The 27th Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association will be held on March 18-21 (Wednesday through Saturday), 2009, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This vibrant, cosmopolitan host city will add to the excitement of our program, special events and receptions. VRA 27 will cover topics of significance to our profession, including metadata issues, emerging technologies, resource sharing initiatives, and new approaches to serving clienteles in transition; it will attract professionals from major academic institutions, cultural organizations, and the commercial sector. In addition to professional sessions, workshops, and special interest groups, conference goers will have plenty of opportunities to experience Toronto’s museums, world-class architecture, diverse ethnic restaurants, and other cultural attractions.
Conference headquarters will be the Sheraton Centre Toronto, conveniently located on major bus and streetcar lines in the heart of downtown, and one short block away from the Osgoode subway stop, from which a few minutes’ ride can take you to the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum, or the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. Even nearer at hand, the Sheraton Centre connects directly to PATH, downtown Toronto's all-weather underground walkway linking 27 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. Only minutes away are major attractions, such as the world-renowned Art Gallery of Ontario (famed for its collection of Henry Moore sculpture), the CN Tower (celebrated as the “world’s tallest free-standing structure”), and even the Hockey Hall of Fame (where you can contemplate applying CCO and Core 4.0 standards to describe your photo of the actual Stanley Cup).
International and commercial air service for the region is provided by the Pearson International Airport. Amtrak trains arrive at Toronto’s Union Station, 5 blocks from the hotel (all underground along the PATH system if you don’t care to venture outside).
Our conference organizers, Vice-Presidents Vickie O’Riordan and Brian Shelburne, assisted by the VRA Canada Chapter’s local arrangements committee, are planning a program of sessions and events not to be missed.
VRA 27 will be an excellent opportunity to learn new things, share
experiences with enthusiastic and knowledgeable colleagues, and
enjoy local culture, architecture, and art. Please join us in dynamic,
exciting Toronto for what promises to be a memorable conference
Allan T. Kohl