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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 Related Webinar Workshop Topic Register
Thursday, March 30, 2023 Not-So-Impossible Choices: Determining Priorities for Collection Salvage 1:00 PM - 2:00 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. 

Dyani Feige Historical Records Register
Thursday, April 20, 2023 State Agency RMO Meeting 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Classroom Training
The annual State Agency Records Management Officers (RMO) Training Meeting provides the opportunity for agency RMOs and other interested staff to share experiences and to learn about and discuss current industry trends, best practices, and upcoming initiatives relating to records management.
General Records Management Register
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 Ask Us Anything About Records Inventory 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide
Description: April is National Records Management 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 records inventories and why they are critical to any well-functioning records management program. 
During this session, we will focus on the following:
  • Why records inventories are important
  • How to conduct records inventories
  • What governments should do with the results of their inventories
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 sends e-mail) (link sends e-mail) with the subject line “Ask Us Anything” and we’ll answer them during the webinar.
David Lowry, Jennifer O'Neill, Sarah Durling Inactive Records, Inventory Register
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 Managing Your Records Management and Archives Projects 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide
Maintaining programs for managing records and archives can involve a myriad of short and long-term projects undertaken with or without grant funds. Common projects include inventories, digitization to improve access, preserve originals or create an online exhibit, and arrangement and description of archival records. 
Project management and planning is essential for projects of any size and when preparing an application if a grant is involved. For a good outcome, projects should begin with a well-defined plan and assign a project manager to oversee the work and anticipate and address any issues that may arise to ensure project goals are accomplished on time and within an established budget.    
This joint DHPSNY and NYSA webinar will provide key considerations for planning and managing records management and archives projects. 
John Diefenderfer, Karen Rabatin, Maria McCashion Collections Management, General Records Management Register
Thursday, May 11, 2023 Native Experiences and Perspectives in Non-Native-Led Organizations 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Webinar Statewide

This facilitated dialogue will explore the relationships between non-Native-led museums, archives and libraries and contemporary Native makers, artists, academics, and researchers. This program is designed for people who work in or volunteer for non-Native-led museums, libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations and/or sites who are working to center Native perspectives and experiences in their programs and collections interpretation. At the end of this facilitated conversation, participants will have a clear understanding of the ways in which they can collaborate with Indigenous and Native makers, artists, academics, and researchers to co-develop programming and collections interpretation that centers Indigenous and Native experiences and perspectives.

Historical Records Register
Wednesday, May 24, 2023 Records Facilities Management For Your Organization 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide
Managing records is about more than just the records themselves.  There is also the management of the facilities where records are stored and preserved. This webinar will discuss some of the basics and provide some helpful solutions to the challenges presented by managing records storage facilities. It does not matter if records are stored in a small vault with a few shelves or a large warehouse, the webinar will cover the same fundamental information needed to maintain a well-run records facility. 
This webinar will discuss organization and access of records, disposition of records past their retention period, selection of a records facility, and working with stake holders and vendors to ensure that records are safe and easily retrieved. The webinar will also discuss some best practices in use at the New York State Records Center in Albany to provide real life examples.
Keith Swaney, Michael Martin Collections Storage​, Inactive Records Register
Wednesday, June 28, 2023 Introduction to Information Governance 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide

Information Governance. What is it? How can it help your organization? This session will introduce the concept of information governance, explain what it includes and how it will strengthen your records management program. And it will outline how to implement an information governance program. 

David Lowry General Records Management, Program Administration Register