26 April 2014

SCAA in Beaufort County

The South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) is holding its 2014 Spring workshop for cultural heritage professionals and para-professionals in Beaufort County on May 2nd!   
Following tradition, the SCAA workshop will offer registered attendees a Society of American Archivists webinar followed by a panel discussion of the webinar topic.  Because the webinar will focus on mitigating risks, building bridges with local law enforcement and developing a holdings protection program, the panelists are front-line archivists, librarians, public relations specialists, or administrators who are responsible for ensuring the integrity of collections. Panelists include: Gina White (Winthrop University), Steven Tuttle (South Carolina Department of Archives and History), Lynette Stoudt (Georgia Historical Society), and Douglas Henderson (Charleston County Public Library).

The SCAA Board (of which I am a member) hopes to get a good mix of cultural heritage folks to attend this first ever SCAA workshop here.
Protecting the Past to Safeguard the Future: Balancing Access with Security in South Carolina’s Cultural Heritage Repositories
Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Fee includes lunch)
For more information, please visit www.scarchivists.org.

Odds are it will be quite some time before we’ll have the opportunity to participate in cultural heritage training at such a low cost – with lunch provided! - on our home ground.  Charmaine and I will certainly be there to get up to snuff about the challenge of simultaneously providing security for and sharing our holdings and network with other cultural heritage folks from South Carolina and Georgia.  (Traci Cox and Brenda Beasley-Forrest will be in the BDC Research Room that day to assist you while we’re learning how to be better stewards and sharers!)

Q: Why St. Helena Branch Library over the BDC or Beaufort Branch?
A: It came down to: location, space, technology, and free parking. The 311 Scott Street Library facility doesn't have the physical space to hold the expected number of workshop attendees; nor the technology necessary to support the webinar; nor enough free parking nearby to accommodate attendees. 

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