History & Preservation Section

COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT FOR ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS AT LIBRARIES Some Challenges and Solutions

The History & Preservation section of NJLA is pleased to present:

COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT FOR ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS AT LIBRARIES

Some Challenges and Solutions

Plainfield Public Library, Anne Louise Davis Room, (lower level)

800 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Thursday, January 24, 2019
10 am to 12 pm

(Snow date : Thursday, January 31, 2019 10 am to 12 pm)

Program is free to all but registration is required!

This program is geared to the "non-­archivist", especially librarians in diverse library settings who, by happy accident or design, are charged with the care of archival material in their collections. Archival collections have unique challenges from other library materials and can provide promising connections to users, especially when the archives relate to local history.

This panel discussion features four New Jersey archives professionals who will discuss topics of collections management that relate to acquisition, processing, access, and care of archival materials in public and other special collection libraries. 

Program

Processing Strategies for Large Collections - Jeff Moy

Accepting the donation of materials directly related to your organization’s mission seems like an obvious decision but without adequate staff resources, large collections remain inaccessible while consuming limited storage. Jeff will discuss using the “More Product, Less Process” method to make a group of historic New Jersey land records available to researchers.

Jeff Moy is Archivist at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, where he oversees the preservation, arrangement, description, and promotion of collections dating from the colonial era to the present day.

Prioritizing Archival Collections - Sarah Hull

Although we would like to process fully each collection in our care, lack of time, staff, and other resources often limit us. This section will present the principles commonly used to guide archive managers when prioritizing collections for processing. Criteria to determine the most appropriate levels of archival arrangement and description will be reviewed.

Sarah Hull is the head of Local History, Special Collections & Genealogy at Plainfield Public Library, where she oversees the archival collections, writes grants, supervises staff and volunteers, assists patrons, and manages the department’s online content.

Physical Housing, Space Management and Care of Unique Archival Materials - Mary Hussey

Some archival collections require custom housing due to difficult formats, sizes or condition issues. Rationales for choosing materials for custom housing and storage solutions will be discussed with specific examples. Challenges such as physically splitting collections due to size / lack of space as well as creating usable inventory databases will be reviewed.

Mary Hussey is an archivist at the Monmouth County Archives, where her work includes storage and retrieval of documents, helping visiting researchers, processing collections, developing databases, and preparing finding aids.  She is widely known as “The Chicken Lady” because she also gives lectures on the care and management of poultry.

Challenges of Accessioning Non-Traditional Materials in Archives - Erika Gorder

Accessioning non-traditional formats into archival collections can present special challenges - including mission drift, storage dilemmas, defining cataloging standards and choosing platforms, and the added complexity of documenting unique materials. Erika will address some of these concerns and discuss the creation of local policies and workflows.

Erika Gorder is Rutgers University Library Faculty and Archivist within Rutgers University's Special Collections and University Archives.

Each panelist will speak for about 25 minutes.  There will be time at the end of the program for Q & A.

Yesterday’s News for Today’s Technology: Exploring the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project

The Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website offers digital access to hundreds of newspapers from across the United States. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is currently submitting 100,000 pages to this collection. Program speakers will discuss how digital newspapers are used for genealogy and historical research, standards for digitizing newspaper collections, and implementing a newspaper digitization program in your library.

Speakers: Deborah Mercer, New Jersey State Library. New Jersey National Digital Newspaper Program project partner
                Caryn Radick, Rutgers University.  Principal Investigator of the New Jersey National Digital Newspaper Program grant

Fee: Program is free, but registration is required.
Maximum # of attendees: 45
Registration deadline: April 13th

**Register Online Now**

CANCELLED: Archival Basics: Tools for the Unexpected Archivist

Update: Due to the impending snow storm, this event has been cancelled. A new date in April is being arranged and registered attendees will be contacted with the new date.


This workshop will provide an introduction to archival principles, standards, and practices with an emphasis on arrangement, description, and preservation. It is designed with the "non-­archivist" in mind, especially librarians in diverse library settings who, by happy accident or formal design, are charged with the care of archival material in their collections. The workshop will use a hybrid approach that will include both lecture and hands-­on demonstration with the primary goal of providing a basic grounding in archival management to make the participants more comfortable working with archival materials as well as providing the tools with which they can continue to explore and understand archives.

Presented by:
Erika Gorder, Archivist & Library Faculty, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries
Tim Corlis, Head of Preservation, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

*Free parking will be available for registrants, on a first come first served basis, in the College Avenue deck.

Fees:

  • Student/Retiree: $10
  • NJLA Member: $20
  • Non-member: $30

 

Registration limited to 20 attendees.
Registration deadline: March 2, 2018

 

Registration for this event is now full.

 

 

Sponsored by: NJLA History & Preservation Section

Genealogy Workshop for Librarians and Archivists

Discover the best, free genealogy resources for librarians and archivists, who deal with genealogists and family history questions. Learn about New Jersey specific resources, proper research methods and documentation, and become aware of pitfalls to avoid. This will be a hands-on workshop with Plainfield Public Library’s incredible Genealogy Librarian, Jane Thoner, in the library's computer lab. Participants are encouraged to bring real-life patron questions (or their own) to research during the workshop. Registrants will be contacted prior to the workshop to determine if additional, fee-based resources should be reviewed during in the session. (15 spaces available)

The program is free, but online registration is required.
Registration deadline: Monday, November 13, 2017

Registration is closed because event is full.

 

Archival Basics for Librarians

Archival Basics for Librarians: A workshop for new archivists and special collections librarians

This workshop will provide an introduction to archival principles, standards, and practices with an emphasis on arrangement, description, and preservation. It is designed with the "non-­archivist" in mind, especially librarians in diverse library settings who, by happy accident or formal design, are charged with the care of archival material in their collections. The workshop will use a hybrid approach that will include both lecture and hands-­on demonstration with the primary goal of providing a basic grounding in archival management to make the participants more comfortable working with archival materials as well as providing the tools with which they can continue to explore and understand archives.
 

Presented by:
Erika Gorder, Associate University Archivist at Rutgers
Tim Corliss, Head of Preservation, Special Collections/University Archives Staff, Special Collections and University Archives

Location:
The Pane Room of Alexander Library at Rutgers University
169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Fee Amounts:
- Student/Retiree/Unemployed/Friend: $10
- NJLA Member: $20
- Non-member: $30

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served.

Maximum attendance is limited to 20 participants.

Registration deadline: January 3, 2017

Webinar : "Digitization Basics for Newspapers and Photographs”

The History & Preservation Section of NJLA presents a FREE webinar:

"Digitization Basics for Newspapers and Photographs”

Presented by Isaiah Beard, Digital Data Curator at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

NJLA members, students and individuals with an interest in digitization and preservation are welcome.


Sign in to Adobe Connect a few minutes before the program:
The Adobe Connect link is : http://njla.adobeconnect.com/hp/

 
This program is designed to help libraries and other institutions manage the issues in selecting, prioritizing, digitizing and making available cultural heritage content, with a focus on photographs and newspapers. Learn about existing practices and standards in digitization, and pragmatic strategies to achieve your organization's digitization goals.  There will be a 15 minute question and answer period after the presentation. 

 
Presenter:
Isaiah Beard is the Digital Data Curator for Rutgers University Libraries. His primary job at Rutgers is to establish standards and workflow practices for the digitization and encoding of digital assets. His background in digital preservation began with his avid interest in photography and videography, and in the issues facing the field as it shifts from analog film formats into a digital landscape.  He researched and developed standards for the preservation of digital assets that have been adopted by a number of prominent agencies, including the Library of Congress, and members of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). 
 
The presentation will be archived so that absentees can review the webinar at a later time. Details about how to view the recorded presentation will be announced after November 1, 2016, on the History & Preservation Section's Continuing Education and Resources page.

Save Your Books! Workshop

Save your Books! An Intro to Repairing and Preserving Books, Paper, and Pamphlets 

Participants will become familiar with several types of basic repairs for collections materials in public, school and academic libraries. Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs will be demonstrated. Examples of protective treatments for special collections materials will be covered.

Presenter:  Kim Avagliano is the Supervising Librarian and Branch Manager of the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury.  She has conducted hands-on book repair workshops for school, public, academic and special library groups across New Jersey.  Her interest and self-directed education in book repair began with a program at the Preservation Department of Johns Hopkins University, and continued through various classes and workshops at the Center for Book Arts, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Montefiascone Project, among others.  Kim enjoys working with, and especially learning from, people who share a love of libraries and the book. 
 


Cost:
- Student/Retiree/Unemployed/Friend: $10
- NJLA Member: $20
- Non-member: $30

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.

Registration deadline: November 8

Register Online Now!

Archival Basics for Librarians

The NJLA History & Preservation Section will be presenting a new workshop for new archivists and special collections librarians: Archival Basics for Librarians, scheduled on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Pane Room of Alexander Library at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Taught by Erika Gorder, Associate University Archivist at Rutgers, this workshop will provide an introduction to archival principles, standards, and practices with an emphasis on arrangement, description, and preservation. It is designed with the "non-­archivist" in mind, especially librarians in diverse library settings who, by happy accident or formal design, are charged with the care of archival material in their collections. The workshop will use a hybrid approach that will include both lecture and hands-­on demonstration with the primary goal of providing a basic grounding in archival management to make the participants more comfortable working with archival materials as well as providing the tools with which they can continue to explore and understand archives.

This event is free, but registration is required, and limited to 30 participants.

Photograph Process Identification and Care Workshop

The NJLA History & Preservation Section presents a half-day photo process identification workshop on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  Attendees will see many examples from the 19th and 20th centuries and learn how to distinguish between processes. They also will learn the chronology from cased images to more contemporary film negatives and paper prints. Primary causes of deterioration and methods for preserving photographs also will be presented. Attendees are invited to bring a photograph for discussion and review with photograph conservators. The workshop will be held at The Better Image, a conservation firm located at 37 Carpenter Street in Milford, New Jersey. The workshop is limited to 20 people, first registered, first served. Fee: $25 Register Now!

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