On January 23, we launched our first annual survey to help identify urgent collections care needs in New York State, and the response so far has been tremendous! We have received surveys from institutions in 45 counties, each providing details that will help us better develop future services and programs for the nearly 4,500 New York institutions that we serve.
Thanks to everyone who attended our first webinar of 2017! We had a great turnout, and it was a nice start to DHPSNY's new season of education programming. The webinar was packed with helpful information for collecting institutions, including advice on how to conduct a risk assessment, detailed tips for compiling emergency and disaster plans, funding and emergency services resources, and much more.
Applications are now open for DHPSNY's free Planning & Assessment Services! DHPSNY awards services to a limited number of institutions in three areas: Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation & Conservation Surveys, and Strategic Planning assistance. Last season we awarded services to 18 institutions across New York State, and we're looking forward to awarding even more services in 2017. You can visit our Planning & Assessment page to learn more about each and determine which is right for your organization.
This is shaping up to be a busy year for DHPSNY, and we're ready to get back on the road in March to present our next series of workshops! Archives Specialist Amelia Parks will lead the daylong presentation Essential Policies and Procedures for Cultural Institutions at three locations in New York City, Binghamton, and Syracuse beginning March 7.
We hope everyone had a happy and festive holiday season! We're excited to be back and ready to announce a new slate of programs for 2017. Last fall, DHPSNY's webinars helped New York's institutions develop and implement new funding strategies, rethink the way they house and maintain their collections, and establish best practices for digital preservation. For the New Year, we've lined up another series of free presentations catered to the needs of small- to medium-sized collecting institutions.
Our first round of applications for Planning & Assessment Services closed on October 18, 2016, and the response was fantastic! After receiving applications from every corner of New York State, DHPSNY, with the support of our advisory committee and field reviewers, awarded services to 18 organizations. Congratulations to the following institutions, and thanks again to everyone who applied! Our next application round will open on January 18, 2017, with applications due on March 1, 2017. Continue to check our Planning & Assessment pages in the New Year for the latest application materials and instructions.
If you missed last week's Documentary Heritage Program webinar, don't worry! You can view a recording at the link below. This instructional webinar features helpful tips for writing a DHP grant proposal in the areas of Arrangement & Description and Documentation.
There's still time to register for this week's free Documentary Heritage Program grant information webinar on Thursday, December 15, at 10:00 AM. Our partners at the New York State Archives wil guide participants through the application for Arrangement & Description and Documentation Projects.
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.