Pre-Conference Workshops

All workshops will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in UNCW's Randall Library.

OpenRefine Introduction with Jerry Waller, Elon University

Working with semi-structured or malformed data requires skills that cross disciplines. Fortunately there are tools that make cleaning and standardizing data easier. This half-day workshop's goals are to introduce participants to OpenRefine, cover basic strategies for its use, and perform exercises to familiarize them with its capabilities. Participants will complete guided exercises where they clean and sort sample data. Participants are expected to have a current Java SE Runtime Environment and an installation of the most recent version of OpenRefine. The Chrome browser, or its open-source sibling Chromium, are needed for full compatibility with OpenRefine's user interface.

Limit: 20 attendees
Cost: $15
Location: Randall Library, UNCW
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

How to Tame your Dragon: Learning to Befriend your Backlog through Efficient Processing with Kelly Spring, East Carolina University

This full-day workshop will give practitioners the tools they need to confidently face a backlog. The instructor will guide participants through exercises that inspire the development or enhancement of scalable, flexible processing programs that are designed to gradually tame the archival backlog. Attendees will create their own output and come away with solutions tailored to their institution’s specific needs. Topics covered will include archival project management, extensible processing, and ethics in the face of a changing archival landscape. The workshop will also address working with volunteers, interns, and student workers, and how to include born-digital material in your processing program. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops, questions, and dragon stories to share with the group.

Limit: 20 attendees
Cost: $25
Location: Randall Library, UNCW
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Oral History Creation and Management with Craig Breaden, Duke University

Interested in creating an oral history of your family, organization, or favorite charity? Need to do oral histories for your academic research? In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to select equipment, negotiate rights issues, produce effective interviews, and preserve recordings. You will also receive a guide to the best oral history resources available in print and online. Attendees are encouraged to bring devices that they may use for recording if they already have them on hand.

Limit: 20 attendees
Cost: $25
Location: Randall Library, UNCW
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Special Collections Book Preservationwith Larry Houston, East Carolina University

Registration for this workshop is through NCPC, at https://ncpreservation.org/workshops/

NCPC offers a limited number of workshop scholarships that cover full workshop registration. Applicants must be employed by or volunteers at a North Carolina institution, with a preservation mission that has little or no funding for professional development, or be a graduate student enrolled in a preservation-related program at a N.C. university. To apply for a scholarship, please visit https://ncpreservation.org/workshops/ for instructions. Deadline for scholarship applications is March 4, 2019.

This workshop is being offered by NC Preservation Consortium. Book Conservator Larry Houston of East Carolina University will lead instruction and guide participants to learn more about caring for books in special collections. Hands-on activities will include creating supports and enclosures. This session will offer supplemental instruction to NCPC's regular book repair workshops, which focus more on circulating collections. Lunch is also included in this event’s registration fee.

Cost: $50 (NCPC Members) / $75 (non-NCPC members)
Location: Randall Library, UNCW
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.