Visual Resources Committee

What we do

The Committee promotes access to audio-visual resources beyond books and journals; advises on strategic issues relevant to resource discovery and use, such as intellectual property rights, copyright and creative commons licensing; represents the views of art information practitioners with regard to visual images, both still and moving and analogue and digital; and works with relevant national bodies to ensure the continued vitality of the United Kingdom and Ireland's rich visual cultural resources and traditions.

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Past Events

Photo montage of people attending various ARLIS events

Who we are

Matt Davies (Chair)

Matt Davies (Chair)Digital Humanities Centre Manager,
School of Humanities,
University of Nottingham
Tel: +44(0)115 9513191

Matt is co-founder and Manager of the University of Nottingham's Digital Humanities Centre, a research and learning facility which provides staff and students from the School of Humanities with the opportunity to work with the latest graphics equipment and software to enhance their research, projects or coursework. He also provides access and advice on online image resources and copyright issues as well as supervising a team of student volunteers who help run the centre whilst learning digital, vocational and interpersonal skills. Matt is also a member of the Association of Curators of Art and Design Images (ACADI).

Jenny Godfrey

Jenny Godfrey Information Advisor and Visual Resources,
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Tel: +44(0)29 2041 6662

Jenny Godfrey is the Subject Librarian for Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) which is part of Cardiff Metropolitan University. With a specialist knowledge of visual resources, she helps art and design students find, understand and use the full range of databases that the library subscribes to.

Her main concerns right now are to ensure that at least one UK University's Art and Design History Slide Collection is retained for posterity. She is also planning a Visual Literacy workshop session for next year's intake of CSAD students that will involve them exploring subscription image databases, the slide collection and internet images and being led to understand the many and varied ways that they might understand and describe the images they find. There will be an article that draws these interests together for the Art Libraries Journal coming out in 2014.

Karen Fletcher

Academic Support Librarian (Fine Art)

Karen Fletcher is Academic Support Librarian at Central Saint Martins, a constituent college of The University of the Arts London, and supports the Fine Art Programme at both BA and Postgraduate level. Originally a slide librarian, in her professional life she has seen the shift from analogue to digital, and now supports staff and students by providing advice & guidance on how to find & use images in education. She is also interested in how the visual might be used to teach information skills to Art & Design students. Karen is a member of the Association of Curators of Art & Design Images (ACADI ).