Pre-conference Workshops

All workshops will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Elon University's Belk Library.

All workshops are full-day. All workshops will cost $20, including a catered lunch.

Option 1: Archives 101: An Introduction to Archival Management 

Instructor: Erin Lawrimore, University Archivist and Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Special Collections

Abstract: In this workshop, we will explore the basics of archival management. Topics covered will include the fundamentals of archival appraisal and acquisitions, arrangement and description, and reference and access. We will also discuss resources available to help North Carolina archivists gain control over their collections. The workshop is geared towards those working in smaller archival repositories and those who may not have had formal archival training.

Limit: 30 attendees
Cost: $20
Location: Belk Library, Elon University
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Option 2: Radical Empathy in Archival Practice

Instructor:Kelly Wooten, Librarian, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Abstract: This participatory workshop inspired by Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor's foundational text “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in Archives” will provide a forum for generating practical ways to "center radical empathy and obligations of care" in our own work as archivists. We will explore the question: What tools and resources do we have to develop and expand empathy in our places of work, for the communities we serve, and among our colleagues? The afternoon session will include a hands-on zine workshop to share and communicate the ideas and goals generated in this program.

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

Option 3: Introduction to Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM)

Instructor: Cal Lee (Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science), Camille Tyndall Watson (Digital Services Section Head, State Archives of North Carolina), and Sangeeta Desai (Systems Integration Librarian, State Archives of North Carolina)

Abstract: This workshop will explore open-source software (OSS) tools and methods for libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) to identify email in born-digital collections, review email sources for sensitive or restricted materials, and perform appraisal and triage tasks to identify and annotate records. We'll specifically focus on products of the Review, Appraisal and Triage of Mail (RATOM) project’s use of machine learning to separate records from non-records, along with natural language processing methods to identify entities of interest within those records. In addition to gaining hands-on experience using the tools, participants will also learn about the rationale for their development, how they relate to other available software, and how processing of email can fit into larger digital curation workflows. We will conclude with a discussion of implications for participants in their own institutions.

Limit: 30 attendees
Cost: $20
Location: Belk Library, Elon University
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.