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PAST WORKSHOPS

Details of our past workshops are available below.  The workshops we offer are based on member interest (see NEA’s annual surveys  for more information) as well as instructor and location availability.  Would you like to see one of these workshops offered again or are you interested in becoming an instructor with NEA? Fill out our GoogleForm and a member of the Education Committee will be in touch.

Questions? Get in touch with the Education Committee at education@newenglandarchivists.org or visit NEA’s contact page for a full listing of Education Committee members. Individual contact information is available by searching for a committee member by name in the directory.

Visit our current and upcoming workshop page to learn more about our continuing education opportunities. Use the links below to browse our past workshops by year.

 2016 |  2015  |  2014  |  2013

 

Records Management in the Round: Re-purposing Your Archival Expertise to Start a Program

June 7, 2016  |  full day

Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society  |  Boston, MA

Description: As archivists, we're very familiar with one part of the "records lifecycle" – how can we leverage our knowledge to make records management happen? This workshop will help you to use your expertise and skills to fill in gaps. You will leave knowing how to analyze active records and records-keeping systems to help ensure that what should come to the archives actually arrives, and what doesn't need to be kept is disposed of appropriately by the right people, at the right time. Can you carry out risk mitigation that keeps senior management informed and supportive? Do you have a disaster plan not just for vital records, but for vital systems? Are you protecting privacy and intellectual property rights while making information available and useful? You will after this workshop!

Instructors: Sarah R. Demb, Harvard University Archives; Sarah A. Polirer, Cigna Corporation (Connecticut)


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Planning Your Digitization Project: Getting the Most out of your Time, Resources, and Collections

May 5, 2016  |  half day
June 30, 2016 | half day

Location: National Archives at Boston  |  Waltham, MA

Description: This half day workshop will give participants an overview of the basics of digitization project planning—including determining project scope and budget, mapping intellectual goals to physical workflow, and planning for technology and staffing requirements—to get the most out of your newly-created digital assets. Strategies and resources for long-term digital asset management will be discussed to cover the entire life cycle of digital assets created as a result of digitization projects.

Participants will also walk through an “if/then” decision tree considering the essential questions of digitization hopes and needs, which can then be used in the development of a concrete, personalized plan.

Instructor: Maureen Jennings, Safdie Architects


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Archivists & Active Learning: Fostering Student Engagement and Learning Opportunities in Archives

March 31, 2016  |  full day

Location: NEA Spring 2016 Meeting | By the Bay Conference Center  |  Portland, ME

Description: Archives and archivists can play a vital role in education across grade levels—from primary school to graduate programs. But simply placing students in a reading room with primary sources or showcasing “cool stuff” to a class does not necessarily facilitate student learning. Pedagogical design does. This full-day workshop will help you maximize your interactions with students, adapt your information literacy approaches, and develop mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships between archives and educational institutions. What skills and concepts do educators hope to cultivate in their students and how can working with archival materials help further pedagogical goals? How can archivists assess the effectiveness of these interactions? How do you develop relationships with educators and administrators that encourage deeper engagement with archival materials?

We will discuss emerging and innovative ideas and practices related to engaging students with archival materials, both in and outside of class assignments and how these archival activities should align with curriculum frameworks. Models of innovative projects will be presented as well as practical tips on building cross discipline collaborations between archivists, educators, artists and humanists. Participants in this workshop will have time to design an adaptable lesson plan based on a collection in their archive and should leave the workshop feeling confident in implementing this plan.

Instructors: Marilyn Morgan, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Marta Crilly, Boston City Archives; James Moran, American Antiquarian Society; Suzy Taraba, Wesleyan University


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Oral History: Approaches, Technology, Preservation

March 31, 2016  |  full day

Location: NEA Spring 2016 Meeting | By the Bay Conference Center  |  Portland, ME

Description:  For over 30 years the Vermont Folklife Center has conducted ethnographic and oral history research in Vermont. At the heart of our work resides the oral interview—-a process rooted in empathy, respect and engaged, passionate listening. The morning and early afternoon will focus on the fundamentals of an ethnographic approach to oral history work, including theory, methods and ethics. The workshop begins with a demonstration interview and group discussion of the ethnographic interview process. Following our discussion, attendees will next break into groups and conduct interviews with one another using provided digital audio recording equipment. The first part of the workshop will conclude with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas.

For the remainder of the day will explore the theory, technology and methods of digital audio recording for interviews, including the fundamentals of digital audio, microphones for field recording, and options for audio recorders. We will conclude the day with an overview and discussion of fundamentals of digital preservation for oral history researchers.

Instructor: Andy Kolovos, Vermont Folklife Center


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AV: 101

October 22, 2015  |  full day

Location: Massachusetts Historical Society | Boston, MA

Description:  In the 2015 NEA membership survey, one-third of NEA members indicated a desire to gain skills and expertise necessary to effectively manage, preserve, and provide access to their audiovisual collections. We’re excited to offer a day-long workshop focusing on the basics of moving image and recorded sound collections, taught by staff from the WGBH Media Library and Archives and Harvard Library’s Weissman Preservation Center. This workshop will cover the following topics: identification of analog and digital formats, basic care and handling, storage of analog and digital AV collections, inventorying analog collections, metadata for audiovisual materials, digitization best practices, characteristics of digital audiovisual files, rights and access, and digital repositories. Attendees will leave the workshop with confidence, knowledge and resources to ensure the preservation and access of the cultural heritage documented in their audiovisual collections.

Instructors: Casey E. Davis, Rebecca Fraimow and Elizabeth Walters


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Career Development Strategies for Early Career Professionals

September 12, 2015  |  full day

Location: Simmons College | Boston, MA

Description:  This workshop aims to help new archivists navigate the job market, improve their prospects, and provide support during what can be a stressful and confusing experience. Whether you are just starting out, are trying to climb the ladder, or are transitioning career tracks, this workshop will try to give you tools to make these processes a little easier. Some of the topics we will cover include post-graduate career planning, tailoring your education, internships, and entry-level or part-time positions to further your goals, networking and finding mentors, and affordable methods of professional development.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Simmons College Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SCoSAA).

Instructors: Annalisa Moretti and Silvia Mejia


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Caring For Historical Records

August 24, 2015  |  full day

Location: Historic Northampton | Northampton, MA

Description:  This workshop is for those responsible for the care of historical records or those interested in developing a historical records collection. It is especially useful for staff and volunteers working in libraries, museums, historical societies, or municipal governments who have responsibility for archival materials but no formal training in archival practice. Through a combination of lecture, group discussion, and exercises, participants will get an overview of the fundamentals of archival organization, including the basic principles and practices of identification, acquisition, preservation, arrangement and description of historical records. The topics of access, reference and outreach will also be explored. This workshop will help participants develop policies, forms, and procedures to manage archival collections.

NEA thanks University Products, Inc. for its support of this workshop.

Instructor: Anne Ostendarp, Consulting and Project Archivist


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Becoming a Better Manager

June 3, 2015  |  full day

Location: Trinity College | Hartford, CT

Description:  Designed for the new manager, this workshop will focus on the management of people and problems. We’ll talk about the role of the manager, managing up as well as down, hiring, performance management, evaluation, letting someone go, and managing yourself. The workshop will also cover methods for dealing with non-personnel problems. Please come to the workshop with your questions, and be ready to share scenarios and experiences with the best and worst bosses you’ve had, observed or heard about. Often discussing real life examples leads to solutions for others!

Instructor: Maria Bernier, Connecticut State Library


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Arrangement and Description

March 19, 2015  |  full day

Location: NEA Spring 2015 Meeting | Park Plaza Hotel | Boston, MA

Description:  Intended for those with some archival training, this workshop will focus on day-to-day decisions one faces in arranging and describing archival manuscript collections that have minimal order. Topics covered include finding aid design, elements of finding aids, guidelines for establishing series and sub-series, basic conservation practices, and handling problem materials, with an emphasis on creating access to collections. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions about processing collections.

Instructor: Barbara Austin, Connecticut Historical Society


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Caring for Historical Records: An Introduction

March 19, 2015  |  full day

Location: NEA Spring 2015 Meeting | Park Plaza Hotel | Boston, MA

Description:  Geared toward those responsible for the care of historical records or those interested in developing a historical records collection, this workshop will be especially useful for staff and volunteers working in libraries, museums, historical societies, or municipal governments who have little or no formal training. Through a combination of lecture, group discussion, and exercises, participants will get an overview of the fundamentals of archival organization, including the basic principles and practices of identification, acquisition, preservation, arrangement, and description of historical records. Topics of access, reference, outreach, and policymaking will also be explored.

Instructor: Anne Ostendarp, Consulting and Project Archivist


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Project Management for Archival Processing

March 19, 2015  |  full day

Location: NEA Spring 2015 Meeting | Park Plaza Hotel | Boston, MA

Description:  In This workshop offers archivists introductory techniques and common tools for project management, focusing particularly on strengthening prioritization skills and workflow planning for processing projects. The workshop will also address interpretive projects such as exhibitions and digital initiatives. Attendees from any size repository, including lone arrangers, will learn how to define project goals and objectives, compose project objective statements, establish work breakdown structures, estimate project budgets, create project and communication plans, schedule and track tasks using Gantt Charts, and conduct a post-project evaluation. The workshop will show how standard project management terminology can be applied to common archives tasks, as well as give an overview of Earned Value Assessment.

Instructor: Vincent Novara, University of Maryland


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Copyright Fundamentals for Archivists and Librarians

March 19, 2015  |  full day

Location: NEA Spring 2015 Meeting | Park Plaza Hotel | Boston, MA

Description:  In many institutions, the uncertain copyright status of some archival and special collection materials can make archivists and librarians uncomfortable. As repositories think about making more material available on the web, anxiety about possible copyright infringement increases. This workshop will explore what strategies special collections can follow to minimize the risks when reproducing and distributing unique and/or unpublished material. Topics covered will include an introduction to basic copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; exceptions to copyright restrictions, such as fair use and the specific exemptions for libraries and archives; methods for assessing the copyright status of materials; and issues associated with particular formats. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to work with senior administrators to address institutional risk.

Instructor: Peter Hirtle, Harvard University


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Being Resourceful: DIY supports and enclosures

November 11, 2014  |  half day

Location: Providence Public Library | Providence, RI

Description:  Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer at home? Want to bring some of that resourcefulness to your library or archive? Learn from a preservation professional about some tricks of the trade.

“Being Resourceful: DIY Supports and Enclosures” will discuss basic tools, tips and techniques on how to create many of the supports and enclosures needed in your repository and save your organization money on buying off the shelf items. You’ll learn what tools you’ll need in order to create a variety of supports and enclosures and gain some tips on how to pull those together from non-traditional library sources. Topics covered will include making custom wrappers and enclosures, sewing book cushions, covering bricks, measuring sticks, making weighted cubes and snake weights, sewing encapsulation and more. You will also craft a simple enclosure that can be adapted to a range of sizes and materials.

Instructor: Erica Saladino, Book Repair and Conservation Technician, Brown University Libraries


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Introduction to Records Management

March 20, 2014  |  full day

Location: NEA Spring 2014 Meeting | Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel | Portsmouth, NH

Description:  The focus of this workshop is on the concepts and techniques of records management programs. Participants will receive a general overview of best practices, current developments in the field, and special topics relating to the dual functions of archives and records management. This workshop is intended for students interested in learning about the elements of records management and professionals looking to direct or establish a records management program at their institution. This program will provide basic knowledge of the principles and practices of RM. Special emphasis will be given to the records of government offices, particularly municipalities, as well as to agencies tasked with developing their own schedules and procedures.

Instructor: Daniel McCormack, Town of Burlington, Massachusetts


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Day of Mindfulness

March 20, 2014  |  half day

Location: NEA Spring 2014 Meeting | Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel | Portsmouth, NH

Description:  Mindfulness can be defined as awareness of our experience in the present moment. Some would add without judgment. So often we approach ourselves from a place of criticism, lack and negativity that getting to the place of non judgment and self acceptance is a practice. This practice benefits everyone – some people come to the practice to transform habits of anxiety and depression, others to deal with chronic pain, others to unlock their creative potential and still others to engage in a spiritual practice. Please join us for an overview of Mindfulness and a morning steeped with practices. You will walk away with both a cognitive knowledge of Mindfulness and the experience of how this practice benefits you in all aspects of your life.

Instructor: Patricia Howard


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Metrics for Special Collections

March 20, 2014  |  half day

Location: NEA Spring 2014 Meeting | Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel | Portsmouth, NH

Description:  What is the difference between an output and an outcome? What do granting agencies mean by demonstrating effective change through evaluation? How can we foster and embed a culture of assessment in our repositories, regardless of the types of collections we hold or number of staff? How can we demonstrate the effective use of project staffing and funds? And what kind of data should we be trying to capture anyway?

This half-day workshop is designed to introduce participants to the national metrics conversation: why archivists need to think beyond user statistics; how assessment can improve project management and practice; and the value of metrics not only as a reporting mechanism for management, but as a way to advocate for staff and dynamically change workflow and patron interaction. At the end of this course, you will understand key metrics-related terminology and avenues for evaluation, and discover what tools and models are available to archivists to facilitate data collection.

Instructors: Kathryn Hammond Baker and Emily Novak Gustainis, Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School; and, Adrienne Pruitt, John J. Burns Library, Boston College


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Now What? Networking and Goal Setting for Archivists

October 5, 2013  |  full day

Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society | Boston, MA

Description:  Whether you’ve landed your dream job in archives or you’re just getting your career started, we can all benefit from thoughtful and intentional goal setting, finding ways to grow personally and professionally, and developing a network of people who can inspire, support, and guide us.

In this personalized, career development-oriented workshop we will focus on identifying and setting professional goals, making an actionable plan, building your networking skills and developing a mentoring circle to help you reach the next level in your career.

This will be an interactive, personal and career focused workshop. We hope participants will feel comfortable sharing career aspirations and participating in group brainstorming/networking sessions. Participants will leave with a new network of professional peers, an individualized plan that includes actionable career goals for the short term, and a map of their developmental network.

Instructors: Darla White and Jessica Sedgwick, Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School


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