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The New York State Archives offers archives and records management training statewide. If your preferred workshop is not available, please contact us at to request it. See our workshop catalog for a complete list of titles.

All State Archives workshops are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Date Workshop Title Time Workshop Type Region Description Presenter Workshop Topic Register
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 After the Inventory: What Do We Do Now? 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide

You’ve completed a records inventory. You’ve disposed of obsolete records. You’re done! Or are you? An important outcome of a records inventory is a records management plan. This webinar will teach you how to analyze all the inventory data you’ve collected and use it to create a records management plan.

David Lowry Inventory, General Records Management, Policies and Procedures, Program Administration Register
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Ask Us Anything About Records Appraisal 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide

October is National Archives Month and the State Archives is marking the occasion by holding a forum where state agencies and local governments can ask their most pressing questions about appraising their records for historical value.

Our focus for this session are the following areas:

  • Why is appraisal important
  • How to appraise records

Panelists for this event will consist of New York State Archives staff in Local Government Advisory Services & Scheduling and State Agency Services. It is recommended that attendees watch the State Archives records appraisal training sessions listed below prior to attending the training.

Come prepared with your questions or just join us to hear what others want to know and learn more about this topic.

If you’d like, you can send in your question early to (link sends e-mail) with the subject line “Ask Us Anything” and we’ll answer them during the webinar.

Sarah Durling Historical Records, Appraisal Register
Thursday, October 20, 2022 Not-So-Impossible Choices: Determining Priorities for Collection Salvage 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Webinar Statewide

Identifying collections materials that are priorities for salvage is an important part of an organization’s emergency preparedness and response plan. Often in an emergency, we cannot save it all, and decisions will have to be made. But how do we go about choosing what items to save first? This can seem like a daunting task, but by establishing guidelines and planning, collection salvage priorities can become not-so-impossible choices. In this webinar, we’ll look at what makes collections most vulnerable to damage and how that can inform our parameters for salvage priorities. Types and formats of materials to prioritize during recovery efforts will be discussed, along with how this information can be used to benefit an institution’s emergency preparedness. 

Emilia Boehmn Emig Historical Records Register
Thursday, November 10, 2022 Using Historic Records in the Classroom: Consider the Source New York 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Webinar Statewide is a new online education resource from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. The website provides access to thousands of primary sources and learning activities to help educators bring local historical records into their classroom. Local communities are filled with valuable, informative records that reflect the rich and diverse history of New York State. However, getting these resources into the hands of educators and students in a format that they can easily incorporate into the curriculum is often challenging. Join us to learn how you and your organization can make your records more accessible to educators and students.  


Jordan Jace Historical Records Register
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 More than CDs and Thumb Drives: Real Life Stories in the Adventures of Preserving Digital Records 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Webinar Statewide

Maintaining electronic records is just the first part of preserving these digital records for their entire retention period.  Preservation involves different steps to ensure these files are accessible for the long term, including permanent. It is more than just uploading the records to a server and forgetting about them.

The panelists in this webinar will discuss their experiences in preserving electronic records. It will include short demonstrations of the tools they use to maintain, migrate, and preserve electronic records as well as answer questions afterwards.


Maureen Reynolds, County Clerk, Tompkins County

Bonita Weddle, Coordinator, Electronic Records Unit, New York State Archives

Bonita Weddle, Maureen Reynolds, Michael Martin Electronic Records, Inactive Records Register
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Legal Discovery: the Role of Records Management 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide

Records managers are often their organization’s subject matter expert on the types of records created by the entity, who owns them, and where they’re located.  This makes them an invaluable resource when their employer needs to quickly identify, locate, review, and prepare for release records related to pending litigation.

This webinar - designed for non-attorneys, will focus on the role of records managers in supporting their government employer’s response to litigation-related document requests, from document creation or receipt through disposition.

Monica Hauck-Whealton General Records Management Register