In last week's webinar Temperature & Relative Humidity in Collections Care, DHPSNY Preservation Specialist Gillian Marcus presented an informative overview of the affects of environmental variation on collections and the important steps an institution can take to provide stable environmental controls. Topics included how and why to establish an environmental monitoring program, tools to monitor environments, and tools to help control environments. Gillian also provided a wealth of resources and answered some really great questions.
The deadline to register for our first workshop session of 2019 North Tonawanda is coming up on Friday, March 18! As always, DHPSNY's workshops are presented free of charge for New York institutions, and space is limited. Visit dhpsny.org for a complete schedule, including our other two upcoming workshops Care and Preservation of Audiovisual Materials and Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Archival Basics.
In yesterday's DHPSNY webinar Managing Your Institutional Records, David Lowry, Head, Local Government Advisory Services, NYSA, and Jennifer O’Neill, Supervisor, Scheduling and State Agency Services, NYSA, covered the basics of organizing a records management program at a collecting institution, regardless of size. They explained why having a records management program is crucial and took the audience through the basic elements of a program and the first steps in building one.
Dacia Metes, Digital Archives Manager at the Queens Public Library, took the audience through the fundamentals of metadata in yesterday's DHPSNY webinar "Metadata Matters: The Basics." She explained core concepts and tecniques, including best practices for item- and collection-level metadata, file naming, and systems for capturing metadata—complete with helpful tips and visual aids.
In yesterday's webinar, Black, White, and Read All Over: Addressing Newspaper in Collections presenters Gillian Marcus, DHPSNY Preservation Specialist, and Jennifer Palmentiero, SENYLRC Digital Services Librarian, addressed the challenges of having newspapers in collections and the best practices to preserve, protect, and increase accessibility to these important historical documents.
We are excited to offer three new workshops for 2019, presented in 15 locations throughout New York State. As always, DHPSNY's education programs are presented free of charge for New York institutions.
We're excited to announce the new class of Planning & Assessment Services sites from our latest application round! We look forward to beginning site visits for the following institutions in the coming weeks. Application materials for DHPSNY's Planning & Assessment Services are accepted year-round and reviewed three times a year. The next application review deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019. Visit our Planning & Assessment page to learn more and apply.
In DHPSNY’s second webinar in our funding series, Lee Price, Director of Development at CCAHA, spoke from his experience to explain how to craft a successful narrative for grant applications. With examples drawn from success stories at museums, historic sites, libraries, and archives, he explored the delicate balancing act of meeting all guideline requirements while telling a compelling story and provided many useful tips from the grant reviewer perspective.
Yesterday’s webinar, Policies and Procedures for Deaccessioning, is now available to view here and on our Webinars page. CCAHA Director of Preservation Services Dyani Feige guided viewers through the reasons to deaccession, deaccession policy, mechanisms for disposal, and legal & ethical considerations. Key terms were discussed, and Dyani left viewers with a wealth of additional resources.