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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.

 


Scholarship Opportunity! (sort of)

There are all sorts of homespun efforts to give money to students and new professionals that need it. Like this one:

http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=3751

ArchivesNext (a.k.a. Kate Theimer) has been crowdsourcing money for scholarships so that people can attend the Society of American Archivists yearly conference.

We’re giving money to people to fund their registration for the SAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Rather than pay for full travel or lodging for just a few people, I try to give a little bit of help to as many people as possible. This effort is not affiliated with SAA in any way. Your donations are not tax deductible. It’s simple. You send me money. I give it all away within a few weeks to colleagues who need it.

The SAA conference this year is August 10-16, 2014. The scholarships are awarded by random draw and, while individual awards may not be large, the money has the potential to help out lots of people like us to attend this amazing conference for the first time. You need to be an SAA member to apply. My quick math based on the information provided is that scholarships are probably in the $200 range.

On Saturday June 28 I will draw names out of a hat and notify the lucky people. This will allow you to register by the early-bird deadline of July 7. Once you forward me the confirmation of your registration, I will send you a check.

…. One year there were a surprisingly large number of people whose names got pulled from the hat who backed out because they hadn’t realized how high the other costs of attending the meeting would be…. please do a bit of homework first and make sure you think you really can attend the conference before you apply.

For both donors and applicants, the deadline this year is June 27th.


SEI 2011 Registration / SEI Kress Scholarship applications due Feb. 11

Registration is open for SEI 2011 & SEI Kress Scholarship applications due Feb. 11

The SUMMER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL RESOURCES AND IMAGE MANAGEMENT 2011
Held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from June 7-10, 2011.
http://www.vrafoundation.org/sei2011/

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) are pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management is open through April 15, 2011 ( will close earlier if all available slots are filled).  Please register early to assure your attendance.

Past Institutes have been attended by visual resources professionals new to the field, those currently enrolled in library schools who wish to augment their experience with image management training, and more experienced professionals eager to update their skill sets in response to fast-changing technological advancements. Expert instructors will cover intellectual property rights, digital imaging, metadata and cataloguing, the application of social and new media in visual resources, the product environment, strategic planning, professional development, and future directions for the profession.

Reminder: Applications for the Kress Foundation SEI Scholarships must be submitted by February 11, 2011.

For additional information and to register, please visit the SEI webpage, http://www.vrafoundation.org/sei2011/.


Apply now! Kress Scholarships for SEI

The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) is an annual, intensive workshop covering a range of basic and advanced topics for professionals working with image collections. It is jointly arranged by ARLIS/NA and VRA. SEI 2011 will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, June 7-10, 2011.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is offering five SEI scholarships of $650 apiece to help offset costs of tuition, room, and incidentals. Applications will be accepted from January 3, 2011 through February 11, 2011. Recipients will be notified no later than March 20, 2011.

To apply, and for more information about SEI, please visit http://www.vrafoundation.org/sei2011/kress.html


Scholarship Resources from ALA

CC image by Alan Cleaver at Flickr.com (click to see original)

Are you currently enrolled in an MLIS program?  Thinking of enrolling soon? Now is a great time to seek out scholarship opportunities for next fall.  This week’s American Libraries Direct provided links to two helpful resources:

  • Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (PDF) – “The Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies directory (PDF file) is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions, and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.”
  • ALA-sponsored scholarships: “ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master’s degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.” ALA’s single online application covers all available opportunities. Applications are now being accepted and the deadline is March 8, 2011.

LIS Scholarships from the Georgia Library Association

[via GLA listserv]

Do you know someone in an LIS program or entering an LIS program?  Tell them about the GLA Scholarships!

The Georgia Library Association awards two (2) scholarships yearly to provide financial assistance toward completing a Master’s in Library/Information Science.

The Hubbard Scholarship ($3,000) was established over 30 years ago to recruit excellent librarians for Georgia.

The Beard Scholarship ($1,000) intended for those who show strong potential to inspire and motivate their peers in the profession.

Scholarships are open to students accepted to master’s degree programs at ALA accredited schools (whether currently enrolled or beginning studies in Fall 2010). Recipients agree to work for one year in a Georgia library following graduation. For full requirements and application info please visit http://gla.georgialibraries.org/scholarship.htm

Deadline: May 21


Professional development in Visual Resources: Kress Scholarship and Simmons workshop

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Summer Educational Institute Scholarships for SEI Pro 2010

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, http://www.kressfoundation.org/,  has generously agreed to sponsor four scholarships for this year’s Summer Educational Institute:  SEI Pro 2010SEI Pro will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, from June 8 to June 11, 2010.  It is an intensive workshop intended to provide advanced instruction in visual resources and image collection management.  ARLIS/NA and the VRAF are developing a special curriculum to offer in-depth training that is often not found in library and information science degree programs.   We are grateful to the Kress Foundation’s ongoing support of this valuable institute.

If you are interested in applying for a Kress Foundation Summer Educational Institute Scholarship, information can be found on the website, http://www.vrafoundation.org/sei2010/ .

Kress Summer Educational Institute Scholarship recipients will each receive $625 for tuition, room, and incidentals.

To apply please send a current curriculum vitae, a brief essay (500 words or less) describing the reasons why you want to attend SEI Pro 2010 and how the experience will fit into your career goals.  Please include a description of financial need.

Please send the application in electronic form to:

Alix Reiskind

areiskind [at] gsd [dot] harvard [dot]edu

Co-Chair SEI Implementation Team and Visual Resources Librarian

Frances Loeb Library

Harvard Graduate School of Design

48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA  02138

Phone: 617.496.8673

Applications will be accepted from January 4, 2010 through February 12, 2010.  Recipients will be notified no later than March 21, 2010.

You may contact Alix Reiskind with any questions.

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Simmons GSLIS Continuing Education is pleased to offer a special three-day workshop:

Digital Image Curation: Creating a New Field of Practice

Dates: March 11-13, 2010

Presenters: Dr. Martha Mahard and Dr. Ross Harvey (Simmons College) and guest speakers

Location: Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, MA

Digital images, like all digital objects, need careful attention if we are to keep them usable in the future. Digital curation provides a way of looking at the issues that need to be addressed to achieve this aim. This three-day workshop is intended for librarians, archivists and other information professionals concerned with managing digital images. It uses the DCC Curation Lifecycle Model as the framework for presentations, discussion and practical exercises about how to curate digital image collections.

Costs: $599 for registration and payment before January 31, 2010; $699 thereafter. (Costs include continental breakfasts, afternoon snacks, meal tickets for lunch at the Simmons cafeteria, and a reception on the first evening.)

Limited to 25 students.

For more information and to view the workshop schedule, please visit the Digital Image Curation page: http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/careers/continuing-education/workshops/offsite.php


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