Introducing the "Small Archives Forums" Series

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Introducing the "Small Archives Forums" Series

2015-02-18 18:17

In the three and a half years I've worked on the HCI-PSAR project, I've met hundreds of individuals at area small repositories who are passionate about preserving the archival collections under their care. I've been impressed at how proactive many of you have been in seeking opportunities to learn professional standards, but I've also noticed that you each bring a unique perspective and innovative ideas to the tasks at hand. It is your hard work and dedication that inspired us to begin planning the Small Archives Forums, a series of FREE programs to explore archival concepts and build connections. The forum series aims to teach new skills, but more than that, it aspires to foster community among area small archives and lay the groundwork for knowledge-sharing and possible collaborations far into the future. 

Approximately once per month in 2015 and early 2016, HCI-PSAR staff will organize events focused on particular aspects of archival practice, such as collections processing, digitization, preservation, and more. Most programs will be offered three times - once each in the Philadelphia, Chester/Delaware, and Bucks/Montgomery county areas - so that they are accessible to all. So far, the schedule is confirmed through April 2015. If you'd like to learn about future forums, stay in touch! Join the email list for Pennsylvania Small Archives by sending a blank email to, and follow HCI-PSAR on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, February 9, 2015 (rescheduled), 1-3:30 pm
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Behind-the-Scenes Tour. This tour, customized for an audience of small repositories, offered attendees the opportunity to meet staff of various departments at HSP, learn about typical workflows, and ask for advice on specific questions.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:00 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. Please register at or 610-891-4910.
*A symposium for all participants from all counties will be held in April 2016
Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:45-4:00 pm
Old York Road Historical Society
Archival Processing Workshop. This event 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 information forthcoming.
*This event will be repeated in other locations TBD
Tuesday, 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. Registration information forthcoming.
*This event will be repeated in other locations TBD


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