Andrea Schuler, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture, AKDC@MIT, has been awarded the Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant for the DLF Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia, from October 26–28.
As noted in her application, Andrea is in “a unique position to take advantage of this opportunity, as [her] job spans both visual resources and digital libraries, giving me experience to draw from and the ability to bring back what [she will have] learned and implement it in a real-life setting.”
The goal of the VRA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant is to bring a cross-pollinator—a visual resources professional working in a library, archive, museum, or academic setting who can provide a unique perspective with DLF and share a vision of the digital library world from their perspective—to the conference. The grant recipient can envision and articulate a connection with their work and sees great value in building a dynamic and diverse peer network.
At AKDC@MIT, Andrea provides visual resources support to the Aga Khan Program and the MIT community writ large, and also works to support Archnet, the largest open, online architectural library with a focus on Muslim cultures. Because of those dual roles, Andrea will bring an understanding of both traditional and digital visual collections to the Forum.