Take a cruise through history and join us for a 90-minute narrated Buffalo River History Tour! Hear the story of the Erie Canal, Buffalo’s history as the largest grain port in the world and experience the nation’s largest collection of standing grain elevators from just a few feet away.
PLEASE BE PROMPT: Boat leaves the dock at 2:30 pm
Directions/Parking at the Waterfront: https://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/visit-canalside/
This three-part session is for people new to working in archives and will provide some fundamental understanding of the activities involved in assessing, processing and creating policies for your collections. The session will involve real, hands-on opportunities to work both with your own collections (please bring no more than one box of materials per participant) and on the archives collections at Our Lady of Angels Library at Niagara University.
*Because of the nature of the program, space is limited to 12 participants! Each person attending will also be given approximately $25 in archival supplies!!
Session 1: Assessment, Heidi Bamford
Heidi Bamford will lead a discussion of the key elements for assessment of archival collections. Templates for archival appraisal and preservation surveys will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their institution's mission policy (as it relates to the collection of historical records) if one is available.
Session 2: Processing and Rehousing, Danielle Glynn
Attendees bring in an unprocessed box from their collection, and go through basic processing, step-by-step with guidance from the instructors after seeing a demonstration given by Danielle Glynn using a sample from the Niagara University archives. The hands-on portion is where attendees can work alone or break into groups and go through their boxes. (Attendees will be provided with some basic supplies)
Session 3: Policy Writing, Hope Dunbar
Hope Dunbar will provide handouts that can be used as templates and/or examples for creating sound policies. She will review key points that should be addressed in developing policies for archival collections.
Hope Dunbar is a Special Collections Archivist at SUNY Buffalo State College. She received her Master of Library and Information Science with a certification in special collections from the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science; and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University, College of Law. She has worked in archives and special collections across the country, including the Newberry Library Chicago, and has found her calling in making historical materials more accessible and processes for finding those materials more transparent. Hope also serves as the Chair for the Issues & Advocacy Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA).
Danielle Glynn is a librarian at the Edwin A. Mirand Library at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She is working to establish an archive at the institute, including Dr. Mirand’s vast collection of historical materials. She has also worked for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system and the University at Buffalo Archives. She earned her MLS from the University at Buffalo and also has an MA in English from the University of Rochester.
Heidi Bamford has been the Outreach & Member Services Coordinator at WNYLRC since 2014. Prior to that, she spent 24 years as the Regional Archivist for the Documentary Heritage Program in Western New York. She was trained at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. She enjoys writing and researching various aspects of local history.
Join expert genealogists from the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society (BIGS) who will lead a hands-on session of solving common challenges when using Ancestry.com. Whether you are a beginner genealogical researcher who wants to become more familiar with the different features of Ancestry.com or, you are a more advanced researcher who still finds some aspects of the site to be perplexing, you can expect to gain new knowledge and skills after this session since you will be asked to submit your own significant issues with Ancestry.com once you have registered! Intended audience: Individuals working in WNYLRC member libraries who wish to become more proficient with Ancestry.com, for personal and/or professional use!
This is a 6-week online class running on Moodle. You will be given login information for the Moodle site during the week prior to the start date.
When chatting with a patron online through virtual reference, it can be tempting to just Google the patron's question and give them the first result. This class will explore advanced search methods for finding information on the web in general, and tactics for finding resources in another library's databases/catalog. This class will be beneficial for librarians who participate in WNYLRC's Ask Us 24/7 service, but any librarian who does chat reference will find it useful.
Jaclyn McKewan is the Digital Services Coordinator at WNYLRC, where she has worked since 2008. One of her job duties is managing Ask Us 24/7, New York State's virtual reference service.
According to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report, 2016 Higher Education Edition, “The Internet and mobile technologies have revolutionized how people find, consume and interact with content.” Whether it’s for a college or university, K-12 school, or public library, redesigning space to accommodate users demanding greater flexibility, mobility and access to technology for learning and engagement is seen as a major concern in long term planning for sustainability.
Our presenters, Sara Wright and Camille Andrews from Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University will discuss trends in redesigning learning spaces in libraries and share some of the work done at Mann over the last several years to address the creation of physical settings that promote greater collaboration in learning and improve the library experience for the 21st century library patron. Participants will learn about, and how to apply, a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods (many of which can be done with limited budget and staff time) to gather feedback on the behaviors and needs of your patrons. This will be a participatory presentation - be prepared to get creative!
Camille Andrews is Emerging Literacies Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University Library (CUL), where she works on online learning, multimodal literacies and the MannYoufacture makerspace. Since 2004, Camille has also been involved in: outreach; instruction; assessment for learning outcomes, technologies, services and spaces; information literacy initiatives; and learning technologies. She is extremely interested in the intersection of library and information science, user experience, instructional design, 21st century literacies and new technologies.
Sara E. Wright is the Head of Learning, Spaces, & Technology at Albert R. Mann Library, part of the Cornell University LIbrary (CUL) system, where she leads a team focused on instruction and assessment, services and spaces, and the incorporation of emerging technologies into our learning spaces. She has been a long-standing member of the library’s learning technologies committee, which assists with the design and assessment of library learning spaces. It is through this committee, as well as her work on the library’s website redesign team, that she has become increasingly interested in usability and UX design and how the principles of UX can inform decision making in all areas of the library.
Camille and Sara E. Wright were co-authors, with Howard Raskin, of “Library learning spaces: Investigating libraries and investing in student feedback” in 2015 in the Journal of Library Administration.
Join your colleagues for a Special Libraries Breakfast Discussion at WNYLRC on Thursday September 14 from 8:30am to 11am
Trying to find a place to store your newest accessions? Still haven’t found space for things already part of your holdings? You are not alone!
Why not join your colleagues from across the region to discuss the issue of physical storage for collections and what common concerns and/or challenges you may have. As part of the discussion, we have invited guests to join us who have been involved in cooperative efforts with multiple organizations to develop shared spaces for storage and programming. They can relate some of their experiences and maybe provide ideas and suggestions for tackling the space dilemma!
If you can attend, please register by Wednesday September 6th!
See you then!