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Presented by Trish Rose-Sandler at the Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, April 3rd - April 6th, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Session #5: Reach Out! New Opportunities for the Visual Resource Center
MODERATOR: Allison J. Cywin, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden
“The Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing the Identification and Description of Natural History Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library”
Stephanie Beene, Lewis & Clark College
“From Archive to Digital, from Lone VRC to Collaborative Effort: The case of the Lewis & Clark College Senior Art Collection Online Project”
Charlie McNeil and Allison Cywin, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
“Discovery Beyond Books: Integration of Library and Visual Resource Materials”
In the past several years, visual resource centers across the nation have undergone major transformations from traditional slide libraries to new digital image and multimedia centers. This transition has brought new audience development strategies and professional opportunities in the form of collaborative partnerships, cooperative ventures and institutional alliances.
This session will highlight four institutions that have expanded the mission of the visual resource center by broadening audience development and outreach through cross-disciplinary partnerships, system integrations, collaborative enterprises and collection building. The presenters will offer practical experiences describing the successes and challenges of working within a collaborative environment and will provide working models and strategies for audience development.