Category Archives: Workshops

“Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith,” workshop August 22

AHA! is hosting “Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith,” on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 8.30-3.00 at the Church of St. John the Divine.

The workshop will be an introduction to the basic elements of archives will assist attendees in gaining control over their parish records.  Taught by professional archivists with support from the Archivists of the Houston Area, the workshop will include lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, and the opportunity to ask questions of people who have experience with church records and archives.

The cost is $30 and includes lunch and all workshop materials and supplies. For more information and registration details please visit

Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities – San Antonio

The Catholic Library Association is pleased to announce the fifth Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities to be held at the Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio, TX  from  June 24-29, 2012. The 5-day intensive program is directed toward individuals who are interested in learning about archival theory and practice or who wish to update their archival training.

Unlike other archival workshops, the sessions will focus on the unique types of records found in the archives of men’s and women’s religious communities. These records document not only the communities themselves, but also the evolution of Catholicism in the United States, and its impact on educational, social and charitable institutions that shaped the nation’s history.

The program, directed by professional religious archivists, will include lectures, tours, and opportunities for sharing experiences.

Complete program and registration information and a registration form are posted on the Catholic Library Association website at, or contact the CLA at or phone 312-739-1776 or toll free 855-739-1776.

Slipcase class 3/25 at Museum of Printing History

Slipcase Class – bring this preservation skill into your book collections!

For full info, see

In this class, students will make a slip case out of sturdy book board, with a lined interior, and with an applied cover of book cloth. Measuring for proper overlaps, application of adhesive, and application of bookcloth will be addressed. Students will learn the sequence of cuts and paste-downs necessary to create neat and well-tailored corners. Once these techniques are learned, they can be applied to the construction of complex clamshell boxes. Also, directions for making a simple but effective slipcase out of card stock will be demonstrated.

Date: Friday, March 25: 10am-4pm
Instructor: Lena LeMoal
Level: all levels
Tuition: $90 plus $20 materials fee

Archives Month Activities

A number of events are planned to celebrate the nationwide Archives Month in October, so get ready to mark your calendars. A quick list is below; check out the Archives Month page on this site for details and to see/download this year’s poster. (Professionally printed ones will be available during the month.)

If you have something special planned in your repository or for your parent institution, we would love to hear about it!

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6pm
Archivists Dinner
Café Express at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 6pm
General Meeting
Rice University

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 9:30-11:30am
Information Session: Archivist’s Toolkit vs. Archon
Rice University

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 10am
Glenwood Cemetery tour

Minimal Processing workshop, May 13

UPDATE: For those of us who are certified archivists, the workshop has been preapproved by ACA for 2 recertification credits.

“More Product, Less Process” (MPLP) has been a hot topic ever since Greene and Meissner published that famous article back in 2005. Have you been wondering how you can apply the principles of minimal processing to your collections?

AHA is sponsoring a 3-hour workshop on May 13, 2010. Mike Strom, Senior Archivist at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, will take us through the ins and outs of MPLP and help us think about how to apply it in our own archives. Munters, in Pasadena, is graciously providing the classroom space.

Cost is $20. Space is limited so don’t delay! The flyer has all the details about how to register.

Controlled Vocabularies: Amigos training April 5-6

Principles of Controlled Vocabulary & Thesaurus Design
April 5-6, Rice University, Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room

Register on-line at:

The Principles of Controlled Vocabulary and Thesaurus Design prepares digital project staff to use existing controlled vocabularies or to develop their own lists of specialized terms for specific applications in digital projects.

Learning objectives include:

* Compare and contrast different types of controlled vocabularies, including lists, synonym rings, hierarchies and thesauri.
* Create controlled vocabulary (CV) terms for supplied digital objects
* Apply the Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies for refining CV terms
* Develop hierarchies of CV terms for thesauri
* Build associative relationships among the CV terms
* Discuss methods of displaying controlled vocabularies to metadata creators and users
* Examine methods of justifying, building and integrating CVs

Intended Audience
This course is designed for archivists, librarians or museum staff faced with the challenges of applying existing controlled vocabularies or building new vocabularies to provide access to their digital collections

Course Hours
The workshop meets on two consecutive days for 5.5 hours each day.
Instructor: Bill Walker – [ E-Mail ] [ Bio ]
Contact Hrs: 11.00
Amigos Member Fee: $ 250.00