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Karen Kessel

Visual Resources Curator

Art Room 107
(707) 664-2145
email: Karen.Kessel@sonoma.edu

Visual Resources Collection

The Art and Art History Department's Visual Resources Collection is in the process of transformation from slides to digital images. In the future, with necessary funding and technical support, the collection will be accessible online. This website provides general information about how to access the collection and the content of the collection. Below you will find useful links to local and international art museums. There is also information about creating digital images and using them in presentations and papers, with tips for size and format. Faculty and students at Sonoma State University may use the digital images in our collection in campus presentations and student papers, but not for public or commercial purposes. Check out the copyright link to understand your rights and responsibilities in making use of other peoples' original works. The collection has a slide scanner and equipment for making digital images from printed sources. To inquire about using digital images from the collection in the classroom or having slides or pictures scanned for a presentation or paper, please contact Karen Kessel by email or phone.

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Links

The Visual Collective

The California State University Chancellor's Office is providing support to develop a shared image database called The Visual Collective that will soon be accessible to all users on the CSU campuses through the Scholarworks website. The Sonoma, San Luis Obispo, and San Bernardino campuses are currently collaborating on this project. If you are interested in learning more about this resource or sharing your images on this site, please fill out and send in the questionnaire linked here so we can keep you informed about when it will become available.

Digital Image Distribution Questionnaire

Internships

Students can earn 1-3 units of credit for working as interns in the Visual Resources Collection for 3-9 hours per week. This is an opportunity to learn more about job possibilities in the changing fields of librarianship, computing applications for digital images, and image curating and documentary photography. Art history and studio majors and others with some art history coursework and digital image editing skills will find an Image Collection internship an especially valuable and unique experience.

Internship Information

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The Visual Resources Curator is a member of the Visual Resources Association, the professional organization for image specialists and providers that is working to establish national and international standards for image cataloging and reproduction quality, fair use guidelines for copyrighted images, and new and better methods for creating and accessing images. The VRA has published 15 Special Bulletins for Image Collections, including Karen Kessel's guide for developing collections of images of Native American art, VRA Special Bulletin #15. There is a link below to several websites about Native American art and culture.

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The Women Artists Archive

The Image Collection has acquired the materials from the Women Artists Archive that were formerly housed in the Special Collections of the University Library. For information about accessing these slides and clipping files, please contact Karen Kessel.