About SEI

About SEI

The Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information (SEI) is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF). SEI provides information professionals with a substantive educational and professional development opportunity centered on digital stewardship, the information, and experience needed to stay current in a rapidly changing field, and the opportunity to create and be part of a network of supportive colleagues.

SEI is open to new professionals, current library and information science students, and more experienced professionals interested in updating their skill sets. Participants may include:

Metadata Class with instructor Greta Bahnemann
Metadata Class with instructor Greta Bahnemann
  • Library Professionals
  • Museum Professionals
  • Information Professionals
  • Digital Collection Managers
  • Digital Project Managers
  • Visual Resources Professionals
  • Art and Architecture Librarians
  • Current Students
  • Recent Graduates

SEI is a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for students and professionals interested in creating and maintaining sustainable digital collections of cultural heritage materials. The workshop offers participants the chance to meet colleagues from various institutions who are facing similar challenges. Faculty and students share ideas and solutions to these challenges and make lasting professional connections. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from ARLIS/NA-VRAF, signed by the ARLIS/NA president and the VRA Foundation chair.

SEI is committed to creating and supporting inclusive, diverse, and equitable communities of practice. We invite you to read our Code of Conduct.

Feedback from Past Participants

“I really enjoyed SEI, even more than I had expected. I have used some of the concepts that I learned at my institution already. Thanks so much for all of your hard work. It was a great experience.”

“SEI is exactly what I needed. I can now speak the language of repositories and suggest projects based on what I learned at SEI. Even when the topics were over my head I hung in with a positive attitude. I know that when I need to learn a technical aspect of VRCs, I can locate the information, SEI gave me resources.”

“Overall, the whole week was quite WONDERFUL!! I learned a lot from the lectures that were helpful to me (digitization and repositories), and the conversations had during meals and breaks were enlightening.”


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