Our 2017 workshops may be over, but we have a full schedule of upcoming webinar presentations on a variety of topics! Learn more and register below. For a complete schedule of webinars through February 2018, visit
Presented free of charge to New York institutions, DHPSNY’s education programs address the needs of professionals and volunteers responsible for the care and handling of historical records. Our webinars address emerging issues and best practices, with content scaled to apply to small- and medium-sized organizations with limited resources.
Free Tools for Digital Preservation
Annie Peterson, Preservation Services Librarian, LYRASIS;
Hannah Rosen, Licensed Services Coordinator, LYRASIS
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This session will provide an introduction to tools that can be used to manage digital files in a cultural heritage institution. Instructors will demonstrate basic tools and techniques that can help institutions improve long-term management of digital collections. All tools demonstrated in the class will be freely available so they can be used after the class at no further cost to the institutions. Please note that several of the tools demonstrated in the class are Windows-based and not all work across all systems. Tools and skills demonstrated will include Bulk Rename Utility, basics of command line, Karen’s Hasher, HashMyFiles, Fixity, and Bagger. This class does not cover digitization or conversion of analog materials to digital files.
Risk Assessment for Collecting Institutions
Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist, CCAHA
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This webinar explores the basics of conducting a risk assessment at your institution.
A risk assessment is a critical first step in preparing and updating an emergency preparedness and response plan. The risk assessment and subsequent emergency planning efforts have several benefits including identification of areas of risk and hazards; establishment of procedures and systems to mitigate potential risks; determination of collections priorities; and development of procedures for quick response to limit damage to collections.
Collection Management Policies
Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY
Thursday, December 14, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Having essential policies and procedures in place is crucial for a properly functioning and thriving collection. This webinar will focus on one of these, the Collection Management Policy (CMP). Actually a series of various shorter policies, it assists in the governing, planning, and maintenance of collections. The components of a CMP will be covered, including mission statement, collection vision, collecting scope, acquisition policies, accessioning and deaccessioning policies, and loan policies.