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The Massachusetts SHRAB provides leadership, advocacy and guidance to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the state's historical resources (public and private). The Massachusetts SHRAB encourages and supports communication and coordination among the historical records communities and the public. It is the state-level review body for grants submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Northeast Document Conservation Center
05/13/2020
Northeast Document Conservation Center

Northeast Document Conservation Center

NEWS! Planning your reopening procedures and protocols?

Important new research partnership between Institute of Museum and Library Services, OCLC, and Battelle to create and distribute science-based info & recommended practices for reducing the risks of transmission of COVID-19 to staff & visitors at cultural organizations. Join their E-List for updates.

VISIT: https://www.webjunction.org/explore-topics/COVID-19-research-project.html

Looking for a distraction? Try out this 60 piece puzzle of a painting by Alan Brooks. These tanagers are part of the Mas...
05/12/2020
A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle

Looking for a distraction? Try out this 60 piece puzzle of a painting by Alan Brooks. These tanagers are part of the Massachusetts Archives collection of Paintings of the Birds of Massachusetts and other New England States (EN2.07/114X Plate no. 75. jigex.com/x5Ss

This jigsaw puzzle is presented within Jigsaw Explorer's premium jigsaw puzzle web app. Anyone can use this web app to play their own photos as jigsaw puzzles, or choose from the thousands of beautiful jigsaw puzzles available at the Jigsaw Explorer website.

The MA SHRAB is heart-broken to pass along the news that Rob Cox, long-time U-Mass Amherst Special Collections and Unive...
05/11/2020

The MA SHRAB is heart-broken to pass along the news that Rob Cox, long-time U-Mass Amherst Special Collections and University Archives Director Rob and former SHRAB Board member, has passed away.

Rob Cox, SCUA’s fearless leader since 2004, passed away this morning from cancer. Rob was an archivist, historian, author, teacher, mentor to many, polymath, recovering paleontologist, friend of cats. He was a man of great intellect, enormous heart, and tremendous inner light. We love you, Rob, we thank you for all you have given to SCUA, to the archives profession, and to the SCUA team you assembled, and we will miss you so so much.

This photograph from last fall shows Rob in his office on the 25th floor of Du Bois Library, with items from the Daniel Ellsberg Papers. Photo by Jonathan Wiggs, Boston Globe, September 24, 2019.

2020 Schedule
05/06/2020
2020 Schedule

2020 Schedule

The virtual conference schedule is now available! A print version is available here schedule outline or schedule with abstracts Please see the Program page for session descriptions. Day 1 – Monday,…

2020 Best Practices Exchange (BPE) Now Virtual!Join us May 18-20, 2020The 2020 BPE Program Committee is pleased to annou...
04/27/2020
2020 Program

2020 Best Practices Exchange (BPE) Now Virtual!
Join us May 18-20, 2020
The 2020 BPE Program Committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 proceedings will now be a virtual conference, set to take place Monday, May 18, 2020 through Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
While we were disappointed to cancel the in-person component of the conference, originally scheduled for March 23-25, 2020 in Raleigh, NC, the health and safety of all our attendees and presenters was a high priority for the Program and Local Arrangements Committees. We are grateful that our plenary speaker, Monique Lassere, and most of our presenters were willing to shift to a virtual setting. Additionally, our thanks goes out to our sponsors -- Elsevier | Digital Commons, LIBNOVA, LYRASIS, and the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science for their continued support of this conference.
About the 2020 Conference
Following the theme Sustaining and Maintaining Digital Initiatives, the virtual conference will focus on issues relating to digital preservation, data management, email archiving, labor of work, selection and assessment strategies, tool implementations, and workflow analysis.
Our plenary speaker, Monique Lassere, is currently the first full-time Digital Archivist at Harvard University's Houghton Library. Previously, she was the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University Libraries at the University of Arizona, where she oversaw development of the Libraries’ digital preservation strategy and program. She researches issues in software preservation, born-digital archives, and information maintenance. Currently she is finishing a software preservation grant provided through the Software Preservation Network and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services which aims to preserve and provide access to legacy video games. Prior to joining the University of Arizona Monique worked for a digital preservation startup company, Digital Bedrock, researching file formats and software obsolescence. Monique earned her MSLIS (2017) and B.A. in English Literature (2013) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To see full descriptions of session descriptions visit: https://bpexchange.wordpress.com/2020-conference/2020-program/. While the schedule of events may be found at: https://bpexchange.wordpress.com/2020-conference/2020-schedule/.

Register Today!
Interested in seeing these sessions and speakers? Register today at https://bit.ly/bpe2020_virtual_registration. Registration is free and closes Wednesday, May 13, 2020 or once we reach capacity, whichever comes first.

Conference sessions will take place over three days, from 10 am - 5:30 pm Eastern, with sponsor office hours during lunch breaks.

Please send any questions to [email protected].
About BPE
BPE is an unconference that focuses on the management and the preservation of digital information. It brings together practitioners to discuss their real-world experiences, including best practices and lessons learned. Traditionally, these informal, conversational sessions give presenters and attendees alike a unique opportunity to meet, experience, and cooperate with other practitioners, educators, and researchers seeking to address a wide array of digital challenges.
BPE is open to all, but particularly practitioners in government and university archives and libraries; educators and researchers in the fields of library science, information science, technology, archives, and records management; and product developers working to create systems for managing and preserving digital assets.
We look forward to your participation!

Plenary Speakers Monique Lassere Monique Lassere is currently the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University Libraries at the University of Arizona, where she oversees development of the Libr…

On Tuesday, April 28, at 11 a.m., the Kennedy Institute will convene a virtual Getting to the Point program on the 2020 ...
04/24/2020
Getting to the Point on the 2020 Census

On Tuesday, April 28, at 11 a.m., the Kennedy Institute will convene a virtual Getting to the Point program on the 2020 Census in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. State and local leaders will discuss the importance of completing the 2020 Census; the impact the Census has on federal, state, and local government; and the challenges of reaching hard-to- count populations, especially during a global pandemic. The panel will also dispel myths surrounding the Census, including the data that are collected and how they are used.

https://www.emkinstitute.org/explore-the-institute/public-events-programs/public/gttp-2020census-virtual

In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, the Commonwealth Museum, and the Massachusetts Archives, the Institute will welcome state and local leaders for a conversation on the importance of the 2020 Census.

https://www.neh.gov/program/neh-cares-cultural-organizationsFYI, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has ann...
04/22/2020
NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations

https://www.neh.gov/program/neh-cares-cultural-organizations
FYI, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a new series of grants to support cultural organizations in public programming during the COVID-19 crisis.

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations Division of Education Programs, Division of Public Programs, Office of Digital Humanities, Division of Research Programs, Division of Preservation and Access Grant Snapshot Maximum award amount $300,000 Open to Organizations Period of performance June 15, 2020 to De...

The New England Museum Association is currently gathering information about the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak on m...
04/21/2020
Museum Coronavirus Impact Survey

The New England Museum Association is currently gathering information about the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak on museums' economic and educational plans; specifically losses in revenue, employment, and educational opportunities. We will be analyzing and sharing this data regionally and on a state-by-state basis, with our museum colleagues as well as press and state agencies. All data will be anonymized.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/museumimpacts

The survey will close on April 28, 2020.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us tell the story of COVID-19 and its effects on the museum field.

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

Council of State Archivists (CoSA)
04/15/2020
Council of State Archivists (CoSA)

Council of State Archivists (CoSA)

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has launched its COVID-19 Resource Hub. This web portal leads to an array of resources that can help you and your constituents respond to and recover from the pandemic. Resources have been grouped under the following categories:

Federal and Global Guidance
Dashboards for Situational Awareness
Guidance on Funding Your Organization’s Recovery
Funder Support of the Heritage Community
Collections Care During a Pandemic
Resources for Museums
Resources for Archives
Resources for Libraries
Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
Resources for Historic Properties, Sites, and Organizations
Resources for Indian Country
Resources for Emergency Managers
Resources for Extension Educators
Preparing for the Next Pandemic


Bookmark this page, which will be updated frequently as new information is made available: https://culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf/major-disasters/current-disasters/

New resource from the Council of State Archivist and other national partners.
04/07/2020

New resource from the Council of State Archivist and other national partners.

Announcing a new resource for our times from CoSA, in collaboration with NASS, COSLA -- "When to Trust Your Eyes: How to Catch an Altered Image"

Please share!

https://www.statearchivists.org/files/4915/8626/1717/WhenToTrustYourEyes.pdf

FREE webinar April 7th from the Society of American Archivists (open to all) on Deriving Value from Collections in a Tim...
04/01/2020
Deriving Value from Collections in the Time of Corona - Webinar Sign Up

FREE webinar April 7th from the Society of American Archivists (open to all) on Deriving Value from Collections in a Time of Corona

Webinar: Deriving Value from Collections in a Time of Corona
Date: April 7 @12pm PDT/3pm EDT
RSVP: Deriving Value from Collections in the Time of Corona - Webinar Sign Up https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nAjPQiBrK6RjuBU62ht_BNUly_L0rMzXCMT4-4C4Cn8/edit#gid=0
Zoom Link: Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

Sheet1 L Tuesday, April 7 @12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/496601990 Name,Email address,Questions Rachel Thomas,[email protected] Mark Shelstad,[email protected] Anthony DiGiovanni,[email protected] Sarah Leu,[email protected] Alexander Ames,[email protected]...

National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators (NAGARA) is providing daily FREE webinars for R...
04/01/2020

National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators (NAGARA) is providing daily FREE webinars for Records Management Month

Happy April and WELCOME to Records and Information Management (RIM) Month! In celebration of RIM Month, NAGARA is offering you FREE access to a different webinar from the NAGARA Webinar Archive each weekday, no membership required! (This aint no April fools' joke either!)

Each webinar will be openly accessible to the public for 24 hours only, and all you need to do is login to the website (or first create a free account if you don't already have one) to enjoy this complimentary professional development opportunity right from the comfort of your own home or office!

Today's complimentary webinar is "Managing Change for Positive Outcomes," presented by Todd Ellison, Records Manager for the City of Durango - City Government, Durango, Colorado. Click here to access: https://www.nagara.org/NAGARA_Custom/Webinar_Archive/2019-Archive/August/Managing-Change-Positive-Outcomes

As an added bonus, participating in this webinar will earn you one LGARA credit under the "Records & Information Management Basics" competency area!

History, Archives & Public History at UMass Boston
03/31/2020
History, Archives & Public History at UMass Boston

History, Archives & Public History at UMass Boston

Cultural Heritage Professionals (including aspiring ones!): Consider participating in one or more of these low-cost/no-cost webinars from AASLH to help map out a path forward for your institutions.

03/31/2020

Trying to plan for an uncertain financial future? Does your leadership need help navigating a COVID-19 response? The American Assoc. of State and Local History is currently offering several webinars related to COVID-19 support at discounted prices.

https://learn.aaslh.org/covid19response

Webinar from the IMLS and the CDC
03/27/2020
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Webinar from the IMLS and the CDC

Join us and the CDC for a special webinar for museums, libraries, and archives on managing collections during COVID-19.

Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry from the Centers for Disease Control will present an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and lead a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections.

Presented in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, CDC, US National Archives, Smithsonian, and The Library of Congress.

COSTEP MA has pulled together some resources for Public Health Emergencies
03/17/2020
Public Health Emergencies – COSTEP MA

COSTEP MA has pulled together some resources for Public Health Emergencies

Cultural institutions acknowledge that the greatest concern during public health emergencies is the safety of their community. COSTEP MA recommends the following federal, state, and local guidance on COVID-19. Be sure to connect with your municipal department of public health. COVID-19 The following...

Survey from our funder, the NHPRC
03/09/2020

Survey from our funder, the NHPRC

LYRASIS, an independent, nonprofit, membership organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, has been hired by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to develop a Small and Diverse Archival Organization Needs Assessment Survey.

We believe that “small archives” are generally defined as those repositories with budgets of $100,000 or less and/or holdings of 1,000 cubic feet or less—these are not absolute figures—and repositories should not skip the survey if they have slightly larger budgets or holdings.

We recommend you review the form and your answers with your colleagues before beginning to answer the survey online; we hope to have one survey representing a single institution, and not multiple surveys from a single site. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHPRC2020

Or, if you choose, you can download a PDF version athttps://lyrasisnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/NHPRC-Survey.pdf

Surveys are due by March 25, 2020 at 5:00 Eastern time.

How do small cultural heritage organizations manage their institutional records? Archival Field Fellow Sarah Morin shows...
02/24/2020
Archival Field Fellowship – Peak House

How do small cultural heritage organizations manage their institutional records? Archival Field Fellow Sarah Morin shows us her approach at the Peak House Heritage Center.

The Archival Field Fellowship is a pilot program from the Roving Archivist Program debuted in October 2019. This new offering increases hands-on assistance to Massachusetts repositories and provid…

A little bit of time before this round of applications close.
01/21/2020

A little bit of time before this round of applications close.

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment.

Applications are open November 1, 2019, through February 1, 2020. Details are available at: http://ow.ly/UHsb50x2tpl

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