Glad Someone Has $$$$ 4 Humanities

26 03 2010

North Carolina…. APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE TRAVELING ARCHIVIST PROGRAM Need assistance preserving or improving access to your archival collections? The North Carolina State Archives and the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) have just posted applications for the Traveling Archivist Program providing hands-on assistance to institutions that preserve North Carolina’s history and culture. Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an onsite visit, a collections assessment, recommendations for managing and caring for the collections, training and instructions, and other resources including some basic preservation supplies. The application and instructions are available online and on the Web sites of the SHRAB and the North Carolina State Archives. The application is open to all North Carolina cultural and heritage institutions that house and maintain archival collections, and whose collections are accessible to the public; however, federal agencies and those institutions housing solely objects or artifacts are ineligible to apply. The closing date for applications is April 26, 2010. Questions relating to the application process may be addressed to Andrea Gabriel, North Carolina State Archives, 919-807-7326, , Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



3 03 2010

Sorry you missed the More Product, Less Process presentation at the annual Society of Georgia Archivists meeting?

Want to know how to alleviate backlogs in your repository?

Join SGA as we co-sponsor our annual Spring Workshop with the Society of American Archivists. “Implementing More Product, Less Process” will be given on May 17, 2010, location TBD. Check the SGA website for registration details soon.

SGA’s Scholarship Committee awards the Banks Scholarship to an SGA member who would like to attend.

SAA’s description of the workshop:

Backlogs don’t have to weigh as heavily as they do! Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs, as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” and learn as you share information and experiences with fellow workshop participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks. This array of topics is addressed through lecture, case studies, and group discussion.

Workshop objectives:

* Understand the concepts and arguments outlined in “More Product, Less Process;”

* Implement strategies for increasing processing rates in a variety of institutions;

* Apply techniques for managing efficient processing programs, including developing processing plans, policies, and benchmarks;

* Understand how descriptive standards such as DACS can assist in the creation of descriptive records that adhere to “minimum” requirements and assist in the reuse of data in a variety of outputs; and

* Develop strategies for integrating processing with other archival functions, particularly accessioning.

Who should attend? Archivists who process archival collections or manage archival processing programs and administrators interested in processing procedures within their repositories (introductory to intermediate levels).

For more information, contact the SGA Education Committee at education @

Digital Imaging for Conservators and Museum Professionals

3 03 2010

The University of Delaware, in partnership with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, presents the course, Digital Imaging for Conservators and Museum Professionals.

Dates: April 19-22, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily

Location: University of Delaware Downtown Center

13 East 8th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Instructors: Dawn Heller and Tim Vitale

Course description: Digital Imaging for Conservators and Museum Professionals teaches how to use digital photography to document the conservation process, and how to create photographic images to document objects and collections. Participants will learn to produce and archive documentation images as well as operate a digital SLR (dSLR) camera.

For more information about the instructors, course requirements, a list of course objectives, and a preliminary course outline, as well as to register online, please visit To register by phone, call 302-831-1171, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fee: The cost of the course is $900, due at the time of registration. A special rate of $119/day plus tax at a hotel in walking distance has been arranged, but must be booked by March 19.

This program was created with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the FAIC Endowment for Professional Development.

Kelsey Ray
Outreach and Development Assistant
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation
1156 15th St., NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005

2010 ASEH/NCPH Conference Blog

1 03 2010

This is the blog site for the 2010 joint conference of the American Society for Environmental History and the National Council on Public History, being held in Portland, Oregon, between March 10 and 14, 2010

One Dove; One Dove; Your Lucky to Have One Dove…

1 03 2010

“A century from now, will desegregation in Virginia be a forgotten story? If we don’t do a better job of saving our records, it could be. Currently, few records of school desegregation in Virginia are publicly available….”

With this ominous sentence Old Dominion University librarians Sonia Yaco and Tonia Graves discuss the state of historical access and preservation of records relating to the desegregation of Virginia schools. “Mapping the Desegregation of Education in Virginia: Where are the Records?” describes  the all too common scenario of historical records disappearing. I have discovered the same scenario while conducting research about a particular county in Alabama. However, the picture is not so gloomy. Yaco and Graves also describe a very unique, ambitious and valuable initiative Desgregation of Virginia Education (DOVE). DOVE’s goals are to identify, locate and preserve records that document Virginia’s  School desegregation process.

Visit the DOVE website @; monitor DOVE’s progress on DOVE’s blog @ and view the DOVE catalog @

Sometimes it’s great to read and write about high level concepts such as web 2.0, cloud computing, metadata, XML or other ways of leveraging technology in archives and special collections, but, as a historian, I get really excited when I see a concrete effort to place the focus on the one thing that matters the most – the COLLECTION i.e. the objects that the researcher/end user is interested in.  

DOVE’s progress should be monitored and the framework should be noted and referenced as a model for similar state/regional inventory projects.