UHM-Department of Art and Art History: Visual Resources Center (VRC)

Supervisor: Kanako Iwase
Phone: 956-8781
Email: kanako3@hawaii.edu

Description of collection

The Visual Resources Center (VRC) consists of some 150,000 35mm slides in color and black/white, as well as digital images hosted in the in-house database. It is an indispensable tool for teaching art history and studio arts. Included are images of painting, sculpture, architecture, drawing and printmaking, photography, contemporary arts, applied arts, maps, plans and diagrams, and other didactic material from Western, Asian, Pacific, African and Native American cultural regions. Digitizing the slide collection is being done on an ongoing basis, in addition to educating students and faculty about ARTstor, the subscription image database.

Description of internship

Internship projects will be tailored to the intern’s interests and the current activities in the library. Opportunities are offered to participate in all aspects of digitization and database maintenance, collection management, and analog slide preservation. Interns can also assist with analysis and implementation of a new online content management system.

Required qualifications

Cataloging or metadata class, any class for digitization, systems or preservation.

Desired qualifications

Background in visual arts or art history; some experience with FileMaker Pro and other database systems, Photoshop, MS Office, scanning equipment; work habits of accuracy and attention to detail, ability to take initiatives.

Weekly schedule

Typically 10 hours a week, for a total of 150 hours to be completed by the end of the semester.

Learning/experiential goals or work outcomes expected

  • Understanding the management and operations issues associated with a highly specialized collection and how it fulfills its mission within the Department of Art as a support for teaching.
  • Hands-on experience creating and implementing digital visual resources with metadata
  • Hands-on experience of one or more aspects of preservation for both analog slides and digital images

Evaluation methods

Initial consultation to define specific projects, goals and expectations. Opportunities for informal feedback and adjustments throughout the semester. Final evaluation using standard LIS 690 evaluation form.

Evaluation schedule

One evaluation upon completion of 150 hours.