Registration Now Open for Exhibit, Instruct, Promote, Collaborate: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship @ UChicago with Susan Jane Williams

Exhibit, Instruct, Promote, Collaborate: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship with instructor, Susan Jane Williams

A Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

Hosted by the University of Chicago
March 1, 2019

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation


Are you a beginning Omeka user who would like to know more about its capabilities and possible uses? This workshop will explore both the (free, remote hosted) and the (free, to install on your own server) versions, and the newest product, Omeka S (a way to manage many collections under one admin interface). Plug-ins, mapping and loading data, and customization will be covered. There will be time at the end to brainstorm about workflow scenarios and case uses of Omeka by visual resources professionals, as well as by faculty and students. Participants should bring their own laptops if they want to participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop.



8:30am-8:50am           Arrival

8:50am-9:00am           Introductions

9:00 am–10:45 am      Morning session

10:45 am–11:00 am    Break

11:00 am–11:45 am    Morning session

11:45 am–1:15 pm      Lunch on your own

1:15 pm–2:45 pm        Afternoon session

2:45 pm–3:00 pm        Coffee break

3:00 pm–3:30 pm        Final thoughts



Susan Jane Williams is a 28-year member of the Visual Resources Association and served as its Vice President in 1999 and 2000. Following a career as a botanical illustrator, Williams graduated from Ohio State University with an MA in Art History and began working as a Slide and Media Librarian at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1990. Because Rochester is the home of Kodak, she was involved in some early and innovative digitization projects. Hired by Yale University, she was charged with building their first digital teaching collection. She won the DeLaurier Award from VRA in 2007 for developing a cataloging database tool, VCat, which utilizes VRA Core 4 and CCO and is capable of Core 4 XML, and now, RDF with LOD output. She has worked as an independent cataloger and consultant since 2007, serving the academic and commercial image vendor communities.



PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,


Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until February 15, 2019. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After February 15, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on March 1, 2019, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.


As local hosts of the upcoming VRAF Regional Workshop, Bridget Madden and Nancy Spiegel are pleased to announce an award that is intended to provide four individuals with a fully-funded registration fee to attend the workshop, a $125 value. The application will be open through January 25, 2019. The four award recipients will be announced by February 1 and all applicants will be notified via email. You may access the application at


Workshop Location:

Joseph Regenstein Library, University of Chicago
1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Room 122


Free street parking in the neighborhood may be available. Parking in the Ellis Garage just north of Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) will cost $28 for the entire day. For more information about driving and parking, please see

Public Transportation:

CTA Green Line south to Garfield and CTA Bus #55; CTA Red Line south to Garfield and CTA Bus #55 to Ellis. Metra Electric to 57th street.

Air & Train:

The University of Chicago is eight miles from Midway International Airport and about 25 miles from O’Hare International Airport. The Library is about 9 miles from the Union Station Amtrak Station which serves the X routes.


Three neighborhood hotels:

Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center:

La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago – Lake Shore:

Sophy Hyde Park:

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

All options are within a 10 minute walk of the Library:

  • Ex Libris Cafe (take out sandwiches and other food from local restaurants)
  • The Nile (Mediterranean)
  • Saucy Porka (Asian-Puerto Rican fusion)
  • Pret a Manger (sandwiches, soup, coffee, bakery)
  • Dollop (sandwiches, coffee)
  • Nella Pizza e Pasta (Italian, Neapolitan style pizza)

Wifi Information:

Wifi will be provided free of charge for all participants.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the Regenstein Library venue, contact Bridget Madden,, or Nancy Spiegel,

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,

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