Arts, Activism, Awards, and Archives: New York Archives Week 2012


Fall is in the air in NYC, bringing with it the autumnal palette of changing foliage, delightful sweater weather, the dissipation of "summer garbage smell," and the annual preservation celebration that is Archives Week!

New York Archives Week is organized by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and will take place from Sunday October 7 through Sunday October 13. This year's Archives Week features a smorgasbord of open houses, tours, lectures, and exhibitions. The full schedule is available online.

There are a number of special events as well, including two symposia discussing archival issues. The “Archives and Activism” symposium takes place on Friday, October 12, 8:3o a.m. - 6:oo p.m. at The New School and on Saturday, October 13 from 9:oo a.m. - 5:oo p.m. AMIA@NYU and IMAP will host the “Archiving the Arts: addressing preservation in the creative process” symposium.

Other special events include a K-12 Archives Education Institute being held at NARA-NY on Saturday, October and the Archives Round Table Awards Ceremony is taking place on Thursday, October 11 from 6:oo p.m. - 8:oo p.m.

Many local libraries, archives, and museums are also having demonstrations and workshops on preservation and personal archiving, and we here at METRO will be hosting the workshop "Managing Digital Preservation Basics for Smaller Institutions" with the excellent Kara Van Malssen from AudioVisual Preservation Solutions on Fri, Oct. 12, 2012 from 10am-4pm.

There are also national events of interest, including the "Day of Digital Archives" blogging event on Friday October 12 and SAA's ongoing "I Found It In The Archives" campaign. You can also follow other Archives Week goings-on by tracking the #ArchivesMonth hashtag on that wacky twitter machine.

So put on your white cotton gloves, fire up your disk imager, and show your support for local archives and archivists!