Loading…

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Session [clear filter]
Tuesday, March 23
 

10:00am CDT

Adaptability, Ingenuity, and Opportunity: VR Professionals During a Pandemic
In 2020, most if not all of us went from working in an office to working at home in the blink of an eye, forcing us to immediately pivot into new practices and approaches to our professional roles. From assisting faculty and students with the transition to online teaching to managing our collections from a distance, we all rose to the challenge of our new “normal,” transforming our day-to-day work in the process. And while some of these changes may be temporary, others will permanently impact how VR professionals approach their facilities, patrons, and practices. This roundtable discussion is designed to help us engage with and process these changes, with an eye to how we have met these challenges and thrived. Through a series of short, lightening round talks by speakers from a range of institutional roles and via lively discussion we will explore what has changed and what remains core to our work, addressing enhanced responsibilities; the use of new tools; innovative changes to our services; cultivating connections with patrons in a remote environment; safely transitioning back to the office; and what changes we anticipate to the profession and our professional lives moving forward based on the experience gleaned from working at home.   

Endorsed by the VRA Education Committee

Lightning Round Speakers (Lightning round speakers will briefly address the range of topics outlined above, to prepare for what we hope will be a robust discussion!)

Andrea Degener, Visual Materials Processing Archivist, and Skye Lacerte, DB Dowd Modern Graphic History Library Curator, both of Washington University in Saint Louis
Amy McKenna, Visual Resources Curator, Williams College
Lorraine Gerrity, Visual Resources Curator, School of Visual Arts
Betha Whitlow, Visual Resources Curator, Washington University in Saint Louis

Moderators
avatar for Betha Whitlow

Betha Whitlow

Curator of Visual Resources, Washington University in Saint Louis

Presenters
avatar for Skye Lacerte

Skye Lacerte

Modern Graphic History Library Curator, Washington University
avatar for Andrea Degener

Andrea Degener

Visual Materials Processing Archivist, Washington University in St. Louis


Tuesday March 23, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
  Session

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

Moderators
avatar for Kendra Werst

Kendra Werst

Assistant Visual Resources Curator, Williams College

Presenters
avatar for Maureen Burns

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 →
avatar for Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman

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

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
avatar for Andrew Wang

Andrew Wang

Art and Architecture Librarian, University of Oregon


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

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).

Moderators
avatar for Krystal Boehlert

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 →

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Jaffe

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 →
avatar for Jess Waggoner

Jess Waggoner

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

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
  Session

2:00pm CDT

Emerging Voices Lightning Round 2021
The Emerging Voices Lightning Round Session provides emerging professionals in the visual resources field and related, the opportunity to present topics from exceptional coursework, such as a master's thesis, or topics with which they are engaged early in their professional life. Emerging professionals are defined as either students in programs leading to a career in visual resources or related, or those within 10 years of the start of their career. Topics presented reveal new ideas as well as different ways of thinking about established concepts. Speakers will give the conference attendees a glimpse of interests and current discourses of the newest VRA members.

Presentation (view only) - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HrNgg0KvQg_PaGSchQWffviv_bOhe4HXI7y0JMFgj6w/edit?usp=sharing

Hilary Wang - Findings: A Survey on the State of Web Accessibility in Archives and Special Collections

Cassie Tanks - “Can You Hear Me OK?”: Launching a Story Based Archive During COVID-19

K. Sarah Ostrach - Photos from Taipei in Washington, DC: Processing a Chinese Collection at the National Gallery of Art

Allie Scholten - Remediating Records: Critical Cataloging and Keywork Reparation

Jack O'Malley - Protecting Employment and Building Capacity During a Crisis

Moderators
avatar for Julia Murphy

Julia Murphy

Digital Asset Manager, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
avatar for Summer Shetenhelm

Summer Shetenhelm

Digital Collections & Scholarship Librarian, Santa Clara University
As the Digital Collections & Scholarship Librarian at Santa Clara University, Summer digitizes and makes available online the multitude of rare and interesting artifacts and documents in the SCU collection. She also teaches instruction sessions for classes coming to the archives to... Read More →

Presenters
JO

Jack OMalley

Graduate Student, Pratt Institute
avatar for Cassie Tanks

Cassie Tanks

Graduate Assistant, UNC Chapel Hill
avatar for Hilary Wang

Hilary Wang

Graduate Student, Pratt Institute
Hilary Wang is an artist and Pratt Institute School of Information MSLIS candidate. She is the Guggenheim Museum Born-Digital Archives Fellow and a former Graduate Fellow at Barnard College Archives and Special Collections. Hilary is an active member of the Art Library Students... Read More →
avatar for K. Sarah Ostrach

K. Sarah Ostrach

Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship, Yale University
AS

Allie Scholten

Digital Collections Manager, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago

Sponsors
avatar for vrcHost

vrcHost

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

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.

Moderators
avatar for Ann M. Graf

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 →

Presenters
ML

Maria Lentini

Assistant Curriculum Librarian, Framingham State University
avatar for Katie Carlson

Katie Carlson

Staff Librarian, Beverly Public Library
avatar for Willa Anderson

Willa Anderson

Technical Services Librarian, Redwood Library & Athenaeum
avatar for KL Pereira

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for vrcHost

vrcHost

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
  Session
 
Wednesday, March 24
 

1:00pm CDT

‘63 Boycott: How a digital audiovisual civil rights collection inspires new generations of students
‘63 Boycott is a documentary film that connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, school closings, and youth activism. On October 22, 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest entrenched racial segregation. Unseen 16mm film footage of the march shot by director Gordon Quinn in 1963 formed the basis for the documentary that features interviews with civil rights leaders and follows activism at Chicago Public Schools through the present day.    This presentation will detail the unique collaboration between Kartemquin Films, Mikva Challenge, and Media Burn Archive to create interactive digital tools to enable teaching and learning with the body of footage shot and collected for ‘63 Boycott.    Creating access to a collection of never-before-seen footage provides students with the opportunity for meaningful and unique scholarship. Harnessing the power of archival footage, students will be able to make connections across time and space to tell nuanced, fact-based stories that showcase how today's struggles for social justice build on lived experience and enduring issues.      Participants will walk away from the session with a model for how archives can engage the public with collections of camera original footage; why rights holders should consider allowing re-use of their materials; and how educators can incorporate archival media into the classroom.

Presenters
TA

Tracye A. Matthews

Producer, Kartemquin FIlms
RD

Rachel Dickson

Producer, Kartemquin Films
Kartemquin is a collaborative community empowering documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society. Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by innovative community engagement.
avatar for Gordon M Quinn

Gordon M Quinn

Director, Kartemquin Films
Gordon QuinnArtistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) "an extraordinarily moving documentary." With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. At Kartemquin, Gordon... Read More →

Session Organizers
avatar for Sara Chapman

Sara Chapman

Executive Director, Media Burn Archive


Wednesday March 24, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
  Session
 
Thursday, March 25
 

10:00am CDT

Oral Histories for the Uninitiated: Transcribing, Copyright, Metadata and Everything in Between
Oral Histories have a rich tradition of providing an important contribution to our cultural heritage by preserving memory through recorded or documented narratives. As primary sources, oral histories help to contextualize studies in art, history, education, social sciences and other disciplines. In a time of continually shifting and expanding responsibilities for librarians and visual resources curators, it is not uncommon for those in our profession to be tasked with organizing and/or creating oral history (OH) content. For those of us who are not trained journalists, cultural anthropologists, or oral historians, overseeing an OH project can present multiple challenges: What pieces of information should be captured for future access? How do you ensure transcriptions are accurate? How do you handle copyright issues? How do you expand and improve access to existing OH content? Three presenters will discuss their OH projects and provide practical advice about dealing with some of the roadblocks in creating a coherent, accessible archive of audio/video recordings and transcriptions. The speakers will also share information about best practices and emphasize how their projects allowed them the opportunity to bring their unique perspectives on organizing and shaping these histories.

Moderators
JH

Jodi Hoover

Digital Resources Manager, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Presenters
BE

Barbara Elam

Associate Director of Visual Media Resources and Study Collection Librarian, Bard Graduate Center
avatar for Brittany Kester

Brittany Kester

Education Librarian, University of Florida
XM

Xiaoli Ma

Metadata Librarian, University of Florida

Sponsors
avatar for vrcHost

vrcHost

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 →



Thursday March 25, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
  Session

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.

Moderators
CS

Chelsea Stone

Digital Content Specialist, ProLogis

Presenters
avatar for Sriba Kwadjovie Quintana

Sriba Kwadjovie Quintana

Intellectual Property Manager, SFMOMA
avatar for April Hathcock

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 →
avatar for Meredith Hale

Meredith Hale

Metadata Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries
avatar for Kate Thornhill

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
  Session

2:00pm CDT

Collaboration and Outreach: Building Innovative Projects
Jackie Spafford & Sonja Sekely-Rowland, "Inter-agency Collaboration: Bringing together VRA and SAH preservation goals through an NEH grant-funded project"
Timing is everything: the presenters were notified of their successful application for a 2020-2022 NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Planning Grant just as the world went into lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news/bad news clash has presented them with a number of unforeseen challenges. This paper will provide insight into both the initial project vision as well as necessary and ongoing adjustments, and will cover:
  1. An overview of the project including background of the Society of Architectural Historians and its Color Film Emergency Project; the relationship to the VRA, especially the “Slide and Transitional Media Task Force”; internships and fellowships at UCR and UCSB that provided a model and proof of concept for this project.
  2. Grant writing lessons learned in navigating institutional research requirements and economic development policies.
  3. How the project goals and scope are being re-considered in response to pandemic travel restrictions and other COVID-related challenges.
  4. Opportunities for collaborative partnerships with other VRA members.

John Burns, "Curation of an International Documentary Film Festival" Join the presenter in this session to learn how curation of a special collection can be accomplished regardless of format. The presenter works at an institution that hosts an international documentary film festival every fall on campus. The festival has run and grow over the last 10+ years. By taking the initiative to join a campus committee in charge of the festival, the presenter (a solo art and electronic resources librarian) ensured the acquisition of the films from each festival. Curating this collection from scratch meant volunteering to learn how to create DVD and Blu-Ray discs from filmmaker digital files, gathering all metadata for cataloging, preserving the digital film files, and created access to a new collection. It also meant leading the coordination of several key players across campus. Curation of any collection from scratch is no small task. Answers to the following questions and more will be discussed in the session. What format will yield the most use? HD vs. standard definition? How to preserve the digital film files? How to work with copyright releases? How to best facilitate discovery? What are the best practices for essential metadata for cataloging?

Krystyna Matusiak, "Building a Community Digital Archive in the Post-Custodial World"   Community archives are vital for preserving and documenting the regional heritage of groups and individuals. Local archives are often organized by volunteers and represent grassroots activities. In contrast to institutional archives, community archives are characterized by mixed acquisition and curation practices, often described as post-custodial, that separate physical custody from the digital representation.  In this approach, original materials are returned to community members after digital surrogates are created.   This presentation will discuss the formation of a rural community archive in Park County, Colorado, and the collaborative project aimed at sustaining it. The Park County Local History Archive was established by a group of volunteers who collected and digitized over 4,000 photographs and created 60 oral histories. This effort resulted in an archive composed of a mix of original photographs, digital surrogates, and born-digital content. The archive provides unique primary sources for researchers interested in the history of mining and railroads, or the challenges of rural life in the mountainous region.  The presenters will describe the community-based project and efforts made to continue the work of volunteers. This collaborative initiative involves re-digitizing the original photographs, converting oral histories, assessing copyright, assigning standardized rights statements from RightsStatements.org, and building a digital archive and exhibits in Omeka. The Digital Archive is available at https://pclha.cvlcollections.org/ . This presentation will discuss the challenges of post-custodial practices and building a digital community archive, including re-scanning, evaluating the copyright status of historical materials, and working with digital donations. It will describe the strategies of working with a remote archive during the pandemic.

Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Spafford

Jacqueline Spafford

Image Resources Curator, University of California, Santa Barbara
avatar for John Burns

John Burns

Electronic Resources Librarian, Dixie State University Library
avatar for Sonja Sekely-Rowland

Sonja Sekely-Rowland

Visual Resources Curator, University of California, Riverside
avatar for Krystyna Matusiak

Krystyna Matusiak

Associate Professor, University of Denver
Krystyna K. Matusiak has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Library & Information Science Program (LIS) at the Morgridge College of Education since September 2011. She earned her MLIS and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to accepting her position at the... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Dot Donovan

Lisa Dot Donovan

Digital Content Specialist, Regis University
avatar for Sarah Werling

Sarah Werling

Metadata Technician, University of Colorado Boulder
Sarah Werling is the Metadata Technician in the Metadata and Optimization Discovery team at the University of Colorado, Boulder Libraries. Sarah received her BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and got her MLIS at the University of Denver. Sarah has worked... Read More →



Thursday March 25, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
  Session

2:00pm CDT

With a Critical Eye: Analyzing Impact of Visual Resources
Michalle Gould, "Teaching Visual Literacy in the Context of Social Media" The Association of College and Research Libraries' Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education defines visual literacy as a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media." Individuals in fields that rely heavily on visual resources are more accustomed to analyzing and interpreting visual imagery; however, precisely because they are trained to value visual information, they may be more vulnerable to the mis-use of images on social media to provoke an emotional response.  In classes on Visual Rhetoric and Aesthetic, I have presented lessons on visual literacy as it applies to social media, discussing some of the ways that images can be misleading and presenting techniques for applying critical thinking to images presented as support for arguments related to social/political issues.  In this paper, I will discuss the importance of more widespread implementation of visual literacy instruction at the college level, and propose suggestions for how to integrate a greater focus on visual literacy into existing frameworks for information literacy instruction.

Dijia Chen, "the Unintended "Afterlife": The Presentation, Reproduction and Circulation of Exhibitionary Representations in Architectural Production" This paper traces the production, the presentation and the “afterlife” of an exhibited image in the 2001 exhibition “TUMU: Young Architecture of China.” While the photo was not included in the exhibition catalogue and occupied an inconspicuous spot on site, its wide circulation, repetitive reproduction and multiple interpretations in news reports, online discussions, and professional critiques have won quick reputation for the architect, resulting in domestic and international awards, exhibitions and new projects. The stunning representation of the façade reached out far beyond its maker’s intention and in turn shape the professional career of the architect in unexpected ways, even though the building itself was more immature than satisfactory as an early project, featuring a mundane floor plan and many practical problems in use. This research problematizes the process in which the complex body of architecture is negotiated in the displaced photographic representations by analyzing the texts and narratives from different cultural, language, geographic and temporal backgrounds that facilitated the unintended popularization of the image. While acknowledging the flattening of programmatic complexity, I see the image as an autonomous assemblage of meaning independent to architecture. Tracing the image’s impact on the career development of the architect, I argue that the project was not only recognized as an image, but also, consciously or unconsciously, designed as an exhibitionist building. The paper, therefore, further informs of the state of design specific to the early experimentations of contemporary Chinese architects, characterized by image-based media practices and transcultural communications.

Charlotte India Eagle, "Digital Legacy Building": Since the establishment of the first presidential library under Franklin D. Roosevelt, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has put forth 13 subsequent presidential libraries each more idolatrous than the previous. This paper begins by analyzing the creation of the Presidential Library System and how it (and NARA) became a method of legacy building for past presidents. In looking at the historical policies, the paper goes on to suggest how implications of the current shift to a digital library chosen by President Barack Hussein Obama, is starting to breakdown previously established issues of access, digitization, and legacy building. 

Moderators
MM

Maggie Murphy

Visual Art & Humanities Librarian, UNC Greensboro University Libraries

Presenters
MG

Michalle Gould

Assistant Librarian, Laguna College of Art and Design
avatar for Dijia Chen

Dijia Chen

PhD Candidate, University of Virginia
Dijia Chen is a third-year doctoral student in the Constructed Environment program at the School of Architecture, The University of Virginia. Her research work lands at the intersection of curatorial studies, transcultural communication studies, and contemporary Chinese architecture... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte India Eagle

Charlotte India Eagle

Freelance Archivist



Thursday March 25, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
  Session
 
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.

Moderators
avatar for Bridget Madden

Bridget Madden

Associate Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago

Presenters
avatar for Greta Bahnemann

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 →
avatar for Jeff Mixter

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
  Session

10:00am CDT

VRCs in the Digital Humanities Realm
In the last two decades the role of the Visual Resources/Media Center has changed considerably. Several centers have been closed, and others have moved from departments to a central location such as the library or information resources. The irony in these changes is that visual resources professionals and the work they have been doing for the last two decades can now be employed in interpretive endeavors in addition to the collecting and delivery functions that have been their hallmark since the days of slides. This session will feature digital art history/digital humanities projects supported and guided by visual resources professionals. From the creation of digital exhibitions to timelines to maps to more sophisticated image and data analysis, VRA members are an integral source of support in these endeavors.    

Presenter 1: Catherine Adams, "In want of a dataset: Text Analysis and the VRC" Like many similar facilities, the Visual Resources Centre (VRC) at Penn State has been diversifying its mission as part of a Department of Art History. While the VRC staff and several graduate students have been actively exploring Digital Art History, the majority of faculty have not shown an interest in it. The field of art history also is lacking in one thing essential to most digital humanities projects: readily available datasets. In the Summer of 2019, the VRC started exploring the creation of a dataset compiled from the department’s list of awarded master’s and PhD theses but found it limiting. In Fall 2019, this problem was solved when the department head expressed an interest in creating a dataset from the CAA published listings of awarded PhDs. This much larger dataset could then be used in various text analysis projects. This paper will briefly explore the creation of the dataset, several text analysis tools, and questions for the future.

Presenter 2: Steve Tatum, “Exhibiting a Slide Collection: The Life and Career of Leonard J. Currie, FAIA” Leonard Currie headed the Virginia Tech architecture program, in Blacksburg, Virginia, from 1956 to 1962, where he was a seminal figure. After Currie’s death in 1996, his daughter left his slide collection with the Virginia Tech Art and Architecture Library, where Steve Tatum began scanning and cataloging it about ten years ago. The collection comprises 13,000 original slides chronicling Currie’s career in remarkable detail from studying with Gropius and Breuer at Harvard, through heading an Organization of American States program for low-cost housing in Bogotá, heading architecture programs at Virginia Tech and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and then settling into private practice in Blacksburg. Currie documented his slides meticulously throughout his career on the mounts and boxes. Cataloging has always required some research to understand his notations in English and Spanish. During the summer of 2020, Tatum expanded the research to interpret Currie’s career for a year-long exhibition in the Art and Architecture Library as well as a more thorough account published in WordPress.

Presenter 3: Tess Colwell, Catherine DeRose, and Lindsay King "Reimagining Yale's Visual Resource Collection using PixPlot" Yale University’s Arts Library Digital Services (ALDS) manages collections of legacy images related to global art, architecture, and material culture to support teaching and research in the arts and humanities. These images, which form the basis of Yale’s Visual Resources Collection, consist of more than 370,000 digital images items comprised of lantern slides, 35mm slides, and photographs. The collection contains a range of descriptive metadata, from comprehensive and detailed item-level information to minimal or no descriptive metadata. As the need and demand for a VRC slide library has evolved over the last decade, the ALDS staff have continued seeking new ways to make the materials more meaningful to students and faculty at Yale. In early 2020, ALDS staff submitted a Rapid Prototyping Grant with Yale’s Digital Humanities Lab to develop a humanities application utilizing the 370,000 images and metadata. Rapid Prototyping Grants support focused design and development interventions to help innovative digital humanities projects get started or to add a new feature to existing projects. During the grant period, the project team built a prototype of the platform PixPlot, using a sample of images and metadata from the VRC materials. This project aims to view the VRC images in PixPlot, where students can engage and interpret the images and metadata in new ways and at new scales, while also providing a broader perspective of pedagogical practices in Yale’s History of Art Department over the last 60 years. This collection of images is valuable mainly as a collection that has accumulated and grown over time. What can we learn about the collection by viewing it at scale? What can we learn about VRC collections across institutions? This type of work has not been done in the visual resources community, and we believe having a platform for other institutions to contribute or analyze VRC materials would provide a meaningful contribution to the field. This presentation will include context and background information, a demo of the prototype, and a discussion on next steps and what we can learn based on the project’s findings.

Endorsed by the Education Committee.

Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Lucarelli

Carolyn Lucarelli

Visual Resources Curator, Penn State University
Carolyn Lucarelli has worked as a visual resources curator in the Department of Art History Visual Resources Centre (VRC) at Penn State University since 1998. Before coming to Penn State, she was assistant museum librarian in the Photograph and Slide Library at The Metropolitan Museum... Read More →

Presenters
ST

Steve Tatum

Digital Collections and Arts Curator, Virginia Tech
Visual Resource Curator, Virginia Tech
avatar for Catherine D. Adams

Catherine D. Adams

Assistant Curator, VRC, Penn State University
TC

Tess Colwell

Arts Librarian for Research Services, Yale University
avatar for Catherine Derose

Catherine Derose

Program Manager, Digital Humanities Lab, Yale University Library
avatar for Lindsay King

Lindsay King

Associate Director for Access and Research Services, Haas Arts Library, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University
At the Haas Arts Library at Yale University, I oversee public services--including reference, instruction, outreach, and digital services--supporting students and faculty in art, history of art, architecture, drama, theater studies and dance. I am the library liaison and subject selector... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for vrcHost

vrcHost

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 →



Friday March 26, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
  Session
  • Lifecycle Category USE

11:00am CDT

Best Practices in Digital Collections
Shannon Willis & Marcia McIntosh, "The perils of complexity: A multi-stage study to determine necessary images for digitized scrapbook representation" The digitization of complex scrapbooks is a common problem faced by cultural heritage professionals. Unlike more standard bound works, scrapbooks are highly complex objects with multiple moving parts and numerous special features. Their makers attach a wide variety of material types (photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, letters, ribbons, etc.) to the pages; many of the items attached to the pages fold out or can open to reveal more information, and some items are left unattached between pages. Given their complexity and variability, determining digitization standards for scrapbooks that will hold up across all manner of collections and accurately represent their unique elements in an understandable way in a digital environment can be challenging.     In order to answer the question of how to best represent scrapbook materials in a digital environment, librarians at the University of North Texas conducted a multi-stage study to assess national trends and user preferences for scrapbook representation. The stages of this study included a review of national trends in scrapbook digitization, as seen in the Digital Public Library of America; a paper-prototyping-inspired, in-person user study; and an online survey of user preferences. The results of this research have enabled the implementation of clear guidelines at the University of North Texas for scrapbook digitization that accounts for the user experience rather than strictly relying on personal opinion or local librarian consensus. The insights gained from this study can help other institutions working to digitize scrapbook materials or other complex items, as well. 

Maggie Downing, "Creating Digital Preservation Policies and Procedures" According to the IMLS 2019 report, “Protecting America’s Collections,” 84% of institutions preserving born-digital collections had no plan for digital preservation. This paper will discuss the importance of creating and maintaining digital preservation policies and procedures.     As a result of consistently changing standards, hardware, software, and file formats, digital assets are at a much higher preservation risk than conventional analog resources. New technologies and advancements require active organization and administration to preserve digital objects, particularly since the field is still developing. A digital preservation policy should state an institutional commitment to preserving digital objects, identify challenges and preservation goals, outline staff roles and responsibilities in digital preservation. Digital preservation procedures can the be developed based on the goals outlined in the policy.    This paper will discuss several procedural steps to consider in digital preservation, including: Creating a digital asset register; creating a plan for migration from old media; establishing a storage and backup plan; establishing standardized file formats and file naming protocols; and establishing metadata vocabularies and ingest workflows. 

Sarah Coe, "When to Say When" an imminent professor of architecture donated tens of thousands of his photographs to be digitized and made available to the public, along with the funds to pay for it. Because of inconsistencies in filenaming conventions and organization, automation was difficult, but a workflow was established, and the collection was ingested. He then dropped off another hard drive of images. Hierarchical organizing principles in the first batch were often missing in the second, and integrating them presented a new crop of challenges. Through collaboration and the use of tools like OpenRefine, our own XML based tool, and a crowd-sourcing project, we are making progress, but with 18,600 folders and sub-folders and 340,000 images, when do you decide when to say "when"?

Presenters
avatar for Shannon Willis

Shannon Willis

Digital Projects Lab Manager, University of North Texas
Digital Projects Lab Manager
avatar for Marcia McIntosh

Marcia McIntosh

Digital Production Librarian, University of North Texas
University of North Texas
avatar for Maggie Downing

Maggie Downing

Manager of Digital Imaging, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
Maggie Downing manages all digital imaging projects at CCAHA. She also works with institutions to conduct digital preservation assessments and planning for large-scale digitization projects. Maggie is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Philadelphia Area Conservation... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Coe

Sarah Coe

Visual Resources Support Specialist, Yale University

Sponsors
avatar for vrcHost

vrcHost

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 →



Friday March 26, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT

1:00pm CDT

Stories from the Start 2021
Have questions about starting out in the Visual Resources field? Interested in hearing other VRA members’ backstories? Join VREPS for an informal conversation with experienced professionals. Speakers will share stories from the beginning years of their career and discuss the difficulties they faced. An open discussion will follow, allowing all attendees to ask questions.

Moderators
avatar for Julia Murphy

Julia Murphy

Digital Asset Manager, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
avatar for Summer Shetenhelm

Summer Shetenhelm

Digital Collections & Scholarship Librarian, Santa Clara University
As the Digital Collections & Scholarship Librarian at Santa Clara University, Summer digitizes and makes available online the multitude of rare and interesting artifacts and documents in the SCU collection. She also teaches instruction sessions for classes coming to the archives to... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Meghan Gross

Meghan Gross

Digital Asset Manager, Baltimore Museum of Art
Meghan Gross is the Manager of Digital Asset Services at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She began in the position in Fall 2016, and within 6 months, established a cross-departmental Digital Asset Management working group to evaluate and implement the Museum's first DAM system in 2017... Read More →
avatar for Krystal Boehlert

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 →
avatar for Carolyn Lucarelli

Carolyn Lucarelli

Visual Resources Curator, Penn State University
Carolyn Lucarelli has worked as a visual resources curator in the Department of Art History Visual Resources Centre (VRC) at Penn State University since 1998. Before coming to Penn State, she was assistant museum librarian in the Photograph and Slide Library at The Metropolitan Museum... Read More →


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

1:00pm CDT

“Curation-Ready” Workflows for Digitized Photograph Collections: A Temporary Need or the New Norm?
This session presents an overview of a “curation-ready” workflow for digitized photographs that was implemented at the University of Notre Dame Archives. This workflow emerged as a response to the increased need for digitization services for campus stakeholders, faculty and students during the COVID-19 health crisis. Encompassing a holistic approach to digitization services, this session provides an overview of the workflow which includes digitization, pre-ingest preparation, ingest into a digital preservation system, and post-ingest work to ensure storage and discovery paths for preservation masters, access masters, and access proxies.  Borrowing from principles of data curation, this workflow integrates digital preservation methodology as well as data curation processes at the point of data creation to ensure “ready-access,” cost-effective and responsible stewardship of digital photo collections.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Kirycki

Scott Kirycki

Digital Archivist, University of Notre Dame
As the Digital Archivist at Notre Dame, I develop and implement policies, procedures, and workflows for records retention and the appraisal, ingest, and preservation of born-digital University records.
avatar for Elizabeth Hogan

Elizabeth Hogan

Senior Archivist for Photographs, University of Notre Dame
As the Senior Archivist for Photographs, Elizabeth Hogan preserves, provides access, and facilitates discovery to photographic and graphic materials housed within the University Archives. Her work includes collection care and management as well as digitization and metadata creation... Read More →



Friday March 26, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
 
  • Timezone
  • Filter By Date VRA 2021 virtualChicago Mar 22 -26, 2021
  • Filter By Type
  • Events
  • Session
  • Social Space
  • Special Interest Group
  • Special User Group
  • Workshop
  • Lifecycle Category
  • Critical Issues