Wesleyan Hosts New England Archivist Conference

The New England Archivists organization held its Spring 2012 conference at Wesleyan March 23-24. More than 225 archivists from around the region attended the meeting.

The conference titled "DIY Archives" focused on the practical application of archival techniques.

Sessions covered the do-it-yourself-side of preservation techniques, fundraising and grant writings, interacting with the community, interns and volunteers, handling ethical issues, marketing and publishing, online exhibits, and more.

Gregory Colati of the University of Connecticut talks about digital repositories.

Participants take notes at a Friday morning workshop.

Workshops took place in Usdan University Center and 41 Wyllys classrooms.

Daniel Santamaria '95 of Princeton University led a workshop on "Implementing More Product, Less Process." Topics included appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, preservation, and development of processing plans, policies and benchmarks.

University archivist Suzy Taraba, head of special collections and archives, and Valerie Gillispie, university archivist at Duke University, co-chaired the local arrangements committee.