Webinars

DHPSNY’s webinars are a great alternative to face-to-face workshops. Presented free of charge, DHPSNY’s programs address the needs of professionals and volunteers responsible for the care and handling of historical records. DHPSNY’s webinars address emerging issues and best practices, with content scaled to apply to small- and medium-sized organizations with limited resources. Webinar topics are more narrowly-focused, with more opportunities for questions and responses, as well as community building across the state. Webinars are recorded, archived, and made available for download from DHPSNY’s Resources page. See below for descriptions and registration for upcoming webinars.

Upcoming Webinars: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Additional 2018 webinars will be announced soon.


Free Tools for Digital Preservation
Presenters:
Annie Peterson, Preservation Services Librarian, LYRASIS; Hannah Rosen, Licensed Services Coordinator, LYRASIS
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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This session will provide an introduction to tools that can be used to manage digital files in a cultural heritage institution. Instructors will demonstrate basic tools and techniques that can help institutions improve long-term management of digital collections. All tools demonstrated in the class will be freely available so they can be used after the class at no further cost to the institutions. Please note that several of the tools demonstrated in the class are Windows-based and not all work across all systems. Tools and skills demonstrated will include Bulk Rename Utility, basics of command line, Karen’s Hasher, HashMyFiles, Fixity, and Bagger. This class does not cover digitization or conversion of analog materials to digital files.


Risk Assessment for Collecting Institutions
Presenter:
Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist, CCAHA
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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This webinar explores the basics of conducting a risk assessment at your institution. Conducting a risk assessment is one of the first steps an institution can take in the preparation and updating of an emergency preparedness and response plan. The risk assessment and subsequent emergency planning efforts have several benefits including identification of areas of risk and hazards; establishment of procedures and systems to mitigate potential risks; determination of collections priorities; and development of procedures for quick response to limit damage to collections.


Collection Management Policies
Presenter:
Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Having essential policies and procedures in place is crucial for a properly functioning and thriving collection. This webinar will focus on one of these, the Collection Management Policy (CMP). Actually a series of various shorter policies, it assists in the governing, planning, and maintenance of collections. The components of a CMP will be covered, including mission statement, collection vision, collecting scope, acquisition policies, accessioning and deaccessioning policies, and loan policies.


Preservation in Exhibits
Presenter:
Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Exhibits are a great way to engage the public and show off your archival collections. So how do you exhibit your materials without causing damage? This webinar cover strategies for planning and installing exhibits of archival collections using preservation quality materials and following best practices for preservation strategies.


Demystifying Cold and Frozen Storage
Presenter:
Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator, CCAHA
Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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While an environment of approximately 59-77F and 45-55% RH is recommended for the storage of most collections, some materials – such as photographic and audiovisual media – will degrade at a rapid rate within these parameters.  For these, cold storage provides a stable environment that increases their longevity.  This webinar will cover the types of materials that benefit most or are unsuited to these conditions, concentrating on photographic materials.  The differences between cold and frozen systems, such as the equipment types, and preparation and access to a collection will be also explored.


Mold: Prevention, Detection, and Response
Presenter:
Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY
Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Almost every institution will encounter mold at some point, either as the result of a flood, an unexpected outbreak in the collections, or through a well-meaning moldy donation.  Surviving a mold outbreak can be stressful, dangerous, time-consuming, and expensive, but not impossible!  This webinar will cover the basics of mold: what it is, why it happens to archival and library materials, how to recognize it – and strategies for prevention and recovery.  Resources for responding to a mold outbreak will also be discussed.


Housing Material Basics
Presenter:
Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Choosing quality materials for housing and storing archival and library materials is one of the most important preventive measures collections stewards can take.  This webinar will guide you through the process of becoming an informed consumer in an often confusing world of products marketed as “archival” or “conservation-grade.”  Topics discussed include terminology, manufacturing standards and best practices, and identification of appropriate materials for paper-based and photographic archival and library collections.
 

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