Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: a Workshop on Visual Literacy
Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop
February 26, 2016 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Hosted by the Visual Resources Center, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

As our culture moves from an oral tradition to a visual one, an increasing emphasis is being placed on developing the visual literacy skills of both educators and students, uniquely positioning those who work with visual media to provide necessary visual literacy training and instruction.

This two-part workshop (morning and afternoon) will provide participants with the tools to develop and implement a visual literacy training program. Part one of this workshop will focus on visual literacy skills and pedagogical approaches by exploring objects at the new Berkeley Art Museum. The afternoon session will focus on ways to apply these pedagogies to their own work and institutions. Participants will discuss and develop ways to implement  and evaluate their own visual literacy programs as well as how digital archives, art objects, and other primary sources can be used by staff, students and faculty. 

Part 1: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Part 2: 2 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (15 minute break)

Jessica Sack, the Jan and Frederick Mayer Senior Associate Curator of Public Education at the Yale University Art Gallery, has worked in the field of museum education for more than fifteen years. In that time she has been developing professional development programs in Visual Literacy for a variety of audiences including librarian, teacher, and faculty workshops, and training graduate students as museum educators. In addition, Jessica works with area teachers and faculty, helping them find ways to teach from objects and hone their own observation skills. Prior to Yale, Jessica was the Senior Museum Educator and Coordinator of Teacher Services at the Brooklyn Museum. There, she developed the Summer Teacher Institute, Weekend Workshop Series, and Teacher Leadership Program. All of these helped K-12 teachers and university faculty connect the Museum’s collection to their curricula. She has contributed to publications including The Caring Museum: New Models of Engagement with the Ageing, Interpreting the Art Museum,  “Looking to Learn, Learning to Teach” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin and Picturing a Nation: Teaching with American Art and Material Culture. Jessica is a frequent presenter at conferences and other museums. Jessica received her M.Phil. in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography from Oxford University, England, and a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.


Exhibit, Instruct, Promote: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop

February 19, 2016 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Judith and Stanley Zabar Art Library, City University of New York, Hunter College

Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Omeka is a rich, open-source web publishing tool with a diverse array of functions for digital scholarship projects. For information professionals, faculty and students, Omeka can provide an easy way to publish and share digital content, as well as serve as a platform for building online exhibitions as academic and/or student projects.  In this full-day workshop, participants will be provided with a comprehensive overview of both Omeka.net (hosted) and Omeka.org (installed on a server) and case studies that demonstrate the use of Omeka in a variety of contexts, ranging from providing access to digital collections to projects that engage students in the learning process. While focused on Omeka, this workshop also will touch on other similar tools used for digital scholarship (such as Scalar) and offer practical information for planning digital projects.


Meghan Musolff is the Special Projects Librarian for Library IT at the University of Michigan Library.  In her position, she coordinates the in-take process for new IT projects, tracks the progress of projects, performs outreach and communication, and performs a variety of other duties.  A specific area of focus includes coordinating the U-M Library’s implementation of Omeka for the creation and presentation of online exhibits. Before her current position, Musolff was the Assistant Coordinator of the Visual Resource Collection in the History of Art Department at U-M and prior to that the Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale University.  Musolff is an active member in the Visual Resource Association (VRA) and is the past co-chair of the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resource and Image Management.  She holds a M.A. in Art History from Michigan State University and a M.L.I.S. in Library Science from Dominican University.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the day-long workshop Exhibit, Instruct, Promote: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship is $125. Registration is now full.

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