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Tuesday, March 23

11:00am CDT

Cash Rules Everything Around Me
"Cash Rules Everything Around Me" will gather a diverse range of GLAM professionals to discuss financial/compensation transparency and how it relates to the field. It will generate a fruitful discussion surrounding compensation at various points in one’s career and across the field at large. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Students and emerging professionals, in particular, will leave feeling empowered with strategies to navigate employment, and managers/administrators will gain insight into potential discrepancies and inequities. Q&A will be taken at the end.

Maureen Burns is an information professional with over 30 years of experience developing and managing teaching resources of analog and digital images at UC Irvine, the Getty Villa, and CSULB. Working on a consulting basis through IMAGinED, Burns is currently the sales representative for Archivision/vrcHost, technical consultant on the CSU Archives Japanese American Digitization project, and participating in other educational and image-focused work. Her degrees are in History (BA), Art History (MA), and Education (EdD). She is active in the Visual Resources Association participating in the work of VRA’s Awards and Financial Advisory Committees as well as serving as the Affiliate Representative to the College Art Association (also past VRA president, past director of the VRA Foundation, past editor of the VRA Bulletin, and past chair of the VRA's Southern California Chapter).

Jennifer Friedman is the Interim Dean for Research & Learning and the Head of Research Services at the University Libraries, University of Massachusetts Amherst. As the Head of Research Services, she leads a department of 11 librarians who serve as the liaisons to a wide variety of academic departments across Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences. Jennifer also coordinates the Libraries’ Academic Liaison Program, which includes Research Services librarians and librarians from seven departments in the Libraries. She is a member of the Administrative Team and the Libraries Leadership Council. She has worked at a variety of academic institutions from small to large, public to private.

Margaret C. McKee is the Digital Asset Manager at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. A work-study position in a slide library in college ended up being the inciting incident for a career spent working with images. In her current role at the Menil, Margaret oversees photography of collection objects, digitization of analog photography, rights and reproductions, and soon the implementation of a digital asset management system. Previously, she worked in photographic and imaging services at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She began her professional career as the Slide Librarian at Southwestern University. She holds an AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a BAFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico, and an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

This Session will not be recorded.
Presentation Slides

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Kendra Werst

Assistant Visual Resources Curator, Williams College

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Maureen Burns

Consultant, IMAGinED
Maureen Burns is an information professional with over 30 years of experience developing and managing teaching resources of analog and digital images at UC Irvine, the Getty Villa, and CSULB. Presently working on a consulting basis through IMAGinED, Burns is currently the sales representative... Read More →
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Jennifer Friedman

Interim Dean for Research & Learning and Head of Research Services, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Margaret C. McKee

Digital Asset Manager, The Menil Collection
Hi! My name is Margaret McKee, and I am the Digital Asset Manager for the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. My areas of interest include digital asset management, cultural heritage imaging, and intellectual property issues.

Session Organizers
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Andrew Wang

Art and Architecture Librarian, University of Oregon

Tuesday March 23, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Thursday, March 25

1:00pm CDT

Power and Respect: Giving Back IPR Rights to Vulnerable Communities
How can intellectual property rights be leveraged, documented, and framed in order to hold up the rights of vulnerable communities, provide repatriations to them, and ensure their data security? As curators, archivists, and librarians who participate in documenting future histories and hidden histories, how do we include marginalized communities into the documentation of their own visual media histories? For this VRA 2021 conference session, presenters who work in archives, digital scholarship, and museums will share techniques, methodologies, and policies that consider vulnerable communities ownership of intellectual property rights when building digital archives, digital collections, and digital humanities projects.


Chelsea Stone

Digital Content Specialist, ProLogis

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Sriba Kwadjovie Quintana

Intellectual Property Manager, SFMOMA
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April Hathcock

Director of Scholarly Communications & Information Policy, NYU
April Hathcock is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. She received her J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law and... Read More →
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Meredith Hale

Metadata Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries
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Kate Thornhill

Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Oregon
Kate Thornhill has worked at the University of Oregon Libraries since 2018, and teaches digital libraries and digitization for the University of Denver's Library and Information Science online masters degree program. Throughout her career, she has been devoted to developing and sustaining... Read More →

Thursday March 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Friday, March 26

2:00pm CDT

EAC Community Hour: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Over the past year, many inequities have risen to the surface for GLAM and visual resources professionals. The EAC continues to hold monthly Community Hours to address and navigate these issues and roadblocks (see http://vraweb.org/about/committees/equitableaction/). Our aim for this Hour is to both provide a narrative overview of the events and concerns of the past year, as well as an open space for members to communicate their current situations and suggestions for future solutions. We would like to capture the ways in which members are feeling unsupported and the ways in which we can actively contribute as a committee, an organization, and as a field.

We encourage attendees to bring answers to the following questions or send an email to ea@vraweb.org for anonymous questions (you may also use this form to tell the EAC your concerns related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility: https://bit.ly/38Y8nGZ):
  • What inequities have you faced or witnessed at your institution?
  • What are you most concerned about for yourself, your job, and for the field? Do you feel safe and supported in your current work environment?
  • How can we support each other locally, nationally, and as an organization? What do we need from each other to support each other in our roles and as a community/organization?
  • What can the EAC do for you? What can VRA? What changes does the field at large need to see?
View the presentation here.

This Session will not be recorded.


Lael J Ensor-Bennett

Assistant Curator, Johns Hopkins University

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Kendra Werst

Assistant Visual Resources Curator, Williams College

Friday March 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
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