Participants in MayDay 2016

Please tell us how you plan to spread the word or participate at some level in MayDay 2016 activities by posting a note below or sending an email to mayday@archivists.org. Thanks for helping to save our archives!

  • Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation: (FAIC) MayDay encourages cultural organizations to take one simple step to protect the art, artifacts, records, books, and historic sites they hold in trust. FAIC is collecting examples of creative but practical MayDay measures to share online. Any cultural institution submitting a brief description of their 2016 MayDay plans or accomplishments by May 31, 2016, will be entered in a drawing for disaster supplies donated by Gaylord Brothers. FAIC will also offer the award-winning Field Guide to Emergency Response and Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel at special MayDay prices from April 1 through May 31. Visit www.conservation-us.org/shop to access the sale publications. 

  • Archiving Tomorrow 2016: "Archives at Risk." June 2-3, 2016, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland. This special two-day world conference will highlight the single most important issue facing audiovisual archives today—saving the precious, endangered audiovisual world heritage before it is too late. Join experts for an invaluable information-packed event. Network, debate, discuss the issues, and learn about opportunities, strategies, and case-study solutions. Early-bird registration ends May 13.

  • The Georgia Archives will offer an overview seminar of the IPER Essential Records course on Tuesday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at The Georgia Archives. See the flyer and registration form for more details. Registration, which includes lunch, is $10 and due by April 22. 

  • The Ohio History Connection Archives/Library has developed an informational flow chart poster for storage areas to help archival and non-archival staff members respond more effectively to water infiltration situations. The poster was designed to help the initial discoverer of an issue assess the situation and determine the most appropriate course of action, including who needs to be contacted. A companion informational pamphlet was also compiled that explains how to respond to water-related problems in more detail. Topics covered include: basic safety precautions, a phone tree, basic handling and care of water damaged/sodden materials, and additional preservation/disaster recovery resources.

  • Cape May County Archives has just approved the accessioning of a small private collection of records from the South Seaville Camp Meeting Association, which has a long history in their county. Their MayDay 2016 project is to process this collection quickly so it can be moved from the staging area to a more secure storage site. 

  • The University of Maryland Libraries, in conjunction with Preservation Week 2016, shared its new digital restoration of the rare Franco Zeffirelli film, Florence: Days of Destruction (1966). 




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