VRA 2008 San Diego
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Visual Resources Association
27th Annual Conference
March 18-21, 2009

At a Glance

Full Schedule (PDF)

Wednesday, March 18

Thursday, March 19

Friday, March 20

Saturday, March 21




General Conference Support
provided by:

Two Cat Digital

Wednesday, March 18

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Desk open

8:30 am - 4:00 pm


See Special Events section.

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop 1: Issues in VR Administration

This workshop is designed to introduce new visual resources curators and librarians to various topics in visual resources management and offer them guidance in the effective daily administration of a visual resources operation and facility in the digital age. This four‐hour workshop will focus on administrative procedures (budgeting, policies, reports, workflows), collection development and acquisitions (in‐house, purchased, licensed), human resources (staffing, changes in job descriptions, professional development), strategic planning for a digital transition, cross‐institutional collaboration, training, reference, and project management. Since there are typically other conference opportunities that address issues of digital imaging, cataloging/metadata, and database design, this workshop will not cover those topics. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.
[NOTE: This workshop is intended to complement the Roundtable on Issues in Visual Resources Administration also offered during this conference on Thursday, 4:00‐5:30 p.m.]

Co-organizers & Co-instructors:

Karin Whalen, Reed College & John Taormina, Duke University


Education Committee & VRA New England Chapter

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advisory Group: ARTstor’s Hosted Collection (invitation only)

9:30 ‐ 11:00 am

Mini‐Workshop 1: Dynamic Duo: Cataloging with VRA Core 4 and CCO


Jan Eklund, UC Berkeley


Jan Eklund, UC Berkeley & Ann Whiteside, MIT & Elisa Lanzi, Smith College

10:00 - 11:30 am

Walking Tour 1: Downtown Toronto

For tour description, see Special Events section.

11:00 am - 5:00 pm


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Meeting: Mid-Atlantic Chapter

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Ask the Expert: Databases, XML, and System Design

What to talk about how your database will interface with other system components like image delivery systems? Or how xml will impact how you handle data in the future? Planning a system or a new database and want to implement standards? Come chat about these or any other data or database topic of your choosing.
(This Experts Session was available by prior registration only, and is now closed.)


Susan-Jane Williams, independent consultant

Meeting: Nominating Committee
Meeting: New York Chapter

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Walking Tour 2: Financial Centre (Queen/King/University/Bay area)

For tour description, see Special Events section.

2:00 ‐ 3:30 pm

Ask the Expert: Digital Assets Management

Are you thinking about purchasing or using a library asset management system? Is your primary focus on the storage and retrieval of large amounts of infrequently changing media assets, such as digital video or audio media or photographic archives? Wondering about what is involved in the conversion and what these types of systems will or won’t do for you?
(This Experts Session was available by prior registration only, and is now closed.)


Jeanne Keefe, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Mini‐Workshop 2: Metadata with Muscle; Flexing the Power of Core 4 and CCO via XML

This mini‐workshop will provide a very basic introduction to XML concepts, a more in‐depth look at the VRA Core 4 XML schema, and a discussion of how Core 4 and CCO are designed to work together within the XML record. Participants will be expected to have a prior working knowledge of CCO principles and the Core 4 element structure, and will help build a Core 4+CCO‐compliant XML data file from the ground up by populating elements, sub‐elements, and attributes with basic descriptive metadata culled from real cataloging examples.

[NOTE: This is one of 2 mini‐workshops being offered on the VRA Core and CCO metadata standards. The morning workshop (The Dynamic Duo: Cataloging with VRA Core 4 and CCO) is intended as an entry‐level introduction for anyone wanting to know more about how the Core and CCO work together. The afternoon workshop (Metadata with Muscle: Flexing the Power of Core 4 and CCO via XML) covers XML and shows how an XML data record is constructed out of the Core structure and CCO‐guided content. Emphasis in both the morning and afternoon workshops will be on cataloging decision‐making.]


Jan Eklund, UC Berkeley


Jan Eklund, UC Berkeley & Ann Whiteside, MIT & Elisa Lanzi, Smith College


VRA Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Meeting: Canada Chapter

4:00pm ‐ 6:00pm

VRA Plenary Session: Fair Use / Fair Dealing; Which Should Give You More Comfort?

Many copyright scholars have often argued that the U.S. copyright exception of "fair use" is more liberal ‐‐ and allows for greater flexibility ‐‐ than its "fair dealing" counterpart in Canada. But after a 2004 landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, some scholars have suggested that the Canadian doctrine of fair dealing actually offers the user ‐‐ particularly the educational user ‐‐ more latitude to make different uses of a created work (and more comfort in doing so) than does its U.S. counterpart. This session will feature two noted copyright scholars (one from Canada and one from the U.S.) to discuss the differences and give us a better understanding of the two doctrines.


Gretchen Wagner


Kenneth Crews, Director of Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University
Giuseppina D’Agostino, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/faculty/DAgostino_Giuseppina.html

6:00 ‐ 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

8:00 pm - ?

SEI Reunion

Trader's in the hotel lobby.

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