MARAC Workshops



Ingest and Management of Digital Collections Workshop

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Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Morristown & Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Road, Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Instructors: Josh Ranger and Rebecca Chandler, AVPreserve

Cost: $85

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Workshop Preparation: Free Internet applications downloaded onto attendees’ laptops for hand-on exercises


Workshop Description:

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.


About the Instructors:

Josh Ranger is a Senior Consultant with AVPreserve where he has worked since 2007 heading up Collection Assessment and Inventory, with a specialization in data analysis and communication in support of planning, advocacy, collection management, and resource development. Recent projects have focused on non-traditional and production-based archives, including broadcasting collections, performance documentation, and institutional archives. Joshua’s work centers on managing high-efficiency item-level inventories, creating processing workflows for audiovisual materials, and developing preservation plans for unprocessed and distributed collections. Josh initially found/honed his love of information management in the worlds of Natural History, insurance, and the Walt Whitman Electronic Archive. He has earned MAs in Moving Image Archiving & Preservation from NYU and in American Studies from the University of Virginia, and his BA in English from the University of Oregon.


Rebecca Chandler has been a consultant with AVPreserve since 2014 where she specializes in analysis and recommendations for digitization workflows, infrastructure, and staffing. Recent projects have focused on market analysis and digitization lab design for organizations such as NEDCC, the New York Public Library, and the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC. Rebecca is an experienced audio engineer, having worked in audio post-production at Broadway Video, Creative Group, and Sony Music Studios. She earned her MLIS with an Archives certificate from Pratt Institute and holds a BM in Music Technology from NYU.


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For additional general  information about the workshop, contact: Laurie Rizzo, 302.658.2400 ext. 277 or 

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

POWRR Workshops are now sold out for both days!  

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.


Click here to view the workshop flyer.


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.