MARAC Workshops

 Care and Identification of Color Photographs


When:  Friday, June 9, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where:  University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Cir, Baltimore, MD 21250

More Information      Register Online      Download a registration form for mailing


Instructor: Hillary Kativa, Chemical Heritage Foundation     

Workshop description: This workshop will provide a general introduction to the care and identification of color photographs, with a primary emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first-century materials. The workshop will begin with a brief history of the development of color photography and common color processes, including screen plate color, dye transfer, and chromogenic development. The instructor will also discuss various printing techniques for digital images, including inkjet, dye sublimation, and electrophotography. The second half of the workshop will address concerns for the care and preservation of color photographs, with particular attention given to the unique qualities that distinguish color photographs from B&W ones. The workshop will also include an introduction to visual literacy, with basic tips for reading and researching photos, as well as a tour of the UMBC photography holdings. Attendees will leave this workshop with an enhanced understanding of the types of color photographs in their collections and how to best care for these materials, as well as a variety of resources for further study.  

Cost:  $90

Parking:  Upon registration,prepaid parking codes are available at a cost of $4 for the full day.  This option will save you $10 over the hourly metered rate.  If you choose not to prepay, metered visitor parking will be available at a cost of $2/hr. Parking codes will be sent to you in an email prior to the workshop.

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


When:  Monday, June 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where:  Brooklyn Collection, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11238

More Information      Register Online       Download a registration form for mailing


Instructors:  Kaitlin Holt, Brooklyn Public Library; Jen Hoyer, Brooklyn Public Library, Deenah Shutzer, Brooklyn Public Library                               

Workshop description:  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 award winning 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.

Cost:  $85

Public Transportation: The Brooklyn Collection is a five minute walk from the 2 and 3 trains at both Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum subway stops.

Parking: Paid parking is available at the following nearby  locations:

-          Quik Park Parking Garage @ 274 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238

-          GGMC Parking @ 134 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225

-          Quik Park Parking Garage @ 105 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238


Data Privacy for Born Digital Collections

When:  Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where:  University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, Room 6107

More Information      Register Online      Download a form for mailing


When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

More Information      Register Online      Download a form for mailing


Instructor:  Alexis Antracoli, Princeton University Mudd Manuscript Library

Workshop description:  This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about data privacy issues in archival collections with a focus on born digital materials.  Attendees will learn about the range of data that presents privacy concerns (e.g. social security numbers, financial information, directory information), relevant laws (e.g. FERPA, HIPAA), and the role of institutional policy in shaping how archivists should handle sensitive data in their collections.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and use several software tools that can assist with identifying sensitive data both before and after it arrives at the archives, will engage with case studies about how to handle sensitive data, and will have the opportunity to start thinking about policy solutions to data privacy issues. The workshop is geared towards those with little to no prior experience or knowledge about data privacy, but how have at least some hands-on experience with born digital materials.

Cost:  $90   

There's an API for That!: An Introduction to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Archivists


When:  Friday, July 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where:  Princeton University Mudd Manuscript Library, 65 Olden St. Princeton, NJ  08540


When:  Friday, September 15, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Where:  Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Instructors:  Valerie Addonizio, Johns Hopkins University and Lora Davis, Johns Hopkins University

Workshop description:  Have you ever heard the phrase, "Use the API for that!" and wished you actually could? This workshop will familiarize participants with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in general, and illustrate salient points with a deep dive into the ArchivesSpace API in particular. After presenting a brief history of APIs, workshop leaders will lead participants through several hands-on exercises illustrating how APIs can aid you in your archival work (including appraisal, accessioning, social media/web archiving, data cleanup, systems' integrations, etc.). This workshop is intended for novice users of web applications with APIs (such as ArchivesSpace, Omeka, certain DAMS and repositories). No command line or programming experience is necessary. There will be a Q&A for dedicated discussion of your problems with API solutions.

Cost: $90


 Audiovisual Processing


When:  Friday, August 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where:  Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702

More Information     Register Online     Download a registration form for mailing


Instructor: Siobhan Hagan, President & CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA)           

Workshop description:  The President & CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) will lead the one-day workshop teaching efficient processing of audiovisual collections in order for professionals to immediately implement these skills at their archive. This workshop will fill the need of many archivists to gain the knowledge and hands-on experience to initiate preservation of audiovisual items at their current or future places of work. Attendees will leave the workshop able to identify audiovisual formats, to process collections with AV materials quickly, to decide on processing policies depending on several factors, to create a basic conditions assessment of AV materials and able to conduct proper preservation storage and (re)housing for these items.

Cost:  $90          

Directions, Public Transit, and Parking information:

Rare Books for Archivists


When:  Friday, August 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where:  American Philosophical Society, Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

More Information    Register Online     Download a registration form for mailing


Instructor: Michael Knies, University of Scranton

Workshop description:  This workshop is geared toward archivists and related professionals who have responsibility for rare books but have limited background in the history of the book. The morning will consist of a survey lecture on Western book production and history with an emphasis on the book as artifact. The afternoon will consist of hands-on examination of artifacts, ideas and examples of how to incorporate and interpret rare books in exhibits and in the classroom. A variety of Internet resources will be introduced. Participants are encouraged to contact the instructor in advance with information and questions about their rare book holdings.

Cost:  $90

Directions, Public Transit, and Parking information: The workshop is in Philosophical Hall, one of four buildings of the American Philosophical Society.  It is located one building in from the southwest corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, PA.  Directions to the APS Museum at the link below will bring you to Philosophical Hall.  If you are facing the front of Independence Hall, the building on its left is Old City Hall.  Philosophical Hall is the building directly behind Old City Hall, on the west side of 5th Street.


Project Management in the Archival Workplace


When:  Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where: Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220

More Information     Register Online     Download a registration form for mailing


Instructor: Vincent Novara, University of Maryland

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.

Cost:  $90          

Directions and Parking information: Free parking is available in the Virginia Historical Society parking lot located behind our building. There is free street parking widely available in the neighborhood, and paid parking is available nearby in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts parking deck. For further driving directions please see our website: