MARAC Workshops

MARAC Workshops  - PREVIEW for Upcoming Pittsburgh Conference (April 14-16, 2016)


The workshops listed below will be held at our upcoming Pittsburgh Conference on April 14, 2016.  Registration for the conference workshops will be available on our website in late January/early February 2016 at  

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact the MARAC Administrator at 


Archives on the Move: Developing an Educational Outreach Initiative for Your Archive

Instructors: Kaitlin Holt, Brendan Murphy and Deenah Shutzer, (all from the Brooklyn Public Library)

Full-Day Workshop: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Archives are posed to play a more significant and instrumental role in student achievement since the implementation of Common Core. Its emphasis on 21st Century learning skills, including the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, collaborate with peers and create high quality, scholarly work presents timely opportunities for archives to share their expertise with all educators and learners. This workshop uses Brooklyn Connections, the education division of the Brooklyn Public Library’s local history archive, the Brooklyn Collection, as a case-study to teach participants how to implement school outreach initiatives at their institutions.  Utilize archival collections to meet Common Core Standards, create lesson plans and engage students’ and teachers’ interest in local history. Learn pedagogical terminology and practical strategies for establishing meaningful and ongoing school partnerships. Participants will leave the workshop with adaptable resources to inform the creation or expansion of educational initiatives at their home institutions.

Ingest and Management of Digital Collections Workshop

Instructor: Bertram Lyons

Full-Day Workshop: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The common use and creation of electronic records has been ongoing for over 30 years, and the rate of creation continues to increase as technology makes it easier and easier to create image, audio, and video files, and as we continue digitizing analog collections. For archives there is a heightened risk of loss or inability to access these records if regular workflows for ingest, management, and preservation are not instituted. This full day workshop will present case studies of such workflows for large and small institutions dealing with digitized and born digital collections, and then provide hands-on training in the use of assorted free digital curation tools (Fixity, MDQC, Bagger/BagIt, exiftool, etc.) that support ingest, transfer, storage, metadata generation, and monitoring of electronic records. Participants will come away with a clear knowledge of how to use these tools and what role they play in collection management workflows, and a sense of how to implement the use of the tools within their institution. Attendees will need to bring laptops with all applications downloaded and installed to participate in hands-on exercises. All applications are available free of charge on the Internet.


Genealogy and Family History for Archivists

Instructor: Val Lutz, American Philosophical Society

Half-day workshop: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Genealogy and family history have become increasingly popular in recent years, fueled by the growth of online resources for research. As a result, archivists have more patrons researching genealogy, with questions that have become more complex as people are now able to do more research on their own from home. This workshop takes you through the research process step by step and provides an introduction to some of the most popular online resources and how to use them more effectively to guide your patrons in their research, with a special focus on Pennsylvania research.



Socializing Archives: The Proper Care and Feeding of Social Networks

Instructor: Siobhan Hagan, National Aquarium

Half-day workshop: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop will teach the fundamentals of social media outreach in archives: who the major players are and how they strategize and play the game; the how and why to create a social media policy for your institution, in depth tutorials on the most recent social media apps and sites (Twitter, Snapchat, GitHub,etc.), selection and presentation, more efficient workflows for posting, and thoughts on capturing and usage of statistics. The workshop will also briefly discuss the overlap between social media and current content creation, covering the basics of archiving social media with the most recent developments in this endeavor.