Joint VRA and VRAF (VRA Foundation) Solidarity Statement

The VRA and VRAF condemn all violence, and acts of racism, including police brutality, against Black people, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Unacknowledged structural, institutionalized, and legislated racism can no longer be tolerated. Our Black colleagues, their lives, their work, and their sense of belonging to this community matter.As a members’ organization (VRA) and a foundation (VRAF), we strive to create an inclusive community that values and encourages diversity in its membership and work. Our mission is not only to promote knowledge sharing, skill development, and best practices, but also to foster open, inclusive communication; to offer a supportive community; and to advocate for all people…

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Regional Workshop: From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning

From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN November 5 and November 19, 2021, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm EDT Instructor: Cristela Garcia-Spitz WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: While project management offers an array of tools and techniques, how do we lead with a people-centered approach? Digital scholarship increasingly requires work across distributed, cross-functional teams. This workshop will cover how to use hybrid methods to meet the needs of specific projects, grounded in community. Part 1 will consist of project management basics and an overview of different methodologies and tools. This section will include practical considerations and scenarios. Part 2 will focus on project management in…

Regional Workshop: From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning

From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN November 5 and November 19, 2021, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm EDT Instructor: Cristela Garcia-Spitz WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: While project management offers an array of tools and techniques, how do we lead with a people-centered approach? Digital scholarship increasingly requires work across distributed, cross-functional teams. This workshop will cover how to use hybrid methods to meet the needs of specific projects, grounded in community. Part 1 will consist of project management basics and an overview of different methodologies and tools. This section will include practical considerations and scenarios. Part 2 will focus on project management in…

Regional Workshop: From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning

November 5 and November 19, 2021, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm EDT Instructor: Cristela Garcia-Spitz WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: While project management offers an array of tools and techniques, how do we lead with a people-centered approach? Digital scholarship increasingly requires work across distributed, cross-functional teams. This workshop will cover how to use hybrid methods to meet the needs of specific projects, grounded in community. Part 1 will consist of project management basics and an overview of different methodologies and tools. This section will include practical considerations and scenarios. Part 2 will focus on project management in practice and shared lessons learned from existing projects. Participants are encouraged to bring their…

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Call for applications: Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award, 2021-2022

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the ninth VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The VRAF Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students and recent graduates preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. It also provides $1,000 for professional development, and a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.  Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective…

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Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) announces 2021 Project Grant recipient

June 7, 2021   The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to present the 2021 VRAF Project Grant in the amount of $3000 to Jaime Fogel, Director, Arthur Vining Davis Library & Archives at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida. The funds from the project grant will allow for documentation and evaluation of nearly 1500 films in a variety for formats. The top 75 assets — those of greatest historical value and those most at risk of degradation — will be selected for digitization. Three films that have already been identified as top assets include oral history interviews with Mote’s founding director, Dr.…

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Python for Beginners 2021

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation Registration will open shortly. Registration is capped at 15 participants. June 7, 2021, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT Instructor: Maneesha Sane WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: If you are doing things like supporting Digital Humanities faculty, working with students analyzing and visualizing data, developing your own data project, processing metadata about your collections, or building web displays for digital assets, Python may be worth exploring. Many of us rely on existing tools such as Gephi, Omeka, or Scalar to come up with project solutions. But, sometimes the tools that already exist do…

Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy (Part 2)

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy REGISTER NOW May 7 and May 14, 2021, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm EDT Instructors: Jessica Sack and Rachel Thompson WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: As we now work in hybrid settings—in person and online—there is an increasing challenge to develop visual literacy skills of both educators and students, uniquely positioning those who work with visual media to provide necessary visual literacy training and instruction. This two-part workshop will provide participants with the tools to develop and implement visual literacy instruction within their professional practice both in person and using online platforms such as…

VRA Foundation Announces Registration for “Python for Beginners” workshop is now live!

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce registration is now live for Python for Beginners with instructor Maneesha Sane of The Carpentries, a project which teaches foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide, and co-organizer of the Philadelphia Python Users Group. This online workshop will be held via Zoom on Monday, June 7 from 12:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT (with breaks!). REGISTRATION To register, visit the VRAF Python for Beginners webpage. The workshop fee is $75. If you have questions about registration, contact VRAF Director Chris Strasbaugh, strasbaugh.2@osu.edu. For general questions about the workshop, email the Regional Workshops Implementation Team at vraf.rwit@gmail.com. This workshop is currently waitlisted.  Once registered for the waitlist you…

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Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy (Part 1)

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy REGISTER NOW May 7 and May 14, 2021, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm EDT Instructors: Jessica Sack and Rachel Thompson WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: As we now work in hybrid settings—in person and online—there is an increasing challenge to develop visual literacy skills of both educators and students, uniquely positioning those who work with visual media to provide necessary visual literacy training and instruction. This two-part workshop will provide participants with the tools to develop and implement visual literacy instruction within their professional practice both in person and using online platforms such as…

VRAF Announces Registration for Regional Workshop | Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce registration is now live for “Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy” with instructors Jessica Sack and Rachel Thompson. This online workshop will be held via Zoom Webinar in two sections on May 7th and May 14th, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT. This two-part workshop will provide participants with the tools to develop and implement visual literacy instruction within their professional practice both in person and using online platforms such as Zoom. Part one of this workshop will focus on visual literacy skills and pedagogical approaches by using Zoom to engage…

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