MARAC Workshops

Rare Books for Archivists


When:  Friday, September 22, 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

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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

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

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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:


 Data Privacy for Born Digital Collections


When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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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   

Course Requirements:  A Windows laptop with a multi-core CPU (ex: the Intel i3, i5, and i7 series, or the AMD FX, Athlon II, and Phenom II series), at least 4 gigabytes of RAM, and 10GB of available hard drive space. Also, must have permissions to download and install software, including all administration passwords for the system. Please note that the exercises will not be available on Mac OSX operating systems.

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

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 Woodford, 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

Course requirements:  A laptop with a multi-core CPU (ex: the Intel i3, i5, and i7 series, or the AMD FX, Athlon II, and Phenom II series), at least 4 gigabytes of RAM, and 10GB of available hard disk space. The ability to download and install software on the laptop .