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Monday, March 22

11:00am CDT

Let's Play OpenRefine Reconciliation! [Add-On Workshop 1]
$20.00 for conference attendees | Limited to 75 participants.
Register for this workshop through the conference online registration

(Adding this workshop to your schedule on Sched does not guarantee registration.)
A "Let's Play" is a video that documents the playthrough of a video game focused on the subjective experience of the gamer, often with humorous, irreverent, or critical commentary. This "Let's Play" will walk participants through the process of using OpenRefine's LOC Reconciliation tools. Unlike a workflow guide or step-by-step documentation, this video will offer participants a real-life example of prepping data and implementing this powerful tool.

The format will be a prerecorded video followed by a detailed and interactive live Q&A with workshop participants. Attendees will receive a version of the data set ahead of the workshop in order to follow along or to play around with afterwards. A recording of the entire session, including the Q&A, will be emailed to all registered participants afterwards.

It is recommended that participants have some familiarity with OpenRefine, as this presentation will not include detailed instructions on installing the tool, setting up a project, nor basic manipulation of data.

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Jasmine Burns

Visual Resources Metadata Librarian, Cornell University

Monday March 22, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CDT
Tuesday, March 23

1:00pm CDT

Re-imagining digital collections metadata: improving workflows and supporting user experience
Rachel Jaffe & Jess Waggoner, "Building User-focused Digital Collections" In this presentation, Rachel and Jess will introduce the UC Santa Cruz DAMS development team’s work on user-centered design and development. Jess will share her work in conducting user research, creating user personas and journey maps. Rachel will follow by describing how the team responded to needs that surfaced by updating the DAMS data model and rethinking how we present and contextualize digital collections material.

Devon Murphy, "Critical Metadata: Re-examining Data Transformation " Data transformation tools such as Open Refine and Tableau are increasingly being used by GLAM professionals to process metadata relating to visual collections. However, critical analysis of their usage is limited, especially in relation to critical cataloging or non-Western information protocols. This paper and related demonstration of an Open Refine workflow aims to examine how GLAM professionals can employ critical cataloging practices alongside these tools, as well as their limits. This paper will first introduce the highlighted data transformation tool, Open Refine, and its applications to cataloging/metadata work, then move to a discussion of current critical cataloging best practices. The paper will then culminate in a demonstration of a workflow combining critical cataloging best practices within data transformation, prepping it for use in a catalog, finding aid, or controlled vocabulary. (Examples can include but are not limited to LGBTQ+ artists, Native American artists and art terms).

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Krystal Boehlert

Digital Initiatives Specialist, UCR Library, University of California, Riverside
Krystal Boehlert is the Digital Initiatives Specialist at the University of California, Riverside Library. She supports Digitization Services as well as the Digital Scholarship Program. She has previously worked in UCR Art History's Visual Resources Collections, as well as the Getty... Read More →

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Rachel Jaffe

Digital Content & Metadata Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz
Rachel Jaffe is the Digital Content & Metadata Librarianat the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she serves as the productowner of the library’s DAMS development project, and as the primary resourcefor non-MARC metadata design, structure and standards. She is currentlypresident... Read More →
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Jess Waggoner

User Experience & Web Services Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Devon Murphy

TARO Metadata Analyst, University of Texas at Austin
Researcher and artist focused on critical cataloging; Indigenous knowledge organization systems/GLAMs; art information, including Native American art information; metadata scripting and transformation; information/metadata ethics; the study of collecting, cataloging, and description... Read More →

Tuesday March 23, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

Learning to catalog art: An art documentation classroom experience
We propose a panel to discuss an educational art documentation project. The panelists were all students in an Art Documentation MLIS course at Simmons University in the fall of 2019. During the course, students learn about various procedures, tools, and standards used for art documentation in libraries, archives, and museums. The course culminates in students working in small groups to identify a series of three public artworks for detailed description. Public artworks are defined loosely, and may include municipal artworks in public spaces, street art, or graffiti art. Public art, as defined above, was chosen because it is less frequently documented formally in institutional records. These artworks also pose several challenges  in description, including, but not limited to: discovering proper artist attribution information; how to list names of artists who may prefer anonymity; determining when artworks were created, installed, modified, etc.; measuring works, some quite large and/or complex; photographically documenting works and their surroundings; and complexities of subject description.  Students were asked to choose a standard for description of their chosen set of works, and to defend their choice of standard. They were also asked to consider the social implications of the description they would provide, based on the history (if known), conditions of creation, and public response to the artworks. Each group presented a summary of their work with their complete records, their rationale for descriptive choices, and how they met the challenges listed above.

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Ann M. Graf

Assistant Professor, Simmons University
I teach information organization and art documentation to graduate students in our library and information science program at Simmons. My own research focuses on facets for description of graffiti art, and very recently, on hashtagging and visual elements of Covid-19-related graffiti... Read More →


Maria Lentini

Assistant Curriculum Librarian, Framingham State University
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Katie Carlson

Staff Librarian, Beverly Public Library
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Willa Anderson

Technical Services Librarian, Redwood Library & Athenaeum
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KL Pereira

MLIS Candidate, Simmons University
• Multilingual world-wide traveler with passion for cultural diversity and community-based leadership• Commitment to open access in the arts and sciences, including digitization initiatives in publishing, archives, and libraries• Comprehensive management of data from the documentation... Read More →

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vrcHost specializes 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... Read More →

Tuesday March 23, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Wednesday, March 24

2:00pm CDT

Future-Proof Your Data: Cataloging Conundrums and CCO
This SIG will follow up on previous work from 2019, building on the initial CCO (Cataloging Cultural Objects) training videos. The new set of videos presents thematic cataloging examples and options —a request from attendees of the 2019 SIG.  The scenarios shown in the videos address issues with different works, collections, and user needs, as applied in several different popular cataloging tools. The examples highlight how CCO can be implemented in different systems, in combination not only with VRA Core and the Getty vocabularies, but also with other metadata standards. These videos will be presented for the attendees to discuss and critique as a focus group. Feedback from attendees will inform the work to edit and add to this series of training videos. Want to learn more about these issues, and also help shape relevant training materials? Join us!


Jonathan Cartledge

Digital Asset Specialist, Smith College

Sheryl Frisch

Visual Resource Specialist, California Polytechnic State University

Session Organizers
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Arden Kirkland

Adjunct Instructor, Syracuse University

Wednesday March 24, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm 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

10:00am CDT

Creating, Curating, and Using cultural heritage metadata and resources in a linked data environment
Discussion of the CONTENTdm Linked Data Pilot Project, a collaborative investigation exploring the creation, curation, and applied use of digital material linked data. This presentation will include inspiration for the work, a brief technical overview of the project, as well as a sneak peek at one of the pilot project’s most creative deliverables: the CONTENTdm Image Annotator. The presenters will demonstrate this new tool and its ability to enhance and deepen metadata description and its potential to increase the user’s understanding of digitized content. The presentation will conclude with a brief discussion of the pilot project’s impact and its potential to enhance and change CONTENTdm in the near future.

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Bridget Madden

Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago

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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Librarian, Minitex, University of Minnesota
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since 2010. At the Minnesota Digital Library, Greta is responsible for implementing current metadata standards, spearheading  the MDL Primary Source Set program, and implementing... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Friday March 26, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
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