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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 Titlesort descending Time Workshop Type Region Description Presenter Workshop Topic Register
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Ask Us Anything About Updates to the Local Government Retention Schedule 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar Statewide

This session will go through and discuss the changes made to the Local Government Retention Schedule (LGS-1) as part of the Spring 2022 update and offer attendees the opportunity to ask any questions they have about records retention.

Sarah Durling, Jennifer O'Neill Retention and Disposition Register
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Forget the Best: Good and Better Approaches to Preservation 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Webinar Statewide

While having a top-tier collections care program that adheres to best practices might be seen as a goal for your institution, the reality is that there are often barriers related to time, money, and staffing that prevent us from working to achieve the “best.” Using a model that breaks the larger best practices into smaller, attainable benchmarks, participants will be encouraged to think differently about how they approach collections care efforts. This webinar will explore instances in which it is perfectly appropriate for institutions to forgo the “best” in favor of “good” and “better” approaches to preservation that help them make incremental steps towards improved collections care.

Emilia Boehmn Emig Preservation & Historical Records Register
Friday, April 22, 2022 Making Your Website Accessible 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Webinar Statewide

How accessible is your institution’s website? Removing barriers to people with physical and situational limitations can help make your institutional website open to a large variety of users, researchers, and potential visitors. This webinar will guide participants through analyzing their institution’s website for accessibility and taking concrete steps to become more accessible.

Laura Montgomery Preservation & Historical Records Register
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Photographs in the Archive: Digitizing your Photographic Collections 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Webinar Statewide

Digitizing photographic collections can improve access and minimize handling of fragile materials, but certain collections materials such as photo albums and scrapbooks can present unique challenges. What considerations are needed before embarking on a digitization project? How are bound photographic materials digitized differently than other collections? In this webinar, Maggie Downing will discuss methods and processes for digitization of these unique photographic materials that ensure accessible digital content while also keeping in mind proper handling and care of the original materials.

Maggie Downing Preservation & Historical Records Register
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Preservation 101 Webinar Statewide
Preservation 101 is a 3-week hybrid course. The course is intended for individuals who manage cultural collections, with a focus on individuals who are new to preservation practices, may not have had formal preservation training, or are looking to refresh their knowledge of preservation basics.
This online course will present specific preservation topics under larger themes that speak to the related nature of this work. Specific topics covered include storage and housing for various paper materials; environmental considerations and monitoring; exhibition guidelines for preservation; essential preservation processes and procedures; and the basics of prioritizing preservation needs. Instruction will be provided through recorded videos, online resources, and live Q&A sessions. Participants are expected to be active in course discussion boards, complete relevant assignments, and attend live sessions.
  • Amanda Murray, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY
  • Margalit Schindler WUDPAC Preventive Conservation Fellow, CCAHA
Dates: Wednesday, March 16 - Wednesday, April 6
Register by Wednesday March 9, 2022. Please note that this program has limited registration and is only offered to constituents representing institutions in New York. If you are registering from outside of New York State your registration may be denied.
Preservation & Historical Records Register
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 Stories from the Field: Oral Histories at Queens Memory Project 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Webinar

Founded in 2010, Queens Memory is a community archive project done in collaboration with the Queens Library and Queens College that focuses on building their current archives by collecting oral histories from Queens residents. In this webinar, Natalie Milbrodt, Director of Queens Memory, will tell the story of this project as well as provide some tips and tricks for how to navigate your own oral history projects.

Preservation & Historical Records Register
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 Stories from the Field: Volunteer Management at Queens Memory Project 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Webinar Statewide

Volunteers are integral to many collecting institutions, providing time and insight that an organization may not otherwise have access to. However, many organizations have little or no formal process or program in place for managing a volunteer program. In this webinar, Merel Agish, Community Coordinator, will cover volunteer engagement, training and retention at the Queens Memory Project.

Merel Agish Preservation & Historical Records Register
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 The Basics of Maintaining Your Inactive Records Storage 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Webinar Statewide

Ensuring the access and preservation of your inactive records in the correct environment is one of the essential elements of a good records management program. During this webinar, we will discuss some of the basic principles involved in maintaining your inactive records storage area. We will also give you some helpful solutions to the different challenges these records present. Whether you work with records in a vault, a warehouse, or just have a few shelves in a corner, the basic information you need to maintain a well-run inactive records facility is the same.  This webinar will talk about organizing and ensuring access for your inactive records.  As well as, discussing the disposition of records past their retention and creating the best environment to ensure the preservation of these records well past your retirement.  People with all levels of knowledge of records management are encouraged to attend. 

Michael Martin Inventory and Inactive Records, LGRMIF Grant Program, General Records Management Register
Thursday, March 10, 2022 Understanding Anti-Racism as Collecting Organizations 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Webinar Statewide

This program will cover the very basics of what anti-racism is, how we talk about it, it's history and how we can use the principles of antiracism to create more robust and engaging organizations. This webinar will include large group learning and discussion, building on prior experience and constituent interest, as well as participatory opportunities to understand the material more deeply.

Preservation & Historical Records Register