knowledge of imaging techniques, metadata standards, visual literacy training, and fair use, but are often looking for the technological infrastructure and support typically available in academic libraries.  As institutions increasingly emphasize university-wide rather than local or departmental resources, collaborations and partnerships between these units can help further common goals, streamline budgets, and create broader access to richer cultural heritage resources. This workshop will explore the barriers to, benefits of, and techniques for successful collaborations between once separate units, utilizing real-life examples, and how each unit can contribute, drive, and adapt to the changes these new relationships bring.

Exhibit, Instruct, Promote: Using Omeka
Omeka is a rich, open-source web publishing tool with a diverse array of functions. For information professionals and their patrons, Omeka can provide an easy way to catalog and share valuable personal collections, or to build online exhibitions as academic projects or in place of costly exhibition catalogs.  In this workshop, you will learn what Omeka can do for you, your faculty, students or just about anyone. A comprehensive overview of both Omeka.net (free, hosted) and Omeka.org (free, to install on your own server) will be provided, as well as a broad range of examples of how information professionals have successfully utilized Omeka in a variety of contexts, including providing access to collections and supporting student learning. If you have an interesting or unique collection to share, want to add a new skill to enhance your visibility, or work with students who use it for portfolios or online exhibitions for a class, this workshop is for you!

Fundamentals of Visual Resources
Although our culture is increasingly visual, training for information professionals in how to create and manage visual resources is all but absent in most library school and visual culture curricula. This day-long workshop will introduce you to the field of visual resources management by providing you with the background and tools to launch your own image-oriented project. From digital imaging to metadata and cataloguing, and intellectual property to distribution, you will leave with a comprehensive sense of both the individual components and overall workflow required for successfully developing digital visual resources.

Metadata and Image Management: From Fundamental to Future Trends
From crosswalks to cataloguing, this workshop will address the scope of metadata for digital images and other multimedia content. Participants will receive a thorough overview of standards such as VRA Core and Cataloguing Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images, with an emphasis on specific, metadata-related problems and questions provided in advance by the participants. Embedded metadata and associated embedding tools will also be discussed. The second half of the workshop will address the latest developments in metadata, including LOD (Linked Open Data), RDF (Resource Description Format), and preservation metadata, focusing on how the image management community can best position itself to participate in these developments.

Visual Literacy
As our culture moves from an oral tradition to a visual one, an increasing emphasis is being placed on developing the visual literacy skills of both educators and students, uniquely positioning those who work with visual media to provide necessary visual literacy training and instruction.  This workshop will provide the tools to develop and implement a visual literacy training program at the university level. Visual literacy competency standards, pedagogical approaches, and evaluative tools and methods will be outlined and discussed. 

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    The Visual Resources Association Foundation is delighted to announce a second year of funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in support of its regional workshop program. Following the success of the pilot program’s first year, this grant will support several workshops organized by the VRAF and host institutions, to be held later in 2016 and in early 2017. The Kress Foundation’s generous funding will also greatly assist with the VRAF’s ultimate goal of making this program self-sustaining.

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