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Professional Development: the VRAF Internship Award

Similar to (but different from) the VRAF Professional Development Grant is the VRAF Internship Award, which is a fantastic way to fund or supplement an un- or underpaid internship in arts and visual resources work.

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $4,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts.The recipient will receive a stipend of $3,000 for 200 hours completed at the host site. A professional development component of $1,000 supports conference attendance or attendance at the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management. The recipient will receive a one year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Who May Apply

Students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library or information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, visual or studio art, museum studies, or another applicable field of study may apply for this award. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline, or demonstrate an equivalent combination of coursework and relevant experience.

I would strongly consider applying even if your (planned or proposed) internship is only tangentially related to visual resources or arts librarianship: metadata, digitization, conservation, rights management, administration, or plain old cataloguing.

Only one VRAF Internship is awarded per year.  Once an award recipient has been selected, he or she will select an institution to act as host for the internship.  This Institution must be approved by the VRAF Internship Award Committee.  VRAF and VRA are not responsible for matching candidates with a host institution, but will gladly assist with the process.

This Internship Award will be granted during the 2014 to 2015 academic year.  The intern is required to work on site at their chosen host institution for a minimum of 200 hours.  The intern will choose to initiate their internship in the fall of 2014 or the winter or spring of 2015.  The internship must begin within 30 days of the official beginning of the selected academic session of the participant’s home institution and be completed within one academic semester or two academic quarters.  Exceptions are allowed by agreement between the selected intern and the VRAF Internship Awards Committee. In all cases, the internship must be completed within twelve months of the recipient being notified of the award.

This language can be complicated: if you’re a recent graduate, why would you need to start the internship within the beginning of a semester? (What’s your “home institution” in that case?) Especially if the award isn’t necessarily going towards internships for graduate credit? Unfortunately, I hold no answers for you; you’ll have to work towards “agreement” with the awards committee.

To apply for the award, please submit the following:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A current transcript [this does not need to be issued directly from the institution].
  3. An essay of up to 300 words addressing the applicant’s professional goals, expectations of the internship experience, and any skills or background that might benefit visual resources. A brief description of the proposed project is desirable.
  4. The names of two professional or scholastic references with address, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  5. Recommended, but not required: Host institution and contact information of internship supervisor.

Application materials in electronic form are preferred and should be submitted as a single PDF file to:
Margaret Webster
Visual Resources Consulted
Phone: 607-257-3365
Email: mnw3@cornell.edu

  • 7/31/2014; Deadline for submission of applications to the VRAF Internship Award Committee.
  • 9/12/2014; VRAF Internship Award Committee announces the award recipient for 2014 to 2015.

 


2014 Annual Award for Best Libri Student Paper

De Gruyter Saur announces the 2014 annual award for best Libri Student Paper.

Since 1950, through 63 volumes, “Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services” has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Paper of 2014.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.

Students at all levels* are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.

Length: approx. 5000 words
Language: English
Deadline: June 30, 2014

The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of
– originality of thought and observation
– depth of research and scholarship
– topicality of problems addressed
– the international readership of the journal

The article will be published in the 2014:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of EUR500 and with a complementary subscription to Libri for 2015. If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as honourable mention and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2015. The normal provision to the author of e-prints applies to all winners.

Manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/libri. When submitting a paper for the Best Student Paper Award, please choose “Library Student Award” at the drop down menu “Manuscript Type”. Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site athttp://www.librijournal.org/authorinst.html.

All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:
. the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled;
. the dates when the student is or was enrolled;
. the date when the paper was written and the course for which it was prepared if no longer a student.

* Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

To read about previous winners and for further information see: http://www.librijournal.org/award.html


ARLIS/NA Canada Call For Proposals: Book Chapters on Art Libraries in Canada

Attention all Canadian art-librarian hopefuls! Here’s a great project to be involved in, if you have worked at, or are interested in, one of the many art libraries our country has to offer. If you’d like to get published, do an interesting research project, and support the efforts of Canadian ARLIS members, take a look.

The first edition of the History of Art Librarianship in Canada: Essay in the History of Art Librarianship in Canada came out in 2006; the second edition would ideally come out in 2015, and needs to be expanded to include more libraries as well as recent developments. Some discussion about the project, and a short list of art libraries to be profiled, is in the 2013 Annual Report.

There are two deadlines for proposals: April 25th (if you’d like to have your proposal discussed in Washington next month), and May 30th (the extended deadline). I encourage you to send a query before April 25th, even if you can’t complete a full proposal by that day.

The full CFP has more details, but here are some excerpts:

This initial project was generously sponsored and funded by the National Gallery of Canada Library and

Archives and first made available online in 2006. We would like to continue this tradition of excellence by

publishing a second edition that will include additional essays on libraries, institutions and related resource centres not profiled in the original publication.

 

We have compiled a list of libraries that could be included, but realize that logistically some may not be able to commit to a full research project of this nature at present. So the committee is eager to hear from you directly and encourages you to submit proposals for the second edition of the History of Art Libraries in Canada. Our hope is that your input will help us build the structure for this anthology of library histories.

 

….

 

It is understandable that histories will vary in length and include diverse types of documentation, so we

encourage any potential contributors to apply, even if primary supporting sources for your library’s story

would be oral histories, memoirs, or other unpublished ephemeral information sources. As was the case with the first edition, the History of Art Libraries in Canada vol.2 will profile the establishment and evolution of collections, spaces, visual and information literacy services, as well as the profession of art librarianship in Canada.

 

The working committee is eager to profile as many libraries as possible, so we encourage you to submit

a proposal if you are capable of researching, documenting, and writing an essay within roughly the next year. Although an official publication date has not been finalized, we hope to have a clear picture of the libraries to be included by Spring 2014 and begin compiling and editing the publication by 2015.

 

….

 

If you are interested and can realistically work within this timeframe, please consider submitting a

proposal (Microsoft Word document preferable) that includes:

Institution name;

Primary author(s) name and job description or professional connection to the institution;

Estimated length of text and a general overview of the content for the entry (roughly 250 words; a bulleted list of topics is acceptable);

Whether rights-cleared images will be included for reproduction;

General bibliography of sources.

 

Submit all applications by email to:

Daniel Payne dpayne@ocadu.ca

Canadian Member-at-Large, ARLIS/NA Canada; Head Reference & Instructional Services, Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University

Application Deadline:

Please endeavor to have proposals submitted by:

Friday 25 April 2014 (so that results can be presented on Sat. 3 May at the ARLIS/NA Canada Chapter meeting at the 42nd annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Washington DC).

The committee realizes, however, that this leaves little time for preparation of materials and planning for research allowances, so an additional deadline will be offered for those that need an extended preparation time period, set at:

Friday 30 May 2014 


Reminder: post your candidacy to be the next ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator!

Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) seeks candidates for its next Co-Moderator.

 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, read this post, and comment to apply. The deadline is Friday, April 18th.


April 15th IFLA/ALA free webinar- New Librarians Global Connections: technology, innovation, and user needs

IFLA New Librarians Webinar

We are excited to announce the second installment of this year’s webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”

http://www.ifla.org/node/8546

 

For the third consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

 

Our April webinar will focus on technology, innovation, and user needs. We’ve recruited an amazing panel of two experienced library industry leaders and a new professional to shed light on these issues in different parts of the world. Serving as keynote speaker will be Hugh Rundle, public librarian from Australia’s City of Boroondara Library Service. We hope you can join us!

 

Find details for our next webinar below, and don’t forget to save the date!

 

New Librarians, Global Connections: technology, innovation, and user needsApril 15, 20142:00 p.m. CDT3:00 p.m. EDT9:00 p.m. CETWorld Clock http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/  ***Link to webinar: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r2003pt8eiz/*** Webinar length is approximately one hour. Use #newlibgc to talk about the webinar on social media.
Speakers
:

  • Keynote by Hugh Rundle, public librarian at the City of Boroondara Library Service (Australia) Topics: Antifragility and technolust
  • Celia Emmelhainz, Head of Libraries for Haileybury Astana International School (Kazakhstan) Topic: User-centered design

The topics for the webinars were compiled from global surveys, topics presented by speakers during the CPDWL and NPSIG programs at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore, NPSIG working group, and new librarians’ forums, listservs and online spaces.

 

The quarterly webinars are presented in January, April, July and October. Stay tuned for more news!

 

All webinars are recorded and archived online, so participants can either engage with the speakers and their international colleagues live or watch the presentations at a later date- anytime and anywhere. For more information about the 2012 and 2013 webinar series and to view/listen to previous webinars, visit http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars/.


Free ALCTS e-forum: Library Linked Data, March 11-12, 2014

ALCTS E-Forum: Library Linked Data

 

March 11-12, 2014

 

Hosted by Theo Gerontakos, Brad Gulliford, and Jeremy Myntti

 

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

 

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

 

Join this ALCTS E-Forum for a lively discussion on what linked data means for libraries. Linked Data refers to practices for publishing and linking data—cataloging data; research or government data; subject heading  lists and authority files; and the riches of the World Wide Web. Using linked data methods (cataloging standards such as RDF, as well as Web protocols such as HTTP), the scope of the linked, and always further linkable, data space is incomprehensibly large—the potential is thrilling! The hope for libraries is that we can move our data into this massive data space and thereby increase the global interoperability of library data. Many benefits are anticipated!

 

Topics will include basic linked data definitions and information, current linked data activities in libraries, how workflows may change or have changed due to linked data, challenges with transitioning to a linked data environment, what will linked data mean for catalogers in the future, and more.

 

To prepare for the e-forum, the following list of resources are recommended for an introduction to the topic of linked data:

Carl S. Hess, “Linked Data In Libraries Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Web,” April 26, 2012 (presentation): http://www.slideshare.net/carlstephenhess/linked-data-in-libraries.

Virginia Schilling, “Transforming Library Metadata into Linked Data,” Research Topics in Cataloging & Classification: http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/org/cat/research/linked-data.

Philip Evan Schreur, “The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution,” Library Resources & Technical Services, volume 55, number 4, October 2012, pages 227-237:http://alcts.metapress.com/content/u63u261g73n7150n/.

Karen Coyle, “Linked Data Tools: Connecting on the Web,” Library Technology Reports, volume 48, number 4, May/June 2012: http://alatechsource.metapress.com/content/m52426p206uu/?p=6b8f0d12b99b436cb71d95b10d587a33&pi=13 (requires subscription).

 

Hosts

Theo Gerontakos has been a Metadata Librarian since 2002, and is currently Metadata Librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also currently Co-Chair of the American Library Association’s interest group on Linked Library Data (ALCTS/LITA).

Brad Gulliford is a librarian in the acquisitions and collection development department of the library of the University of Texas at Arlington, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. His subject areas are most of the sciences and engineering, and he blogs at Scholarly communication, Open Access, Open Science (http://blog.uta.edu/~bradley/).

Jeremy Myntti is the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. He is responsible for optimizing metadata creation for the library’s physical and digital collections as well as identifying innovative solutions for cataloging and metadata projects. Current research interests and projects that he is working on include authority control for digital collection metadata and transforming MARC and non-MARC metadata into linked data.

What is an e-forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum.

To register:

Instructions for registration are available at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone. If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.


Free Webinar 10 March: Expressing Preservation Requirements on Audiovisual Collections

“Expressing Preservation Requirements on Audiovisual Collections”. This is the third webinar in a series created by PrestoCentre and Presto4U on diverse topics related to AV digitisation and digital preservation.

This webinar is an introduction to expressing digital preservation requirements in the context of audiovisual collections, with a special emphasis on the approach followed by the Presto4U project. The webinar will start with the basics on what the requirements are, how they are created and for which purposes they serve. The webinar will then discuss how standards can play a key role in the expression of requirements for digital preservation and will exemplify the concept by showing how to use three standards: the OAIS reference model, the Ontology for Media Resources and the ISO/IEC 25010 System and Software Quality Requirments and Evaluation SQuaRE – System and Software Quality.

Date: Monday 10th March 2014
Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm GMT/UTC (10:00am – 11:00am EST, 4:00pm – 5.00pm CET,7:00am – 8:00am PST)
Presenter: Carlo Meghini, researcher at CNR-ISTI in the area of Conceptual Modelling, Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation.

Make your free booking now at http://bit.ly/1k8QMNZ
Limited places available, registrations are on first-come, first-served basis.


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