The Visual Resources Association Foundation Board of Directors announces the 2013-2014 VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This award was generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Angie Yip, of Chatham, Ontario, Canada, is the winner of the VRA Foundation’s first Internship Award. She will receive $3,000 to work a minimum of 200 hours in the Visual Resources Department at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. The proposed project involves collaborating with the Detroit Institute of Art and Wayne State University to catalog and make accessible several thousand images to facilitate teaching and learning. Digitizing and describing CCS’ permanent art collection will also be part of this project. Angie’s stated goal is to “enhance the accessibility and quality of visual collections, especially through image databases, repositories, and digital libraries.” In addition to contributing to Angie’s professional growth, the VRAF Internship Award provides funding for a project that would otherwise be delayed or not implemented due to limited staff resources and budget challenges.
The Internship Award Committee received a number of excellent applications from qualified emerging information professionals. Evaluation criteria were developed and references received to assist with the determination of the recipient. Angie has the scholastic credentials, currently working on a graduate certificate in information management and having recently completed an MLIS from Wayne State University. She is interning at the College for Creative Studies and has worked as a research assistant at Wayne State, where she obtained experience digitizing newspapers for a Fedora project. She has a Bachelors degree in Art History with a Minor in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and completed a post-graduate certificate in museum management and curatorship from Fleming College, both located in the province of Ontario in Canada. Angie has interesting intern/work experience in museums (Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit) and also for an architectural firm (Lundholm Associates Architects in Toronto). She wants to now focus on visual resources and image management. The exciting collaboration between three well-respected Detroit institutions, the ambitious goal of cataloging and making accessible several thousand images, and the potential of this project to expand Angie’s skill sets and enable her to become actively involved in the field of visual resources were persuasive factors in her selection.
The VRA Foundation is excited to support the education and practical training of emerging information professionals through the implementation of this new internship award. We are grateful to the Kress Foundation for its assistance and for recognizing the potential of this award to foster the next generation of visual resource professionals. Thanks also to Margaret Webster, Meghan Musolff, and Maureen Burns for serving on the Internship Awards Committee.
The VRAF Internship Award is part of the Foundation's mission to advance awareness of critical issues for effective digital information management (including intellectual property and copyright); to encourage the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; and to facilitate workplace training. The VRA Foundation supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse, global audience.
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