Registration is Open for a Digital POWRR Workshop

From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Strategies and Tools, A Digital POWRR Workshop


When: Two one-day sessions (same content each day): Thursday, October 22 OR Friday, October 23, 2015
Where: Science Library, Standish Room, University of Albany, Albany, New York
Instructors: Aaisha Haykal, University Archivist, Chicago State University
Patrice Prud’homme, Head of Digital Collections, Illinois State University
Jaime Schumacher, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Northern Illinois University
Lynne M. Thomas, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, Northern Illinois University

Workshop Description:
This is a hands-on workshop that deals with the “How” of digital preservation, rather than the “Why.” Attendees will practice the accession of a digital collection using a simple, open-source tool; learn about several DP tools and services; and create an institution-specific action plan for making progress towards digital preservation goals. This workshop is designed specifically for front-line practitioners who routinely complete collections processing work. If you understand the need for digital preservation, and are now seeking to build daily workflows that incorporate accessioning digital materials, processing them, and planning for their long-term preservation, you are our target audience. Please note that this is not a workshop on how to digitize materials. However, the skills taught can be applied to both born-digital as well as digitized collections.

Campus maps are available here: 
Visitor parking information: 

About the Instructors:

Aaisha Haykal is University Archivist at Chicago State University. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, and holds Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Haykal was awarded the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship and at Syracuse she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Before coming to Chicago, she worked at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, S.C. She served as Chicago State University’s representative in the work of the Digital POWRR Project.

Patrice Prud’homme is the Head of Digital Collections Unit at Illinois State University. He is responsible for several of the project management processes in the unit, including copyrights, metadata, design, and supervision. He holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, an MA in Architecture and Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and an MLS from University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He served as Illinois State University’s representative in the work of the Digital POWRR Project.

Jaime Schumacher is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries and is a co-Principal Investigator for the Digital POWRR Project. Jaime served as Director for the Digital POWRR Project during the IMLS-funded phase from 2012 to 2014. She earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and holds a B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue University. Previously, Jaime was an Information Systems Consultant for Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, IL.

Lynne M. Thomas is Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University Libraries. She is the co-Principal Investigator for the Digital POWRR Project. As curator, she is responsible for popular culture special collections, including papers of science fiction authors, dime novels, and popular historical children’s literature. Through the College and Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI), she chaired the sub-committee that generated “CARLI and Digital Preservation: A White Paper,” (2006). She co- authored Special Collections 2.0 with Beth M. Whittaker (ABC-CLIO, 2009). She periodically teaches “Special Collections in a Web 2.0 World” for the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Ms. Thomas holds a BA in French and Comparative Literature from Smith College, an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.A. in English and American Literature from Northern Illinois University.

Registration (same content for both days):

To register for the Oct. 22 workshop, visit


To register for the Oct. 23 workshop, visit

For additional information about the workshop, contact: Laurie Rizzo, 302.658.2400 ext. 277 or
Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

This workshop is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.

Spring 2015 Conference Information

The ENY/ACRL Spring Conference is fast approaching! For information about accommodations, parking, and more, please visit our Local Arrangements page. The conference schedule is available here.

Advance registration is now closed.  On-site registration will be available at the conference.

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See you in Binghamton!

Syracuse Area Librarians/LIS Mixer


When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 5-8pm
Where: Sitrus on the Hill @ Sheraton Syracuse University (801 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210)

Appetizers will be provided. A cash bar and additional food is also available for order.

This event is co-hosted by Eastern New York/Association of College and Research Libraries; Upstate Special Libraries Association; Beta Phi Mu; Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) at Syracuse University; and the Mentoring Team at Syracuse University Libraries.

No RSVP required. Free 2-hr parking in the Sheraton Garage for Sitrus guests – get your parking ticket stamped at the front desk.

Spring 2015 Conference Registration is Open!


Building Supportive Organization Cultures in Libraries

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)

Register now!

This year’s conference will focus on a number of topics related to the various support systems and development issues facing both libraries and individual librarians.

Please join us for engaging presentations, a varied choice of breakout sessions, poster presentations, fast-paced lightning rounds, opportunities to meet with vendors, and informal conversations with colleagues. We are excited to offer two keynote presentations this year: Mary Ellen Davis, Executive Director of ACRL, and Jessica Olin, Director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College and author of the Letters to a Young Librarian blog.

Conference details are available on the ENY/ACRL web site on the Spring 2015 Conference page.  Information about hotels and the preconference dinner on Monday night (May 18) is also available on the conference site.

Questions? Please contact Tarida Anantachai at Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Lightning Round and Poster Session Presenters

The Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL invites presenters for Lightning Round and Poster sessions at its Spring Conference which will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at SUNY Binghamton in Binghamton, NY.  This meeting will focus on the broad theme of Building Supportive Organization Cultures in Libraries.

Presentations are limited to 5 minutes!  Share a quick overview of your ideas, experience, and programs related to any and all forms of Library and Librarian support: for research support, public services, organizational structures, relationships with other departments, outreach, what works, what doesn’t, etc.

Poster sessions are an excellent opportunity to share your ideas, research findings, projects, solutions to problems, or best practices.  Posters will be on display throughout the day and presenters must be available to discuss their topics for at least one 30 minutes time slot.

Proposals should include:

  • Presenter’s name and position title (If there is more than one presenter, choose one person to be the contact)
  • Institution
  • Contact information including phone number, email, and mailing address
  • Title of presentation
  • Technology, electricity and space needs
  • Summary description of less than 250 words

Send Lightning Round proposals to:
Brandon West
203 Penfield Library
7060 State Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126

Send Poster Session proposals to:
Jesi Buell
Case Library Room 316
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

Deadline for proposals is March 23, 2015. Proposals received after this date may be considered if there is still space available for participation. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you in May in Binghamton!