Director, Visual Media Center, and Coordinator of Communications & Publications
John began his career in the visual resources/image management profession in 1982. He has a B.A. and M.A. in art history as well as formal training in collections management. He has directed the image collections at George Washington University, Oberlin College, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan. Since 2000 he has been the Director of the Visual Media Center at Duke University. During the past twenty years he initiated the digital imaging programs in the art and art history image collections at The Ohio State University (1994), University of Michigan (1999), and Duke University (2001). As the Director of the Visual Media Center at Duke, he oversees all aspects of the digital and analog visual media collections (digital assets management, personnel, budget, facilities, user services, instruction), and also manages the department’s publication and communication program and our building’s exhibition spaces. John served for ten years as editor of the VRA Bulletin, the journal of the Visual Resources Association, the international organization of image media professionals. In addition to extensive involvement in publications and educational programs in image management, John is currently exploring and researching the use of images and metadata in the digital humanities and their support requirements.
Publications & Presentations
The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily: A Database of Monuments and Sites. Project Director: Caroline Bruzelius; Project Managers: Paola Vitolo and Joseph C. Williams; Project Collaborators: Gabriella Cianciolo, Francesco Gangemi, Luciana Mocciola, Ruggero Longo, Alba Irollo; Metadata and Image Management Consultant: John J. Taormina; Technical Consultant and Database/Web Developer: David Tremmel.
Bruzelius, Caroline, William Broom, and John Taormina. “The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project: From Conceptual Design to Management,” Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 6-7, 2018.
Taormina, John J. and Mark Pompelia. When the Past Collides with the Present: Moving Beyond the Single Classroom Experience via Digital Technologies. Session Co-organizers. Annual Meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Durham, NC, October 2012.
Taormina, John J. “Digital Technologies and the Visual Arts: Reconfiguring Knowledge in the Digital Age,” in Making the Digital Humanities Visual: Opportunities and Case Studies, Annual meeting of the Visual Resources Association, Providence, RI, April 2013.
Taormina, John J. and Mark Pompelia. Enhancing Education Beyond the Classroom Experience via Digital Technologies, Session-Co-organizers. Annual meeting of the Visual Resources Association, Providence, RI, April 2013.
Taormina, John J. and Mark Pompelia. Connections and Transformations: New Technologies in the Arts and Humanities. Session Co-organizers. Annual Meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 2013.
Taormina, John J. The Politics of Change: Digital Humanities and the Visual Arts. Session organizer. Annual meeting of the Art Libraries Society of North America. Washington, DC, March 2014.
Taormina, John J. and Jenni Rodda. Cultural Heritage in a Computational Environment: Making the Digital Humanities Visual. Session Co-organizers. Annual meeting of the Visual Resources Association, Denver, CO, March 2015.