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VRA Foundation Awards Second Annual Professional Development Grant

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010

Dear VRA colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce the recipient of the second annual Professional Development Grant from the Visual Resources Association Foundation. Carrie Salazar, Visual Resources Curator at the Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University, was selected to receive support to attend the ACRL 2011 National Conference in Philadelphia, March 30 N April 2, 2011.

Ms. Salazar is a new professional in the field and is just beginning her position at AIB.  She holds a 2007 MLIS from Florida State University and was Interim Visual Resources Curator at Florida University from 2007 to 2009.

In her application Ms. Salazar said of her conference goals, "These topics hold valuable information on how the librarianship profession is evolving and how someone in visual resources should evolve with it." In addition she noted that conference content will help her learn how to reach out to faculty members and students, learn correct collection development skills and their application to the visual collection, and most importantly learn how to develop a proper collection for the user.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Salazar to the VR community.  I'd like to thank David Green and Loy Zimmerman for their work on the Professional Development Grant Committee. 

Warm Regards,

Elisa Lanzi, Chair
VRA Foundation

The Visual Resources Professional Development Grant

The purpose of the VRA Foundation Professional Development Grant is to support professional development in the field of visual resources and image management. The 2010N2011 award will provide a single grant of $850 to support attendance at an educational event of the grantee’s choosing (such as an association conference, symposium or workshop), or enrollment in relevant research activities. The VRAF Professional Development Grant is part of the Foundation's mission to advance awareness of important issues for digital information management; encourage the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; facilitate workplace training; and promote awareness of intellectual property rights and copyright issues. The VRAF supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse and global audience.

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