A Thoughtful Approach to Project Management: 
From Fundamentals to Practice
In Person or Online

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. This workshop will cover project management basics and an overview of different methodologies and tools as well as project management in practice and shared lessons learned from existing projects. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects to the discussion and will include practical considerations and scenarios.

Collectively, participants will discuss how to think about the impact of our work and how to build systems of care that can empower our communities to make knowledgeable decisions in the curation of our cultural heritage and respectfully curate, preserve and provide access to those materials.

Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media
In Person or Online

A thorough understanding of intellectual property rights can be a challenge for lawyers, let alone information professionals, and the application of copyright restrictions on visual media can induce a sense of alarm and uncertainty dependent upon specific circumstances. This workshop will provide a clear focus on U.S. copyright law, intellectual property rights, and fair use as they pertain to the use of visual media (e.g., images and moving images) within the academic, archival, library, gallery, and museum environments.  Information about image licensing, public domain resources, format conversion, educational usage, rights statements, securing publication rights, and creative reuse will be provided along with the tools and resources to help determine fair usage.

Collaborating Across the Institution: 
Creating Professional Partnerships to Support Cultural Heritage
In Person Preferred, but would consider Online

University, gallery, archive, and museum professionals are finding mutually beneficial new ways to work together to develop and deliver cultural heritage resources. Improved discovery and access in the digital age is a shared value by many individual constituents and there is increasing overlap in the work of librarians, archivists, curators, researchers, and educators.  As cultural heritage institutions increasingly emphasize institution-wide rather than local or departmental resources, collaborations and partnerships between these units can help further common goals, streamline budgets, and create broader access to richer cultural heritage resources. Moreover, creating these partnerships supports the institution and the individual by expanding job scope, skills, and network. This workshop will provide concrete strategies for building stronger professional collaborations. The workshop will also explore in depth the benefits and barriers to creating collaborations and will offer specific techniques to ensure successful partnerships.

Digital Accessibility for Visual Collections
Online Only

This workshop focuses on the concepts of digital accessibility and accessible design practices in image collections, and the tools and strategies we can use when creating digital image-based projects to be sure we are making them useful to as many people as possible. These past two years have seen a necessary focus on virtual teaching and resource creation – how are accessibility needs being considered in our image collections?

Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: 
A Workshop on Visual Literacy 
Online but would consider In Person

As our culture moves from an oral tradition to a visual one, an increasing emphasis is being placed on developing the 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 workshop will provide the tools to develop and implement a visual literacy training program at their institution. Visual literacy competencies, pedagogical approaches, and evaluative tools and methods will be outlined and discussed.

Metadata and Management of Cultural Heritage Digital Media: 
From Fundamentals to Future Trends
In Person or Online

Cataloging, crosswalks, and controlled vocabularies are among the many topics covered in this workshop that addresses metadata for digital media.  Participants will receive an overview of standards such as VRA Core and Dublin Core, as well as how to manage, share, and publish datasets to various targets (e.g. institutional website and aggregators) using schema like XML, XMP and IPTC. Embedded metadata and associated embedding tools will also be discussed as related to the easy transfer of data. The second half of the workshop will address the latest developments in metadata, including Linked Open Data (LOD), Resource Description Format (RDF) and other preservation metadata and authoritative taxonomies.  Participants will discuss how the visual resources and digital media management community can participate in these developments.

Moving Images: The Basics and Beyond
In Person or Online

What do you need to know to protect the film and video materials in your collection?  What materials need to be digitized, and how do you protect these valuable digital assets? The workshop will cover the basics of audiovisual collection care and first steps on how to plan a digital preservation project, including options for file formats, metadata, workflow, and long-term storage. Participants will also learn how to determine the advantages of in-house conversion and that of outsourcing. There will be a hands-on part of the day when we’ll get to handle, inspect and minimally catalog a variety of audiovisual formats.

Something Mappy This Way Comes: 
An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies
Would prefer In Person but would consider Online

A crash course in available digital mapping technologies including: ArcGIS, Carto, KnightLab developments, and free open source technologies. Learn how to create spatial data from primary sources directly in the browser, and create collaborative location-based history with the use of these tools. Examples from each platform will be given, with discussion of strengths, weaknesses, and budgets. Next generation mapping projects include American Panorama: A Digital Atlas of American History (University of Richmond) and other high impact mapping projects will be discussed in depth.

Propose your own workshop – In Person or Online

Does your organization or institution have a learning need that may be addressed through an in-depth workshop on a topic that supports cultural heritage or imaging professionals? We’d love to hear your idea for a topic and instructor who can fill your need. If you don’t have an instructor in mind, please still consider proposing your idea and we will determine if we’re able to work with one of our current instructors to cover your topic of interest. Please know that your workshop will be open to the public and that it should promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management. Please don’t hesitate to email vraf.rwit@gmail.com with any questions you have about proposing your own workshop idea.