You Can Do It. We Can Help: Building Digital Image Collections Together

  • Maureen Burns Visual Resources Association
Keywords: accessCeramics, ARTstor, College Art Association, Flickr, Islamic architecture, SAHARA, Shared Shelf, Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive, University of California Shared Images


At the 2009 College Art Association conference in Los Angeles, the Visual Resources Association organized an affiliate session, called “You Can Do It. We Can Help,” focused on building digital image collections together. A distinguished panel of speakers shared information about innovative image projects and presented evidence of the value of such collaborative experiences. This article provides a summary of the session with extended commentary by the moderator, updates on the projects presented, and a discussion of current issues and trends.

Author Biography

Maureen Burns, Visual Resources Association

Maureen Burns is an information professional with over 25 years of experience developing and managing teaching resources of analog and digital images at UC Irvine, the Getty Villa, and CSULB. Presently working on a consulting basis, through IMAGinED and the Image Consulting Cooperative, Burns has been handling sales for Archivision, partnering on the Local History Digital Resources Project, and participating in other image-focused work. With a doctorate in Educational Administration from the UCI/UCLA joint Leadership program, Burns provides managerial and research support for UCI's Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability, which includes production editor work for the electronic Journal for Learning through the Arts. On the professional activities front, she is currently serving as the Past President of the Visual Resources Association.

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