Professional Development & Continuing Education Opportunities

Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk Assessment Approach (SAA)

Campbell Center, Mt. Carroll, IL – Sept. 19-20 – REGISTER HERE

William Maher, one of the profession’s acknowledged experts, presents a workshop that combines a detailed look at copyright basics with a risk-management approach for archivists to use in assessing their own collections and institutional circumstances. He’ll show you where there can be room to maneuver by explaining the law’s sometimes complex facets, and he’ll help you learn how to determine whether there are existing exceptions and limitations you can use. The ultimate goal is to enable archivists to fulfill their fundamental purpose, achieving the widest possible use of their collections.
Society of American Archivists

Reappraising and Deaccessioning Archival Materials from Start to Finish (SAA)

Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI – Oct. 30REGISTER HERE

In this workshop you’ll learn how to initiate and carry out reappraisal and deaccessioning programs and projects step-by-step!  You’ll hear about basic concepts of reappraisal and deaccessioning, like collecting data and finding repositories to accept transferred collections.  You’ll also delve into larger issues of determining ownership, considering choices, and making responsible decisions.  You’ll have the opportunity to assess what your repository needs to do before beginning a reappraisal and deaccessioning project or program.  In the afternoon you’ll be looking at case studies provided by the instructors and participant-submitted situations.

Managing Architectural, Design, and Construction Records (SAA)

University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center – REGISTER HERE Chicago, IL – Nov. 6-7

Architectural design and construction records are valuable sources for understanding and preserving the built environment. Because they document a complicated work process, these records are typically oversized and produced in great volume, and they often include fragile materials and fugitive media. Implementing the basic archival functions of appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, and reference can present a formidable task. In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn how to identify, manage, preserve, and provide access to design and construction records.


LYRASISThis September and October, LYRASIS is offering online classes . To register or to see the full LYRASIS class schedule go to

Project Management and Workflow for Digitization Projects    9/8/2014 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

In this two-hour live online class, we will discuss the issues to consider and questions to ask in managing the digital workflow process. We will look at the planning, execution and evaluation of digital projects. Look at standards, identifying resources, budgets and high level workflow, and how to turn plans into action. We will also look at how quality control is incorporated into the workflow process and hold a brief discussion of collaboration and working with others, as well as, how to measure success.

Developing a Disaster Plan     9/5, 16 & 23/2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

All libraries, archives and museums need knowledgeable staff and advanced planning to deal with the emergency situations that arise. This preparation allows for a quicker response and helps to minimize damage. Taught in three two-hour sessions over the course of three weeks, this class guides participants through the development of a written disaster plan. The modules cover establishment of a planning structure, information gathering (including risk assessment and resource list development), setting recovery priorities, an overview of recovery procedures, and working with disaster recovery vendors.

Introduction to METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard)   9/25/2014 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

METS is a standard that is used widely for digitization projects for both presentation and preservation of digital content. This class introduces the features of METS and how it is used as an information package to include metadata and digital content. It describes the parts of a METS document, how different metadata schemes are used with it, and how it is implemented in digital library projects. It also addresses the purpose and creation of METS application profiles, which detail best practices for specific implementations.

Establishing Emergency Response Networks for Cultural Collections   10/9/2014 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Disasters big and small can affect buildings and the collections they hold at any time. In the crucial first hours, you shouldn’t have to worry about whom to call for assistance. This class examines how to set up a local emergency response network that will help protect your cultural institution when an emergency strikes and establish mutual assistance and reliance amongst the other institutions in your area. In this two-hour session will also look at established networks and consider the best way to get a network started in your area. Local, state, and regional opportunities will be discussed as well as topics such as: mutual aid agreements, caches of supplies, training, response teams, and working with first responders.

Managing Oversized Materials: Care, Handling and Preservation of Posters, Maps, and Other Large Pages in Our Collections    10/14/2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Architectural drawings, large maps, big works of art on paper can be fascinating treasures in our collections but can also cause frustrations. How do we transport and store them? How do we display them? This two hour class is designed for those who understand, care for, and manage collections containing unbound oversized paper artifacts and large bound volumes. It will review the basics of preservation for paper collections including agents of deterioration, collections care priority setting, handling, and storage. Additionally, we will talk about digitization as a tool for display, access and preservation of these hard to handle items.

Digital Collection Policy Development and Content Selection/Prioritization   10/17/2014 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

For many of us, our special collections and archives include correspondence, diaries, research materials, family photographs, scrapbooks, oral histories, audio and video materials—and much of it is wonderful. Over the years our predecessors may have arranged and roughly organized the materials, but when it comes to digitization it is difficult for even the most sophisticated institution to know where to start.

Even if your institution has been digitizing materials for years it may be in a very ad hoc way and at some point in time most organizations need to pull back and set some guidelines, policies, and put strategies in place to prioritize their digitization work. This class will help you walk through that process.  Including the creation of a digital collections development policy focused on unique and special collection materials, identifying strategies for content selection, and setting digitization priorities.

Metadata for Digitization and Preservation    10/29 & 30/2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Metadata is a fundamental element of any digitization project. This class is designed for catalogers and non-catalogers who are planning for access and preservation of digital materials. In the first session topics include different aspects of metadata, including metadata formats, content rules, controlled vocabularies, data models, and metadata encoding (such as XML). Descriptive, administrative, structural and preservation metadata are covered. The second session introduces the use of METS as an information package to include metadata and digital content. It shows how access to digital material may be implemented using METS and how it supports metadata needed for digital preservation.

Grant Writing for Digitization and Preservation Projects     10/30 & 31/2014 2:00 PM – 4:00PM EST

This four-hour class, which will be offered online in two-hour increments for two successive days, focuses on preparing for and writing grants for digitization and/or preservation projects. Since most digitization and preservation grants are funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), this session is based upon those particular granting entities’ requirements. Developing proposals for state, local and foundation funding sources will also be addressed.

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