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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.

 


Deadline reminder: ARLIS/NA Research Awards

If you’ve seen a great online art publication or website this year that was created by an ARLIS member or group including ARLIS members, please consider nominating the project for a research award — we’d love to hear about it and reward the best. Nominating a project you’ve seen is very easy: follow the link below and you will use a handy google online form.

Each year, the Research Awards Subcommittee recognizes the work of ARLIS/NA members with two types of research awards: one for future/proposed projects, and another (two, actually) for finished/completed projects.

Apply or nominate today. Applications and nominations are due on February 26, 2014.

Guidelines and application forms are found at http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/awards_index.html#research

For questions, please contact the co-chairs of the Research Awards Subcommittee, Shalimar White (WhiteS@doaks.org) and Karyn Hinkle (hinkle@bgc.bard.edu).


Reminder: ARLIS/NA Travel Award Applications Due Feb. 5

REMINDER: Conference Travel Awards – Apply Now!

Due Wednesday, February 5th

The ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce the followingTravel Awards for attending annual Conference of ARLIS/NA, to be held May 1-5, in Washington, DC. Several awards are available to students and non-ARLIS members, so be sure to see the full list of awards!

The application form can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014TravelAwards

More information and a full list of the available Travel Awards can be found on the ARLIS/NA website: http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/awards_index.html

Details about the conference can be found here: http://www.arlisna.org/washingtondc2014/index.php


Application deadline for all travel awards: February 5, 2014, 11:59pm EST.


Apply now: ARLIS/SE 2014 Travel Award

Are you an art library student or professional living in the ARLIS Southeast geographic region? Consider applying for the 2014 ARLIS/SE Professional Development Travel Award! Full details on the award and a link to the application are available on the ARLIS/SE website.


Reminder: Gerd Muehsam Award applications due this Friday, Dec. 6

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is accepting applications for the 2014 Gerd Muehsam Award. This award is given annually for a student paper or web project focused on a topic relevant to art librarianship or visual curatorship. Current students and recent graduates in library studies, art history, museum studies, and studio art are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is December 6, 2013.

For detailed information about the Gerd Muehsam Award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website: http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/muehsam_info.html

Past recipients of the award are listed at http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/muehsam_recipients.html

 

 


Last minute awards reminder- updated!

If you haven’t seen the alerts on the other ARLIS feeds, this is your reminder that the H.W. Wilson Award, the Worldwide Books Publication Award, and the Worldwide Books Electronic Resource Award applications must be postmarked by today, March 15. Friday, March 22.

About the awards:

H. W. Wilson Award:
Are you engaged in a special research project on art or architecture, visual resources and librarianship? Do you need some help in funding your project?

This award of up to $3,000 supports research activities by ARLIS/NA individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The award seeks to promote research which benefits the professions of art librarianship and visual resources as well as the broader library profession. Proposals may address the compilation and dissemination of information, translation of original scholarship, analysis of the professions, or the enhancement of access to information. Eligible projects include those which result in original scholarship in the arts (performing, architectural, visual, etc.) or aspects of visual and material culture.

Guidelines and application form are available on the ARLIS/NA website: http://arlisna.org/about/awards/wilson_guidelines.html

Worldwide Books Publication Award
Have you published something wonderful this year? You may be eligible for an award!

This is a call for nominations for the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Worldwide Books Awards for Publications.

This award is given in recognition of outstanding publications by ARLIS/NA Individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. Eligible publications include monographs, journal articles, essays in collected works, individual journals devoted to a special topic in which the nominee appears as either an author or an editor. The form of recognition may range from a certificate of merit to a cash award of up to $2,000. Nominated works must have been published during the 2011 or 2012 calendar year.

Guidelines and application form are available on the ARLIS/NA website http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/wwbap_guidelines.html

Worldwide Books Electronic Resources Award
Have you created a fantastic art or architecture website? Maybe a database, webliography or some other form of e-publication? Your project could be eligible for an award!

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) announces
the call for nominations for
The Worldwide Books Awards for Electronic Resources

This award is given in recognition of outstanding electronic resources, including web sites, web-based databases and indexes; virtual exhibitions and other online resources by ARLIS/NA individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The form of recognition may range from a certificate of merit to a cash award of up to $2,000. Nominated works must have been published during the 2011 or 2012 calendar year.

Guidelines and application form are available on the ARLIS/NA website:

http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/wwbaer_guidelines.html

Questions about any of these awards? Please contact the Research Award Committee Co-Chairs:
Cara List, University of Oregon, clist@uoregon.edu
Shalimar Fojas White, Dumbarton Oaks, whites@doaks.org


Conference Travel Awards: Deadline Extended!

Students and new grads, take note! If you’d like to attend the Pasadena 2013 conference, the ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee has a number of funding opportunities available. They accept applications through this coming Monday, February 4, so get yours in soon!

See all of the awards and application information here.


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