This afternoon we concluded DHPSNY's education programming for 2016 with Introduction to Digitization, a webinar packed with helpful information to guide you through the basics of digital preservation. Tamara Talansky, Preservation and Imaging Project Coordinator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, offered insights on a range of topics, touching on everything from the basics of scanning and storage to equipment and software recommendations, copyright compliance, metadata best practices, and more.
Last week marked the year's third and final presentation of the DHPSNY workshop Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics. We anticipated a much colder, potentially snowy journey to Niagara County in late November, but the weather cooperated, and we had a smooth trip and another great turnout.
A special thanks to everyone who attended this week's workshops in Highland and Glens Falls! This was our first time taking DHPSNY's education programming on the road, and it was a great success by all accounts. It was nice to spend time with so many archives, museum, and library professionals and volunteers from institutions throughout the state, and we're looking forward to a third presentation of Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics at SUNY Buffalo State on November 29.
If you missed our November 10 webinar, Collections Care Basics: Agents of Deterioration, you can view a recording at the link below! In the latest installment of DHPSNY's webinar series, Program Coordinator Anastasia Matijkiw provides an overview of the essentials of collections care through a discussion of the ten agents of deterioration: physical force; theft and vandalism; fire; water; pests; pollutants; light; incorrect temperature; incorrect relative humidity; and custodial neglect.
DHPSNY's first workshop of the season, Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics, begins next week on Tuesday, November 15, at the Southeastern New York Library Resource Council in Highland. From there, we'll head to the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls for another presentation on Thursday, November 17, and SUNY Buffalo State on Tuesday, November 29. There's still plenty of time left to register for all three installments!
For all of our friends at institutions in northwestern New York, we're excited to announce a third presentation of our fall workshop, Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics, at SUNY Buffalo State (Buffalo State College) on November 29.
The deadline has passed for the fall 2016 round of DHPSNY's Planning & Assessment Services, and as postmarked applications continue to roll in, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who took the time and effort to apply! It's been exciting to see such a diverse pool of strong applications from institutions small and large representing every area of the state. We have received applications in each of DHPSNY's three service categories from historical societies, museums, public and academic libraries, and more.
We're pleased to announce that the deadline to apply for DHPSNY's free Planning & Assessment services has been extended to Tuesday, October 18. DHPSNY offers valuable services in three areas—Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation and Conservation Surveys, and Strategic Planning assistance. These services are designed to help small- to medium-sized collecting institutions throughout New York State improve and advance program efforts while forming strategies for future growth and development. The review process to award these free services will be competitive, and we hope this extension gives your institution the extra time needed to ensure that sure your application is as strong as possible for our advisory committee of library, archives, and conservation professionals.
This morning we wrapped up our second webinar, Funding for Collections Care, presented by CCAHA Director of Development Lee Price. Thanks to everyone who attended! We had a number of thoughtful questions during the Q&A session, and the presentation was packed with valuable information, including advice on how to develop a funding strategy, detailed grant writing tips, and specific leads for funding sources. Of course, an important point of today's presentation was encouraging you to leverage DHPSNY's free Planning & Assessment Services as a part of your organization's overall strategy.