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VRA Foundation Announces 2014-2015 Internship Award Recipient

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Visual Resources Association Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This award is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Gabriella Karl-Johnson, of Brooklyn, New York, is the winner of the VRA Foundation’s second Internship Award. She will receive $3,000 to work a minimum of 200 hours under the direction of Jenni Rodda in the Digital Media Services and Image Archive at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She will also receive $1,000 to support her professional development such as attendance at professional conferences or SEI. Her proposed project involves digitizing, fully describing, and making discoverable a collection of analog architectural images which currently exist as lantern slides. Gabriella plans to post the digitized collection with its descriptive metadata on various sites including Tumblr and SharedShelf.

Gabriella is currently working on an MLIS from Queens College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Beloit College and a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. As an architecture graduate student, she taught introductory design history courses. She is an independent clothing designer and marketer as well as a dancer and choreographer.  Gabriella served as a cataloging intern at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. She was the prints and design intern in the Dance Division of the Library for the Performing Arts of the New York Public Library.  She also interned at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Gabriella’s stated career goal is to “work across visually-oriented disciplines in the ongoing development and refinement of excellent tools for discovery, access, and management of image resources, whether physical or digital, in the realms of libraries and archives.” In addition to contributing to Gabriella’s professional growth, the VRAF Internship Award provides funding for a project that will preserve an “at risk” legacy collection of images of the built environment at the Institute of Fine Arts.

The VRA Foundation is delighted to support the education and practical training of emerging information professionals through the implementation of this 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 Melissa Brown, and Angie Yip for serving on the Internship Awards Committee.

The VRAF Internship Award is component 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 ensure that such information reaches a diverse, global audience. For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, its mission and projects, as well as giving opportunities, please explore our website or read the latest issue of our annual report.

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