Monday, April 16, 2018

Visual Resources Association Foundation announces 2018 Project Grant recipient

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is 
pleased to present the 2018 VRAF Project Grant in the amount of $3000 to James 
Sobczak, Digital Imaging Assistant II, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

The University of Washington has more than 81 Collections with over 250,000 
digital assets depicted from its Special Collections in CONTENTdm. The 
University of Washington's School of Art + Art History + Design's Visual 
Services Department oversees their in-house MDID Collection, ARTstor, and UW 
Image Bank. The VRAF Project Grant will allow University of Washington's School 
of Art + Art History + Design to digitize a collection donation of 26,800+ 35mm 
slides from Patricia Young, which will provide a stipend to graduate student 
employees. The graduate student employees will work 4.5 hours per week for an 
estimated 40 weeks with software and technology provided by the University of 
Washington and UW's School of Art + Art History + Design. The graduate students 
will be spearheaded by three University of Washington team members with project 
management and supervisory role experiences. The PYC Collection will be housed 
in their MDID collection, which crosswalks with CONTENTdm for further
  outreach to researchers worldwide. This project will also allow the PYC 
Collection graduate student workers to improve upon the GIS linking of images, 
network mapping of metadata, and semantic query integration. In accordance with 
its mission to support broad access to visual information, the VRAF is pleased 
to support a project that extends digitization and dissemination of visual 
culture into expanded fields of inquiry.

The VRAF Project Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to 
advance knowledge in the field of visual resources and image management and to 
provide educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to 
visual information in the digital age. For more information about the VRAF, the 
VRAF Project Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit<>.

Visual Resources Association Foundation<>
The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) strives to strengthen the 
visual resources field by increasing public and professional awareness of 
visual information management while advocating for the value of images in the 
teaching and learning environment.

Jennifer Kniesch
VRAF Board of Directors

Jennifer Kniesch, MA & MLIS
Visual Resources Librarian
Dickinson College
Art & Art History Department
PO Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
717/ 245-1374
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