Online Courses

Presented virtually, DHPSNY’s online courses promote collaborative learning and networking. Free for New York institutions, DHPSNY’s programs address the needs of professionals and volunteers at institutions that manage unique library research materials and historical records, including libraries, archives, and museums.

DHPSNY’s online courses are presented through Canvas LMS. Canvas LMS is an open and reliable web-based software that allows institutions to manage digital learning, educators to create and present online learning materials and assess student learning, and students to engage in courses and receive feedback about skill development and learning achievement. Participants will receive instructions on how to join their Canvas Classroom upon registration. 

See below for descriptions and registration for upcoming online courses.


Upcoming Online Courses

Essential Policies & Procedures for Collecting Organizations

Dates: Tuesday, June 14 - Friday, July 15, 2022

An institution’s collections care practices are defined by its written policies and procedures. Institutional memory is often lost through staff changes, but best practices are encoded in these important documents.  

This month-long online course will provide an overview of policy and planning documents that are essential for collections care, such as collections management policies, handling guidelines, and mission statements. Participants will learn the critical components of these documents and be given tangible examples of how to adapt them to different institutions. Policy development, approval, and implementation responsibilities for staff, volunteers, and board members will be discussed. 

Course content will explore getting started with policy and procedure development; collections policies; policies for preservation; policies for access; and the long-term development, review, and revision of policies and procedures. Instruction will be provided through recorded videos, online resources, and live Q&A sessions.  


Anastasia Matijkiw, Program Manager, Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York 

Emilia Boehm Emig, Preservation Specialist, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts 

Participant Requirements:

Participants are expected to be active in course discussion boards, complete relevant assignments, and attend live sessions. In order to be eligible for a certificate of participation, participants will need to meet participation requirements.  

Click here to Register.

Register by Monday, June 6, 2022. Please note that this program has limited registration and is only offered to constituents representing institutions in New York. If you are registering from outside of New York State, your registration may be denied.


DHPSNY has hosted programs on a range of topics. Past topics have included:

  • Archival Basics
  • Preserving Photographic Collections 
  • Fundraising for Preservation and Conservation
  • Audiovisual Preservation
  • Preservation Planning
  • Mold Prevention
  • Collections Processing
  • Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Paper Collections Care


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