Events, Grants, and More from New York State's Documentary Heritage Program

New York State Archives sends out a manifest of all kinds of upcoming events and grant opportunities that may be of interest to cultural heritage institutions here in New York. Here is this week's round-up:

New York State Historic Newspapers (Presentation)
March 30, 2015 –1:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany, NY

The New York State Historic Newspapers website provides free indexed access to selected historical newspapers from across the state. This presentation covers the history behind the website, basic and advanced search strategies, the criteria needed to get your repository’s newspapers included in the project, and potential funding through CDLC to get you started.

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2015
Presented by: Capital District Library Council (CDLC)
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Let's Talk About...Grant Opportunities (Roundtable)
March 30, 2015, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Historic Huguenot Street, 88 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY

If you have never applied for a grant or are looking for new funding avenues to explore, this roundtable is a good place to start. Through informal and informational discussion, participants learn about grant opportunities available to historical societies, libraries, archives, and museums, share their experiences and learn from their peers.

Presented by: Greater Hudson Heritage Network
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Digitizing Analog Audio Resources (Live Online Course)
April 1-2, 2015, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

This workshop outlines the challenges faced by those responsible for transferring analog audio resources to newer digital technologies. Topics include analog audio carriers, audio collection surveys, properties of analog and digital sound, equipment requirements for playback and digitization, audio digitization guidelines, files for archiving and access, metadata and working with audio vendors.

Presented by: Amigos Library Services
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Introduction to Copyright for Digitization (Live Online Class)
April 9, 2015, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm

This two hour live online class covers the basics of copyright law and includes information about public domain, fair use, due diligence, the permissions process and orphan works.

Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015
Presented by: LYRASIS
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Project Management for History Professionals (Online Course)
April 6 - May 8, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Project management is a set of learned skills and processes which, when consistently applied to projects, improves results. This course covers the basics of successful project management in nine self-paced modules and three live chats. Designed for staff at all levels.

Presented by: American Association for State and Local History
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Creating a Successful Disaster Plan (Live Online Workshop)
April 28, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This course presents a step-by-step process for creating a disaster plan while focusing on how and why many disaster plans fail and how to avoid pitfalls. Designed for librarians, archivists, museum professionals.

Early Bird Deadline: April 6, 2015
Presented by: Amigos Library Services
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Emergency Preparedness (Webinar)
April 7, 2015, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This webinar introduces the central elements of emergency management: assessment and mitigation of risks, preparedness, response and recovery. Methods for drafting an institutional disaster plan and training staff are also covered.

Presented by: Northeast Document Conservation Center
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How to Salvage Wet Materials (Live Online Course)
April 7 & 9, 2015, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Learn how to salvage wet items of all types including books, paper, photographs, film, textiles, sound and video recordings. In-class exercises and homework assignments allow participants to put their new-found knowledge to use.

Presented by: Amigos Library Services
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Preservation of Audiovisual Materials (Live Online Course)
April 7 & 9, 2015, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

This two 2-hour session workshop covers identification of audiovisual formats, causes of damage and deterioration, how to minimize damage, repair and reformatting options, security of audiovisual materials, and proper media storage, care and handling.

Presented by: Amigos Library Services
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Getting Started With Google Analytics (Online Course)
April 7 to April 21, 2015, 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Through two online meetings, assignments and video tutorials, participants learn the importance of analytics and how it is used to evaluate a website’s performance, explore the features of the Analytics dashboard, write the code needed to add Google Analytics to a website or blog, and create and save statistical reports.

Presented by: Infopeople
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Request for Proposals: Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services (DHPS)
Bid Deadline: April 20, 2015, 3:00 pm

The New York State Education Department has issued a Request for Proposals for a single statewide contract for services to New York institutions that preserve and make accessible historical records and/or library research materials. Key components of this program are communication, outreach, educational services, planning, and assessment.

Presented by: New York State Education Department, New York State Archives
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Grant Opportunity: NYAC Professional Development Grants
Deadline: April 29, 2015, 5:00 pm

These professional development grants support attendance by archives students, archivists, librarians, and others with archives or records management responsibilities at the New York Archives Conference, June 3-5, 2015, at SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, NY. Funds may be applied to travel, lodging, meals, workshops, or conference registration.

Presented by: New York Archives Conference, John A. Woods, Larry Naukum
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Grant Opportunity: NEH Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants
Receipt Deadline: May 5, 2015

Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs. Grants support programs that help the staff of cultural institutions to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections, and that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals.

Grant Opportunity, NEH Challenge Grants
Receipt Deadline: May 5, 2015

Challenge Grants are capacity-building grants, intended to support significant humanities activities of high intellectual quality and to help institutions secure long-term support for their humanities programs. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide support for the procurement of long-lasting objects such as acquisitions for archives and collections, purchase of equipment, and construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities.

Presented by: National Endowment for the Humanities
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Grant Opportunity, NEH Preservation Assistance Grants
Receipt Deadline: May 5, 2015

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Presented by: National Endowment for the Humanities
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