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Thursday, November 7

9:00am EST

W1: Basics of Museum Object Photography for Non-Photographers
This workshop is a crash course in the terminology, technology, and techniques of museum-object photography for those who occasionally need to do such work. For example, a digitization technician at a library may be asked to capture a few elaborately bound books as artistic objects, or a curator, exhibition designer, or conservator may need to photograph an object in the course of regular non-imaging work. The refinement of the craft of museumobject photography is a lifelong endeavor, therefore in this 3-hour class we will focus on practical and immediately actionable knowledge that can meaningfully improve the technical and aesthetic quality of your object photography.


Wayne Cozzolino

Digital Transitions

Douglas Peterson

Digital Transitions

Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm EST

9:00am EST

W2: Copyright Fundamentals for Librarians and Archivists
Even in the best of times, the uncertain copyright status of archival and special collection materials makes many archivists and librarians uncomfortable. As more and more repositories think about providing access to material on the web, anxiety about possible copyright infringement increases. This workshop will explore what strategies special collections can follow to minimize the risks inherent when reproducing and distributing unique and/or unpublished material. Topics covered will include an introduction to basic copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; exemptions to copyright such as fair use and the specific exemptions for libraries and archives; methods for assessing the copyright status of materials; and issues associated with particular formats. Attendees should leave with a better understanding of the basics of copyright and be in a better position to work with senior administrators to establish a mutually acceptable level of institutional risk.


Peter Hirtle

Retired, Cornell University

Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EST
Clipper A/B/C

9:00am EST

W3: Reparative Archives: Acquisition, Advocacy, Utilization and Transformation
The word “reparations,” is an idea, a term, and a movement that is slowly edging its way into the mainstream of the archives profession. A growing body of academics, historians, and memory workers are engaging in critical analysis of traditional repositories and examining how to reconcile past practices with current demands for a space that acknowledges and provides redress for the dismissal and systemic erasure of marginalized communities from conventional archives. This workshop will elaborate on the role of academic archives in silencing under-documented communities but will also illuminate efforts to reckon with challenging histories, such as Project STAND. This radical grassroots archival consortia project between colleges and universities around the country seeks to create a centralized digital space highlighting collections emphasizing student activism in vulnerable communities and to foster ethical documentation of contemporary and past social justice movements in under-documented student populations. Attendees will have the opportunity to map out a reparative archive framework using collection assessment, outreach and engagement, advocacy, utilization, and transformation. Attendees should be prepared to think about their own repositories and how they might engage in creating a reparative archive.


Lae’l Hughes-Watkins

University of Maryland

Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EST
Cutter A/B

1:00pm EST

Going it Alone: Considerations, Skills, Joys and Sorrows of Archival Consulting
Is your entrepreneurial spirit speaking to you? Want to be your own boss? This workshop will address the basics of what is necessary for archival consulting in terms of concrete business planning and promotion as well as philosophical and psychological considerations. Valerie A. Metzler founded Valerie Metzler Archivist/Historian in 1985, thus becoming the first full-time freelance archivist in the United States. She will share her experience and provide guidelines in this half-day workshop.


Valerie A. Metzler


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
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