Registration for this program has reached full capacity. Please contact Laura Forshay at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on our waiting list. You will be notified if any space becomes available.
Please note: Because this workshop is being offered at a reduced price through special grant funding to support local collecting institutions, registration will be limited to those currently working in not-for-profit organizations that hold, collect, and make available historical records. Also, only one representative from each institution will be admitted, so please coordinate registrations accordingly.
This full-day workshop will focus on implementing strategies for improving archival processing and description and reducing processing backlogs. The workshop will begin with a brief review of processing fundamentals then move on to a discussion of their relationship to more recent approaches, including those outlined in Mark Greene and Dennis Meissner’s influential article “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing.” Topics to be addressed include collection assessment and appraisal, arrangement, descriptive standards, preservation, and digitization. Development of processing plans, policies, and metrics will also be discussed. Case studies will be presented and discussed; participants are also encouraged to bring questions and examples from their own repositories. By emphasizing decision-making, prioritization, and adherence to archival principles and standards, this workshop seeks to give participants the tools, confidence and freedom to increase access to their collections and improve user experience.
Who should attend:
Archivists who process and describe archival collections or manage archival processing programs, and administrators interested in processing procedures within their repositories.
- Implement strategies for reducing processing backlogs, including developing processing plans, policies, and benchmarks, and collection assessment strategies
- Understand how descriptive standards such as DACS can assist in the creation of descriptive records that adhere to “minimum” requirements and assist in the reuse of data in a variety of outputs
- Develop strategies for integrating processing with other archival functions, particularly accessioning and digitization.
This event was made possible with funds from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the New York State Education Department.
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