Ask the Archivist
WNYLRC would like to announce the launch of a new statewide service from the Empire State Library Network, now available to all WNYLRC members called 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 WNYLRC members, answering basic questions regarding managing their archives and special collections. This service is staffed by archivists at several 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 creating policies and strategic plans, collections 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.
We have a variety of equipment and expertise available to assist WNYLRC members in all stages of preservation projects. We have a limited amount of archival supplies and tools, 3D printing and scanning services, as well as both flatbed and large-format photographic reproduction equipment.
WNYLRC also offers assessments to address management concerns for member collections, including collections care and administration concerns, storage and holding areas, assistance locating grant funding, and opportunities to join preservation initiatives. Assessments are available on a limited basis and include a physical on-site evaluation, a written report, and advice on how best to represent the member organization and its holdings. Please get in touch with Heidi Ziemer or Jason Barone to schedule an assessment of your archives (facility, collections, policies).