Recent News Items
The annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists is coming up later this month, and DHPSNY staff will be in attendance! This year's meeting takes place July 23-29 in Portland, Oregon, at the Portland Convention Center. As always, the conference will feature a variety of informative education sessions, workshops, special events, exhibits, and tours of local repositories.
In March, we concluded our second Planning & Assessment Services application round, and we're excited to announce our latest group of awardees. From a competitive pool of applications, our field reviewers selected 19 organizations to receive free Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, and Strategic Planning assistance. Once again, we're very pleased with the diversity of this group, which includes collecting institutions both small and large, from local historical societies and libraries to nationally recognized science, media, and performing arts organizations
The deadline for DHPSNY's summer application review period has been EXTENDED to Friday, July 14, 2017! Applications must be postmarked or received via email by the deadline to be considered for the summer 2017 application round. To learn more about each of our Planning & Assessment Services and determine which is right for your current organizational needs, visit our Planning & Assessment Services page.
We're thrilled to announce the launch of our new Mentorship Program! If you plan to attend this year's New York Archives Conference next week in Utica, we encourage you to join us Thursday, June 8th, for a special Mentorship Luncheon where we'll share more information. You can also visit our Mentorship page right now to learn more and register.
Registration is open for this year's New York Archives Conference at Utica College, June 7th-9th! DHPSNY staff will be at Utica College on June 7th to present the interactive workshop, Disaster Response and Recovery: A Hands-on Intensive.
Registration is open for our June workshop series, Disaster Response and Recovery: A Hands-on Intensive. We look forward to presenting this in-depth, interactive workshop in five locations throughout the State, beginning June 5th at the Marion H. Skidmore Library in Lily Dale! Always free of charge, DHPSNY’s education programs promote interactive learning, networking, and collaboration while addressing the needs of professionals and volunteers responsible for the care and handling of historical records.
Yesterday marked our first webinar hosted by DHPSNY Archives Specialist Amelia Parks, and it was packed with essential information for anyone charged with establishing a clear and consistent system to process, arrange, and locate archival materials. The presentation introduced key terms and concepts while highlighting portions of the Society of American Archivists' publication, Describing Archives: A Content Standard.
Great news! The deadline to apply for a travel grant to attend NYAC 2017 in Utica has been extended to Thursday, May 4th at 5 PM. The New York Archives Conference, John A. Woods, and Larry Naukam will offer multiple $125 professional development grants to enable archives students, archivists, librarians, and others with archives or records management responsibilities to attend the conference.
Yesterday's webinar, Introduction to Integrated Pest Management, was not for the insectophobic, but it did contain tons of valuable information for those in charge of safeguarding archival collections. DHPSNY Preservation Specialist Gillian Marcus took us on a guided tour of the various pest species that inhabit New York State and supplied viewers with comprehensive strategies to identify pest activity and mitigate damage.
Thanks to everyone who attended today's Security for Collections webinar. DHPSNY's Preservation Specialist Gillian Marcus introduced us to the basics of security for libraries and archives, with many helpful examples of common security risks and strategies to assess and mitigate them.