MARAC Workshops

Project Management for Archival Processing Workshop


When: Tuesday September 15, 2015, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Where: Lecture Room C, National Archives at College Park, MD
Instructor: Vincent Novara, University of Maryland
Cost: $80
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Parking: Free

Workshop Description:
This workshop focuses on introductory techniques and common tools for project management. Workshop participants will learn how to establish, define, plan, implement, and execute archival projects. Attention is given to strengthening prioritization skills and workflow planning as they pertain to processing projects executed by various levels of staffing, including the lone arranger. The workshop also addresses interpretive projects such as exhibitions and digital initiatives. Attendees will learn how to determine project goals and objectives, compose project objective statements, establish work breakdown structures, estimate project budgets, create project and communication plans, schedule and track tasks using Gantt Charts, and conduct a post-project evaluation. Throughout the workshop, standard project management terminology is applied to common archives tasks, and an overview is given of Earned Value Assessment.

About the Instructor:
Vincent J. Novara is the Curator for Special Collections in Performing Arts at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland. Novara regularly uses project management tools in his day-to-day responsibilities while caring for 9,000+ linear feet of archival holdings, 150,000+ sound and video recordings, and managing a staff of nine. He was trained in project management through courses at UMD, privately by project managers in the military and oil industry, and in a MARAC workshop that focused on prioritizing for preservation. An ACA Certified Archivist, Novara has worked at UMD as a performing arts archivist since 1994. From 1999 through 2001, he was also the Smith Library’s project manager and transition leader for the construction and subsequent move into their new facility.


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Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Strategies and Tools, A Digital POWRR Workshop


When: Two one-day sessions (same content each day): Thursday, October 22 OR Friday, October 23, 2015 
Where: Science Library, Standish Room, University of Albany, Albany, New York
Instructors: Aaisha Haykal, University Archivist, Chicago State University
                      Patrice Prud’homme, Head of Digital Collections, Illinois State University
                      Jaime Schumacher, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Northern Illinois University
                        Lynne M. Thomas, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, Northern Illinois University

Cost: Free
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Workshop Description:
This is a hands-on workshop that deals with the "How" of digital preservation, rather than the "Why." Attendees will practice the accession of a digital collection using a simple, open-source tool; learn about several DP tools and services; and create an institution-specific action plan for making progress towards digital preservation goals. This workshop is designed specifically for front-line practitioners who routinely complete collections processing work. If you understand the need for digital preservation, and are now seeking to build daily workflows that incorporate accessioning digital materials, processing them, and planning for their long-term preservation, you are our target audience. Please note that this is not a workshop on how to digitize materials. However, the skills taught can be applied to both born-digital as well as digitized collections.

About the Instructors:

Aaisha Haykal is University Archivist at Chicago State University. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, and holds Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Haykal was awarded the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship and at Syracuse she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Before coming to Chicago, she worked at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, S.C. She served as Chicago State University’s representative in the work of the Digital POWRR Project.


Patrice Prud’homme is the Head of Digital Collections Unit at Illinois State University. He is responsible for several of the project management processes in the unit, including copyrights, metadata, design, and supervision. He holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, an MA in Architecture and Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and an MLS from University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He served as Illinois State University’s representative in the work of the Digital POWRR Project.


Jaime Schumacher is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries and is a co-Principal Investigator for the Digital POWRR Project. Jaime served as Director for the Digital POWRR Project during the IMLS-funded phase from 2012 to 2014. She earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and holds a B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue University. Previously, Jaime was an Information Systems Consultant for Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, IL.


Lynne M. Thomas is Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University Libraries. She is the co-Principal Investigator for the Digital POWRR Project. As curator, she is responsible for popular culture special collections, including papers of science fiction authors, dime novels, and popular historical children’s literature. Through the College and Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI), she chaired the sub-committee that generated “CARLI and Digital Preservation: A White Paper,” (2006). She co- authored Special Collections 2.0 with Beth M. Whittaker (ABC-CLIO, 2009). She periodically teaches “Special Collections in a Web 2.0 World” for the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Ms. Thomas holds a BA in French and Comparative Literature from Smith College, an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Northern Illinois University.

Registration (same content for both days):

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For additional information about the workshop, contact: Laurie Rizzo, 302.658.2400 ext. 277 or
Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

This workshop is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.