Call for Proposals, Visual Resources Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee 2014

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 3:00am

Call for Proposals, VRA Milwaukee 2014

The Visual Resources Association’s 32nd Annual Conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from Wednesday March 12th through Saturday March 15th in the elegant and historic Pfister Hotel.

Proposals are now being solicited for the 2014 program sessions, workshops, papers, posters, special interest/user groups, and case studies.  All proposals are welcome.  Click here to go to the conference proposal form, which can also be accessed through the Visual Resources Association Conferences page.

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

The quality of conference content depends upon YOUR ideas and contributions, so get those creative juices flowing.   Use suggested topics from VRA members (see below) or your imagination to propose ideas which expand our outlooks beyond that which is familiar.  If there is an area of concern or interest that you feel has not been adequately addressed in previous programs, do consider participating in this process by submitting a proposal.  Moderators may put out calls for speakers within a proposed topic before submission of completed topics.  The VRA Executive Board will be looking for complete, concise and articulate submissions with lists of presenters, when applicable.  Specificity regarding audio-visual needs including live internet connectivity is recommended.


  • DIMS/DAMS software
  • Embedded metadata
  • Digital labs and equipment recommendations
  • Digital curation
  • Data Asset Management & software recommendations
  • Digital preservation
  • Shared cataloging & creative collaboration; migration; content structures
  • Omeka workshop
  • Materials management
  • International aspects of copyright and digital rights management
  • Publishing workshop
  • Digital collection marketing; social media
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Digital humanities with visual resource focus
  • Flip teaching (or flipped classroom)
  • Moving image content; non-art collections
  • Online classes
  • Incorporating visual literacy into instructional practices
  • Professional development recommendations
  • Best of open access web resources
  • Implications of Remote Database Access (RDA)
  • Small budget solutions
  • Workflow
  • Faculty personal database concerns
  • Providing image resources to non-art institutions

Questions about the proposal process and the various presentation formats included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to me at <>.
The proposal deadline is July 15, 2013.  I look forward to receiving your proposals!
Steven Kowalik


About VRA:

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. The Association is committed to providing leadership in the visual resources field, developing and advocating standards, and offering educational tools and activities, publication programs, and opportunities for the benefit of the community at large. The Association offers a forum for issues of vital concern to the field of digital and analog curation, including: preservation of and access to digital and analog images of media documenting visual culture; cataloging and classification standards and practices; integration of technology-based instruction and research; digital humanities; intellectual property policy; visual literacy and other topics of interest to the field. Through collaboration, partnership, and outreach with the broader information management, and educational, and scholarly communities, the Association actively supports the primacy of visual information in documenting and understanding humanity's shared cultural experience.


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