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November 2017 
In this Issue:  
    This I Love

Important Dates:
November 14 - 16: Collections Training

November 23 - 24:
Office Closed - Thanksgiving
TrngWinter Training starts November 14th
The next round of PastPerfect's Online Training classes starts in two weeks. Individual classes are priced at just $86.25 and AASLH Members receive a 20% discount. Registered participants receive a free training CD that complements the course.

SPECIAL OFFER: AASLH Institutional Members can attend all three classes for just $184. Offer ends November 13!

Winter 2017 Class Schedule:

November 14-16, 2017 | 10:00am - 12:30pm Eastern (7:00am - 9:30am Pacific)

December 5-7, 2017 | 10:00am - 12:30pm Eastern (7:00 am - 9:30am Pacific)

January 9-10, 2018 | 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern (7:00am - 10:00am Pacific)

Registration is open and seats fill fast, so don't delay! Call 1-800-562-6080 to reserve your seat.
CollectionsAdvantages of Online Collection Access
If your museum's goals involve educating, informing, and engaging the public, an online collections database is an indispensable tool.  Here are just a few of the reasons why public access is quickly becoming a necessity for all collecting organizations.
  1. Free up Staff Time - Online access to the collections allows the public to do the basic groundwork before contacting the museum. This will free up staff time to process reproduction requests instead of spending time doing all of the research. 
  2. Unlimited Display Space - Exhibiting all of the items in your collection may not be possible due to physical space, conservation, and maintenance issues. Sharing collections online gives you unlimited display space, no matter how large or fragile your items are.
  3. 24/7 Access - Your online site is always open, providing a new level of convenience to researchers. You'll empower visitors to search for what interests them, anytime and anywhere.
  4. Expanded Audience - Researchers can find your collections through search engines like Google, allowing visitors from around the world to be a part of your audience. Your artifacts become the billboard for promoting your organization.
  5. Join a Community - Data repositories such as DPLA are quickly becoming common place. Having your collections accessible online is the first step towards participation. Once indexed, you open your collection up to an even bigger audience.
Over 800 organizations are currently sharing access to their collections with PastPerfect Online. If you have questions about our products or need help making your collection accessible, please contact our PastPerfect Online support team at pposupport@museumsoftware.com or 1-800-562-6080.
ThisILoveThis I Love
Every volunteer and staff member has a few collection items that capture their imagination in a special way. We've started a series to highlight these items and share them with the museum community. This contribution comes from Steve Jajkowski, Archivist, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

"As the Midwest's only major radio and television institution, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago is an experience of broadcasting history and wonder with an archive of nearly 100,000 hours of programming including more than 10,000 commercials dating back to the 1950s. The MBC also has on display many broadcast artifacts including one of the cameras that telecast the first of four televised presidential debates between then Senator John F. Kennedy and then vice-president Richard M. Nixon. The camera, designated Camera #2, is a RCA TK-11, a black and white unit that focused on Kennedy during their first debate in Studio 2 of WBBM-TV on September 26, 1960. While three other debates were scheduled in other cities, the first is referred to as 'The Great Debate' and to many viewers, the decision maker for the next president."

Thank you to the Museum of Broadcast Communications for sharing your collection online!

If you're ready to make your collection accessible, order PastPerfect Online hosting and we'll waive the setup fee. Contact the support office for more details. Offer expires November 17, 2017.
SpotlightOnline Collection Spotlight
The Rye Historical Society and Town Museum's online collection contains records of photographs, letters, diaries, and other documents from 1850-1920.

View the Rye Historical Society and Town Museum's Online Collection.
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