Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Announces Fall 2020 Professional Development Grant Recipients

October 6, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce the Fall 2020 VRAF Professional Development Grant in the amount of $600 to Ashlea Green, the Metadata and Cataloging Librarian for Appalachian State University, a branch of the University of North Carolina system and $100 to John Burns, Electronic Resources Librarian for Dixie State University.  

Ashlea Green, plans on utilizing the funds to attend the Wikidata Institute, which is a virtual workshop from November 2-19, 2020. Green plans on utilizing the Wikidata and Wikibase linked data applications, ethical data/ontologies, data modeling, and entity mapping, etc. to establish metadata standards and practices, create better metadata for increased discoverability, and implement inclusive metadata practices to Appalachian State’s Special Collections, Archival Collections and Discoverability Initiatives. Green intends to gain a deeper understanding of linked data with the aim of publishing the findings in a peer-reviewed scholarly publication, and share the linked data, Wikidata Institute workshop knowledge and skills with colleagues across the University of North Carolina system. 

Through the VRA conference and/or membership, Burns looks forward to utilizing funds by networking with other visual resources professionals and gaining new skills that will help him better serve students, researchers, and faculty as a solo art librarian. 

The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to support professional development in the field of visual resources and visual information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.org

For further information about the Professional Development Grant and the application process and cycle, please read below.

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is no longer taking applications at this time. Please look for an announcement during the 2021 Winter months.

Purpose:

The VRAF Professional Development Grant supports professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). Priority will be given to applications that include participation at a conference (giving a paper, teaching a workshop, chairing a committee, etc.); research that shows promise to lead to publication or contributes to the visual resources and cultural heritage information management community; or to applications that can demonstrate that receiving the opportunity will have a broader benefit to an institution or region; to applications that can demonstrate that receiving the opportunity will have a broader benefit to an institution or region; and due to the Coronavirus, we encourage applicants to submit proposals that can be accomplished remotely. Applicants that have several professional development opportunities should fill out separate applications per event. Please note that recipients of the award are required to submit a report outlining how the award contributed to his or her professional development within 30 days following the event.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants should have a professional interest in visual resources and cultural heritage information management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.
  • Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
  • Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.

Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

  • Transportation costs to and from the event venue
  • Registration fees or tuition
  • Required course materials (e.g., workbooks, DVDs)
  • Lodging
  • Meals – including meals in transit to and from the educational event
  • Research expenses

Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs (For example, a percentage of the grant money/funding taken by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead.)

Application Criteria:

  • A goals statement outlining the opportunity, how it will benefit your work, and any potential contributions this opportunity may allow you to make beyond your own professional development.
  • A comprehensive budget and breakdown of your proposed travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses. When costs are estimated, please explain (e.g., “roundtrip airfare on United as determined via Expedia search”; my lodging costs reflect an estimate for a shared room). If your institution requires you to use a specific airline, or has set a corporate airfare rate, please note this in the comments section. Be as clear and complete as possible about other funding support you will receive or are applying for, such as from your home institution, or other grants and awards.
  • Your resume/curriculum vitae

Application: The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is no longer taking applications at this time. Please look for an announcement during the 2021 Winter months.

Past Recipients

Past recipients include Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, to attend the 2013 American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) Legal Issues in Museum Administration course. Her attendance was crucial in the production of Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, an indispensable resource. About the grant, Anne wrote, “The Grant funded a portion of my course tuition and associated travel costs to attend the program. It is my belief that this Grant was also a contributing factor to my receiving a partial-scholarship, half of the course tuition, from ALI CLE that further supported my attendance… Without my attendance at ALI CLE’s LIMA and the VRAF’s Grant support, I would not have been able to make the vital connections to make the Handbook contributors and legal review panelists as robust as they are today.” The Handbook is now available and can be downloaded from the American Alliance of Museums website.

The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to support professional development in the field of visual resources and visual information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.org.

Professional Development Award Recipients

Winter 2020
Meghan Lyon, a MSLIS Student Graduate Assistant at the Pratt School of Information’s Semantic Lab, and a NYARC Web Archiving Fellow at the Frick Art Reference Library. Co-presented at a session, “Digital Access and preservation in Artists’ Archives: Challenges, Strategies, and Solutions” during the 2020 Society for American Archivists (SAA) National Conference.

2019
Malkia Okech, Augmented Reality Developer for the Penn & Slavery Project, Penn Libraries Digital Scholarship, UPENN, Philadelphia, PA.
Participate and attend a 4 day workshop with African Digital Heritage in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya, Africa
Claudy Op den Kamp, Senior Lecturer in Film at the Faculty Member Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University
Attended the Visual Resources Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA

2018
Karly Wildenhaus, Research Assistant, Getty Research Institute
Attended Museum Computer Network Conference in Denver

2017
Sali Underwood, Curator of Natural History, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
Attended Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections in Denver

2016
Audrey Sage Lorberfeld, Account Manager, SocialCode
Attended Library and Information Technology Forum, Fort Worth, TX
Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Resource Archivist and Curator, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University
Attended 2+3D Photography — Practice and Prophesies at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

2015
Lauren Paustian,
Associate Librarian, Leo Baeck Institute
Lauren used the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference
Kanako Iwase,
Visual Resources Librarian, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Kanako used the grant to attend the 2016 ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference

2014
Courtney Baron
, Visual Resources Curator, Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
Attended and participated at the 2015 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Mark Pompelia
, Visual + Material Resource Librarian, Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Supported his participation at the October 2014 conference of the Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand in Auckland, NZ.

2013
Sara Piasecki
, Photo Archivist, Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Attended Gawain Weaver’s course, Care and Identification of Photographs in Los Angeles, CA.
Vicky Brown
, Curator of the Visual Resources Centre in the History of Art Department, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Attended the 2014 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.

2012
Heather Lowe
, Visual Resources Specialist for the Department of Art, Cal State San Bernardino
Attended the 2013 Visual Resources Association Annual Meeting in Providence, RI.
Anne Young
, Manager of Rights and Reproductions for the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Attended the American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education’s (ALI-CLE) Legal Issues in Museum Administration Conference.

2011
Amy Bowman
, Photographs Archivist, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Attended Gawain Weaver’s “Care and Identification of Photographs” workshop
Karen Kessel
, Visual Resources Specialist, Sonoma State University
Attended the 2012 VRA Conference and present a workshop on cataloging images of the Art of the Americas

2010
Carrie Salazar
, Art Institute of Boston
Attended the 2010 ACRL Conference

2009
Natalie Milbrodt
, Queen’s College Library Studies Program
Attended the 2010 VRA Conference in Atlanta, GA