2018 Visual Resources Association National Conference- March 27-30, 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Visual Resources Association (VRA) invites you to join our dynamic, multidisciplinary community dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image and media management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments.

Our international membership includes digital librarians; digital image specialists; photograph and digital archivists; art, architecture, film and video librarians; museum curators and registrars; architectural firms; galleries; publishers; image system vendors; rights and reproductions officials; photographers; art historians; artists; and scientists. The VRA provides leadership in the visual resources field, develops and advocates standards, and offers educational tools and opportunities for the benefit of the community at large. Through collaboration and outreach with the broader information management and educational communities, the VRA actively supports the primacy of visual information in documenting and understanding humanity’s shared cultural experience.

The VRA offers international, national, and regional only memberships. The Regional only membership is based on local chapters at a $25.00 annual rate. The closest regionally associated chapter to the 2018 VRA National Conference is the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter provides its members with local support and professional development opportunities. Chapter meetings provide an opportunity for chapter members to meet colleagues in the area and gain knowledge about various subjects and technologies. For example, the Chapter meeting last summer at the University of Virginia included a session on creating and managing embedded metadata. At the fall meeting at the University of Maryland, College Park, attendees visited their MakerSpace and the Collaboratory.

The Visual Resources Association’s 36th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA (March 27, 2018 through March 30, 2018), will offer sessions and programs, such as Workshopping the World: ArcGIS Online & Story Maps, three sessions on copyright and intellectual property, Tours to the PMA Library & Archives and aTrolley Tour by Mural Arts Philadelphia, and the VREPS Night Out for emerging professionals. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter is offering two travel awards to this year’s VRA National Conference in the amount of $300. To fill out the application go here: https://goo.gl/forms/PphZfKXGsH44Ovev1

For information about joining VRA, please see: http://vraweb.org/membership/benefits/

The membership advantages for students include:

  • A discounted student rate.
  • A special interest group for emerging professionals and students (VREPS).
  • Educational opportunities (including VRA member-discounted events, workshops, and institutes).
  • Subscription to and opportunities to publish in the VRA Bulletin.
  • Discounted registration for the annual national VRA conference, with programming as varied as image management, copyright issues, standards, cataloging and classification, metadata, digital imaging technology, Web design, preservation of image quality, and educational opportunities.
  • Opportunities for professional development (including mentoring, conference presentations, publishing, and leadership opportunities).

To join the Visual Resources Association National membership ($115/annual), navigate to https://vra.memberclicks.net/ and select New Member (includes Listserv and VRA Bulletin). You can register an email at the bottom of the page to get started on a new account.

To join the Mid-Atlantic Chapter membership of the VRA ($25 regional only chapter membership/annual), navigate to https://vra.memberclicks.net/ and selectSeparate Chapter Memberships or Donations. You will need to create an account.

Questions about joining VRA? Please contact Melanie Clark, VRA Public Relations and Communications Officer: mclarkttu@gmail.com

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