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
Whether your relocation project requires moving objects within your building, to temporary storage, or to a new institution; moving collections can be a big undertaking for institutions. In this presentation, Maria Holden, Retired, spoke about a project from 2017, where a team from the New York State Archives moved roughly 1500 cubic feet of civil court records from the New York County Clerk's Office in New York City to the New York State Archives in Albany.
Dear Collecting Institution,
The New York State Archives and New York State Library are asking for your feedback regarding the programs and services offered through the Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) program.
To ensure equity and diversity in all areas of our work, it is important to implement equitable recruitment and hiring processes. Many cultural heritage organizations have successfully integrated new steps into their recruitment and hiring processes, and this work is ongoing. Recently, several professional organizations have provided new resources to aid in undertaking these steps.
Effective preservation planning is key in ensuring time and resources are budgeted adequately in support of the collections. A Preservation Plan is an essential institutional document that helps collecting institutions thoughtfully and carefully chart a course for the preservation of their collections.
In Preservation Planning: A Primer, participants will be introduced to preservation planning and will learn the steps necessary for writing one for their institution. Topics addressed will include:
The Metropolitan New York Library Council, known as METRO, has recently announced a second cycle of the Equity in Action grant program.