IRIG meets in person at ALA Annual, and virtually at ALA Midwinter

ACRL-IRIG Program at ALA in Orlando, June 25th, 2016

HILTON Orlando, Room Lake George

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

PDF - ACRL-IRIG Program at ALA in Orlando (<-- Click Here)


Note: The main ALA conference location is at Orange County Convention Center. This meeting will take place at the Lake George Room in the Hilton Orlando next to the Convention Center (one of the co-HQ hotels). While it is walkable, Hilton advises that we take the shuttle from the convention center, which runs every 10-15 minutes. (See location and shuttle information in the PDF above.)


The meeting will begin with lightning round talks from the following presenters:


Collaborating Across Departments for Image Metadata


The Digital Projects & Preservation Department and the Discovery Enhancement Department, each within the Technical Services Division of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, have collaborated to ensure that metadata is embedded in image-based collections in the institutional repository. Our initial project is nearly complete and now we have begun a second. The first project utilized freeware so that staff members in Discovery Enhancement, who did not have access to the Adobe Suite, could embed metadata and geographic coordinates.  Now that a campus-wide agreement has provided access to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, members of the team can apply metadata using presets based on a data dictionary.  The collaboration has allowed more content to be posted to the institutional repository and harnessed existing skill-sets in new ways.


Courtenay McLeland

Head, Digital Projects & Preservation

Curator, Library Art Collection

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

University of North Florida


Sculpting Visual-Literate Spaces and Learners


What do you envision when you hear “learning space”? Do you see a traditional classroom with rows of tables and chairs facing a board? But how does this work to promote visual literacy, or function when you don’t have the space for a classroom? Visual literacy requires more than seeing an image or video on a large screen, it requires collaboration and touch in today’s digital age. Two librarians sought to break from tradition and create accommodating learning spaces that promote visual literacies. Learn the good, the bad, and the ugly they encountered while breaking down the traditional classroom and incorporating mobile and interactive technologies aligned with visual literacy pedagogies.


Tiffany Baglier

Assistant Head, Education Library

George A. Smathers Libraries

University of Florida





Business meeting (Please email additions to the agenda to


2016/2017 Convener:

Jasmine Burns, Image Technologies and Visual Literacy Librarian and Interim Head of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University Bloomington. Jasmine has been at IU since August 2015, where she manages and curates the Fine Arts Library’s interdisciplinary image collections for teaching and research. She also serves as the Director of the Art Librarianship Program, Secretary to the Executive Board of the Visual Resources Association, and Vice-Moderator to the Visual Resources Division of ARLIS.


What is the charge for the 2016-2017 convener?


The group’s founding purpose is “To provide a forum for ongoing discussion of the unique issues presented by the development and support of interdisciplinary image resources in academic libraries.”


Volunteer for Incoming Convener for 2016-2017. This person will transition to Convener for the 2017-2018 year.


Volunteer for Listserv/Website Administrator: This is an important communication role. We are looking for a volunteer to serve during the coming year.


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ACRL IRIG wiki (


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ACRL-IRIG Meeting at ALA in Las Vegas, June 28, 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center (N101)

The meeting will begin with lightning round talks from the following presenters:

Courtney Baron, University of Georgia
“Institutional Repositories: Powerful Tools to Preserve MFA Work”

Nicole LaMoreaux, LIM College
“Beneath the Fold: The Value of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) Archive and Vogue Archive within an Academic Library”

Ann Medaille, University of Nevada, Reno
“Learning Visual Literacy Skills through Digital Story Creation”

Stephen Patton, Indiana State University
“MDID or Don’t”

Jenna Rinalducci, George Mason University
“Tactile Texts: Transforming Artist Books for the Online Environment”

Tiffany Saulter, Indiana University Bloomington
“Image as Record: The Zine Collection at the Fine Arts Library”

Krista White, Rutgers University
“Digital Imaging Specifications and the Management of Digital Storage Needs”

Following the presentations, members of the Visual Literacy Task Force will provide an update on the Visual Literacy Standards.

ACRL-IRIG Program at ALA in Chicago, June 29th, 2013
McCormick Place Convention Center (N427a)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Success Stories and Challenges: How Librarians are Employing Fair Use with Their Code

Creators of the ARL Fair Use Code describe the achievements and challenges of employing the ARL Code, including innovative ways that librarians have implemented the code, common reactions and obstacles, and the latest legislation. Next, the workshop examines the educational use of images, including the VRA Fair Use Statement, and a Code being developed by the College Art Association on image use in scholarly publications and on the creation and exhibition of new artistic works.

Brandon Butler, J.D., Director of Public Policy Initiatives, ARL 
Kevin Smith, J.D., Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications, Duke University
Previous Meetings:
ALA Midwinter 2013, Seattle (virtual)

IRIG will meet online (using Adobe Connect) on Thursday Feb. 14, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. CST.

Meeting Minutes

Our meeting will include the following presentations:

   David Gwynn and Kathelene McCarty Smith, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

        Photo Synthesis:  Collaboration and Compromise on an Historic Photograph Digitization Project


    Theodore Gerontakos, University of Washington

        Continuing metadata lifecycles for metadata created using Photoshop in 2006


    Kathleen Lonbom, Illinois State University

        Informing Images:  Audio Access for a Digital Image Collection

We will conclude with a business meeting (agenda forthcoming).

ALA Annual 2012, Anaheim

IRIG Program
Sunday, June 24th 2012
GRAND (Disney's Grand Californian Hotel)-Sequoia North, Ballroom D

This year's program will feature four lightning talks by the following speakers:

Nicole Brown, Multidisciplinary Instruction Librarian, New York University Libraries
   Teaching with Images: Integrating Visual Literacy and Information Literacy View Presentation and Handout

Stephanie Beene, Visual Resources Coordinator, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
   Implementing Visual Literacy Standards & Guidelines at Lewis and Clark
View Presentation and Outline

Maureen Burns, IMAGinED Consulting; AND Jennifer Wormser, Head Librarian, Laguna College of Art & Design,
Los Angeles, CA
   Laguna College of Art and Design Project: Cataloging and moving an institutional collection of faculty
   and student work into ARTstor's Shared Shelf
View Presentation

Emily Nelson Decker, Director, Visual Resources Center, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia
   Collaboration is Key: Developing Interdisciplinary Image Databases
View Presentation

ALA Midwinter 2012, Dallas (virtual)

“Current Trends in Public Domain Image Policies”

Tuesday February 14th, 2:00-3:30 pm E.S.T.

How accessible are  your "public domain" digital collections? Please join us for a conversation about the range of usage policies for public domain digital image collections. To what extent do new open access decisions reflect a shift in the way academic libraries and archives treat access to digital reproductions of public domain materials in our stewardship? Speakers from Cornell and Yale will talk about the recent open access policies at their institutions, and there will be a discussion and Q&A opportunity. Following the program, there will be IRIG updates and announcements.

About the speakers:

Peter Hirtle is a Senior Policy Advisor at Cornell University Library with a special mandate to address intellectual property issues.  He also serves as the selector for US and general history, genealogy, and information science. Previously at Cornell, Hirtle served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections and as the Associate Editor of D-Lib Magazine. He is an archivist by training with an MA in History from Johns Hopkins and an MLS with a concentration in archival science from the University of Maryland. Hirtle is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of American Archivists and is a member of its Working Group on Intellectual Property. He was a member of the Commission on Preservation and Access/Research Library Group's Task Force on Digital Archiving and the Copyright Office’s Section 108 Study Group, and is a contributing author to the blog.

Melissa Gold Fournier is Associate Museum Registrar and Manager of Imaging Services at the Yale Center for British Art, where she oversees the operation and production of the digital imaging studio as well as rights-related collection information. Melissa works closely with Yale's Department of Digital Assets and Infrastructure on shared projects and serves as the lead for the Center’s participation in Yale's shared digital asset management system. She also works closely with the Center’s Department of Collections Information and Access both administratively and technically in providing access to the Center’s collections online. Melissa has held successive positions of responsibility in museum registration and collections imaging at the YCBA since 1998, and is a graduate of Yale College.

    Presentations and discussion
        Peter Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor, Cornell University Library. View the presentation. Download Peter's bibliography.
        Melissa Fournier, Associate Registrar and Manager of Imaging Services, Yale Center for British Art. View the presentation.
    IRIG business meeting
        Visual Literacy Competency Standards update
        Programming updates

ALA Annual 2011, New Orleans

IRIG Program

Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: Introducing a new interdisciplinary information literacy standard for 21st century learners

Visual literacy experts and practitioners will introduce a working draft of the draft ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and discuss implementation strategies for higher education. Speakers will be describing their experiences testing implementation of the draft Standards, and will provide ideas for Standards-based activities, learning objects, and assessment.

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Place: Convention Center Room 339

Track: User Services
Subtrack: Literacy & Learning

Virginia Allison and Holly Tomren, University of California, Irvine
Jodi Kearns and Lizette Royer, University of Akron
Emily Nelson Decker, University of Georgia
Robin Miller, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Shilpa Rele and Gilda Santana, University of Miami
Joanna Burgess, Reed College (moderator)

Sponsor: Image Resources Interest Group
Co-sponsors (name-only): Arts Section, Women and Gender Studies Section, Instruction Section

ACRL/IRIG ALA Program planning committee: Joanna Burgess (co-chair), Ann Medaille, Kaila Bussert, Denise Hattwig (co-chair)

Handouts - Allison/Tomren, Decker, Miller, Kearns/Royer, Rele/Santana
Presentations - Allison/Tomren, Miller

Co-Sponsored Arts Section Program

Creating Multimedia Metadata: Controlled Vocabularies Across Time & Space

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm
Place: Convention Center Room 338

IRIG Meeting

Lightning talks - "Current Practices in Interdisciplinary Image Support"

Kasia Leousis, Washington University in St. Louis
    Using Art Special Collections to Teach Visual Literacy

Chellammal Vaidyanathan, Johns Hopkins
    Promoting Visual Literacy in Rare Books Sessions Download the presentation

Karen Mason, Medgar Evers College
    Sophisticated Searching Using Visual Materials

Alice Platt, Southern New Hampshire University
    Creating an Online Catalog of the University Gallery’s Permanent Collection
Download the outline
Scott Spicer, University of Minnesota
    Utilizing Crowd Sourcing Methodology to Develop a Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Image Resource Guide for the University of Minnesota

ALA Midwinter 2011, San Diego (virtual)

IRIG meeting

IRIG Visual Literacy Standards Task Force (VLTF) meeting
Discussion prompt

ALA Annual 2010, Washington, D.C.

IRIG meeting

IRIG Visual Literacy Standards Task Force (VLTF) meeting

ALA Midwinter 2010, Boston

IRIG meeting

ACRL 2009, Seattle (informal organizing meeting)