Northwest Archivists, Inc.

Conference Workshops

See registration details with each workshop description

Pre-Conference Workshop

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Registration will open soon! Watch this space. As soon as registration opens, NWA members will receive an email announcement.

Copyright Issues for Digital Archives

Instructor: Dr. Jean E. Dryden
Wednesday, April 25 – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Registration is now open for the pre-conference workshop Copyright Issues for Digital Archives. Register soon to get the early bird rate!

Co-sponsored by Society of American Archivists

Registration for this workshop is separate from conference registration. The registration fee is $199 for SAA members registering by March 25. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants.

This course covers copyright legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You'll examine the impact of electronic technologies on the long-held law and tenets of copyright, including digital rights management and acquiring and advising on the use of rights in records. You'll look at the basic text of relevant federal statutes and significant case law as well as examine case studies. A very brief review of copyright essentials will be provided to ground the discussion. The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly encountered copyright issues.

To obtain the A&D certificate, you must take either Copyright Issues for Digital Archives or Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives; this course also fulfills a Tactical and Strategic credit for the DAS certificate program.

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Going from Zero to Winning with Grants

Instructor: Rachael Woody, Rachael Cristine Consulting
Wednesday, April 25 – 8:00 AM-Noon

Workshop registration fee is $5 and will be added to your conference registration fee. You must sign up when you register for the conference. Enrollment is limited to 32 participants.

The unfortunate reality of archives and special collections is that we often struggle to secure enough funding to function at our full capacity. This deficit emphasizes the need for grant funding to fill the gap in order to hire staff, buy supplies, and execute projects. This workshop is for anyone who is a part of under-funded or emerging archives, or who has a new program or project to launch. Rachael Woody has successfully worked with more than a dozen organizations on grant acquisition and management, and will teach participants how to confidently go from zero ideas to a winning proposal. The session will provide a sandbox for work shopping project ideas, a review of proposal sections and their pitfalls, and a template for creating a winning grant proposal. This workshop will be a half-day session.

Introduction to Mukurtu Content Management System (CMS): Providing Digital Access to Cultural Collections

Instructors: Lotus Norton-Wisla, Digital and Community Outreach Archivist, Washington State University Libraries; Michael Wynne, Digital Applications Librarian, Washington State University Libraries; Alex Merrill, Head of Systems, Washington State University Libraries
Wednesday, April 25 – 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

This workshop is free, but you must sign up when you register for the conference. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Mukurtu CMS is a free content management system that allows communities to preserve, share, manage, license and curate their digital heritage and stories using their own cultural protocols, languages, and social values. In this SHN sponsored workshop, participants will be shown demonstrations and examples of all Mukurtu's core features and tools including a dictionary and mobile application, as well as examples of Mukurtu in use in communities and institutions, emphasizing preservation strategies, cultural protocols and the use of Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels. Participants will take part in basic planning, description, and content creation activities. This workshop will be a half-day session, and is sponsored by the Sustainable Heritage Network.

Basics in Archival Conservation

Instructor: Linnea Rash, Conservator, Washington State University Libraries
Wednesday, April 25 – 8:00 AM-Noon

This workshop is free, but you must sign up when you register for the conference. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

This Sustainable Heritage Network sponsored workshop is directed towards those working in smaller institutions without a conservator. It covers how to run a collection condition survey and basic next steps for stabilizing collections. In addition to providing instructions on conducting the survey and addressing common preservation concerns such as mold, the workshop will also provide hands-on instruction on basic actions one can take to stabilize collection materials including encapsulation and creating custom boxes. The workshop will provide those working with limited resources practical steps for preserving collections. The workshop will be a half-day session and will be capped at 12.

Post-Conference Workshops

Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, 2018

Digital POWRR Digital Preservation Professional Development Institute

This course is free and open to the public. For information about registration, please visit the POWRR Institutes webpageApplications due February 2.
Enrollment limited to 30.

The Digital POWRR team invites applications for the second of five 2-day institutes. Sponsored by the The Sustainable Heritage Network, the institute will be held on April 28-29, 2018 in Warm Springs, OR at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa, in conjunction with the Northwest Archivists 2018 Annual Meeting. The institute is free to attend (no registration fee) and scholarships are available to help defray travel expenses, courtesy of IMLS grant funding.

Apply here:
(Note: we are collecting responses via Google Forms. Because we have the upload feature enabled, it will ask you to sign in to Google. If you do not have a Google account, please contact Stacey Erdman at for a copy of the application)

Applicants will be notified of application status by the end of February 2018.

Please contact Colleen Needham (Communications Chair) with any questions. 

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