Archives Workshops: Today and Tomorrow

Workshop I: Archiving Historical Records
Tuesday September 12th, 2023 at 11am PT | 1pm CT | 2pm ET
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This workshop is for anyone who is planning to donate paper or digital records to an archives. In this workshop format, basic information is offered, followed by questions and answers. Topics to be covered include: What is considered historical, What to save, How to organize records/photographs/audiovisual materials before donation, and how to donate digital records. The workshop will present practical guidelines regarding privacy in LGBTQ historical collections. Finally, it will individual questions regarding finding the appropriate archives.

Presenters: Doris Malkmus and Kristin Whitson, Former LGBTQ-RAN Summer Intern.

Workshop II: Managing Digital Records

Thursday September 14th at 11am PT | 1pm CT | 2pm ET
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This workshop is for anyone managing digital files of historical significance and contemplating eventual donation to an archives. The emphasis is on archival rather than technical considerations. Topics to be discussed include: What is considered historical, What to save, and How to save active records. If there is interest and time, other topics include copyright and privacy considerations and how to label digital records to improve future findability. Record formats to be covered include text, photos, audiovisual, email, websites, and social media according to participant interest.

Presenters: Doris Malkmus, LGBTQ-RAN Archivist and Carl Foote, LGBTQ-RAN technical coordinator.

Doris Malkmus served as LGBTQ-RAN catalog collection archivist and oral historian from 2002 until 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Archival Science from the University of Michigan. Doris also conducted oral history projects at the Iowa Women's Archives and the Sisters of Loretto in Kentucky. She recently retired as archivist at Penn State and now directs the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. Returning to LGBTQ-RAN gratifies her passion for helping individuals contribute their personal narratives to a broader social history.

Kristen Whitson is the Digital Specialist and Consortia Manager for WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services), working with local history organizations and Recollection Wisconsin content partners to digitize and preserve their cultural heritage materials. She is also the co-author of We Will Always Be Here: A Guide to Exploring and Understanding the History of LGBTQ+ Activism in Wisconsin, a book about Wisconsin's LGBTQ+ history written for a teen audience. Kristen enjoys making digitization and reformatting achievable for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Carl Foote has been with LGBTQ-RAN since the beginning. Carl has created websites and data-driven software for a wide range of clients, from corporations and national non-profits to neighborhood businesses and independent artists.