DHPSNY’s workshops promote interactive learning, networking, and collaboration. 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.

Presented throughout the state, workshops emphasize hands-on learning exercises and provide supplemental resources. See below for descriptions and registration for upcoming workshops.


Upcoming 2020 Workshops

DHPSNY's workshops are presented free of charge for New York institutions, and space is limited.  

Coronavirus Disclaimer:  DHPSNY is closely monitoring the evolving situation around COVID-19 and implications for our upcoming programs. The health, safety, and well-being of our community are top priorities. Please check back for updates.

Essential Policies and Procedures for Cultural Institutions
Presenter: Anastasia Matijkiw, Program Manager, DHPSNY
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Click here to register.

An institution’s collections care and business 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 program 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 of staff, volunteers, and board will be discussed.

This workshop will be presented in five different locations:

Thursday, March 26 - Canceled
Niagara County Historical Society
Niagara County – Lockport, NY

Friday, March 27 - Canceled
Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass
Steuben County – Corning, NY

Wednesday, April 1 - Canceled
East Greenbush Community Library
Rensselaer County – East Greenbush, NY

Tuesday, April 7 - Canceled
Keene Valley Library
Essex County – Keene Valley, NY

Thursday, April 9 - Canceled
Historic Hudson Valley
Westchester County – Pocantico Hills, NY

Important Registration Information

  • You must complete a separate registration for each individual attending the workshop. 
  • A reminder email will be sent one week prior to each workshop date.
  • If you believe you have registered but have not received a reminder, please contact us at to confirm that you are registered.
  • If online registration is inconvenient, you may also call us at (215) 545-0613.

DHPSNY has hosted workshops on a range of topics. Past workshop 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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