Info for New York’s Historical Records Repositories: A round-up from the New York State Archives

The first two months of 2015 hold lots of programs, calls for proposals, and grant opportunities for those of us working for New York State's cultural heritage. New York State Archives kindly provides a roundup of events, etc, that may be of interest. Check it out below.

Leadership and Administration in History Organizations
Online | January 26 - March 20, 2015

This eight-week course covers governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership. Designed for individuals in institutional leadership positions at the staff, board and volunteer levels who have significant decision-making responsibilities and the ability to effect positive, substantive change within their organizations.

Presented by: American Association for State and Local History
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Going Digital
Webinar | February 10, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This free webinar will briefly introduce the critical components of digital content creation and collection. Register by January 30, 2015.

Presented by: LYRASIS
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Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Analog and Digital Collections
Live Webinar Series | February 12 – June 18, 2015, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (weekly, every Thursday through June 18th)

This series of ten live interactive webinars will give participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards, prepare them to complete a preservation needs assessment, and provide them with structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. The course is a hybrid of live webinars, self-paced study, assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and be able to communicate with the instructor and fellow participants. Designed for those with minimal training in this subject and those who are interested in a refresher.Registration Deadline: February 1, 2015.

Presented by: Northeast Document Conservation Center
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Know & Go: How to Salvage Wet Books
Live Online Course | February 2, 2015, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

This presentation introduces the main components involved in the recovery of wet books using in-house techniques of minimal cost. Participants will learn to identify the main methods of recovery, categorize wet books by priority, apply salvage techniques for various types of books, and distinguish between books that can and cannot be salvaged.

Presented by: Amigos Library Services
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Metadata Principles and Practices: Metadata Basics
Live Online Course Series | February 25, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

This workshop will cover the basics of metadata. Topics include: defining metadata; outlining the purposes and functions of metadata; listing the components of a metadata infrastructure and keys to successfully launching a new metadata standard; understanding how well-formed XML provides a framework for expressing metadata in an online environment. This class is part of a four-part series entitled Metadata Principles & Practices. Designed for catalogers, archivists, digital project managers or anyone needing an overview of metadata.

Presented by: Amigos Library Services
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Intermediate Imaging: Scanning Essentials
Live Online Course | February 3 - 6, 2015, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Topics to be covered in this four-session workshop include: basics of image quality; nature of originals and implications for scanning; pixels, bit depth and resolution; how a scanner works; types of capture devices; benchmarking; basic image editing; scaling; and compression for network distribution storage, and standards.

Presented by: Amigos Library Services
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Caring for Scrapbooks
Live Webinar | February 24, 2015, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This webinar will discuss the issues to consider in providing the best level of care for scrapbook collections with a focus on low-cost, in-house preservation approaches. The structure of scrapbooks, types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, and the implications for preservation and conservation will be covered. Designed for those with limited training in this subject and those who are interested in a refresher.Early-bird registration opens February 3, 2015.

Presented by: Northeast Document Conservation Center
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Key Elements of a Project Plan
Webinar | February 5, 2015, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This is Part 1 of a two-part webinar that will introduce project planning. This session will describe how careful planning leads to more successful projects. How to develop an idea, define your audience, look at funding options, do an environmental scan, assess your resource capacity and needs, and develop a project scope and schedule for implementation will be covered. Attendees can use the 2 weeks between webinars to outline a project plan. These plans will be reviewed and individual feedback will be provided.

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Introduction to Audio Visual Digitization
Online Class | February 12, 2015, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This class will enable students to create a digital project management plan outline for audio visual collections and provide them with a solid understanding of digital audio and video files. Modes of capture, best practices for digital audio and video, quality control, storage, preservation, and the resources available for next steps will be covered.Registration Deadline – February 5, 2015.

Presented by: LYRASIS
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Finding Your Ancestors in Immigration and Naturalization Records and Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors: Resources in the Grems-Doolittle Library
February 7, 2015, 2:00pm
Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave., Schenectady NY

Attendees will learn how to find and use immigration and naturalization documents to chronicle their ancestors’ migration to the United States. Individual examples will be used to illustrate the process. Genealogical resources available in the Grems-Doolittle Library will also be covered.

Presented by:  Schenectady County Historical Society

Call for Proposals: Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference

Proposals for interactive labs in one of six curriculum areas (The Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science, Languages Other than English, or Social Studies) are invited. Lessons must be aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and the topic should be aligned with the 2014 Social Studies Framework. The two-day conference is scheduled for August 11-12, 2015 in Albany. The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to February 13, 2015.

Presented by: NYS Education Department Office of Cultural Education
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Grant Opportunity: 2015 Event and Festival Sponsorship Program

Support for cultural, heritage, and recreational events within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is being offered. Events should be designed to have a cultural, heritage, or recreational theme that is connected to the waterway and to deliver significant tourism and economic benefits to communities.

Grant Deadline: Febraury 3, 2015
Presented by: Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYS Canal Corporation
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Grant opportunity: MANY Mini Grants

Mini-Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support modest planning or implementation project. Projects may involve, but are not limited to: board, audience, membership, or program development; strategic or long-range planning; and staff training, marketing, exhibitions, collections, or museum education. Traditional consultancies as well as mentoring relationships are welcome. Applicants must be able to articulate why this project is a current priority for their museum and how it moves the organization forward.

Grant deadline: February 16, 2015
Presented by: Museum Association of New York (MANY) and New York State Council on the Arts
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Grant opportunity: Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Support of up to $7,500 is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, sculptures, and historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. Funding is also available for treatment costs for supports, frames, stands and mounts that are integral to the treatment of the object.

Grant deadline: March 2, 2015
Presented by: Greater Hudson Heritage Network and New York State Council on the Arts
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