Surveying and Assessing Endangered Media Formats
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


How many floppy disks are languishing in your archives? Do you know the exact quantity of VHS tapes or reel-to-reel film in your collections? If you don’t have an immediate answer, it’s time to consider surveying your endangered media formats.

Staff from The Strong National Museum of Play will discuss how (and why) they took the leap into proactively identifying and assessing the unique endangered media formats (both digital and magnetic) held within the museum’s archives. Attendees will learn about the process of surveying collections, assessing their condition, and how this captured data can inform future digitization projects. In addition, attendees will see examples from the outcome of The Strong’s Endangered Media Pilot Project, funded by a Technology Grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC). The presenters will also demonstrate the use of floppy disk conversion equipment and discuss how they built up their digitization lab for endangered media formats.

Participants will learn:

  • What media formats are endangered and why
  • What factors affect media stability and longevity
  • How to identify and quantify endangered media formats within their collections
  • How to use this data to plan digitization projects and accession workflows
  • How The Strong’s digitization lab was created and whether it is a good solution for your institution’s endangered media
  • How the equipment for floppy disk conversion is set up and used
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Julia Novakovic, Hillary Ellis, and Andrew Borman
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Julia Novakovic is the Archivist at The Strong. She processes, preserves, and makes accessible the archival collections housed in the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play; these materials include papers of prominent play scholars, childhood education specialists, toy inventors, game designers, authors, illustrators, and video game company records. Julia earned her Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management.

Hillary Ellis is Director of Conservation at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. She performs and oversees conservation treatment of the museum collections and works closely with the curatorial team to develop procedures for long-term artifact preservation. She holds a Master’s of Art Conservation from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Art History from University of Virginia.

Andrew Borman is digital games curator at The Strong and coordinates the museum’s efforts related to digital preservation of electronic games. He holds both an undergraduate and master's degree in Information Science and as has long taken an active role in game preservation, focusing on the preservation of unreleased game prototypes and development material.


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Professional Development Workshop: Protest and Citizenship: Using Primary Sources to Create Evidence-Based Arguments


Professional Development Workshop: Protest and Citizenship: Using Primary Sources to Create Evidence-Based Arguments


2 Professional Development Sessions that Support C3 Framework and Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Mondays, December 2 and 9, 2019 from 8:30am-2:30pm

Location: WNYLRC Training Center (4950 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY)


The goal of this professional development program is to:

  • Introduce educators to the principles of communication across the curriculum and communication in the disciplines;
  • Build a knowledge base of digital primary sources available through the Library of Congress;
  • Understand and develop strategies to foster critical thinking through communication across the curriculum techniques;
  • Identify key considerations for selecting primary sources for instructional use;
  • Identify how argument and communication techniques can be effectively used in the social studies or history classroom;
  • Develop and implement practical strategies to support evidence-based arguments;
  • Lead supported debate to deepen students’ ability to use valid reasoning and evidence;
  • Implement reflection to integrate learning and achieve writing or communication goals; and
  • Create a new and refreshing 21st century classroom where teachers can offer students an environment of blended learning in which students are active participants.

Each attendee will be required to attend two full day sessions:

  • The first full-day session will be devoted exploring how to foster critical thinking through communication across the curriculum techniques; building a knowledge base of digital primary sources; and conducting inquiry-based learning with primary sources.
  • The second full-day session will be devoted to introducing the TPS Teachers Network for further sources and lesson plans; instructing using inquiry, argument and writing in the social studies or history classroom; and conducting pop-up debate and reflection to further communication and writing outcomes.

We are very excited to launch this new program for interdisciplinary civic engagement learning and hope that you will participate in a unique endeavor that offers the best from the ELA and social sciences fields.


Dr. Ann Rivera, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, Chair, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at Villa Maria College, and member of the Buffalo Board of Education

Heidi Ziemer, Outreach & Digital Services Coordinator, Western New York Library Resources Council, and Teaching with Primary Sources Professional Development Provider Institute Coach


Stipends are available to reimburse the cost of substitute teachers


CTLE credit will be available and lunch will be provided


Contact Dr. Ann Rivera at or Ms. Heidi Ziemer at for more information about registration



This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.