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The July 3rd deadline for the submission of conference proposals is rapidly
approaching.  Please consider participating in the Visual Resources
Association’s 33rd Annual Conference; see below for details.  A big thank
you to everyone who has already submitted proposals.

--Steven Kowalik, VRA Vice President for Conference Program

 The Visual Resources Association <>'s 33rd Annual
Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, from Wednesday, March 11th,
through Saturday, March 14th, 2015, in the Westin Denver Downtown
<> hotel. Please mark your calendars.

 Proposals are now being solicited for the 2015 program case studies,
papers, posters, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops.
 All proposals are welcome.  Click here
to go to the conference proposal form.


   A session is a maximum 90 minute moderated session with 3 to 4 speakers
   at 15 to 20 minutes each followed by a facilitated brief question and
   answer period.

   A workshop is a 2, 3 or 4 hour workshop to develop skills and experience
   in the field of visual resources, preferably with hands-on activities.

   A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for
   possible grouping into a session.

   A special interest/user group is a 60 to 90-minute informal facilitated
   group discussion on topics related to a specific community within VRA.

   A case study is detailed information about an individual, small group,
   or project, generally including the accounts of subjects themselves.
   Moderators are encouraged to submit proposals. Individual case study
   proposals will be reviewed for possible groupings similar to the session

   A poster advertises your research, and combines text and graphics to
   make a visually pleasing presentation. (

 The Visual Resources Association is a multi-disciplinary, international
professional organization dedicated to furthering research and education in
the field of media

management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial
environments. Some suggested topics compiled from this year's
post-conference survey responses are listed below. Other ideas expanding
beyond that which is familiar to VRA are encouraged. Past conference
programs and highlights may be found on VRA’s website: <>.
A limited number of honorarium packages are available to support non-VRA
member conference participation.  Moderators may put out calls for
presenters within a proposed topic before or after submission of proposal.
The VRA Executive Board will be looking for articulate and concise
submissions with lists of presenters, when applicable. Specificity
regarding audio-visual needs including live internet connectivity is

 Some suggested topics:


   Digital preservation

   Digital stewardship

   Digital curation / data curation

   Workflow management and documentation


   Visual Literacy

   Digital Humanities

   VR professionals as bridges for digital humanities research


   Digital mapping

   Image use across disciplines and the curriculum

   Analog media

   Legacy slide collections

   New technology


   Linked Open Data

   Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)

   Museums and Libraries: similarities and differences

   New spaces, repurposing as collaborative learning environments

   Expanding professional roles

   Alternative careers

   Institution-wide involvement

   International issues

   Museum imaging workflow

   Marketing, outreach

   Social media

   Crosswalking & interoperability between metadata standards

   Uses of embedded metadata

Workshop ideas:


   Project management

   WordPress blogging


   Staff development, general management skills

   Copyright permissions for publishing

   Shared Shelf drop-in clinic

Questions about the proposal process and the various presentation formats
included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to me at <
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 The proposal deadline is July 3, 2014.  I look forward to hearing from you!


Steven Kowalik


Steven Kowalik, MSLS

Vice President for Conference Program, Visual Resources Association

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Hunter College/CUNY

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Special Projects Librarian for LIT and Publishing
Online Exhibits/Omeka Coordinator
University of Michigan Library


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