This month, in conjunction with DHPSNY, Aria and her co-facilitators explored the relationships between non-Native-led museums, archives and libraries, and contemporary Native makers, artists, academics, and researchers. Aria, Viridiana Garcia Choy, and William Walker used the case study of the Día de los Muertos Program, coordinated by the Cooperstown Graduate Program, the Mexican-American community in Otsego County, and the Village Library of Cooperstown as a concrete example of how to successfully do this work.
Identifying collections materials that are priorities for salvage is an important part of an organization’s emergency preparedness and response plan. Often in an emergency, we cannot save it all, and decisions will have to be made. But how do we go about choosing what items to save first? This can seem like a daunting task, but by establishing guidelines and planning, collection salvage priorities can become not-so-impossible choices.
Are you in need of preservation guidance, but aren’t sure where to turn? Or perhaps you simply prefer the personal touch of a conversation? Look no further — DHPSNY has got you covered!
Starting this month, DHPSNY will be providing a convenient solution for New York State-based collecting organizations seeking preservation-related assistance. Whether you have burning questions or require expert advice, this program aims to connect you with our dedicated team of professionals to help assist with your preservation efforts.
We're excited to announce that applications are open for DHPSNY Planning & Assessment Services, and the next submission deadline is Friday, July 7, 2023! Conducted in-person or virtually, each DHPSNY 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.
We are accepting application materials for the following services to be considered for the summer 2023 application review period:
“What is a basic inventory?,” “What collections management system is recommended?,” “How do we choose a data logger?,” “Who can help?”
Preservation Week 2023 is here and we want to help you and your institution better preserve your collections. If you have a preservation question and don’t know where to turn, here are some resources that can help:
MayDay, an annual grassroots effort dedicated to preserving archives and cultural heritage collections during times of emergency, is underway! Its genesis can be traced back to the Heritage Health Index report, which was published in 2005 following hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, and revealed that only a few institutions had implemented disaster plans, with many of those plans being outdated.
Preservation 101 is a 2-week asynchronous course intended for individuals who manage cultural collections, with a focus on individuals who are new to preservation practices, who may not have had formal preservation training, or who are looking to refresh their knowledge of preservation basics. Topics covered in this online course include storage and housing for various paper materials; environmental considerations and monitoring; exhibition guidelines for preservation; essential preservation processes and procedures; and the basics of prioritizing preservation needs.
We are thrilled to welcome our newest team member, DHPSNY Preservation Specialist Kate Jacus! In her role at DHPSNY, Kate will help to administer Planning & Assessment Services as well as develop and present educational programs and provide technical assistance to collecting institutions across the state.
Since 2013, the Oral History Association Metadata Task Force (MTF) has developed tools for archivists and other practitioners to describe oral histories in their collections and to make informed metadata choices for legacy and new projects. In a DHPSNY webinar, the MTF guided attendees through their metadata assessment toolkit, a process meant to help both new projects set up quickly with descriptive rigor, and offer longstanding projects a structured way to address missing pieces to their metadata puzzles.
We're excited to announce that the deadline to apply for our Spring 2023 Planning & Assessment Services Round has been extended, and we will now be accepting applications until midnight EST on Friday, March 24.
Start an Application Today!