VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant Fellow

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) and the DLF are pleased to support a Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant for the DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia from October 26–28.

The goal of the VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant is to bring a cross-pollinator—a visual resources professional working in a library, archive, museum, or academic setting who can provide a unique perspective with DLF and share a vision of the digital library world from their perspective—to the conference. The grant recipient can envision and articulate a connection with their work and sees great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network.

The Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant is a reciprocal program between the DLF and VRA. The program will also bring a digital library practitioner who typically attends the DLF Forum to the 2016 ARLIS/NA + VRA Conference in Seattle, March 8–12.

We are pleased to welcome this year’s VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Fellow, Andrea Schuler!

Andrea Schuler
Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture
Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries

I’m the Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture in the Aga Khan Documentation Center (AKDC) at MIT, part of the MIT Libraries. In that role, I provide access to the Documentation Center’s visual collections for the MIT community and for a worldwide community of users. As part of the AKDC team, I also contribute content to Archnet, the largest open, online architectural library with a focus on Muslim cultures. This will be my first DLF Forum, and I’m looking forward to meeting a new community of people, learning about the work being done at other institutions, and the opportunity to bring back new ideas to MIT and to VRA. I’m excited to represent VRA at the Forum, and for increased communication and collaboration between the two organizations.


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The Cross-Pollinator Travel Award is a reciprocal program
with the Visual Resources Association.


The Award

One award up to $1,000 to go towards the travel, board, and lodging expenses of attending the DLF Forum. Additionally, the awardees will each receive a complimentary full registration to the Forum ($675). Recipients will be required to write a blog post, subsequent to the Forum, about their experience; this blog post will be published by DLF and VRA.


The applicants should be VRA members who are seeking more exposure to the trends in digital libraries, have not attended the DLF Forum, and are willing to share their perspective with the DLF community by representing VRA and serving as an ambassador for the VR profession.


The applicant will be required to supply contact information as well as to indicate how access to the the DLF Forum may assist the applicant in achieving an expansion of their professional horizons. It is important for the applicant to describe what he or she can uniquely bring to the conference.

Send an email containing the following items (in one document) to egallivan@clir.org, with the subject “VRA Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant: [Your Name]”

  • Personal statement from the candidate (ca. 500 words) explaining how attending the DLF Forum will expand your professional horizons, what you can bring/offer to the Forum, and how you see yourself and the visual resources profession benefiting from the DLF Forum.
  • A current résumé.

Applications were due by 4:00pm EDT on Monday, June 15, 2015. The winning applicants must be able to travel to Vancouver, British Columbia from October 26–28, 2015.

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