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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).

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Digital Commonwealth’s Membership and Outreach & Education Committees and the Massachusetts Library System invite you to...
09/14/2020
Digital Commonwealth: Introduction to Omeka

Digital Commonwealth’s Membership and Outreach & Education Committees and the Massachusetts Library System invite you to register for the next event in Digital Commonwealth’s
"Expanding Your Digital Horizons" Series

Introduction to Omeka
When: October 8th, 2020
Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM (including Q&A)
Where: Online via the Massachusetts Library System’s Continuing Education platform

Digital Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Library System join together to present an introduction to Omeka by Lenora Robinson of Bridgewater State University and Matt Amory of the Canton Public Library.

Omeka is a free, open-source content management system for online digital collections. As a web application, it allows users to publish and exhibit cultural heritage objects, and extend its functionality with themes and plugins. (Wikipedia). If you work in a NOBLE or SAILS library, you or someone in your library already has a free Omeka system available for use.

Archivists and Records Managers can use the Dublin Core metadata standard to add as much specific information as they need to in order for digital objects in the Omeka repository to be described according to their institutional needs. Lenora will introduce the Omeka repository and describe the use of the building blocks of items and collections within Omeka to set up the repository to begin to use it for exhibits.

Collection managers, digital humanists and local history librarians can use Omeka’s drag and drop content management system to create exhibits which highlight and curate individual items or groups of items. Matt will discuss how Omeka exhibits can add context and facilitate better access to small to medium sized digital collections.

Pre-registration is required.
Register at: https://calendar.masslibsystem.org/event/7107342
Registration is free for Digital Commonwealth members, and also free for non-members, but we encourage anyone and everyone to join Digital Commonwealth!
Not sure if your institution is a member?
Check here: https://digitalcommonwealth.wildapricot.org/Directory
Not a member? Join here: https://digitalcommonwealth.wildapricot.org/joindc

Digital Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Library System join together to present an introduction to Omeka by Lenora Robinson of Bridgewater State University and Matt Amory of the Canton Public Library. Ome...

Funding support from Mass Humanities
07/21/2020

Funding support from Mass Humanities

#Grant Opportunity! Marginalized communities have cultural wealth & civic potential but lack resources. New operating support grants from Mass Humanities will fund organizations that primarily serve marginalized communities, engaging them with the #humanities. http://ow.ly/B3fN50ADlYC

07/10/2020
register.gotowebinar.com

Opportunity for a symposium from MBLC/MLS Preservation Specialist, Evan Knight:

As Preservation Specialist with MBLC, my role is to help you and support you in your efforts to protect and share your most important and most irreplaceable collections for future generations of residents and researchers. But one thing I’m often asked about, which unfortunately I’m not able to help you with very well, is how to help you determine which of your collections are “most important” or “most irreplaceable.” In this regards I’m happy to invite you to a virtual MBLC/MLS symposium scheduled for July 23rd, 9a-12p, that is designed to help: “Special Collections Symposium for Smaller Libraries.” We have exceptional speakers who are on-board to make this a fun, inspiring, and helpful event that will address a large number of themes tailored to our specific audience. Learn more and register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3232501920889757710.

Collecting objects of community memory such as local book collections, community archives, newspapers, pamphlets, artworks, etc., is just one of the great many aspects of “library service” that you all practice. But in my biased opinion, it is one that can be too easily overlooked among all the others. With little-by-little bits of planning, oversight, and investment, they comprise sustainable, affordable, and transformative resources for your community now and in the future. Some libraries in the Commonwealth, for example, have, in these extremely dynamic times, worked hard to collect archives related to the BLM movement as well as COVID-19, which will provide unique lasting resource for the future!

So if you are interested to learn more about special collections management for smaller libraries, not sure where to start with your collections, or just want to network with colleagues, please join us for this virtual symposium! We will learn some practical strategies, and become more acquainted with folks in our field who specialize in this technically-heavy type of library service. The event is open to librarians, library workers, and volunteers from those types of institutions, though we will also open it up to those from archives, historical societies/museums, larger libraries, etc.; from Massachusetts and beyond. Thank you for your time, and please reach out to me with any questions.

Posting an announcement of a virtual tour of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Phillips Library, hosted by Digital Commonwealth...
07/06/2020
Digital Commonwealth - About Us

Posting an announcement of a virtual tour of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Phillips Library, hosted by Digital Commonwealth. After raising the number of registrations a couple times (now to 500), we happily invite those from beyond Massachusetts to join.

Join Digital Commonwealth for the first event in our
"Expanding Your Digital Horizons" series
which will run through the end of 2020.
Behind the Scenes at the Peabody Essex Museum Library
When: Monday July 13, 2020, 10AM-11AM
Where: Zoom
Register here: https://digitalcommonwealth.wildapricot.org/event-3893353
Join Peabody Essex Museum staff members Angela Segalla, Director of the Collection Center, and Dan Lipcan, Head Librarian of the Phillips Library, for a virtual tour of PEM's Collection Center. Their 120,000-square-foot facility provides state-of-the-art preservation, protection, and care of PEM’s extensive collection of art and culture–and includes the Phillips Library's reading room, digitization lab, and storage space.
Come take a unique behind-the-scenes look!
Due to enthusiastic registration, PEM has generously extended the registration limit to 500 people!
There is no charge for this event but pre-registration is required. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to participate.
Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization that was founded in 2006 in partnership with the Boston Public Library (BPL). We provide resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, archives, and other cultural institutions. (https://digitalcommonwealth.wildapricot.org/)

currently have overmember institutions from across the Commonwealth, and provide researchers, students, and the general public a single online point of access to members’ digital collections (open access discovery platform)75mages, docSearch and explore the full online collection .

06/22/2020
Massachusetts History Alliance

Launching Friday!

Come to the Launch of the Mass History Commons! Why the "Commons?" Find out here. June 26th, 2pm.

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/

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