WNYLRC would like to announce the launch of a new statewide service from the Empire State Library Network, now available to all WNYLRC members. You may be familiar with the Ask the Lawyer and Ask the HR Expert services, and we now have Ask the Archivist. This is a one year pilot and ESLN will evaluate its effectiveness at the end of the first year.
This service is available to you, providing answers to basic questions regarding archives and special collections. This service is staffed by archivists at several of the Councils including WNYLRC of the Empire State Library Network (ESLN). The staff will provide advice, referrals, and guidance to colleagues on all aspects of archival work, such as processing, preservation, reference, acquisition, appraisal, and digital projects. We invite all your questions on archives and special collections, big or small. Questions can be submitted through an online form.
The WNYLRC Preservation Committee is charged with assessing the need in Western New York for preservation and conservation. If you are a member of WNYLRC, you are eligible to request to join the committee.
WNYLRC has partnered with the NEDCC to offer free, limited registrations for WNYLRC members to NEDCC courses. Seats are allotted one per institution per class. The free registrations are on a "first come, first served" basis. If you are signed up for an NEDCC class with a free (WNYLRC sponsored) registration and find you cannot attend a class you signed up for, you must notify Caitlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 48 hours prior to the class to cancel your seat. Fill out the form to register for an NEDCC course today.
WNYLRC invites member organizations to avail themselves of the business discount received when ordering archival supplies from Gaylord. Discounts vary based upon the type of order (item or items and quantity) and other existing special offers (generally cannot be combined), but expect to receive an average of 20% off your total purchases, plus free shipping. If interested in this opportunity, you must first contact WNYLRC and provide information about your order. Once we have the pricing information available from Gaylord, we will contact you for your approval and confirm the order. When the materials are delivered to WNYLRC, you will be expected to make payment with your pickup.
The WNYLRC Preservation Committee has endorsed use of the Disaster Response Plan template available from the New York State Archives.
Archives Month takes place every October. The Society of American Archivists maintains information on annual events.
Western New York Archivists was formerly known as Religious Archivists of Western New York. It was organized in 1982 for archivists of religious collections, but as the group developed, other special archival repositories have been incorporated into the association. These collections include records of educational institutions, religious bodies, and social services such as colleges, dioceses, religious communities, hospitals, etc. located on the Niagara Frontier. New members are always welcome! More information can be found at: http://archives.sbu.edu/wnya/index.html