- ItemMoving from positive to negative : working across disciplines on large photograph digitization projects(2019-11-09) Lemmen, Barbara; Shilstut, Natalie; Starr, Laura Kopp; Taylor, NancyHistoric images are in demand—especially those available for discovery online. At the same time, digitizing large photograph collections can be daunting, particularly when a project involves balancing access and preservation with tight budgets, limited staff, and fragile or deteriorating objects. Outside collaborators can help leverage available resources and increase the effectiveness and reach of the project but identifying and recruiting partners and keeping diverse stakeholders on the same page can be challenging. Panelists will discuss collaborating across disciplines on two large digitization projects, the Religious News Service photographs, 1945-1982 (about 60,000 prints and negatives) and the Los Angeles Department of Public Works photographic materials (about 700,000 prints, negatives, and slides).
- ItemAfter the Event: Response, Stabilization, and Salvage of Photographic Collections(2019-11-09) Feige, Dyani; Lemmen, BarbaraPhotographic materials have complex structures, specialized needs, and inherent preservation vulnerabilities; salvaging these materials safely after a disaster incident can sometimes be more challenging than salvaging collections that are primarily paper. This workshop will address disaster response with a focus on photographic collections. Presenters will share practical procedures for efficient initial response and stabilization of a disaster scene and will give specific guidelines on salvaging and caring for photographs following a disaster. The session will conclude with a brief, hands-on exercise in which participants will have a chance to witness and practice simulated salvage of photographic materials.
- ItemPutting Out Fire and Sucking Up the Water(2019-11-08) Wick, Harrison; Feige, Dyani; Montori, Carla; Van Osten, Kayla; Borin, JillThis presentation will focus on the best practices for creating effective disaster response manuals and how each institution has developed policies to protect their collections and respond to disasters, including the outbreak of mold. Panelists will discuss their experiences and how creating response plans has changed the outcome of disasters – from working with a variety of different types of institutions to create emergency plans, to dealing with mold outbreaks (whether recurrent or discovered in a recent donation), to adapting an institution’s disaster response manual to address new concerns about collection storage and technology. How has your institution responded to the threat of disaster and what challenges have you encountered? The presenters encourage the audience to share their experiences.
- ItemGreat Expectations: Community Engagement in Processing the Punk Archive(2019-11-08) Barker, RayRay Barker, an Archivist at the DC Public Library, describes the background and history of the Punk Archive, and the efforts he's undertaken in working closely with donors, by including them in aspects of processing physical materials, he's worked towards setting appropriate expectations of the donor with regard to their individual collections, including donors Mark Andersen, Cindy Uleman, and Tom Berard.