Applications are open for our Planning & Assessment Services, and the next submission deadline is Friday, July 15, 2022. Conducted virtually, DHPSNY services are tailored to your organization’s unique circumstances. Each service aims to improve adherence to preservation best practices and can be utilized to obtain additional funding, increase the accessibility and use of your collections, and more.
Join us on Thursday, May 12 from Noon to 1:30 PM, for our second DHPSNY Dialogue: Antiracism and Engagement. Co-facilitators Aria Camaione-Lind, Ashley Gantt, and Amanda Smith will invite participants into a conversation about engaging stakeholders in your organization's antiracism efforts. They'll pay particular attention to engaging boards in the work, as well as reaching out to youth and younger stakeholders to build a cross-generational pipeline for engagement in antiracism efforts.
How accessible is your institution’s website? Removing barriers to people with physical and situational limitations can help make your institutional website open to a large variety of users, researchers, and potential visitors. In our most recent live webinar recording, presenter Laura Montgomery, Digital Strategies Archivist at the New York State Archives guided participants through analyzing their institution’s website for accessibility and taking concrete steps to become more accessible.
Preservation Week, April 24 – 30, 2022, promotes the role of cultural institutions in preserving personal and public collections and treasures. This year, the theme of Preservation Week is “Preservation in the Face of Climate Change,” which highlights the effects climate change has on our shared cultural heritage and celebrates the concept of climate resiliency.
Join us on Tuesday, June 14 - Friday, July 15 for our next online course: Essential Policies & Procedures for Collecting Organizations. An institution’s collections care practices are defined by its written policies and procedures. Institutional memory is often lost through staff changes, but best practices are encoded in these important documents.
In February 2022, the American Association for State and Local History introduced Reframing History, a new set of strategies for more effectively communicating about history. The resources from this project — including a report, toolkit, trainings, and a podcast — are designed to inspire more productive conversations around historical events and collections.
Our most recent webinar presentation covered very basics of what anti-racism is, how we talk about it, its history, and how we can use the principles of anti-racism to create more robust and engaging organizations. The panelists for this program included Aria Camaione-Lind, Amanda Smith, and Ashley Gantt from Aria Strategies LLC. This webinar is a part of an ongoing collaboration with the Aria Strategies team, with our next program coming up in May.
If you’re getting a little jealous reading about our different services and want your turn, you’re in luck! The deadline to apply for our Spring 2022 Planning & Assessment Services Round has been extended, and we will now be accepting applications until midnight EST on Friday, March 25.
Start an Application Today — There's Still Time!
This blog has previously discussed antiracism and equity work within developing cultural heritage collections, in the specific field of conservation, and in workplaces more generally. In this post, we want to highlight one regional initiative that is promoting antiracism work directly by and for libraries.
While having a top-tier collections care program that adheres to best practices might be seen as a goal for your institution, the reality is that there are often barriers related to time, money, and staffing that prevent us from working to achieve the “best.” In our most recent webinar presentation, Emilia Boehm Emig, Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, explored instances in which it is perfectly appropriate for institutions to forgo the “best” in favor of “good” and “better” approaches to preservation that help them make incremental steps to