2017 Pre-Conference Workshops (Asheville, NC)

Two full-day workshops will be offered as part of SNCA's 2017 Annual Conference. The workshops will be held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Parking will be available.

The workshop day will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 15th, with check-in beginning at 8:30 AM. An hour, from 12:00-1:00 PM, will be provided for lunch, which will be on workshop attendees' own.

Wi-Fi will be available for workshop attendees during the workshops.

Questions about the workshops should be directed to the Education Committee at education@ncarchivists.org.

Workshop Descriptions

Title: Identifying and Handling Visual Materials

Time: 9 AM-5 PM
Cost: $20
Attendance: 20 maximum

Description: In this one-day workshop, the instructors will share basic guidelines and tips to help you identify and handle the most common visual formats that you can expect to see in your institution. These include photographic prints; negatives and other still film; video tapes; and moving image film and associated components. We will focus on what you can do immediately at acquisition: identifying what you have in hand; recognizing preservation concerns; stabilizing the materials through good housing and storage practices; and describing what you have. These preliminary steps can often be achieved with modest resources, and will provide the first and most important steps towards your material’s survival and accessibility. We will also cover how you can best stay informed about the latest standards for these materials.

Please note: this workshop will not cover printed graphics, artwork, or born-digital materials, although digitization considerations will be discussed as part of the preservation process. Laptops or tablets are not required for this workshop, but attendees are welcome to bring them.


Since 2012, Craig Breaden has been Audiovisual Archivist at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, where he has worked on collections such as the Jazz Loft Project, the H. Lee Waters Film Collection, and the W. Eugene Smith Audio Collection, among many others. He is currently project manager for two grants, the Radio Haiti Project and the Frank Clyde Brown Project. From 2006-2012 he was Head, Media and Oral History, at the Richard B. Russell Library at the University of Georgia. He holds an MA in History from Utah State University and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Paula Jeannet Mangiafico is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, where she has served on the staff since 1987. She is primarily responsible for working on the historical and contemporary photographic collections in the Archive of Documentary Arts. She is also currently leading a multi-year description and digitization project for the William Gedney Photographs and Papers. She served as Chair of the Society of American Archivists Visual Materials Section in 2015-2016, and is a member of the SNCA Education Committee. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Duke University, and the library school at NC Central University in Durham, NC.

Title: Introduction to ArchivesSpace

Time: 9 AM-5 PM
Cost: $50
Attendance: 20 maximum  **one spot left!**

Please note: Laptops are required for this workshop. (Tablets may not allow for participation in all of the hands-on exercises.)

Description: This one-day workshop will introduce the ArchivesSpace archives information management system and provide training in performing many basic functions in the application. Through instruction and discussion, participants will learn how to use ArchivesSpace to manage accession, resource (collection), digital object, and authority records, as well as some ways to import data into and export data out of the application. Participants who bring a computer will have access to the application and can follow along with the instructor in hands-on exercises.

This workshop is particularly appropriate for those who are new to ArchivesSpace or just getting started. It is geared toward professional archivists and others working with collection materials and assumes an understanding of archival concepts and functions. The workshop does not address installing or maintaining the software or advanced concepts such as data migration or customizing the application interface.

Instructor: Noah Huffman is the Archivist for Metadata, Systems, and Digital Records at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. He is a member of the ArchivesSpace training corps and has experience teaching two and three-day ArchivesSpace workshops. Noah coordinates Duke's ArchivesSpace implementation, serves on the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council, and has extensive experience working with and migrating data to archival management systems. Noah earned an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MA in History from the University of Louisville, and a BA in History and Latin American Studies from Furman University.