MARAC Workshops


Introduction to Genealogy for the Unsuspecting Archivist Workshop, September 9, 2014

-REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Community Room, First Floor,  C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick, MD
Instructor: Mary K. Mannix, Frederick County Public Libraries
Cost: $80
Driving/Public Transportation Directions Directions: The library is located at 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD
Parking
: Parking is available for a nominal fee. Two hours of free parking are provided by the library.  For more information please visit: http://www.fcpl.org/branches-hours/c-burr-artz-public-library/parking-c-burr-artz-public-library

Workshop Description: 

Archivists have often had very ambivalent relationships with genealogists even though family historians are the primary patron base for many institutions. Those institutions that are not frequented by genealogists regularly utilize family search methodology, whether they know it or not, for such regular tasks as researching donors and writing finding aids. The more archivists know about basic genealogy, the better prepared they will be to locate information on any person, dead or alive. This workshop will provide a crash course on how to handle the “pesky” family historian and provide an overview on basic genealogy methodology. The most popular online tools and subscription databases will also be discussed, with a particular focus on Maryland-related genealogy. You may find that genealogists aren’t that bad after all and that you actually may have collections that will interest this misunderstood, yet very supportive, clientele. Just as genealogists are advised to understand the world of archives and learn to talk our talk, perhaps it is time we all learned to talk genealogy.

About the Instructor:

Mary K. Mannix is the Maryland Room Manager of the C. Burr Artz Public Library of Frederick County Public Libraries. She has been active in the Maryland local history community since 1985 and it was at that time that she was first tossed, unsuspectingly, into the world of genealogy. She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in American History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in Museum Studies. And no point was she schooled to spend the bulk of her professional life interacting with genealogists. She has been very involved in the American Library Association’s History Section (the home of genealogy librarians) and was the 2011 winner of ALA’s Genealogical Publishing Company Award for service to the profession. She teaches genealogy librarianship at the University of Maryland. She learned family history on the mean streets of reference duty; she wants other archivists to come to the discipline in a friendlier fashion. Mary is presently Vice Chair of MARAC.

Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

For additional information about the workshop, contact:

Brian Keough, 518-437-3931, bkeough@albany.edu

To Register:

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Click here to view the workshop flyer.



Project Management for Archival Processing Workshop, September 22, 2014

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Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Lecture Room C, National Archives at College Park, MD
Instructor: Vincent Novara, University of Maryland
Cost: $80
Driving/Public Transportation Directions Directions: http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/
Parking
: Free

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.

Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

For additional information about the workshop, contact:

Brian Keough, 518-437-3931, bkeough@albany.edu

To Register:

Click here to register online
Click here to download/print a registration form
Click here to view the workshop flyer.