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.