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Small Archives Forums was a series of FREE programs designed to explore archival concepts and build connections among Philadelphia area small archives. The forum series aimed to teach new archival skills, but more than that, it aspired to foster community among small archives and lay the groundwork for ongoing knowledge-sharing and cooperation. 

Approximately once per month in 2015 and early 2016, HCI-PSAR staff offered free programs focused on particular aspects of archival practice, such as collections processing, digitization, preservation, and other related topics. A processing, digitization, and preservation themed program was offered once in each of the Philadelphia, Chester/Delaware, and Bucks/Montgomery county areas - so that they were accessible to all.

You can view a list of past programs below. *Please note that the particular focus of the processing, digitization, and preservation themed programs may have been slightly altered from previous iterations.

When space was limited, preference was given to representatives of HCI-PSAR-participating repositories and only individuals on our mailing list of HCI-PSAR participants received e-invitations.

If you are interested in learning more about managing archival collections, visit the Resources for Small Archives section of our website. Everyone, whether or not you participated in HCI-PSAR, is welcome to join the Pennsylvania Small Archives email list, an online community which can be utilized to publicize workshops and events of interest, to ask about best practices (or "good enough" practices), and to stay in touch with colleagues in similar institutions. To join, send a blank email to pa-small-archives-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please follow HCI-PSAR on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the project.

 

PAST EVENTS

February 9, 2015
1:00-3:30 pm
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Behind-the-Scenes Tour. This tour, customized for an audience of small repositories, offers attendees the opportunity to meet staff of various departments at HSP, learn about typical workflows, and ask for advice on specific questions.

February 25, 2015
7:00-8:30 pm
Delaware County Government Center

Symposium for HCI-PSAR Participants in Delaware and Chester Counties, presented with the Delaware County Historic Preservation Network. Please join us as we share the findings of the HCI-PSAR project’s work with Delaware and Chester county repositories, discuss next steps for participating repositories, and provide useful information to help you in managing your archival collections.
*A symposium for all participants from all counties will be held in April 2016

March 27, 2015
12:45-4:00 pm
Old York Road Historical Society

Processing 101: An Introduction to Basic Archival Arrangement and Description.  This workshop will offer hands-on education in the arrangement, description, and re-housing of archival collections. It will be led by a Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian from the University of Pennsylvania. Registration is limited to one person per HCI-PSAR-participating repository.
*This event will be repeated in other locations TBD

April 21, 2015
6:30-8:30 pm
Lower Merion Historical Society

Digitization Panel. In addition to an overview of key topics and best practices for starting a digitization program, this event will showcase innovative digitization projects in place at HCI-PSAR-participating small repositories. 
*This event will be repeated in other locations TBD

June 19, 2015
1:00-3:00 pm
Philadelphia History Museum

Preservation Program: This program will provide a basic overview of preservation practices, focusing on environment and collections care. Best practices will be introduced in a "Good, Better, Best" approach, presenting participants with practical ways to implement improvements with the resources they have on hand.
*This event will be repeated at Historic Sugartown, March 2016.
July 27, 2015
1:00-3:00 pm
Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library
How Policies Can Help: Crafting Collection Management and Development Policies. Having strong collections management and development policies can help small archival respositories as they accept new material and expand their collections. Dyani Feige of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts will present on the importance of these policies and what should be included in them. In addition, Grundy Memorial Library staff will present on how policies have helped them shape their collections.
*This is the ONLY time this program will be offered.
September 22, 2015 
1:00-3:00 pm
Historic Yellow Springs
Pixels and Bits: An Introduction to Digitizing Archival Collections. In addition to an overview of key topics and best practices for starting a digitization program, this event will showcase innovative digitization projects in place at HCI-PSAR-participating small repositories.
*This is the LAST time this program will be offered. 
October 5, 2015
6:00-8:00pm
Philadelphia, PA William Way LGBT Community Center
Archives Month Event: DIY Archives. A special event for American Archives Month, HCI-PSAR is joining with the William Way LGBT Community Center and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts to encourage members of the community to save their personal archival collections. This workshop will provide attendees with suggestions and advice on how to best organize and preserve their personal collections for the future.
*This is the ONLY time this program will be offered.

November 17, 2015
1:00-4:00 pm
Chadds Ford Historical Society

Processing 101: An Introduction to Basic Archival Arrangement and Description. This workshop will offer hands-on education in the arrangement, description, and re-housing of archival collections, led by a Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian from the University of Pennsylvania. 
*This event will be repeated in one more time in Bucks County, February 2016.

December 9, 2015
1:00-3:00 pm
Pearl S. Buck International
No Need to Rewind: An Introduction to Digitizing Audio Collections. Join us for a special audio-themed digitization presentation. Alex Ball of Ameryn Media will present on how to undertake an audio digitization program in-house, and how to know when it's time to call a professional. In addition, the program will highlight audio digitization projects undertaken by HCI-PSAR participating small repositories.
*This is the ONLY time this program will be offered.
January 11, 2016
1:00-3:00 pm
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Ask-A-ProfessionalWhether it’s a general query about housing or an issue specific to your repository, we want to provide you with the answers you're looking for. Bring your archival questions and quandaries to this program, and hear responses from a panel of professionals, as well as suggestions and ideas from other small repository attendees. 

*This is the ONLY time this program will be offered.

February 4, 2016
1:00-4:00pm
Free Library of Northampton Township

Processing 101: An Introduction to Basic Archival Arrangement and Description. This workshop will offer hands-on education in the arrangement, description, and re-housing of archival collections, led by a Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian from the University of Pennsylvania.

*This is the LAST time this program will be offered. 

March 3, 2016
1:00-3:00 pm
Historic Sugartown, Inc.

Preservation Program:This program will provide a basic overview of preservation practices, focusing on environment and collections care. Best practices will be introduced in a "Good, Better, Best" approach, presenting participants with practical ways to implement improvements with the resources they have on hand.

*This is the LAST time this program will be offered. 

April 20, 2016
4:00-6:00 pm
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

End of the Project Symposium. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and the HCI-PSAR project will be concluding in spring 2016. Join us as we celebrate project accomplishments and review findings from five years of surveying collections at over 170 Philadelphia-area small archival repositories. HCI-PSAR staff will highlight significant collections uncovered during the project, participating repositories will discuss success stories at their institutions, and public historians will speak about projects they have undertaken and the role of public history in the community. 

*This is the ONLY time this program will be offered.