In our most recent live webinar presentation, Amanda Shepp, Coordinator of Special Collections and Archives, SUNY Fredonia, explored the intricacies of updating existing policies and procedures and how to start the process of creating new ones. This presentation answered questions such as: How often should policies be updated? How do you establish a schedule for this? When should you update a policy versus start over?
Preservation 101 is a 3-week hybrid course. The course is intended for individuals who manage cultural collections, with a focus on individuals who are new to preservation practices, may not have had formal preservation training, or are looking to refresh their knowledge of preservation basics.
Language is important — whether written or spoken, the words we use to convey our thoughts and ideas have an impact on those who read and hear them. The Purdue Online Writing Lab addresses the use of academic language by noting that “inappropriate language uses can damage your credibility, undermine your argument, or alienate your audience.” Ensuring that you’re using appropriate and inclusive language for any given audience is essential.
In our final webinar presentation of 2021, Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, explored the unique challenges that occur when preserving photo albums. This presentation covered basic preservation techniques to help care for photo albums in your collection, such as handling techniques, storage and housing recommendations, and resources for dealing with condition problems.
In our most recent live webinar presentation, Julie Kemper, Curator for Object Learning, Kentucky Historical Society and Bill Bright, Curator, International Museum of the Horse, discussed steps to take when choosing a Collections Management System (CMS) for your institution. Choosing a CMS can be daunting for any institution as every institution has different needs for a CMS and there are lots of great systems on the market. When choosing a CMS, everything from staff size and make up, to hardware capabilities, to public use must be considered.
In our recent live webinar presentation titled “Creating Physical Access: Setting Handling Guidelines,” Amanda Murray, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY, discussed writing handling guidelines, training both staff and researchers on how to properly handle materials, determining specific guidelines for particularly fragile materials, and housing considerations for heavily used materials. This presentation covered Setting safe boundaries for physical access to collections and how to balance care and access.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, dedicated to preserving the Mohawk’s dynamic, influential culture, was awarded Strategic Planning Assistance in 2019 and became the first Federally Recognized Tribe to receive DHPSNY services. Then, in 2020 they were awarded a DHPSNY Archival Needs Assessment, which examined their archival program holistically through an external lens. In this interview, we caught up with GailMc Donald, Akwesasne Heritage Complex Project Developer, to learn about their DHPSNY experience and busy year-to-date.
Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) is Introducing DHPSNY Webinars in Spanish