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Providing environmental controls is one of the greatest single steps an institution can take in preserving its collections. From mitigating environmentally-driven deterioration to understanding mechanical systems, DHPSNY's webinar, Back to the Basics: An Introduction to Environmental Monitoring, explored the importance of managing the collections environment and covered the steps needed to implement an environmental monitoring program.

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Applications are open for DHPSNY Planning & Assessment Services, and the next submission deadline is Friday, November 3, 2023. Planning & Assessment services pair accepted organizations with DHPSNY staff to discuss current practices and set recommendations and goals specific to your capacity and needs. Final reports can be utilized to obtain additional funding, increase the accessibility and use of your collections, and more.

Applications for the following services will be reviewed in November 2023:

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Back in July, DHPSNY and antiracism program partner Aria Strategies co-presented a facilitated dialogue to talk and learn about effective strategies for describing our organization’s collections. So many of our object descriptions, exhibit labels, and metadata center the experiences and perspectives of white museum, library and archive volunteers and professionals. How, then, can we navigate a shift to centering the perspectives, knowledge, and understanding of directly impacted groups of people? 

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Are you someone who is passionate about preserving and managing archival collections? Do you find yourself in a role that involves working with archives, but lack formal training in the field? Or perhaps you're simply looking to refresh your knowledge of archival management basics? If any of these descriptions resonate with you, we have an exciting opportunity you won't want to miss!

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We're excited to introduce the DHPS Tips How To video series, a companion to our educational DHPS Tips blog series. In short (under two-minute), hands-on instructional videos, we'll delve into essential strategies, best practices, and innovative techniques that both institutions and individuals can embrace.

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We're excited to announce a new round of the DHPSNY Mentorship Program. The current application is for cohorts that will meet from September – November 2023. Applications for this round must be submitted by Friday, August 25, 2023.

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August traditionally means back-to-school shopping, and even in our digital world, pencils are a common school supply for kids. In archives, libraries, and other collecting institutions, having a stash of pencils is not limited to a particular time of year! They are in use constantly as one of the most important tools for working with collections.  

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Remember how hot it was in April? While that month in our state is not known for its amazing weather, this year there were a few days when the temperatures climbed into the 80s and 90s (°F).  

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If your institution has experienced flooding, there are a number of organizations and resources that can provide help. For immediate assistance, contact the CCAHA 24/7 Disaster Hotline at (202) 661-8068, the New York State Archives at (518) 474-6926, or Barbara Lilley at the State Library at 518-486-4864.

Act Swiftly: When a flood occurs, time is of the essence. Respond quickly to minimize the damage:

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We concluded our spring Planning & Assessment Services application round this past March, and the response was amazing! From a competitive pool of applicants, our independent field reviewers selected 15 collecting organizations to receive free Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, and Strategic Planning Assistance. We also extend heartfelt congratulations to our new cohort of sites selected for Foundational Planning Assistance.

Click here to read the full press release.

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