Considering SEI? Take a Look at What Others Have to Say

Registration for the ARLIS/NA & VRAF Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management closes at the end of the month. If you haven’t signed up already then hurry to reserve your spot! You can register here.  Not sure how this workshop will benefit you and your career? Then check out a post from Ashley Peterson about her experience at SEI last year. You can find even more testimonials on the SEI workshop website.

Here are just some of the comments:

The SEI coursework proved to be exactly what I needed: the perfect balance of theoretical framework, practical application, and open communication between like-minded individuals.”

I am looking forward to attending SEI again, in order to refresh my knowledge with the most up-to-date information about all the subjects covered by SEI: cataloguing, image editing, transitioning skills, project planning, strategic planning, new social media platforms and applications, and intellectual property concerns.”

If you are interested in attending this year (or in the future), check out the SEI Facebook page for more information.

We would love to hear from you about your own experiences. How has SEI has benefited you? Feel free to share your story in the comments below.

Advertisements

SEI Registration Reminder

Places are still available for the 2015 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI ), to be held June 9-12 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. http://seiworkshop.org/

This intensive workshop features a curriculum addressing the latest requirements of today’s visual resources and image management professionals. This year’s topics and experienced instructors include:

  • Intellectual property rights: Nancy Sims (Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota)
  • Metadata overview: Gretchen Gueguen (Data Services Coordinator, Digital Public Library of America)
  • Embedded metadata: Greg Reser (Metadata Specialist, University of California, San Diego Library)
  • Digital life-cycle: Liz Gushee (Digital Collections Librarian, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin)
  • Digital preservation: Nicole Finzer (Visual Resources Librarian, Digital Collections Dept, Northwestern University)
  • Project management: Angela Waarala (Digital Collections Project Manager, University of Illinois Library), Nicole Finzer, Liz Gushee
  • Digital humanities: Jeannine Keefer (Visual Resources Librarian, University of Richmond)

SEI is suited to information professionals new to the field and more experienced professionals eager to respond to fast-changing technological advancements and job requirements. Recent attendees said they definitely would recommend SEI to others: “Good experience and a great way to interact with others doing what I do.” Another wrote ”SEI showed me the range of roles in the field, including what I might encounter in a different position.”

Discounted registration for members of VRA or ARLIS/NA is $595.

Like SEI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SummerEducationalInstitute?ref=hl


ARLIS/NA NY Celine Palatsky Travel Fund Needs YOUR Help!

*please excuse cross-postings*

The ARLIS/NA New York Chapter’s Celine Palatsky Travel Award (http://arlisny.silkstart.com/cpages/celine-palatsky-travel-award) honors the former Associate Museum Librarian of the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1971-1999) and Treasurer of our chapter (1979-1993). Each year, this monetary award helps defray the cost of attending the ARLIS/NA conference for one, or more, members of the New York Chapter.

The New York Chapter has established a special Celine Palatsky Fund to accept donations from those who want to promote conference attendance and professional development by supporting the Celine Palatsky Travel Award.  This year we will be helping send TWO of our colleagues to the 43rd annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Please consider helping our chapter fund this important initiative.
Click the link below to donate.
Your contribution is tax deductible.DONATE
http://arlisny.org/funds/2015-celine-palatsky-travel-award-fund

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best regards,
Lori Salmon
2015-2016 ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect

Recipients of the Celine Palatsky Travel Award

2014: Lindsay King and Jina Park (Washington, D.C.)
2013: Holly Hathaway (Pasadena, CA)
2012: Meg Donabedian (Toronto, Ontario)
2011: Teresa A. Slobuski, Suzanne C. Walsh (Minneapolis, MN)
2010: Deirdre Donohue, Rosemary K. Davis, Clayton Kirking (Boston, MA)
2009: Maria Oldal (Indianapolis, IN)
2008: Cheryl M. Costello (Denver, CO)
2007: Karyn Hinkle (Atlanta, GA)
2006: Jill E. Luedke (Banff, Alberta, Canada)
2005: Lauren Edison (Houston, TX)
2004: Henry Baker, Jessica Cline, Shalimar Abigail Ordonez Fojas, Rita Nannini, and Billy Parrott (New York City,NY)
2003: Christina Peter (Baltimore, MD)
2002: Rebecca L. Kranz (St. Louis, MO)
2001: Helen Kim (Los Angeles, CA)
2000: Rebecca Wilkins (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lori Salmon | The New York Public Library
Senior Librarian

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
T: 212.340.0969 | F: 212.576.0048 | lorisalmon@nypl.org


New edition of Canvas – the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter Newsletter

*please excuse cross-postings*

Screen-Shot-2014-12-01-at-2.44.37-PM

The Fall 2014 edition of Canvas, the Southern California Chapter newsletter is now available on our website. Find out what our chapter members have been up to over the past year. Thank you to all who contributed!
http://southerncalifornia.arlisna.org/?p=1847
 
Cathryn Copper
ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter News Editor
Librarian
Woodbury University
School of Architecture
San Diego, CA

Professional Development Opportunities: ARLIS/NA Reviews and Multimedia & Technology Reviews

Two opportunities to engage with the greater ARLIS community:

Write for ARLIS/NA Reviews

The coeditors for ARLIS/NA Reviews (http://www.arlisna.org/publications/reviews) are seeking reviewers for the November 2014 edition.  

You must notify one of the coeditors by no later than Monday, August 18 of your interest in reviewing one of the titles listed below.  Please note in your response if your subject background or expertise matches the subject matter of the book.  Also, you must be able to meet an October 3, 2014 deadline with a 450 word review.

Art for Equality: The NAACP’s Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights, Jenny Woodley

Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery, by Cynthia Mills

Compendium of Image Errors in Analogue Video, by Johannes Gfeller, Agathe Jarczyk, and Joanne Phillips

Enduring Bronze: Ancient Art, Modern Views, by Carol C. Mattusch

Gift of the Face: Portraiture and Time in Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian, by Shamoon Zamir

Guide to Fashion Entrepreneurship: The Plan, the Product, the Process, by Melissa G. Carr and Lisa Hopkins Newell

Meret Oppenheim: Worte nicht in giftige Buchstaben einwickeln, Lisa Wenger and Martina Corgnati, eds.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, by E. Carmen Ramos

Re-Collection: Art, New Media, Social Memory, by Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito

Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America, by Aimee E. Newell

William Bouguereau: His Life and Works, by Damien Bartoli and Frederick C. Ross

Women Photographers: From Julia Margret Cameron to Cindy Sherman, by Boris Friedewald

Write for ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the August 2014  issue of the Society’s newest online publication.

To volunteer, choose your review topic from the list below and complete our review form by Monday, August 25, 2014.

Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read the complete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to arlisna.mtr@gmail.com.

Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:

Hannah Bennett

Emilee Mathews

Elizabeth Schaub

Topics for Review

We seek reviewers for the following resources. The snippets are taken from the resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors. The sections in italics denote considerations for access to the resource, or prompts that the co-editors will want the potential reviewer to focus on when reviewing the resource.

The editors of the M&T Reviews are happy to answer questions about any of these selections so feel free to contact them (arlisna.mtr@gmail.com). The submission deadline for reviews is Monday, September 8, 2014.

Blek – Blek is a unique game about imagination and personality – “Perfect representation of touch-screen play” (The New York Times). Everything you draw keeps moving – and watching your creations move is like watching magic. The goal is simple: shape a line that collects all colored circles avoiding black holes on its route. There are no specific moves that you need to master. To every level countless solutions exist, from delightfully simple to exceptionally deep and complex, yet always elegant. Reviewer / Volunteer: Please note that you will have to set up a trial in order to review fully.

Design Envy – Design Envy is a daily blog featuring the best in design today as chosen by a new curator each week. AIGA, the professional association for design, selects the curators, who are encouraged to discover and share examples of design that’s so good, they wish they had done it themselves.

EVA London: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts – The most recent conference for this organization was just held in July 2014 with the entire program and session papers available online.  Reviewers are encouraged to assess not just the overall theme of the conference but the directions the different panels are suggesting to take for the related disciplines.  Additionally, reviewers are asked to consider and assess the various technologies and use of technology addressed in the various panels.

Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library – This resource will bring together more than 1200 hours of videos on the history of clothing and fashion as well as the business aspects of the fashion industry and the major figures in the field. This collection is based on the archives of the Videofashion Library, a company that has covered the fashion industry since 1976. Future releases will also contain 35 hours of rare, hard-to-source, black and white public footage, compiled by Videofashion, documenting First Ladies, celebrities, and fashion shows from 1929 to 1967. This first release includes 190 hours of content. Reviewer / Volunteer: Please note that you will have to set up a trial in order to review fully, unless your institution already subscribes to this resource.

Guardian Cities – The Guardian newspaper has crafted this wonderful site to bring curious urbanologists news from Seoul to San Francisco. Supported in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, the site offers “a forum for debate and the sharing of ideas about the future of cities around the world.” Articles on the homepage might include pieces on investment in Detroit by Chinese corporations or the shifting public art scene in Glasgow. New visitors may wish to start with “An urbanist’s tour of South Korea,” which features the musings of Colin Marshall on this dynamic Asian country. Moving along, the Global voices section features an interactive map of the best city blogs around the world. The site also contains the visually stimulating In pictures area and the up-to-the-moment Latest on cities newsfeed.

Haunt Journal of Art – Haunt Journal of Art is a graduate student run, peer-reviewed, open access journal from the the Department of Art at the University of California Irvine. We believe speculative and innovative art writing practices are paramount to the development of radical thinking and imagination.

Interactive Digital Media Art Survey: Key Findings and Observations – In February of 2013, Cornell University Library in collaboration with the Society for the Humanities began a two-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to preserve access to complex born-digital new media art objects. The project aims to develop a technical framework and associated tools to facilitate enduring access to interactive digital media art with a focus on artworks stored on hard drive, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM.

Kanopy Streaming Films – Kanopy is a subscription film database that offers streaming film through purchasing packages, title-by-title, and DDA (demand-driven acquisition). It also features video hosting and search and find services to track down obscure titles. Reviewer / Volunteer: Please note that you will have to set up a trial in order to review fully, unless your institution already subscribes to this resource.

Macintosh Architecture: Context, Making, and Meaning – This site provides an introduction to the forthcoming major resource, ‘Mackintosh Architecture’, which will be launched in July 2014. Mackintosh Architecture’ will provide a richly-illustrated Catalogue of all known architectural projects by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It will also provide, for the period of Mackintosh’s professional career in Glasgow (1889 to 1913) entries for projects by John Honeyman & Keppie (from 1901 Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh) and images and data from the office record books; as well as a catalogue raisonné of architectural drawings by Mackintosh and the practice and biographies of over 400 clients, contractors and suppliers.

Seven Digital Deadly Sins – As part of a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), The Guardian newspaper and digital production company Jam3, one can now explore lust, envy, pride, wrath, gluttony, greed, and sloth in all their digital forms. In an age when Internet use is unavoidable, there’s a good chance you’re guilty of some of the Seven Digital Deadly Sins. In terms of a review, consider how this interactive platform can apply to the arts; is it an interesting project? Can its design likely inform other projects and if so, how?  What is unique about this project?  What does this sort of site suggest about social interaction online?


My Experience at SEI 2014

The following is an essay I completed about my experience at this year’s Summer Educational Institute (SEI), an annual joint venture by VRA and ARLIS/NA. This essay was a condition of my Kress Scholarship award, which made it possible for me to attend the event. Anyone with an interest in digital image management– from students to seasoned professionals– should seriously consider enrolling for the 2015 session!


It was a scene that could have happened anywhere: four people, drinking beers, talking about the Insane Clown Posse. More specifically, about the phenomenon of Juggalos and ICP fandom and the desire to know more about this fascinating subculture (the four people not being Juggalos, or even casual ICP fans, themselves).

Now, it so happens that this scene took place in Champaign, Illinois, at the 2014 Summer Educational Institute. The four people didn’t know each other very well, but were quickly bonding over their shared passion for goofy internet videos and preserving cultural heritage. We wondered: what are the authoritative sources on Juggalo culture? Are scholars or social scientists studying the socioeconomic underpinnings of ICP fandom? Is anyone saving the ephemera of that fandom, or documenting events like the annual Gathering of the Juggalos? “Where are all the Juggalo archivists?!,” we wondered.

This conversation happened in the midst of four rather fascinating and intense days. First off, the setting: for someone who’s always lived on a coast, the immense flatness of the midwest is always a bit jarring. It was a perfect frontier-like setting, though, for exploring relatively new-to-me topics. I found the sessions well-structured, as intellectual property flowed logically into metadata into digitization into preservation into advocacy– a nice framework for getting down & dirty with specifics while keeping sight of the larger visual resource landscape. The instructors were engaging, friendly, and scary knowledgeable about their fields. My favorite part, though (besides eating at Woorijib restaurant– seriously, the best Korean food i have EVER had) was the chance to meet colleagues from all over the U.S. Spending time with dozens of smart, passionate, and downright awesome people is high on my list of likes, and the fact that we all share a profession is pretty wonderful.

sei2014GroupPhoto

SEI 2014 attendees. Photo courtesy of the SEI 2014 website, http://sei2014.org/past-seis/pictures/.

The overall excellence of the week aside, it was still the Juggalo conversation that crystallized for me powerful shift in how I think about my work that was influenced by my SEI experience. When I began my current job, it was clear that one of my first orders of business was VR housekeeping. There were files to sort (both digital and physical), workflows to design, and a lot of baseline visual resource management principles to learn. While I was able to give myself a few crash courses on that last issue, it wasn’t until SEI that I was able to systematically, and holistically, think about the task at hand. Following my return I have improved our file organization practices, put some baseline preservation methods in place, began to think more carefully about the metadata I apply to image files when cataloging, and doubled down on my efforts to comply with digitization standards (an uphill task for someone without a photography or image editing background!).

More vital, though, is that shift I mentioned. Now that I’ve been in my position for almost a year, I am beginning to feel more confident in work I’m doing and the decisions I’ve made regarding our VR collection. Essential to this is the way I learned to think about creating, managing, sharing, and preserving the collection. Rather than envisioning mythological figures with shovels and stables or boulders and hills, I am now able to see my work in VR as more elegantly integrated with the other half of my job: research assistance and information/visual literacy instruction. Managing an image collection isn’t a goal in itself. It’s a means of providing our students with tools to improve their practice and learn how to be successful consumers, users, and creators of information both textual and visual. And someday, when I do find that Juggalo archive, I’ll know that the reason those archivists work so hard to preserve the cultural artifacts of ICP fandom is for the users who will study them, and analyze them, and create information that will enlighten those who care to find it.

-Ashley Peterson, Librarian at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Washington, DC Conference Networking Program

You’re invited to participate in the Conference Networking Program in Washington, DC!

If you are attending your first or second ARLIS/NA conference you may have questions or want help developing your professional network. The Conference Networking Program provides you with an experienced ARLIS/NA member to show you the ropes and introduce you to new colleagues.

For ARLIS/NA veterans, this is a excellent opportunity to make a significant impact in your profession at a personal level. Conference veterans are expected to contact their newbie prior to the conference, meet with them the first or second day at the conference, discuss the structure and workings of the organization, give conference-attending tips, and introduce new members to others at any events to help that person build his or her own network within the organization. The estimated time commitment is a couple hours, spread over the course of the conference.

Those requesting Conference Networking partners will be matched based on the information drawn from the registration form by coordinators from the Professional Development Committee. Both mentors and newcomers will be notified before the conference.

Prerequisites to be a mentor are to have attended one or more recent ARLIS conference and be reasonably well acquainted with the organization. The only prerequisite for newcomers is to be a first or second time conference attendee.

This is a fun and collegial program that has had much success and positive feedback! Both veterans and newcomers have found the program greatly enhances their conference experience.

Please submit the registration form by April 15: http://goo.gl/Y7jT9V

If you have any questions, please contact Caley Cannon (ccannon@scad.edu) or Maggie Portis (mportis@pratt.edu).