May 22, 2020

Hosted by the University of Michigan

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

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Collection managers, archivists, librarians and curators, especially those working in cultural heritage and education facilities, face common challenges. Shortage of resources — staff, funding, space, support for new initiatives — are familiar hurdles in non-profit environments. This day-long workshop will provide practical tools, exercises, networking, discussion and a case study to help participants discover and leverage resources, develop and maximize partnerships, and structure plans to realize goals. The workshop will be organized into the following sections, each including strategies to help participants define and constructively address specific concerns:

I: Outreach and Sharing Resources

How can we maximize the resources we have, and how can we best collaborate with others to share resources? How can we better promote our collections?

  • IA: A series of exercises will guide participants toward workable collaboration strategies
  • IB: A case study presentation will showcase a successful collaboration among three institutions

II: Project Management Overview

How can we develop clear and professional roadmaps for our goals?

  • This segment will be presented by Meghan Musolff, Lead Project Manager, University of Michigan Library

III: Project Management in Practice

How can we take these project management strategies and tools and apply them to our specific challenges

  • Participants will customize the strategies and tools to address a relevant goal


  • 8:45 Arrival (check-in)
  • 9:05 Introductory Remarks
  • 9:15 Part IA: Outreach and Sharing Resources
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Part IB: Case Study
  • 12:00 Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 Part II: Project Management Overview
  • 3:00 Coffee Break
  • 3:15 Part III: Project Management in Practice
  • 4:45 Final Thoughts


Jackie Spafford is the Image Resources Curator in the History of Art and Architecture Department, University of California, Santa Barbara. In her 20 years at UCSB she has overseen several long-term projects, including the long transition from analog to digital image collections, resources and instruction. She has also managed the renovation of instructional spaces at UCSB to facilitate new directions in image-based pedagogy using technology, and to accommodate the use of museum and archive materials in Museum Studies and History of Architecture courses. She is the UCSB administrator for Artstor and JSTOR Forum, and is driving the outreach for faculty-driven projects in Forum. She has also been the co-editor of the Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive (SAHARA) for eight years, and has initiated multiple partnerships to expand and promote the collection. Jackie received her B.A. and M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Toronto.

Meghan Musolff is Lead Project Manager at the University of Michigan Library. By fostering healthy project management practices and methodologies in the organization, she consults with library colleagues on the planning, implementation, team formation, communication, and assessment of library-wide initiatives. Her professional interests include strategic planning, systems thinking, change management, organizational development, inclusive meeting facilitation and self-care. Before her current position, she was the Program Manager for Library IT Services, Training, and Assessment. She holds a M.A. in Art History from Michigan State University and a M.L.I.S. from Dominican University.



Registration is open until Friday, May 15, 2020, although it will close earlier if it reaches capacity.

Two stipends are being offered to students to cover the tuition of the VRAF Workshop: Collaborating Across the Institution. Students must be enrolled in or entering a graduate program in 2020. To be considered for the stipend, please fill out the form linked below. The deadline for submission is April 17th. Recipients will be notified by April 24th.

Application form for student scholarship

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 May 8, 2020. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After May 8, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on May 22, 2020, 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.


Workshop Location:

Duderstadt Center (North Campus)
Room 3358
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109


Air Detroit Metropolitan Airport, about twenty-five miles from Ann Arbor, is the closest major airport. Note that there are two terminals: McNamara for Delta flights and North Terminal for all other airlines. There is a bus service called AirRide between the airport and downtown Ann Arbor. The cost is $22 (round trip) if booked in advance ($15 one-way, walk-on). See website for current pick-up locations and daily schedules.

Train Ann Arbor has an Amtrak station about one and a half miles from the workshop site.

Bus Megabus and Greyhound both have stops in Ann Arbor.

Parking (North Campus, near Dunderstadt Center): Visitor Parking is available at Parking Lot NC27 (Walgreen Drama Center – accessible from Murfin Ave.) and NC43 (Art & Architecture Building – accessible from Fuller St.). The fee is $1.80/hour, payable by card or cash at kiosks in each parking lot.

Public Transportation from Central Campus/Downtown Ann Arbor to Duderstadt Center (North Campus):

The workshop will be held at the Duderstadt Center on North Campus, which is about two miles north of Central Campus, adjacent to downtown Ann Arbor. If you are staying in downtown Ann Arbor, you can take the University Blue bus (free) from the Central Campus Transit Center. The Northwood Bus and the North Campus Commuter Bus will stop at Pierpont Commons, which is adjacent to the Duderstadt Center.


  • Downtown Ann Arbor Hotels (about two miles from workshop site)
    • Graduate (615 E. Huron St.) approx. $240/night
    • Bell Tower (300 S. Thayer St.) approx. $240/night
    • Residence Inn by Marriott (120 W. Huron St.) approx. $225/night
  • Northeast side (near US 23 and Plymouth Road) Hotels (about two miles from workshop site)
    • Red Roof Inn Plus (3621 Plymouth Rd.) approx. $70/night
    • Hampton Inn Ann Arbor North (2300 Green Rd.) approx. $125/night
  • South side (near Interstate 94 and State St.) (about five miles from workshop site)
    • Holiday Inn & Suites (3155 Boardwalk Dr.) approx. $130/night
    • Fairfield Inn by Marriott (3285 Boardwalk Dr.) approx. $110/night
    • The Kensington Hotel (3500 S. State St.) approx. $165/night

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

Within a five-minute walk

  • Roast (Peets coffee and pastries)
  • M | Dining (the Fireside Café is closest with burgers, sandwiches, vegetables, etc.)
  • Ahmos Gyros & Deli (Mediterranean dishes)
  • Panda Express (Chinese fast food)

Wifi Information:

Attendees will be provided guest wifi for internet access.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the University of Michigan venue, contact Rebecca Price,

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