The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF). As SEI marks its tenth year, its goal remains constant: to provide information professionals with a substantive educational and professional development opportunity focused on digital imaging, the information and experience needed to stay current in a rapidly changing field, and the opportunity to create a network of supportive colleagues. Past Institutes have been attended by professionals new to the image management field, those currently enrolled in library schools who wish to augment their experience with image management training, and more experienced professionals eager to update their skill sets in response to fast-changing technological advancements or increased job responsbilities. Each year's Institute has been very successful, and we look forward to continuing that tradition at SEI 2013.

SEI 2013 will be held from June 18-21 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The intensive three and a half-day workshop will feature a curriculum that specifically addresses the requirements of today's professional, and will include hands-on, lecture, and participant-generated modules. Expert instructors will cover intellectual property rights, digital imaging, image management systems, metadata and cataloguing, and how to expand your professional role. Attendees will also have an opportunity to discuss and brainstorm on a range of issues--from new media and marketing visual resources to professional development and the future of the profession--during the interactive SEI ThinkCamp session planned for the final morning of SEI.


SEI 2013 is open to professionals, para-professionals, and graduate level students in visual resources, library science, the visual arts and related humanities fields, museum studies, and other information management disciplines. Participants may include:
  • Librarians or information professionals responsible for managing image or digital collections.


  • Museum professionals from registrar or rights and reproductions departments responsible for digital image management.


  • Visual resources professionals or art and architecture librarians who want to update their knowledge of current practices.


  • Individuals currently in the profession who seek focused training.


  • Students seeking to add an image management component to complement their graduate education.


All SEI participants are expected to comply with the University of Michigan's codes of conduct related to People, Safety & Environment and Facilities & Infrastructure.



Participants in SEI 2013 will receive a Certificate of Completion from ARLIS/NA-VRAF, signed by the ARLIS/NA president and the VRA Foundation chair.