ARLIS/NA-VRAF Summer Educational Institute (SEI)

The purpose of the Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information is to provide information professionals with valuable training and education in the area of visual information and image management. Under the direction of the Executive Boards of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), the Implementation Team (IT) is charged as the management group for the Summer Educational Institute (SEI) providing or coordinating administration, local arrangements, registration, scheduling, fundraising, publicity, curriculum, instruction and teaching materials.

The 2021 Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information (SEI) will be held online from June 22-25. The workshop is expected to return to an in-person format in 2022. 

SEI Workshop


Bridget Madden, Senior Co-Chair (University of Chicago)
Jasmine Burns, Incoming Co-Chair (Cornell University)
Kimberly Wolfe, Curriculum Specialist and Faculty Liaison (VRA) (University of Richmond)
Annie Sollinger, Curriculum Specialist and Faculty Liaison (ARLIS) (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Otto Luna, Web Manager and Publicity Specialist (University of New Hampshire)
Heather Slania, ARLIS/NA Board Liaison (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Marcia Focht, VRAF Liaison (Binghampton University)


In 2002 an ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Education Task Force (JETF) was formed and charged to develop an infrastructure and curriculum for a week-long summer institute of continuing education in image collection/visual resources management; to negotiate instructors and teaching materials for the institute; and to arrange its first venue and program schedule at Rice University (Houston, Texas) for early summer 2003. However, a decision was made in 2003 to move the inaugural SEI to Duke University, which would take place in the summer of 2004. One of the reasons was that the VRA conference had just been in Houston in 2003 and ARLIS' was going to be in Houston in 2005.

The first formal meeting of the JETF took place at the joint ARLIS/NA-VRA conference in St. Louis in 2002. Subsequent meetings occurred at VRA conferences in Houston (2003) and Portland (2004) and ARLIS/NA conferences in Baltimore (2003) and New York (2004). During the summer or fall of 2004 the JETF recommended it's dissolution and the creation of the Summer Educational Institute Implementation Team (SEI IT) to handle the planning of SEI 2005.

SEI Implementation Team

Bridget Madden

Associate Director, Visual Resources Center

Senior Co-chair

Jasmine E Burns

Visual Resources Metadata Lib

Incoming Co-chair

Annie M Sollinger


Visual Archivist

Curriculum Specialist and Faculty Liaison

Otto I Luna

Visual Resources Librarian

Web Manager and Publicity Specialist

Carla-Mae Crookendale

Carla-Mae Crookendale

Arts Research LIbrarian

Board Liaison