Resources Advisory Committee Business Meeting
Libraries Society of North America 29th Annual Conference, Los
present: Leigh Gates, Linda McRae, Gregg Most, Maryly Snow, Kathryn Wayne, Lynda
White, Ann Whiteside
not present: Christine Bunting, Brenda McEchern, Marcia Stein
Patricia Harpring, Mary Wassermann
Leigh Gates, Chair,
Visual Resources Advisory Committee
of Members and Board Business:
Most, Ann Whiteside and Maryly Snow were welcomed to the committee, while thanks
were extended to Christine Bunting for her fine service and past leadership.
members were reminded that budget requests need to be officially submitted to
the ARLIS Treasurer by May 30. (A copy of any request should also be directed to
Kathryn Wayne.) The deadline for conference proposals is May 1.
White reported briefly on the joint ARLIS/VRA Professional Status Survey. The
survey results are expected to be published in some form during the spring in
both VRA and ARLIS publications. The tireless contributions of Christina Bunting
and Lynda White helped bring this survey to fruition.
committee was reminded that an Ask ARLIS session was scheduled for Sunday,
3:45-5:15 pm: “The Visual Resources Professional in the 21st
Century”, which will discuss some of the survey results and their
committee, after reviewing the current strategic plan action items, decided to
begin with a clean slate of items, which will address the following areas:
following new action items were identified:
support and maintenance of standards and authority programs should be
aggressively offered. Mechanisms for contributing to the Getty Vocabulary
Program should be developed.
establishment of a basic workshop to provide education for new visual resource
professionals in core issues should be investigated. Possible affiliations and
support from host institutions around the country should be explored.
Educational components drawing on the experience and expertise of the
Society’s membership should be developed.
development and continuing education should be addressed by sponsorship of
workshops at either the regional or national levels, on topics of relevance to
visual resources professionals. Topics
to be addressed could cover training in use of the Getty Vocabulary Program
(including the training of trainers) and other standards, training in digital
imaging technology and management, and other areas identified by the Visual
Resources Advisory Committee.
growth and retention should be addressed by the establishment of a travel award
to enable a visual resource professional to attend any of the workshops
programming integrating the interests of visual resources managers and art
librarians should be proposed. The opportunity provided by the joint ARLIS/VRA
conference scheduled for 2002 should be taken full advantage of.
and speakers in the visual resources field from outside the Society should be
identified who might contribute to programming and continuing education.
collaborative efforts between ARLIS/NA and the VRA, whether in publications,
joint committees, conference programming or workshops, should be identified.
items will be submitted by Leigh to the Strategic Planning Committee using its
Joint Conference Planning:
true joint VRA/ARLIS conference is being planned for St. Louis. Several possible
session proposals with interest to both professional organizations were made:
the role of standards, standards and creativity, standards and the redefinition
of the profession, and best practices in the implementation of standards or
other aspects of the visual resources management. The possibility of sponsoring
workshops for using vocabulary standards (the Getty Vocabularies or Iconclass,
for example) was discussed. Another suggestion was a session on web-based image
management. Non-Western cataloging issues are also of interest
coordination of financial contributions to the conference is hoped for. The
desirability of using outside participants and trainers was discussed.
from Patricia Harpring, Getty Vocabulary Program:
reviewed the announcement from the J. Paul Getty that the Getty Vocabulary
Program has found a new home at the Getty Research Institute, where it will be
overseen by Murtha Baca as Head of the Getty Standards Program. Patricia
Harpring as Senior Editor of the Vocabulary Program will manage all of the
day-to-day editorial work, output to the Web and other publication formats, and
processing of contributions.
three vocabularies will continue to be available on the Research Institute web
site. On the average, 100,000 hits are made to the web site monthly. The Art
& Architecture Thesaurus, Union
List of Artist Names, and Getty
Thesaurus of Geographic Names will continue to be viewed as valuable
resources for both the Getty and for external programs involved in describing
art materials, although the current focus is support of internal Getty programs.
the next few years, the Vocabulary Program will focus on development of a
unified technical infrastructure to support Getty-wide contributions and
deployment. It is hoped that this
will be in place by January 2001. Concurrent with this internal focus, the
program will begin to build strategic partnerships with key external
organizations, such as the Avery Index, as a means of increasing the scope,
depth, and relevance of the vocabularies to the Getty, its public, and the art
information community at large.
emphasized that the Getty hopes professional societies and organizations like
play a key role in this work in the future. A suggestion was made that the
committee encourage a web site where incomplete vocabulary term submissions to
the Getty Vocabularies might be "held" until full literary warrant was
met using our collective research.
Visual Resource Professional Travel Award Proposal:
committee addressed the possibility of a travel award designated for a visual
resources professional to attend a regional or local meeting or a regional
professional development workshop. Leigh will write a proposal for review by the
VRAC on its listserv; a list of possible donors will
be drafted; and the Professional Development Committee will be contacted
concerning the committee’s proposal.