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Tuesday, February 27 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Accessing Visual Culture: Deconstructing the Intellectual and Physical Challenges of Making Visual Content Accessible for Researchers

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In this panel discussion, we’ll look at a variety of perspectives on the inherent questions that visual culture raises in terms of research. How do we define and talk about areas of visual culture, particularly when the culture changes over relatively short periods of time, or falls outside of typical academic paradigms? What can libraries do to make these materials discoverable for researchers? What does the metadata look like and how can it be created en masse? Furthermore, how can librarians educate researchers using visual culture, both within the arts disciplines and beyond?

Through the use of critical inquiry and case studies, each of the three presentations will tackle an aspect of these difficult questions. From understanding, processing and analyzing graffiti, to the digitization and cataloging of a collection of tear sheets from the Down Modern Graphic History Library, to instruction librarians and archivists joining forces to teach visual literacy to non-majors, each set of speakers will present ideas that can build upon each other to holistically address the challenges that accessibility of visual culture presents for libraries and researchers.

Jerrold Shiroma, “Piecebooks, flicks, and burners -- Talking about graffiti”
Skye Lacerte and Andrea Degener, “Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive”
Peggy Keeran, Jennifer Bowers, Katherine Crowe, and Kristen Korfitzen, “Taking Visual Materials ‘Out of Bounds:’ Using Our Visual Collections to Teach Information Literacy Outside the Arts Curriculum”

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Erin Elzi

Design and Discovery Librarian, University of Denver


Jennifer Bowers

Social Sciences Librarian, University of Denver
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Andrea Degener

Visual Materials Processing Archivist, Washington University in St. Louis

Peggy Keeran

Arts and Humanities Librarian, University of Denver

Kristen Korfitzen

Special Collections and Archives Reading Room Manager, University of Denver
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Skye Lacarte

Modern Graphic History Library Curator, Washington University
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Jerrold Shiroma

University Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections, University of California, Merced

Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Hilton: Nassau